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Akhtar's fate to be decided on Friday

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned till July 4 the hearing into Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar's petition seeking a stay on the 18-month ban imposed on him.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karach
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2008 02:40 PM IST

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned till July 4 the hearing into Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar's petition seeking a stay on the 18-month ban imposed on him.

The beleaguered bowler was originally banned for five years by the Pakistan Cricket Board's disciplinary committee.

The ban was later reduced to 18 months by an appellate tribunal, which also fined him Rs seven million.

Describing the reduced ban as "illegal and unjustified", Akhtar appealed against it in the Lahore High Court on Monday.

"The lawyers for Shoaib wanted the court to issue a stay order today on the ban but the court adjourned the proceedings till July 4 and will at its next hearing decide whether to stay the ban," PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi said today.

"Shoaib has challenged the ban in a writ petition which was accepted for hearing but since we didn't have a copy of the writ or the annexture of the petition, therefore we requested them to provide us the copy.

"The documents were issued to us today and we will argue the case after going through it. The court has issued notices to us today," he added.

Rizvi admitted that while the main petition is likely to consume time, the stay application would be heard by the chief justice on July 4.

"The stay application is likely to be heard on the July 4 and since the matter is subjudice it would be inappropriate to comment on the case," he said.

There are also rumours that the mercurial bowler's lawyers might push for an out of court settlement with the board through which the existing 18 months ban on Shoaib and the fine could be reduced further.

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