The former fast bowler of Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar, on Thursday won a legal battle which was running long against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the recovery of seven million rupees that had been reportedly deducted from his earnings as a means of penalty which was imposed on him by an appellate tribunal for showing indiscipline.
In October, 2007, at the time when Nasim Ashraf was the chairman of PCB, Akhtar was banned by a disciplinary committee and for a period of 13 matches and also he was fined with 3.4 million rupees for hitting a teammate, Mohammad Asif with a bad prior to the T20 World Cup which was being held in South Africa.
Akhtar did appeal to the ban and fine and as a result of which, an appellate tribunal later reduced the ban to 18 months and the fine was successively reduced to seven million rupees.
Akhtar did not stop there. He lodged yet another appeal in the Lahore High Court and after that, his ban was suspended and he was allowed to play cricket but the court did not give any decision on the fine which the PCB had already deducted from his earnings with them.
Also, it was reported by the television channels that Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza in his judgement had ruled that the fine imposed on Akhtar also be declared null and void.
The legal advisor of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Tafazzul Rizvi contacted and told the PTI that he could not give the details of the case as the full judgement copy had not been released as yet then.
Rizvi also added by saying that one thing has been added by the reader of the court that some relief has been given to Shoaib Akhtar but the details are not known to anyone as yet.
Akhtar, who announced a sudden retirement from international cricket in between the 2011 World Cup, is presently busy working as a commentator and also a kind of pundit in the World Cup this year for the official broadcaster.