Four Pak MPs seek debate on Akhtar ban
Four newly elected members of Pakistan's Parliament on Wednesday filed a motion in the National Assembly asking for a discussion on the five-year ban imposed on fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
Hanif Abbasi, an influential member of the ruling Muslim League Nawaz group party, filed the motion and said it was the beginning of a move to bring about reforms in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
"The Shoaib Akhtar ban is an example of the one man show and non accountability in the board. We want this discussed in Parliament," he said.
In the city of Lahore, a well known minority leader, JS Salik also led a protest against the ban demanding that the new government remove it and take board officials to task.
In Shoaib's hometown, Islamabad, dozens of protesters came out on the streets holding banners and placards condemning the ban and the Chairman of the board, Nasim Ashraf.
The fast bowler himself remained active throughout the day giving interviews, appearing on television talk shows and holding a press conference as he vowed to not go down without a fight.
He announced his intention of filing an appeal against the ban in the next 48 hours and to even approach the High Court if the board didn't accept his appeal.
Not unexpectedly, he kept on pleading his innocence insisting he had committed no big breach of discipline to justify the five year ban.
Shoaib was banned for five years yesterday by the board on the recommendations of its disciplinary committee which heard six charges of violating the players code of conduct against him.