Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday appointed a retired judge to head a three-member Appellate Tribunal that will hear paceman Shoaib Akhtar's appeal against a five-year ban.
Akhtar was banned last Tuesday for a string of disciplinary breaches culminating in public criticism of the PCB for not awarding him a contract. He lodged an appeal on Friday.
"Former Lahore high court judge justice Aftab Farrukh will head a three-member committee to hear Akhtar's appeal against the ban," a PCB statement.
The other two members of the committee are former Test cricketer Haseeb Ahsan and Salman Taseer.
The 32-year-old Akhtar hit out at the PCB in January after being omitted from a list of 15 players given central contracts. The ban would effectively end his career.
The fast bowler was already on two years' probation for hitting team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat just days before the start of the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last year.