Tribunals decision to ban Akhtar is final: PCB chairman

June 15th, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar

Islamabad, June 15v (ANI): 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 Pakistans win over India in Kitply Cup.

He said that defeating India in tri-nation series in Dhaka would testify Pakistans getting back on the winning track.

Earlier, Akhtars 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 PCBs code of conduct while on a two-year probation for attacking teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat in the dressing room at last Septembers Twenty20 World Cup.

But the appeals tribunal, held in Karachi on Saturday, unanimously agreed the punishment was too harsh. (ANI)

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