|Player:||Shahid Afridi, BC Broad|
DateLine: 10th February 2007
The ICC Code of Conduct hearing involving Pakistan ’s Shahid Afridi will take place on Saturday afternoon (10 February), it was confirmed today.
The hearing will be presided over by ICC match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel and will be held after he and the Pakistan squad arrive in Cape Town from Port Elizabeth , where it played South Africa in the third ODI of the current series on Friday.
Afridi has been charged with a Level 3 offence under section C 2 of the Code which refers to “conduct unbecoming…which could bring (players or officials) or the game of cricket into disrepute.”
The charge was laid by ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed and relates to an incident which took place after Afridi was dismissed during the first ODI at Centurion on 4 February.
As the player walked up a set of stairs towards the dressing room a spectator apparently said something to him and Afridi reacted by appearing to push his bat at the person in an aggressive manner, causing the spectator to take evasive action.
If found guilty of a Level 3 offence, Afridi faces a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight ODIs.
If a player is found guilty of a Level 2, 3 or 4 offence then he has a right of appeal. Such an appeal must be lodged in writing with the ICC’s legal counsel within 24 hours of the player receiving the original verdict.
If an appeal is lodged then the player is able to play until it is heard.
Mr Speed laid the charge after studying video footage of the incident while in the Caribbean , where he is attending a series of meetings ahead of next month’s ICC Cricket World Cup.
Under the Code, the ICC Chief Executive Officer is one of four individuals or groups entitled to lay a charge, the others being the umpires, either side’s team manager and either side’s Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Speed has five days after the close of the play in which to lay a charge; the other people named above have 18 hours to do so.
The ICC Code of Conduct for players and officials can be found at: