Akhtar under fire again
Pakistan fast bowler must pay unpaid fine, rules Pakistan Cricket Board.
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2008 15:43 GMT

Shoaib Akhtar playing for Surrey, is dismissed last week in the County Championship match against Hampshire [GALLO/GETTY]
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will not compete in next month's domestic Twenty20 tournament unless he pays a pending $91,539.00 fine, the Pakistan Cricket Board's legal adviser has said.

"Akhtar has to pay the fine or obtain a stay order against the financial penalty, otherwise he can't play in Pakistan or for Pakistan," lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi said.

In April, Akhtar was fined and handed a five-year ban by a PCB tribunal for a disciplinary breach after he criticized the Pakistan selectors.

A Lahore court suspended the ban on July 4, but did not give any ruling against
the financial penalty.

Akhtar recalled

Akhtar was originally omitted from all of the 13 teams contesting the October 4-8 national Twenty20 tournament, but his name was subsequently added to the Islamabad Leopards lineup.

"I had signed the final team of 16-men and Shoaib Akhtar's name was very much in the team," Shakil Shaikh, president of the Islamabad Cricket Association, said.

The PCB claimed that sponsors had incorrectly left off Akhtar's name on the original rosters, which was later corrected.

Rizvi declined to comment on Akhtar's selection, but said legally the fast bowler was bound to pay the fine if he wanted to play cricket in Pakistan.

Financial penalty

"The court has just suspended his (18-month) ban and there's no stay against the financial penalty," Rizvi said.

A Lahore court last week adjourned Akhtar's appeal against the ban and fine, and Rizvi said that new date was not yet provided by the court.

Leading Pakistan players Mohammad Yousuf (Lahore Eagles), Shahid Afridi (Karachi Dolphins), Misbah-ul-Haq (Faisalabad Wolves) and Shoaib Malik (Sialkot Stallions) have been named as captains of their respective teams.

The winner of Pakistan's Twenty20 tournament will qualify for the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League in India later this year, which will also feature domestic teams from Australia, South Africa, England and Indian Premier League finalists the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.

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