SHC asks petitioner to argue on maintainability of his plea seeking lifetime ban on bowler Amir

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday asked a petitioner seeking lifetime ban on pace bowler Mohammad Amir to forward his arguments on maintainability of his petition when the PCB’s counsel raised objection to jurisdiction of the court to entertain the petition.

A division bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, issued fresh notice to Amir to file his response to the petition.

The bench had taken up a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, requesting the court to impose life ban on the tainted players.

At the outset of hearing, Advocate Tafazul Haider Rizvi, who represented the PCB chairman, filed his vakalatnama. He raised objection to the court’s jurisdiction to take up the plea, saying the matter does not fall within its jurisdiction. In response to the judges’ question about maintainability of the petition, Rana requested them to give some time to get prepared to argue over the maintainability of the petition.

Amir was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Jan 29 to play domestic cricket. Amir was serving a five-year ban imposed on him and his teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif by the ICC after they were found involved in the spot fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England in late 2010.

The petitioner submitted that the left arm pace bowler brought bad name to the country by indulging in spot-fixing; nevertheless, he was allowed to play domestic cricket.

Rana claimed that some people were lobbying for his early return to international cricket for their ulterior motives, adding the tainted players should not be allowed to play either domestic or national cricket.

He pleaded the court to summon report from PCB for allowing Amir’s return to domestic cricket. The court was further requested to impose lifetime ban on the players who indulged in spot-fixing.

The hearing was adjourned till March 24.

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