Appellate Tribunal to decide Shoaib's fate on merit: PCB

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Lahore, May 10 (UNI) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairperson Nasim Ashraf today refused to bow down to any of those influential political figures, who have come in support of the controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar after he was banned for five-years by the board on disciplinary charges.

''Let the appellate tribunal do its work. It is an independent tribunal and will decide on merit after resuming its regular hearing if the ban is justified. It will hear out both parties,'' Ashraf said.

Many Pakistani leaders had opposed the PCB's decision on Shoaib, many of whom even demanded immediate sacking of the board officials by the newly elected government.

The temperamental fast bowler was handed a five-year ban, which refrained him from playing in and for Pakistan.

However, Akhtar recently got temporary relief, when he was given a one-month stay on the ban and allowed to play in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders.

The tribunal will resume its regular hearing on the shohaib's appeal from June 4, when the stay date on ban expires.

Earlier, Ashraf had filed a 220 million dollars defamation suit against Shoaib for making serious allegations against him, but then decided to withdraw it.

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