SHC defers hearing till June 16

NOCs not reinstated, Afridi’s central contract remains suspended.

Fawad Hussain June 09, 2011


The Sindh High Court (SHC) deferred the hearing against the petition filed by former captain Shahid Afridi till June 16, which means that the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) sanctions on the all-rounder stand till that date.

The PCB lawyer chose technical grounds to argue for more time to file responses to the issues raised in Afridi’s petition before the bench agreed to his request and in proceedings that barely took a minute or two, adjourned the hearing.

The bench also declined the request by Afridi’s lawyer to order the PCB to not rescind the permission granted to Afridi to play abroad.

Afridi, who filed a petition against the decision of the board revoking his NOC to play in foreign leagues and suspension of his central contract, has been allowed, however to seek compensatory damages from the PCB.

This means that the all-rounder will not be able play for Hampshire with whom he had signed a contract for a Twenty20 stint this summer.

The PCB punished Afridi for the way the 31-year-old reacted to being removed from captaincy by announcing his retirement through media and speaking out against the board. Afridi had cited unfair treatment by the PCB and said that his decision to retire will stand until the board’s set-up changed.

The PCB followed up the outburst by imposing sanctions on the cricketer and forming a three-member disciplinary committee to probe the case before Afridi took the matter to the SHC.

The SHC, on Tuesday, stayed the internal disciplinary proceedings against the cricketer and summoned the PCB to appear in a hearing that was held yesterday.

Afridi’s lawyer, who was left fuming at the deferment, argued that the NOC was granted to Afridi “unconditionally”.

‘PCB wants to damage his career’

Syed Ali Zafar, who represented Afridi, accused the PCB lawyers of applying delaying tactics to damage the former captain’s career.

“We went to argue on the case but the PCB lawyers only came to seek an extension,” Zafar told The Express Tribune.

“As soon as the hearing began they pleaded for more time which resulted in the deferment.

“They wanted the hearing put off till August and it was only after our request that the court allowed only a week’s time to them.”

He said that these ploys are an indication that the board wants to keep him away from playing cricket.

Zafar added it would be his utmost priority to argue the issue of NOC in the next hearing. However, Zafar was satisfied that the court allowed Afridi to seek the compensatory damages.

“It was a positive development for us as we will be able to claim the huge financial loss which Afridi may suffer due to withdrawal from overseas events.” WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY Zeeshan Mujahid

PCB opposed petition at SHC

Meanwhile, the PCB lawyer Talib Rizvi, who accompanied Tafazzul Rizvi at the hearing, said that the board was against Afridi filing a petition in the SHC.

He said that the matter should have been dealt with at the Lahore High Court (LHC).

“The petition should have been filed at the LHC,” said Talib.

However, he added that the PCB’s main objective was to protect its policies and the legal battle was about earning their right of holding an internal disciplinary hearing that was stayed by the SHC earlier.

“Everyone associated with the PCB has to go through the same process. They have to appear before the internal disciplinary committee and Afridi should have followed the same procedure. This has been the practice for a long time and should remain this way.

“No one is above the law and we will argue this in the next hearing,” said Talib.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2011.


Hassan Farooqi | 10 years ago | Reply @saad naseer. Your calling the leadind wicket taker of WC a third class player did not surprize me. The 50 morons who recommended you did. Apparently there is no shortage of morons in our country which says why we are in such a pathetic condition. Apparently you would call Ejaz Butt a first class player with a batting average less than 20. LOL. Or maybe Waqar Younis a first class leader who could not take his star studded team beyond first round, or Intikhab Alam who was famous for losing won matches and did not know what fitness meant.
irshan | 10 years ago | Reply u should simply know that waqar younis is a big match fixer he is the main mind he iz making billions from these things simply there is no an other issues alot of coaches has come and gone y this coach has got much importance in PCB what is the fact what open your eyes this country needs revolution if u can't do this by hitting with shoes or stones or any thing else to politations then lets start from Ijaz Butt and waqar younis . Afridi is bigger than these i m 100% sure there this is total panjab lobby (not biased from them) who dont want to play for country but for money and afridi is a pathan he is true son of soil he cant sell his country for simply some money for GOD'S sake awake from deep sleep and do something people like asif , salman butt also aamir are humiliating us abroad and people like afridi very hardly are keeping that respect alive iam 100% sure shoaib akhtar has also given rerirement due to waqar younis it is better that all seniors go themselves then by facing alot of humiliation afridi has taken a brave step please for the sake of country follow him
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