Shoaib has to pay fine as per notice: PCB

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Lahore, Aug 30 (UNI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today asserted that the controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has to pay the fine imposed on him by it before he could be considerd for selection.

According to the PCB legal counsel, the cancellation of Champions Trophy will not affect the status of the legal notice sent by the board to the maverick pacer.

Board's lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi said the notice to Shoaib did mention the Champions Trophy because it was the next tournament in line.

''But now the notice applies to any tournament or series that Pakistan plays next. Before he can wear the Pakistan colours, he has to pay the fine or he gets an injunctive order from any court against the fine,'' Rizvi said.

''We sent it to the pacer via courier and to his lawyer by e-mail, fax and courier and it has been received. But so far they have not responded to the notice,'' he added.

The 32-year-old pace bowler Shoaib was banned on April 1 for five years over repeated breaches of discipline.

Later an appeals committee reduced the ban to 18 months but imposed a fine of Rs 7 million on Shoaib. The player filed a plea against the decision in the Lahore High Court, which decided to suspend the ban till September, but upheld the fine.


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