Karachi, June 10: When in doubt, wait. That appears to be the message from the Sindh High Court overseeing the Shahid Afridi-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spat. The court has deferred further hearings on Afridi's petition against the PCB's decision to suspend his central contract and revoke No-Objection Certificates (NoC) to June 16.
The focus of the next week's hearing will be on whether the board was within its rights in holding back the NoC which effectively prevents Afridi from playing for Hampshire in a Twenty20 tournament this summer.
The case was adjourned after a mere five-minute hearing, because the PCB had not filed a detailed reply to the original petition, which they will need to do by the next hearing. Furthermore, the PCB is adamant that the case be heard in the Lahore High Court.
Afridi's lawyers asked the judges to reinstate the NOC on the basis that it was preventing Afridi from his right to earn a livelihood.
Afridi didn't appear for the hearing, but despite that a large crowd had gathered outside the courts to show their support, asking for his reinstatement and for the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to be sacked.