Thatscricket - News - Akhtar files suit, Pak court summons Bacher
Published: Thursday, February 1, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
Islamabad: A Pakistani civil court has summoned former South African cricket chief Ali Bacher to appear next month in a 1.7-million-dollar libel suit filed by former umpire Javed Akhtar, court sources said on Thursday. The court in Rawalpindi near here cautioned in the summons that an ex-parte decision would be taken if Bacher failed to appear or contest the case through a lawyer, they said.Bacher, now head of South Africa's 2003 World Cup committee, made a number of allegations against Pakistani cricketers at the King Commission of inquiry in June last year. Among others, he reportedly said he had been informed that Akhtar took money from a bookie to influence a Test between England and South Africa at Leeds in 1998. He said Akhtar took money to give eight leg before decisions. South Africa lost the Test and with it the series.Akhtar, 49, who umpired 40 One-day Internationals and 18 Tests before retiring in 1999, has sued for rupees 100 million ($ 1.7 million). He officiated as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) neutral umpire in the Leeds Test, which England won against South Africa to win the series.Akhtar gave eight leg before decisions in the match, drawing criticism from South African officials.Former England captain Michael Atherton is also contesting a defamation case in another Rawalpindi civil court. Pakistani journalist Mohammad Asgher claims his reputation was ruined after Atherton called him a "buffoon" in a press conference during the World Cup 1996.