Adelaide: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said today it had lodged an appeal with The International Cricket Council (ICC), claiming the decision to ban fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was racially based. A nine-man ICC panel suspended Akhtar for a month after ruling last week that his bowling action was illegal.
But PCB secretary Shafqat Rana told Australian Radio on Monday that Pakistan would challenge the ruling. "It's only against the Asian cricketers," Rana said. "Why not against others? Why not against (Australian) Brett Lee, when he bowled the faster ones? Why not (retired Australian) Ian Meckiff, why not (England's) Darren Gough?" The manager of the Pakistan team currently in Australia preparing for a triangular one-day series which includes India, said the PCB had already notified the ICC of its plans.
Nasir said Akhtar would remain in Australia until a final decision was made. He was due to fly home this week. "The appeal has already been lodged, let's hope that they reconsider," Nasir said. "That's what we've asked, that they should reconsider their decision.
"But ICC referee John Reid said the ICC had no appeals procedure to overturn the ban and the suspension would stand. "I think that's the first time that's been brought up," Reid told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"There's no appeal (procedure) against the referee's decision, which is different from the advisory panel on illegal deliveries but it's the same concept I would imagine."