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Shoaib Akhtar fined for violating logo norms

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi:Fiery Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar was fined for refusing to wear the logo of a sponsor of the national cricket board during a domestic tournament, an official said.

The 31-year-old, who returned to the sport earlier this month after successfully appealing against a two-year ban for doping, was leading Islamabad Leopards in a national Twenty20 contest on Tuesday night.

"Akhtar refused to wear a logo of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sponsor and, as a breach, match referee Anwar Khan fined him 10,000 rupees ($166)," PCB spokesman Dr Ahsan Malik said on Wednesday.

Akhtar, who has played 42 Tests and 133 one-day internationals for Pakistan, is currently featuring in Pakistan's tune-up camp for next month's tour of South Africa.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland is next week expected to hear an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency against Pakistan's decision to overturn bans on Akhtar and fellow paceman Mohammad Asif.

A tribunal in November banned Akhtar for two years and Asif for one year after they tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. They had to fly home from the Champions Trophy in India.

An appeals committee on December 5 upheld the fast bowlers' appeals against the punishment, saying they had not knowingly taken the substance and that they had not been properly educated about doping matters.

'Unfit' Shoaib likely to miss SA tour: Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is likely to miss Pakistan's tour of South Africa as the selectors are not convinced of his fitness.

Shoaib and fellow pacer Mohammed Asif were recently cleared of doping charges by a PCB-appointed appeals committee, but the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland is expected to hear next week an appeal by WADA against the decision.

Selection committee member Iqbal Qasim said the fitness and form of every player was being monitored but the main focus was on the fitness of Shoaib.

''The team management and the committee is not satisfied with his fitness and he has to prove it in the next couple of days for selection,'' Iqbal was quoted as saying by The Nation.

Iqbal said if Shoaib fails fitness tests, Mohammad Sami could be called up to replace him in the squad to be announced tomorrow.

Pakistan are considering sending a 17-member squad for next month's tour of South Africa and Asif is expected to be included in it.

Asif has proved his form and fitness in the recently concluded Twenty20 Cup.

Agencies

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