Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of Lahore High Court on Thursday accepted a petition by former Pakistan fast blower Shoaib Akhtar against a verdict banning him from cricket and imposing a fine of Rs7 million on him.
An appellate tribunal, formed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), had imposed the penalty on him. The judge ordered the PCB to return the amount to Shoaib.
In October 2007, a PCB disciplinary committee had banned the bowler for five years following several incidents of indiscipline.
The committee had ruled that Akhtar would undergo counselling by an expert nominated by the board and he would be on probation.
On June 14, 2008, a PCB tribunal reduced the ban to 18 months but fined the cricketer Rs7 million.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2015.