Akhtar's writ petition hearing adjourned

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shoaibakhtar1_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Shoaib Akhtar's writ petition hearing on the ban and fine imposed on him by the appellate tribunal of the PCB was adjourned on Tuesday.

Updated: September 09, 2008 12:43 IST
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Controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar will have to wait some more days to know his fate after his writ petition hearing on the ban and fine imposed on him by the appellate tribunal of the PCB was adjourned on Tuesday.

The first hearing of the petition was to take place on Tuesday but could not be held as the LHC Chief Justice Syed Zahid Hussain had to go to Islamabad for some work. The hearing will now come up after around 10 days.

Legal counsel of the PCB, Tafazzul Rizvi said in such a situation the hearing gets adjourned.

"The office of the High Court will now fix the new date and it takes about one and a half week for a new date to be announced. As soon as that is done, we will take it up ... there's nothing unusual in it that it happened today," Rizvi said.

The LHC provided some relief to Akhtar two months ago when it suspended the 18-months ban on him but didn't pass any order on the payment of a fine of seven million rupees.

Akhtar, in his petition filed by his lawyer, wants the court to dismiss the ban and fine.

Asked about the statement made by Akhtar in India against the PCB, Rizvi said it is an unfortunate matter.

"It is unfortunate because his disciplinary case is before the High Court and this case started basically with the same kind of acts of indiscipline committed by Akhtar. So I think he is going down the same track and has learnt nothing at all and will have to bite the bullet. It might cause problems for him," Rizvi stated.

"But it is also a fact that legally there is a stay order against the ban in favour of Akhtar but although the stay is there he has to pay the fine...once he pays the fine, he can play for Pakistan...because the order of the Chief Justice was very clear that the stay order is only to take stay in case of the ban and not for the fine," he added.

Rizvi said the matter is sub-judiced and it is up to the High Court to do away with the fine, enhance it or decrease it.

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