Lahore (Web Desk): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and franchises on Saturday unanimously decided to not draft Australia's James Faulkner in future editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
According to a detailed press release issued by the PCB and Quetta Gladiators, the board had taken serious note of Faulkner's gross misconduct and termed it an attempt to bring the PCB, Pakistan cricket, and the PSL into disrepute.
“The PCB and Quetta Gladiators are disappointed and dismayed with the reprehensible behaviour of Mr James Faulkner, who was also part of the Abu Dhabi-leg of the HBL Pakistan Super League in 2021, and, along with all participants, has always been treated with utmost respect.
The statement said that in the last seven years of PSL, no player has ever complained about the nonfulfillment of the PCB’s contractual obligations.
It noted that all have only praised and appreciated the efforts of the PCB to make their stay, appearance and participation as comfortable as practically possible.
The PCB, without going into the history of Faulkner’s misconduct over the past many years that had also resulted in his fallout with other teams, provided a brief summary of some of the undisputed facts:
- In December 2021, Faulkner’s agent confirmed the United Kingdom bank details to which his fee payments should be transferred. This was noted for action.
- In January 2022, for reasons best known to Faulkner, his agent sent revised banking details of his onshore account in Australia. However, the contracted 70% of Faulkner’s fee payment was transferred to his offshore UK bank account. The receipt of this payment was acknowledged by him.
- Accordingly, his payments as per his contract are fully up to date.
- The remaining 30% of his contractual payment only becomes due 40 days after the completion of the PSL 2022, which now remains a matter to be reviewed in line with his contract.
- Despite the money being transferred and received in his account, Faulkner continued to insist that a second duplicate payment of the same amount be made to his account in Australia. This meant Faulkner would have been paid twice.
- He further threatened and refused to participate in his side’s match against Multan Sultans on Friday afternoon until his money demands were met.
- The PCB, as a responsible organisation, engaged with Faulkner early Friday afternoon in an attempt to reason with him. Despite his reprehensible and insulting behavior during the conversation, Faulkner was assured that all his grievances would be addressed.
- He refused to reconsider his decision to take the field in a crucial match for his side, let his team down and demanded that his travel arrangements be immediately made.
- During this time, the PCB was also in constant contact with his agent, who was regretful and apologetic.
- Prior to his departure on Saturday morning, Faulkner caused deliberate damage to the hotel property and as a result had to pay damages to the hotel management.
- The PCB later received reports and complaints from the immigration authorities that Faulkner had acted inappropriately and abusively at the airport.
Earlier on Saturday, Faulkner pulled out from the remaining matches of the ongoing seventh season of PSL and accused the PCB of not "honouring" his "contractual agreement".
In a series of tweets, the Australian cricketer said that the treatment he received from the PCB was a disgrace.
In response, the PCB stated said it had taken notice of Faulkner's allegations and would release a detailed statement on the matter.