Both Shoaibs, PCB Tribunal chiefs bread and butter at stake over 5-year ban case!

June 9th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar

Lahore, June 9 (ANI): Its not only Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who wants to see a quick disposal of his plea against PCBs five-year ban imposed on him, the head of the tribal also seems to be in a hurry to finish off the hearing to get time for appearance in other cases he is representing as a lawyer in different courts of law to earn his bread and butter.

Talking to media persons last evening after the hearing was deferred till June 14, tribal head Justice Aftab Farrukh reportedly said that bread and butter was one of the main factors in this case.

He said that with repeated adjournments of the hearing, he wanted the plea to be disposed off at the earliest so that he gets time to appear as a lawyer in other cases handled by him in different courts of law.

If all goes well after the June 14 hearing, I may announce the decision in the next three to five days. But in order to do that, I have to spare time from the cases I am contesting as a lawyer in different courts since my bread and butter also depends on it, the Dawn quoted him as saying.

On a question that just like him being concerned about his bread and butter, a players bread and butter was also in being able to play and would the tribunal consider this factor in Shoaibs case, the Justice said: It is the main point to think about here.

It is for this very same bread and butter factor that the tribunal has allowed Shoaib to go and play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for which we have had to stop the proceedings for almost five weeks, he said.

Talking to the media after the fourth hearing of the case at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) last evening, he said the next date might be the last hearing, provided Haseeb Ahsan, another member of the tribunal, who could not attend the meeting on Sunday due to bad health, would not need any further query from both the parties.

To a question later on, Farrukh said that as a professional he could not take any more pressure such as taking on the case in which another Pakistani bowler Mohammad Asif was involved. They are both are separate cases but there may be an impression that in case of punishment to both the players at one time, there will be a bad impression about the entire nation, but as a professional I have throughout my life gone after the merit, he said. (ANI)

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