Akhtar's career hangs in uncertainty

Updated on Sep 22, 2008 02:47 PM IST

Uncertainty looms large over Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar's career after his lawyer failed to show up in Lahore HC today, prompting the Court to adjourn the proceedings until Oct 3.

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PTI | By, Karachi

Uncertainty looms large over Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar's career after his lawyer failed to show up in Lahore High court on Monday, prompting the Court to adjourn the proceedings until October 3.

The High Court issued notice to the pacer's lawyer to make a mandatory appearance in the court at the next date so as to start the proceedings on the Pakistan Cricket Board's application to get directives if Akhtar can play domestic or international cricket without paying a seven million rupees fine.

The PCB has now asked the court to give a clear cut order if legally Akhtar can play in the national Twenty20 championship starting from October 4 and on his selection in the national team in case if he does not pay the fine first.

The fine was imposed on Akhtar by an appellate tribunal of the PCB in June while reducing a five-year ban on to 18-months.

Akhtar, later, filed a writ petition with the Lahore High Court bench challenging the ban and fine. While the court has suspended the ban in an interim order, it didn't issue orders on payment of the fine.

"In pure legal terms, Shoaib Akhtar can't play in the domestic T20 championship or be considered for Pakistan until the fine issue is cleared," legal counsel for the PCB, Tafazzul Rizvi said.

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