Akhtar prays for interim stay on ban

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: The temparamental speedster Shoaib Akhtar keen to get his hands on the most talked about event (read as IPL) this summer appealed for a temporary stay on his five-year ban.

''Since the tribunal will take time to reach a final verdict on the appeal, Shoaib has filed for interim stay against the ban, hopefullty, he will be given a temporary stay for a month so that he can play in the IPL,'' Justice (retd) Aftab Farrukh, who heads the three-man tribunal told mediapersons.

Shoaib's appeal will now be heard 'morrow by the tribunal but Farrukh claimed that the pacer will be given permission to play in the IPL only if the approval comes with a majority.

A noted lawyer has been appointed as 'amicus curiae' to assist the tribunal on the case.

There were reports suggesting that the two of the members of the tribunal, former Test player Hasib Ahsan and former minister Salman Taseer, were in favour of Shoaib.

Justice Farrukh however justified the tribunal's verdict to upheld the ban decision considering the speedster's past record.


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