Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought legal help to recover the Rs. (P)7 million fine from Shoaib Akhtar, who was penalised for violating the Code of Conduct for players.

Following this development, the Board’s legal advisor, Shan Gul, has recommended deducting the amount in installments from Akhtar’s monthly salary.

“Gul has recommended that the fine be recovered in installments from Shoaib’s monthly retainer,” one source said.

Akhtar is in Category ‘A’ of the central contracts and gets Rs. (P)250,000 a month by the Board as retainership besides match fees and other perks.

The fast bowler was banned for 18 months and fined Rs. (P)7 million by an Appellate Tribunal headed by a former judge of the Lahore High Court last June.

The tribunal gave its decision after hearing an appeal from Akhtar against a five-year ban recommended on him by the Disciplinary Committee of the Board for violating a two-year probation period last year in March and for other violations of the players Code of Conduct.

But Akhtar has appealed against the 18-month ban and fine in the Lahore High Court which for the time being has suspended his ban, allowing him to play for Pakistan.

PCB adamant

But the PCB is adamant that the fast bowler should pay the fine as the court hasn’t said anything on this.

“Recently, Wasim Bari, Director (Human Resources), PCB, asked for legal opinion how the fine should be recovered from Shoaib,” the source said.

He said the lawyer recommended deducting monthly installments as recovery was not possible through any other means.

Akhtar is presently in Dubai preparing for the one-day series against Australia and is back in the news with a statement appearing in Tuesday’s newspapers insisting he cannot guarantee whether he can last out the series against the Australians.

The fast bowler has said he had made his way back into the Pakistan team after passing a rigorous fitness test but neither he nor any other player can guarantee he will not become unfit.

“I can give no guarantees I will complete this series without any fitness problems.

That is not possible. But yes I realise this series is very important for it is a comeback series for me and I will do my best to perform for my team,” Akhtar said.

PCB defends appointment

Meanwhile, the PCB defended appointing an ICL-aligned masseur with the national team, saying the decision was made after taking the ICC into confidence.

Abdul Rauf, who worked with the Inzamam-ul-Haq-led Lahore Badshahs, was appointed for the one-day series against Australia.

“No favours have been done to Rauf. He had a one-year contract with the ICL that ended last season and he got a NOC from them. We informed the ICC about this and they said they had no objections to Rauf being appointed to serve with the Pakistan team in the Australia series,” a PCB official said. — PTI

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