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.