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    Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has been fined Rupees 4.5 million s ($53,000) by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for violating the player code of conduct. Afridiís No Objection Certificate (NOC) has also been reinstated.

    Afridi pleaded guilty to breaking the code of conduct and did not appeal against the verdict of the disciplinary committee. Afridi said later that he did not apologize for his comments and that he still stands by them.
    Reports started emerging a few days ago of a possible compromise being worked out between Afridi and the board. Yesterday, Afridiís lawyers withdrew their petition against the PCB for terminating the NOC at the high court.

    Afridi who Ďretiredí from international cricket said that he is not likely to return to the arena and play for Pakistan and that his stance against the Pakistan cricket administrators remains the same.
    Afridi had disputes with coach Waqar Younis during the West Indies tour and he made his feelings public. The PCB reacted strongly by sacking him of his captaincy and making him appear before a committee. The war soon escalated and Afridi announced that he was retiring from international cricket until a new administration comes in the place of the one run by Ijaz Butt. PCB once again reacted strongly canceling his NOC and central contract.
    Afridi is now eligible to play in oversea T20 tournaments. He will be representing Hampshire in the Friends Life t20 in England, and then play in the inaugural Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL).
    This brings to end one of modern day cricketís biggest player versus board feud.
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