Friday, March 31, 2023

PCB refutes allegations made by Australian cricketer James Faulkner

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Quetta Gladiators have issued a statement denying the claims of non-payment and mistreatment levied by Australian batsman James Faulkner during the PSL 2022.

The PCB and Quetta Gladiators expressed dismay over Mr. James Faulkner’s “reprehensible behavior,” and said that no player has ever complained about the PCB failing to fulfill its contractual commitments in the seven years of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

“Instead, all of the players have only commended and welcomed the PCB’s efforts to make their stay, appearance, and participation as pleasant as possible. This is evidenced by the fact that the majority of these cricketers have been a part of the PCB’s signature event since 2016 and have helped the PCB build the PSL into the powerful and formidable brand it is today,” according to the statement.

“Without commenting on Mr. James Faulkner’s history of wrongdoing over many years, which has also resulted in his fallout with other teams,” the statement read, “here is a quick summary of some of the undisputed facts:

  • Mr. James Faulkner’s representative confirmed the United Kingdom bank account to which his fee payments should be deposited in December 2021. This was highlighted as a potential action item.
  • Mr. Faulkner’s agent supplied amended banking details of Mr. Faulkner’s onshore account in Australia in January 2022, for reasons best known to Mr. Faulkner. However, Mr. Faulkner’s fee payment was moved to his offshore UK bank account in the amount of 70% of the agreed-upon charge. Mr. Faulkner acknowledged that he had received this cash.
  • As a result, all payments owing to Mr. Faulkner under his contract are fully up to date.
  • The remaining 30% of his contractual remuneration is due 40 days after the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 concludes, which is currently being reviewed in accordance with his contract.
  • Despite the fact that the funds were transmitted and received in his account, Mr. Faulkner insisted on a second duplicate payment of the identical amount to his Australian account. Mr. Faulkner would have received two payments as a result of this.
  • He also threatened to boycott his team’s match against Multan Sultans on Friday afternoon unless his demands for money were met.
  • As a responsible organization, the PCB reached out to Mr. Faulkner early Friday afternoon to try to reason with him. Mr. Faulkner was assured that his issues will be addressed despite his awful and rude behavior during the session. He refused to reconsider his choice to play in a key match for his team, claiming that he had let them down, and insisted that his flight plans be made right away.
  • The PCB was also in frequent touch with his agent, who was regretful and contrite during this period.
  • James Faulkner caused deliberate damage to the hotel property prior to his departure on Saturday morning, and as a result, he had to pay damages to the hotel administration. Mr. Faulkner had acted inappropriately and abusively at the airport, according to reports and accusations obtained by the PCB from immigration officers.
  • In light of the foregoing, and in light of James Faulkner’s egregious misconduct, which was intended to bring the PCB, Pakistan cricket, and the Pakistan Super League into disrepute, the PCB and the franchises have unanimously agreed that James Faulkner will not be drafted in future Pakistan Super League events.

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