Shoaib Akhtar, the former mercurial Pakistani pacer has been given a clean chit by the Lahore High Court for the Players Code of Conduct violation. The hothead pacer was fined Rs. 7 million by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and was banned for five years in 2008. Back then, the PCB had stated that Akhtar had been fined for breaching the Players Code of Conduct.

As per the reports coming in, the Lahore High Court withheld the fine and the ban imposed by the PCB and considered it to be unlawful. It was considered unlawful and illegitimate as it was made in the absence of any lawful authority.

Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza on May 6th, issued an order in which he reiterated the fact that Akhtar’s punishment was made in the absence of any lawful authority. Mirza also said that the verdict of the PCB was not governed by any validly promulgated rules and regulations and thus the remedy of writ cannot be denied to him.

After retiring from international cricket in 2011, Akhtar had filed a writ petition against the fine and a reduced 18 months ban after it was imposed in June 2008. The writ petition stated that Akhtar was not governed by any central contract or laws of the PCB as his contract with them expired on 31st December 2007 and wasn’t renewed.

Akhtar’s counsel submitted that the punishments awarded to him were not mentioned in any rules, statute of the board or even in the central contract. His counsel further said that Akhtar’s contract was erstwhile by efflux of time when the show-cause notice was served to him.

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