Karachi:Desperate to play in the Indian Premier League, Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday filed a fresh appeal with an appellate tribunal, praying for a temporary stay on his five-year ban so that he can take part in the IPL and earn his living.
"Shoaib said that since the tribunal will take time to reach a final verdict on the appeal he has filed against the ban, he should be given a temporary stay for a month so that he can play in the IPL," Justice (retd) Aftab Farrukh, who heads the three-man tribunal, said.
The tribunal will now meet on Sunday to deliberate upon the fresh application but Farrukh said the majority's decision would prevail in the matter.
Farrukh, a retired judge of the Lahore High Court, said he had appointed a noted lawyer as amicus curiae to help the tribunal handle the case.
He said the amicus curiae was an expert on criminology.
This appointment gives credence to reports that the two other members of the tribunal, former Test player Hasib Ahsan and former minister Salman Taseer had joined hands in favour of Shoaib while the justice felt the case made against him by the board was very strong and the ban justified.
The tribunal had recently turned down an application to stay the ban but had allowed the pacer to play anywhere outside Pakistan.
The IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has made it clear that Shoaib couldn't play in the league for any team until he cleared the ban.
The tribunal had earlier adjourned its regular proceedings to June but allowed Shoaib to play anywhere outside Pakistan while refusing to grant a stay on the ban.
Farrukh said regular proceedings would be difficult in May because of the commitments of the tribunal members.
"But we will deliberate on Sunday on his appeal and see what can be done. But it is hard to say now having deliberations with my colleagues if we can even grant him a interim relief to play in the IPL," he said.
Shoaib came under the five-year ban from the board last month for several and repeated violations of the player's code of conduct.
The ban came after he criticised the policies of the PCB which didn't award him a central contract earlier in the year and told him to prove his commitment and match fitness.