The Pakistan Cricket Board deferred a decision Saturday on disciplinary action against paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who faces a possible life ban for violating the body's code of conduct.
"We have empowered the disciplinary committee to take a decision on Akhtar and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after giving them a proper hearing," PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf told reporters. The hearing will be held within a week.
Akhtar is on two-year probation and if found guilty of violating the PCB code, could face a life ban.
The paceman last month accused the PCB of double standards over the awarding of central contracts to players and criticised facilities during a first-class match.
The case against Kaneria centres on a website column in which he expressed his anger after being demoted from a "B" category contract to a "C" category deal.
In October last year, Akhtar was fined 3.4 million rupees (52,000 dollars) and banned for 13 matches for hitting fellow paceman Mohammad Asif with a bat, just days before the start of the Twenty20 World Championships.
He was put on probation for two years following the incident.
The 32-year-old was dropped from Pakistan's list of 15 contracted players in January after the paceman had another disappointing year, plagued by injures and discipline problems.
Instead, Akhtar was offered a special retainer deal, which he refused to sign.
"The PCB has double standards for me. At once they declare me unfit and drop me from central contract and then suddenly announce that I am fit and make me captain of a first-class team," Akhtar had said.
Despite occasional successes over the past two years, Akhtar has often attracted negative publicity.
His flirtation with a Bollywood acting career has also irked the cricket authorities.
The paceman, who has played 46 Tests and 138 one-day internationals since making his debut in 1997, was also involved in a doping scandal in 2006. He and fellow paceman Asif tested positive for banned steroid nandrolone but their bans were overturned on appeal.
Both Akhtar and Asif missed the 2007 World Cup held in the Caribbean due to injuries.