James Faulkner has found himself in some trouble after he alleged the Pakistan Cricket Board for not honouring the PSL contract. He left the tournament mid-way through its course. Faulkner stated that the PCB failed to meet the contract clauses. The all-rounder was representing Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing PSL. The PCB denied any such allegations and followed it up by banning Faulkner from participating in the PSL. This is not the first time that the Aussie has found himself in the controversy. As stated by Geo TV, Faulkner has been charged for misconduct on many occasions. In one of his interviews from 2014, he made some inappropriate comments on the West Indies team. “I don’t particularly like them, Nobody in particular,” he had said.
He was also fined £10,000 for a drink and drive issue while playing county cricket in England. Apparently, last year he complained of low pay from his Big Bash League team, Hobart Hurricanes.
Meanwhile,, PCB released the details of the PSL contract between the board and James Faulkner. Faulkner allegedly damaged the hotel property before leaving Lahore and was asked to pay the compensation. The Board and Quetta Gladiators also clarified the same.
Here are all the details released by the PCB.
■In December 2021, Mr James Faulkner’s agent confirmed the offshore United Kingdom bank details to which his fee payments should be transferred. This was noted for action.
■In January 2022, for reasons best known to Mr Faulkner, his agent sent revised banking details of Mr Faulkner’s onshore account in Australia. However, the contracted 70 per cent of Mr Faulkner’s fee payment was transferred to his offshore UK bank account. The receipt of this payment was acknowledged by Mr Faulkner.
■Accordingly, payments due to Mr Faulkner as per his contract are fully up to date.
■The remaining 30 per cent of his contractual payment only becomes due 40 days after the completion of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, which now remains a matter to be reviewed in line with his contract.
■In spite of the money being transferred and received in his account, Mr Faulkner continued to insist that a second duplicate payment of the same amount be made to his account in Australia. This meant Mr Faulkner would have been paid twice.
■He further threatened and refused to participate in his side’s match against Multan Sultans on Friday afternoon until his money demands were met.
■The PCB, as a responsible organisation, engaged with Mr Faulkner early Friday afternoon in an attempt to reason with him. Despite his reprehensible and insulting behavior during the conversation, Mr Faulkner was assured that all his grievances would be addressed. He refused to reconsider his decision to take the field in a crucial match for his side, let his team down and demanded that his travel arrangements be immediately made.
■During this time, the PCB was also in constant contact with his agent, who was regretful and apologetic.
■ Prior to his departure on Saturday morning, Mr Faulkner caused deliberate damage to the hotel property and as a result had to pay damages to the hotel management. The PCB later also received reports and complaints from the immigration authorities that Mr Faulkner had acted inappropriately and abusively at the airport.” read their statement.