Akhtar's utterances will be monitored: PCB panel
The PCB-appointed Appellate Tribunal chairman says he would monitor what the fast bowler says in India.Updated: May 05, 2008, 23:12 IST
Shoaib Akhtar's five-year ban may have been suspended for one month to allow him play in the IPL, but PCB-appointed Appellate Tribunal chairman on Monday said he would monitor what the fast bowler says in India while playing in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
Justice (retd) Aftab Farrukh said the tribunal "would not spy" on the controversial fast bowler but would monitor whatever he utters in India.
"I would monitor anything that is from his mouth which is recorded, not only the fresh news but whatever ... If it is brought to our notice then we will certainly look right or left for that," he said.
"We would like him to play his game but if anyone brings it to our notice, certainly I will take what comes from his mouth in a recorded manner, not what a newspaper writes or so. I don't expect that he would do this now; I think he has learned his lesson," Farrukh said.
The former Judge of Lahore High Court also believed the rapprochement between Akhtar and PCB chairman was a good omen. "That matter has been settled out of court and I think the formality of breaking the ice between Shoaib and Nasim Ashraf has happened."
The PCB chief on Monday dropped his defamation suit against Akhtar after the fast bowler's repeated public apology. Farrukh said the defamation suit had nothing to do with the tribunal proceedings and Akhtar will face the appeal when he returns from India and the case will be decided on merit.
"We will start the remaining proceedings of the appeal on merit. Whatever he has done in the form of public apology to the Board will not wash off his conviction. That will help in mitigating the offence, it will certainly help effect the quantum of sentence," he said.