Multiple reports have emerged about Australian cricketer James Faulkner errant behaviour in past endorsing the PCB’s stance about the player’s conduct.
According to details, Faulkner made hateful remarks about the West Indies team in the past. “I don’t particularly like them. Nobody in particular,” he had said in 2014 after which he faced severe criticism.
Faulkner was also fined £10,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol during county cricket in England.
He had also complained of low pay from his team Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League last year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Quetta Gladiators have released 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 voiced concern over Mr. James Faulkner’s “atrocious behavior,” and said that no player has ever complained about the PCB failing to fulfil its contractual commitments in the seven years of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“Rather, all of the players have only commended and welcomed the PCB’s attempts to ensure their stay, appearance, and involvement as enjoyable as possible.
This is evidenced by the fact that the majority of these cricketers have been a part of the PCB’s PSL event since 2016 and have enabled the PCB to build the PSL into the powerful and powerful brand it is today,” according to the statement.
Furthermore, PCB shared the 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 point.
- In January 2022, Mr. Faulkner’s representative sent changed banking details of Mr. Faulkner’s onshore account in Australia, for reasons unknown to him. However, Mr. Faulkner’s fee payment was moved to his offshore UK bank account in the amount of 70% of the agreed-upon amount.
- Mr. Faulkner confirmed that he had received this payment. As a result, all payments owing to Mr. Faulkner under his contract are timely.
- The remainder of the 30% of his contractual payout is due 40 days after the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 concludes, which is currently being examined in accordance with his contract. Despite the fact that the funds were transferred and received in his account, Mr. Faulkner pushed on a second duplicate payment of the equal amount to his Australian account. Therefore, Mr. Faulkner would have been paid twice 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 guaranteed that his issues will be resolved regardless his awful and rude behaviour during the discussion. He declined to review his choice to play in a key match for his team, and insisted that his flight plans be made right away.
- The PCB was also in frequent communication with his agent, who was remorseful and contrite during this period.
- James Faulkner caused deliberate damage to the hotel property before his departure on Saturday morning, and as a result, he had to pay damages to the hotel administration. Mr. Faulkner had behaved inappropriately and disrespectfully at the airport, according to reports and complaints received by the PCB from immigration officers.
In light of the foregoing, and in light of James Faulkner’s egregious misbehaviour, which was intended to bring the PCB, Pakistan cricket, and the Pakistan Super League into disarray, the PCB and the franchises have mutually decided that James Faulkner will not be drafted in future Pakistan Super League events.