Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday came under scathing criticism from Lahore High Court (LHC) for failing to file a reply on fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s petition against the ban imposed on him on disciplinary charges.
LHC orders PCB to submit reply in Shoaib Akhtar case. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed lambasted the working of the board for its failure to file a reply on a writ petition by Akhtar against the 18-month ban and fine of seven million rupees imposed on him by the appellate tribunal of the board.
“The board is destroying cricket. I don’t know how the board is operating and I am surprised at the failure to file their reply,” the justice remarked.
Akhtar had challenged the ban and fine that was imposed on him some two years ago. The LHC had suspended the ban and allowed Akhtar to play cricket but the board has already deducted the fine of seven million rupees from the fast bowler’s earnings with them.
PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi requested the court to grant some time to submit board’s reply, on which the court adjourned the hearing till September 27.