The Pakistan Cricket Board has apologized to the three UAE players who made critical comments on the social media during the Emerging Asia Cup last year, the Emirates Cricket Board said.
Captain Rohan Mustafa, spinner Ahmed Raza and batsman Rameez Shahzad were fined for eight weeks for leaving the hassle after the UAE missed qualifying for the semi-finals of the Emerging Asia Cup in Karachi in December.
“Following the recent disciplinary sanctions imposed on three of its professional players, the Emirates Cricket Board confirmed today that the Pakistan Cricket Board has received and accepted formal apologies from the players,” the ECB said in a statement on Thursday.
As a gesture of goodwill, the ECB donates the fines imposed on the players to a Karachi charity, she added. The trio will miss this year’s home series on Nepal, but the board confirmed that “they are currently involved in an intense training program alongside a makeshift squad.
The United Arab Emirates were close to reaching the last four of the eight teams after being well placed against Hong Kong in their last pool game. Rain, however, meant that no result could be achieved. The rain had been relatively short, but the course was considered unplayable after water had come under cover at the Southend Stadium.
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Mustafa wrote in a tweet, “I’m really sorry to say, but we’re out for bad facilities,” while Raza said there were “club-level covers” at the so-called “test” folder.
Rameez wrote, “Security does not matter, but there are more reasons why International Cricket has overlooked this part of the world when it comes to international cricket.”
Everyone immediately removed the posts and replaced them with apologies.
“As captain of [UAE], I apologize to everyone in Pakistan for our frustrated tweets after yesterday’s match,” Mustafa later wrote.
Mustafa, who had traveled to Kathmandu to play in the Everest Premier League after that, still could not fully move.
“It still hurts not to qualify for the semi-finals in the upcoming Asian Cup – good luck to all the teams that play tomorrow,” he wrote before the semi-finals.
Raza and Rameez have written appropriate answers. “It was not the result we wanted and the circumstances were unfortunate due to weather conditions, but I want to thank [the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Asian Cricket Council] for their warm welcome and generous hospitality,” they said.