Tribunal suspends Shoaib ban for a month

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Lahore, May 4 (UNI) After a traumatic month, speedster Shoaib Akhtar finally got some relief as the appellate tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today suspended the five-year ban on him for a month to allow him to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

A PCB tribunal accepted a plea from Shoaib that the ban should be suspended temporarily so that he can play in the IPL.

Justice Aftab Farrukh, who heads the tribunal, said the ban was delayed until the next hearing on June 4.

''Since it will take time to dispose of Shoaib's regular appeal against the ban the tribunal felt that preventing him from playing in the league would have been an additional penalty on him,'' Farrukh said.

''It would have been an additional penalty which has not even been prescribed by the disciplinary committee of the board which banned him from playing in or for Pakistan but not outside Pakistan,'' he added.

Earlier, IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi had clearly stated that Shoaib will not be allowed to play in the Twenty20 League till the time the PCB allows him to play for his country.

After Shoaib's appeal against the five-year ban was rejected, the speedster had appealed for a temporary stay on the ban so as to play in the IPL and earn his living.

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