LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Thursday set aside Rs 7 million fine imposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Shoaib Akhtar.
The court also directed the board to return the deducted fine amount.
Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza passed the orders while allowing a petition filed by former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar against a record seven million rupees disciplinary fine imposed by PCB.
The court after hearing arguments of parties had reserved the verdict which was announced today.
Earlier, Shoaib’s counsel Abid Minto arguing before the court submitted that PCB did not have power to impose fine and one & a half year ban on the petitioner as his central contract had expired in April 2008 . He pleaded the court toset aside the penalty being illegal and issue directions for return of the deducted amount.
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 the media. He further maintained that Shoaib could not file a petition against the board.
It is pertinent to mention that Shoaib was banned for five years by Nasim Ashraf’s administration in April 2008 for what it claimed were several violations of the players’ disciplinary code of conduct. After an appeal, the ban was reduced in June to 18 months and the fine remained.
Shoaib approached Lahore High Court against the penalty and the court immediately suspended the ban, but deferred judgment on the fine. The PCB deducted the entire amount from his annual earnings, which included his central contract payments, match fees and win bonuses (from January 2009 to November 2009).