LAHORE Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi said on Sunday that penalties imposed on players including himself by the Pakistan Cricket Board was a step in right direction. As far as other players who are accused of infighting, many officials and players have recorded their reservations in front of the inquiry committee. So I think there is something suspicious and that is why these punishments have been meted out. The Board cannot take any decision without pertinent cause and I am sure there is something in it, Afridi was quoted as saying by PTI. The Board might not be eager to leak out the evidence they have but they have to set example and I think it is a step in right direction, he added. The PCB also banned former captains Younis Khan and Muhammad Yousuf for indefinite period and imposed 12-month bans on Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved besides fining Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar. Akmal brothers and Rana have already filed formal appeals with the Board against their punishments while Yousuf has retired in protest. Asked if the Board had any solid evidence against the players to take action, Afridi felt that there must have been some evidence. Afridi said that while the Boards decision could be lauded for setting an example he has sympathy for the players concerned. Afridi said it was a blessing in disguise that Pakistan was not playing any international cricket at the moment. This has allowed us to regroup in the T20 World Cup camp. For one and half months I have tried to keep the team together and tried to put it through to everyone that whatever wrong has been done by others is history, this is our chance to undo those wrongs, Afridi said. As a captain I am attempting to lift the self-confidence of the players and so far the camp has been productive, he added. Afridi also made it clear that he had no plans to retire even if Pakistan win the T20 World Cup. I still feel there are three to four years of cricket left in me. I am fit enough and I will never become a burden on the team, he said. No series with India in near future: PCB The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ruled out any bilateral cricket series with India even on a neutral venue. PCBs Chief Operating Officer Wasim Bari said Sunday that there appeared no possibility of a bilateral series taking place soon. The thing is that we cant line up anything with India unless there is a go-ahead from the two governments, Bari said. During his visit to India, Butt had also spoken to BCCI officials on this possibility and talked about a time frame when the Indian team would be free from international commitments. But Bari said although the relations between the two boards were fine, they both cant move forward without getting clearance from their respective governments. There are no problems between the boards and once we get a go ahead we can quickly work on a bilateral series anywhere, Bari said. Due to the strained relations, India had also avoided scheduling bilateral series against Pakistan in the new Future Tours Program but after protests from PCB, they have now chalked out slots in the FTP starting 2012. Not playing India is a big financial setback for us because they are the most marketable team. We have already lost millions since India cancelled their Test tour to Pakistan last year, he said.