new Delhi. Australian bowler James Faulkner abruptly left the Pakistan Super League and returned to the country due to a payment dispute. Faulkner has accused the Pakistan Cricket Board of not honoring the contract and repeatedly lied to him about the payment. James was part of the Quetta Gladiators team in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022). He did not even play in the last 3 matches of this team in PSL. However, the PCB is infuriated by his behavior. The PCB has termed this conduct of Faulkner as reprehensible and banned him from playing in the PSL.
Not only this, the PCB has also accused the Australian bowler of misbehaving with the immigration officials and bringing down his team.
According to the ESPNcricinfo report, Faulkner was angry over the payment issue for a long time and he was continuously talking to the PCB officials. But on February 18, a day before, this payment dispute between the PCB and them became very heated and Faulkner threw the bat and helmet on the chandelier from the hotel lobby. However, he had paid the hotel damages before leaving for the airport.
Faulkner made serious allegations against PCB in two tweets
Faulkner posted two tweets apologizing to Pakistan cricket fans and called the way the PCB and PSL treated him as an “insult”.
Fonker wrote, “I apologize to the cricket fans of Pakistan. But unfortunately I had to withdraw from the last 2 matches of Pakistan Super League due to non-compliance of my payment contract with PCB. last . I have been here for the entire duration and they kept lying to me. I am sad to leave the league midway. Because I wanted to help the return of international cricket to Pakistan. There are a lot of young talent here and amazing fans who love cricket. But the way PCB treated me is really disrespectful and I am sure you will understand my situation.”
PCB denies Faulkner’s allegations
Following James Faulkner’s tweet, the PCB issued a joint statement with Quetta Gladiators, calling Faulkner’s allegations baseless and expressing disappointment over his “reprehensible behaviour”. The statement said that Faulkner’s agent this time provided details of a UK bank account for the payment. However, even before this, the PCB had sent 70 percent of the player’s payment to the old account.
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According to ESPNcricinfo, the PCB had told Faulkner that the money could not be rerouted to another account until the initial payment was returned. Quetta Gladiators have distanced themselves from Faulkner’s case, saying that the payment dispute with the Australian player is with the PCB, so they have nothing to do with it.
Faulkner played 6 matches for Quetta team in this season of PSL. In this, he scored 49 runs with 6 wickets.
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