16 Feb 2010

Pakistani senators call for strict action against Afridi

9:40 am on 16 February 2010

Pakistani senators have demanded strict action to be taken against cricketer Shahid Afridi, who was caught tampering with the ball in a one-day match in Australia.

The Senate standing committee on sports made the call after discussing Pakistan's woeful performance on a tour of Australia and the Afridi case.

Senator Tariq Azeem says Afridi should not be selected in the Pakistan squad for some time, and the committee has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to ban the all-rounder for at least three series.

Afridi was caught on television biting the ball twice during the fifth and final one-day match against Australia in Perth late last month.

The International Cricket Council match referee Ranjan Madugalle handed him a ban of two Twenty20 matches.