LHC reserves verdict on a plea by Shoaib Akhtar


The Lahore High Court (LHC) Tuesday reserved verdict on a plea by former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar against a record seven million rupees disciplinary fine imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The single bench comprising Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza reserved the verdict after hearing final arguments of Shoaib and PCB counsels.

During the hearing, Shoaib’s counsel arguing before the court submitted that the PCB did not have power to impose fine and one and  a half year ban on the petitioner as his central contract had expired in April 2008. However, PCB’s counsel Taffazul Rizvi opposed the request and submitted that the board was empowered to take action against Shoaib as he violated code of conduct while leading the Pakistani team in a Pentangular Cup. He said that after expiry of central contract, Shoaib was bound for a year to avoid criticising board in media. He further maintained that the Shoaib could not file writ petition against the board.

The court after hearing arguments of both parties reserved the verdict.