PCB Tribunal Chief's absence to delay hearing of Shoaib plea beyond June 4

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Lahore, May 24 : Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's plea against his life ban won't come up for hearing on the scheduled date June 4 before the PCB Appellate Tribunal, since Tribunal chief Aftab Farrukh would not be available for hearing due to his some "personal engagements".

Justice Farrukh said he could not hear the scheduled case on June 4 due to personal engagements, and that he has already informed about it to the PCB officials.

The new date for hearing of the case would be announced in a day or two, The News quoted him as saying.

Shoaib had moved his application against the five-year ban imposed on him, following which the ban was temporarily lifted for one month to enable him to play for Knight Riders in IPL.

He was banned for several incidents of indiscipline and violating the conditions of a two-year probation.

On May 4 while lifting the ban for one month, Justice Farrukh 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," he had said and added: "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."

ANI

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