League Notes: Pakistan Cricket Board Issues Notice To Player For Speaking To The Media
The Pakistan Cricket Board "has issued a show cause notice to flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi for speaking to the media after returning from Dhaka recently after taking part in the World T20 tournament" (PTI, 4/9). ... The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday "moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking transcripts of audio tapes" containing statements of Board President N. Srinivasan and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, recorded by the Mukul Mudgal Committee which probed allegations of Indian Premier League "spot and match fixing" (PTI, 4/9). ... Saudi authorities "have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for girls." News agency SPA said that Saudi Arabia's appointed Shoura Council, which advises the government on policy, "had asked the education ministry to look into including sports for girls in state-run schools with the proviso they should conform to Sharia rules on dress and gender segregation" (REUTERS, 4/9). ... Israel's Supreme Court "has refused to allow a Palestinian Olympian from the Gaza Strip to take part in a marathon in the occupied West Bank." Court documents said that Nader al-Masri's request for permission to transit the Jewish state to join the April 11 Bethlehem marathon "did not constitute 'a humanitarian case'" (GLOBAL TIMES, 4/8). ... Former Australian Football League player Wayne Schwass believes the league "has reached a critical juncture in how it treats players with mental health issues." Schwass said that "administrators and clubs needed to divert sufficient resources to help address problems with players." He said, "We're at a fork in the road. Once upon a time, some people in the game made a really courageous decision to tackle racism. That’s the same situation we find ourselves in now with mental health" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/10).