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Shoaib's dream debut in IPL fails to move PCB

Press Trust Of India
May 14, 2008 at 11:24am IST

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Naseem Ashraf on Wednesday made it clear that despite Shoaib Akhtar's good show in the Indian Premier League, there would not be any compromise on the matter of discipline when he returns home.

Akhtar, who picked four wickets in three overs on his debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday, is playing in India after the PCB Appellate Tribunal suspended his five year ban for a month and will resume regular hearing into his appeal against the ban from June 4.

"As far as his ban is concerned he has to go through the entire legal process. The governing body meeting has again reiterated its zero tolerance policy with players who break rules and violate discipline. So even if Shoaib does well in the IPL it has nothing to do with his appeal hearing," Ashraf said in Islamabad after the governing body meeting.

GOING STRONG: Shoaib Akhtar picked four wickets in three overs on his debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

"The Board is firm there will be no compromise on discipline as a matter of policy. The Appellate Tribunal is an independent body which will hear Shoaib's appeal and give its decision and we have to justify the reasons for this ban on him," he said.

Before going to India, Ashraf also withdrew a Rs 22 crore defamation suit against Shoaib for making allegations against him after the fast bowler made a public apology for his behaviour.

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