Controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s hopes of ending his legal tussle with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received a setback on Monday when a hearing on his case against an 18-month ban and a fine of Rs.7 million was postponed indefinitely because the judge supervising the case has been dismissed from duty.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) judge, hearing Shoaib’s case, was one of the judges made non-functional following last week’s ruling from the Supreme Court. Shoaib now has to wait for an indefinite period before his case against the PCB is heard by the court.
Shoaib is currently eyeing a successful comeback to international cricket in spite of his legal feud with the PCB and fitness problems. He is hoping to return to national duty during Pakistan’s tours of New Zealand and Australia starting in November this year.
Shoaib wants to follow a strict training regime to regain his form and fitness for a return to international cricket. Pakistan are to tour New Zealand in November and will then fly out to Australia in December to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 game.
Shoaib last played for Pakistan in the one-day series against Sri Lanka at home in January this year but was axed from the team because of poor form. He was withdrawn from Pakistan’s squad for the World Twenty20 because of a skin problem and was later overlooked for the ongoing away series against Sri Lanka.
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