ISLAMABAD Senator Tariq Azeem Khan suggested in the Standing Committee on Sports that all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi should be banned for five years from international cricket as his (Afridi) act humiliated the whole nation in the cricketing world. The committee met on Monday in the chair of its chairman Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi here at the Parliament House. Later, the committee constituted four-man sub-committee to look into the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which is also headed by Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi. Chairman PCB Ijaz Butt told the members of the committee that the International Cricket Council (ICC) for two matches ban had already penalised Afridi, so according to international laws, a man could not be punished twice. The PCB will take action against players after getting the findings of the PCB probe committee, Butt said. Tariq Azeem said that the ICC did his job. The PCB should do perform its job and must take action against Afridi, as his ball-tampering act disgraced the whole nation. We should take action against him and should give a clear massage to other nations that Pakistanis do not support unethical acts, he said. Replying the questions from the senators, Ijaz Butt said the current slot of the players was not involved in any match-fixing. The ICC has a strong system to monitor the match-fixing scandals and its departments are working under the Lord Condon. Every thing is clear and nothing to do with match-fixing, he said. The committee also requested President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari that the same cash awards would be given to other gold medal winners of the 11th South Asian Games 2010 which were awarded to Nasim Hamid and Sara Nasir. Pakistan claimed 19 golds in the eight-nation sports gala. On this occasion, Secretary Sports Anis-ul-Hasnain Mosvi informed the members of committee that president had announced cash award of Rs 200,000 for gold medallists of the South Asian Games. Minister of Sports will also give them cash awards on their brilliant performance, he said. Besides Chairman PCB Ijaz Butt, Secretary Sport Anis-ul-Hasnain Mosvi, Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Amir Hamza Gilani, Chief Operating Officer PCB Wasim Bari, Haroon Rasheed and Javed Maindad also attended the meeting. Afridi should be banned for life: Arif Abbasi A former chief executive officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Arif Ali Khan Abbasi has demanded the life-time ban on Shahid Afridi from cricket for bringing dishonor to Pakistan with his ball-tampering controversy in an ODI against Australia in Sydney recently. Talking to TheNation here Monday, Arif Ali Abbasi, who had introduced a number of revolutionary ideas such as neutral umpire and Test observers in mid eighties, said any other punishment would be like ignoring the behaviour which he alleged appeared premeditated and done with some covert intentions to achieve some unknown designs. He said that when Salim Malik could be banned for life for allegations which were proved wrong why Shahid Afridi could not be banned for life for an act which was committed in full view of the world audience and which had given bad name to the entire nation. He said that he would like to disagree with those who had described the act of ball-tampering as an act of innocence or as an act of desperation. He added that he would even not like to call the act as blatant blunder but would say it a criminal act from a senior cricketer who knew that whatever he was doing was being caught on 20 odd cameras set all over the ground and would bring only dishonour to Pakistan. Afridi was not a child who did not know what he was doing; he is in his thirties and had played enough cricket to know what was illegal and what was morally wrong. But still knowing the serious nature of his act, Afridi not once but twice committed the act which showed that he had some other intentions than winning the match by hook or crook. He said that there were a number of incidents in international cricket where players of repute and seniority had committed cooked act to win or deny the opponents a fair chance of victory but no one ever adopted the method that Afridi adopted. One such incident was the infamous underhand ball that Trevor Chappell bowled when his elder brother advised him to bowl to deny New Zealand victory. It was an unfair and unsporting act but within the limits of the then cricket rules. He said if one closely scrutinizes the events after Pakistan won the world T20 cup in England, one could draw the conclusion that a number of cricketers supported by the cricket administrators were working on an agenda to oust Younus Khan from the captaincy and bring someone whom they wanted to bring. He said the Pakistan Cricket Board did not give the honour which Younus Khan actually deserved after Pakistan won the T20 world cup. There was no reception in the honour of the team or the captain. Instead, the PCB officials and some former cricketers almost secretly met Shahid Afridi who later had a meeting with the PCB chief. This entire event happened for nothing, it was aimed through a systematic manner, he alleged at bringing change in the captaincy. He said he would not like to interpret events any further but it was fact that a number of people including people with suspected reputation were seen with cricketers in the past and recently. PCB clears dues of Shoaib The Pakistan Cricket Board has cleared all the outstanding dues of controversial fast bowler Shoaib at a time when the PCB selection committee is deliberating of players for the central contract which means he (Akhtar) would not be part of the contractees. The PCB has released the match fee of Akhtar after deduction of the fine money imposed on him for violating the central contract. Shoaib, who has been in the news for one reason or the other following several indiscipline issues, was fighting not only to gain fitness but is also involved in legal issues with the board. According to reports, the PCB deducted about Rs 7 million out of his match fee and prize money and sent him the remaining balance of Rs 44,971. Reports said that the PCB deducted Rs 4.25 million as fine from the prize money and was also not given Rs 2.7 million of the central contract and was also not given Rs 3 million he spent on his knee operation. It is pertinent to mention here that Akhtar had not play Test cricket for the country since 2007 and had been involved off and on field battles with the players and legal wrangling with the board. Last month, he announced to make a comeback in the team after his knee operation in the UK and after played in two RBS One-day Cup matches, the Rawalpindi Express steamed off. He bowled 10 overs in the first match while after four overs in the second match, he did not held the ball. His performance came at a time when the PCB is considering players for the central contract for the next term.