LHC rejects plea to fix deposit fine recovered from Shoaib
20 September, 2013
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday rejected plea to direct the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to fix deposit Rs.7 million recovered from former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar as a fine.
The single bench comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan was hearing the petition filed by Shoaib against Rs.7 million disciplinary fine imposed by the PCB. As proceedings started, the petitioner's counsel submitted before the court that the PCB had illegally deducted Rs.7 million from Shoaib's fee. He pleaded the court to issue directions to fix deposit the amount till the final decision of the matter.
But the PCB's counsel Taffazul Rizvi opposed the request saying that the request for fixing amount should had been made three years ago at the time of deduction but no request was made for fixing it than. The court after hearing the arguments of both parties declined the request and adjourned further hearing till November 22 for arguments.
Shoaib was banned for five years by Nasim Ashraf's administration in April 2008 for what it claimed were several violations of the players' disciplinary code of conduct. After an appeal, the ban was reduced in June to 18 months but the fine remained. But Shoaib approached to the Lahore High Court to appeal against that and the court immediately suspended the ban, but deferred judgment on the fine. The PCB deducted the entire amount from his annual earnings, which included his central contract payments, match fees and win bonuses (from January 2009 to November 2009).