Court rejects plea to fix deposit fine recovered from Shoaib Akhtar

The Lahore High Court on yesterday turned down asking to direct the PCB to fix deposit Rs.7 million recovered from former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar as a fine.

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The single bench comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan was hearing the case submitted by Shoaib against Rs.7 million disciplinary fine imposed by the PCB. As procedures began, the petitioner’s lawyer submitted before the court that the PCB had illegally taken Rs.7 million for Shoaib Akhtar’s payment. He pleaded the court to issue instructions to fix deposit the sum till the final decision of the issue.

But the PCB’s lawyer Taffazul Rizvi opposed the request stating that the request for fixing amount should have been made 3 years ago at the time of deduction but no request was made for fixing it then. The court after hearing the arguments of both sides turned down the request and adjourned additional hearing till Nov. 22 for arguments.

Shoaib Akhtar was banned for 5 years by Nasim Ashraf’s management in April 2008 for what it said were a number of violations of the players’ disciplinary code of conduct. After an appeal, the ban was cut down in June to 1 . 5 years but the fine remained. But Shoaib Akhtar reached to the Lahore High Court to appeal against that and the court instantly terminated the ban, but delayed ruling on the fine.

The PCB has taken the full sum from his yearly income, which included his central contract fees, match payments and win bonuses (from Jan. 2009 to Nov. 2009).

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