Karachi, June 8: Deposed Pakitsan cricket captain Shahid Afridi has got justice on his side, at least for the moment. After he filed a petition questioning the validity of the sanctions that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had filed against him, the court has stayed the board's disciplinary proceedings against him.
"The court has suspended the committee [hearing] and PCB is bound to abide by the High Court. They have been asked to appear before the High Court the day after tomorrow and the punishments stand null and void as of now."Syed Ali Zafar, Afridi's lawyer, told ESPNcricinfo.
However, such a move by the court doesn't absolve Afridi from the sanction which prevents him from playing for Hampshire
Meanwhile, the PCB allowed Afridi to have legal representation inside the disciplinary hearing, which has been one of his demands, but it has not stopped him from going to the courts.
It is also expected that the court will focus on whether the PCB followed its own process correctly in issuing a showcause notice to Afridi and suspending his central contract and revoking his No-Objection Certificates (NOCs).
The dispute between Afridi and the national board erupted when Afridi revealed his disagreements with coach Waqar Younis to the media after the tour of the West Indies, thus contravening the board's protocol. A three-member disciplinary committee had been set to hold hearings on the dispute in Lahore on June 8 before the court passed it's order.
Afridi had announced his retirement from international cricket after being replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq as one-day captain, while at the same time blasting unnamed members of the board. The PCB reacted by suspending his central contract and withdrawing his no-objection certificate to play county cricket, as well as issuing a showcause notice detailing several breaches of the code of conduct.