ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Dr. Nasim Ashraf has withdrawn the defamation lawsuit of Rs three millions rupees against pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar. Talking to media on Monday, Dr. Nasim Asharf said that the purpose of the filing the defamation suit was served when Shoaib Akhtar made a public apology to the nation and also offered the same to me twice. “My respect and honour stand vindicated, I forgive him as it was a matter of principle,”, he added and said that Pakistan Cricket board will no longer pursue the defamation lawsuit.
The decision to withdraw the law suit is in line with the earlier stance of the Chairman PCB that he was neither looking to obstruct the career path or the earning opportunities for the cricket players but wanted them to follow a code of conduct that they agree to when they enter into a contract with the Board.
The decision to withdraw the defamation suit though will have no bearing on the working of the Appellate Tribunal as it remain outside the jurisdiction of the board chairman and the appeals hearing will resume as normal on June 04 as announced by the head of the tribunal Justice Aftab Farrukh. A three-member appeals tribunal last week said that Akhtar was free to play abroad, allowing him to take part in the Indian tournament. But it said that it would make a final decision next month on the ban stopping him playing in Pakistan or for the national team.
Shoaib Akhtar thanks Zardari for helping him
Pakistan 32-year-old paceman Shoaib Akhtar has thanked PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for his intervention to resolve the dispute. He said while talking to before leaving for New Delhi from Lahore to play in Indian Premier League. Shoaib Akhtar will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. The Kolkata team would play its next match in Bangalore on May 8.
Federal Interior Advisor Rehman Malik intervened and helped to settle differences between Shoaib Akhtar and Chairman PCB Dr. Nasim Ashraf. After issuance of visa from the Indian High Commission, Shoaib left for New Delhi.