Islamabad, June 15v : The Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Dr. Naseem Ashraf, has said that the appeal tribunal verdict, banning Shoaib Akhtar for 18 months cannot be altered.
Shoaib Akhtar cannot appeal against the verdict, however, he can counsel the court against the verdict, he said. He was talking to a private TV channel after Pakistan's win over India in Kitply Cup. He said that defeating India in tri-nation series in Dhaka would testify Pakistan's getting back on the winning track. Earlier, Akhtar's five-year ban had been reduced to 18 months by a Pakistan Cricket Board appeals tribunal.
The fast bowler, 32, was handed the original sanction for repeated violations of the PCB's code of conduct while on a two-year probation for attacking teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat in the dressing room at last September's Twenty20 World Cup.
But the appeals tribunal, held in Karachi on Saturday, unanimously agreed the punishment was too harsh.