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Sindh HC upholds overseas ban on Afridi, defers case hearing till June 16

June 9, 2011 - Karachi

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has upheld the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to revoke permission for former captain Shahid Afridi to play abroad, and deferred further hearing in the case till June 16.

Following Afridi's sudden retirement and his harsh words against the PCB in the wake of his removal as Pakistan's one-day international (ODI skipper) by the board, the PCB had suspended his central contract and revoked all No Objection Certificates (NOCs) issued to him.

Afridi had filed a petition in the SHC against sanctions imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board, and appealed for a stay order against the punishments against him.

The court had earlier stayed the committee's proceedings against Afridi, after he had filed a petition challenging the validity of the sanctions imposed on him by the PCB.

Afridi's lawyer Syed Ali Zafar has stressed repeatedly that they were asking only for a due process to be followed, and that the act of suspension of the central contract and NOC withdrawal were punishments before the player had been heard, Geo TV reports.

Zafar said that the PCB lawyers were applying delay tactics, which was causing financial loss to Afridi, therefore, he was considering the option of suing the board.

PCB's lawyer Taffazul Rizvi said that Afridi would have to appear before the disciplinary committee in any case.

He also said that the PCB would submit its detailed response in the next hearing, and PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt could also appear in the court, if needed.


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