James Faulkner quits Pakistan Super League after contract dispute and ban

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Australian fast bowler James Faulkner has quit the Pakistan Super League after publicly claiming organizers failed to honor his contract with the Quetta Gladiators, a claim the country’s cricket board vehemently denies.

In a series of tweets on Saturday night, Faulkner claimed the Pakistan Cricket Board lied to him during his six-game stint in the league.

“I apologize to the Pakistani cricket fans. But unfortunately I had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and quit the (PSL) as the (PCB) failed to honor my contract agreement/payments,” he said. said the 31-year-old. .

“I’ve been here all this time and they kept lying to me.

“It hurts to leave as I wanted to help bring international cricket back to Pakistan as there is so much young talent and the fans are amazing.

“But the treatment I received was a disgrace from the PCB and the PSL. I’m sure you all understand my position.”

However, Pakistani cricket officials disagreed and banned Faulkner from participating in future editions of its premier domestic Twenty20 league.

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The PCB said it paid 70% of Faulkner’s contract into its UK bank account in December and that “receipt of this payment has been acknowledged by Mr Faulkner”.

The remaining 30% is transferred to players’ accounts within 40 days of the end of the PSL.

The board said Faulkner’s agent reviewed his banking details on an Australian account in January and the player insisted that “a second duplicate payment of the same amount be made to his account in Australia”.

Despite Faulkner’s “reprehensible and insulting behaviour” during Friday’s talks, the board said, he assured the Australian that his grievances would be addressed.

Still, he withdrew from the crucial game for Quetta against Multan and demanded that his travel arrangements be made immediately.

Faulkner, according to the PCB, caused willful damage to hotel property and acted inappropriately and abusively at the airport before his flight to Australia.

“Taking note of James Faulkner’s gross misconduct which was an attempt to discredit the PCB, Pakistani cricket and the Pakistani Super League, it has been unanimously agreed by the PCB and the franchises that James Faulkner will not be drafted into future Pakistan Super League events,” the board said.

Faulkner has taken six wickets in six games for Quetta this season and scored 49 runs.

PA/ABC

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