Lahore: A Pakistani court on Friday suspended an 18-month ban imposed on paceman Shoaib Akhtar by the PCB for several counts of indiscipline and violating the conditions of two-year probation.
A judge at Lahore High Court ruled that the 32-year-old Akthar should be allowed to play cricket until his appeal (with PCB Appellate Tribunal) against the ban is heard, most likely in September.
Akhtar lodged an appeal with the court on Tuesday against an 18-month ban for indiscipline. The ban was originally for five years but was reduced last month.
"While accepting his application for interim relief (until the appeal is heard), the court has allowed Shoaib Akhtar to play cricket," Judge Zahid Hussain pronounced in the court.
"The petition will be heard after the summer vacation," which ends in September, he said.
The Pak cricket board confirmed the decision.
"Akhtar's appeal to stay the ban was upheld, which means he is temporarily allowed to play until the petition is heard, but he will have to give the fine," Pakistan Cricket Board lawyer Taffazul Rizvi told reporters.
The fine is worth seven million rupees ($115,000).
Meanwhile, the next date of hearing of Shoaib"s appeal at the PCB Appellate Tribunal is yet to be fixed.
The last hearing of the Tribunal could not be held on June 4 as Tribunal Chief Aftab Farrukh was not available owing to some 'personal engagements'.
Justice Farrukh had said he could not hear the scheduled case on June 4 due to personal engagements, and that he has already informed about it to the PCB officials.
Earlier, Shoaib had moved his application against the reduced 18-month (from five years) ban imposed on him, following which the ban was temporarily lifted for one month to enable him to play for Knight Riders in IPL.