Doping: PCB appoints appellate tribunal

Published: Sunday, November 5, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore :Former Chief Justice of Pakistan who probed match-fixing charges against ex-captain Salim Malik and a former national chief selector will hear appeals from banned fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

Shoaib and Asif were handed two and one year bans respectively by the PCB anti-doping tribunal comprising senior lawyer Shahid Hamid, former Test captain Intikhab Alam and doping expert Waqar for failing drug tests prior to the ICC Champions Trophy.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf told a private TV channel that a two-member appellate tribunal, comprising Justice Fakhruddin Ibrahim, fomer chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court and Hasib Ahsan, who served as chief selector for record six times, has been set up to hear the appeals of the two banned fast bowlers.

Mr Ahsan, a former Test off spinner, was also the manager of Pakistan cricket team in their England tour in 1987 besides having served as as secretary BCCP (now PCB).

Mr Ibrahim conducted a match-fixing inquiry against former Pakistan captain Salim Malik when three Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh accused Malik of offering them bribes to bowl badly in a Test and a one-day game.

In his report submitted in Oct 1995, Mr Ibrahim absolved Malik of all the charges on the ground of lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, a report from Islamabad by the The News said the petition challenging the ban on Shoaib and Asif has been returned by the Pakistan Supreme Court on the ground that it was a private issue not related to public interest and only the affecred parties (Shoaib and Asif) could petition the court.

The petition, filed by an advocate, termed the ban illegal made without fulfilment of legal requirements.


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