KARACHI: Sindh High Court upheld a decision to revoke permission for former captain Shahid Afridi to play abroad, on Thursday, adjourning the hearing of his petition against the Cricket Board until June 16 .
Afridi went to court after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) punished him for allegedly breaching a code of conduct by announcing his retirement, after he was dumped as one-day captain, and levelling allegations against the Board.
It suspended his central contract, revoked all his no-objection certificates (NOCs) which would have allowed him to play in England and Sri Lanka and served him with a show-cause notice last week.
“The court has adjourned the hearing until June 16 and has upheld the decision of the PCB to revoke NOCs for Shahid Afridi,” PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi told AFP after Board officials were summoned to the court in Karachi.
The slanging match between Afridi and Pakistani managers has rocked the game, still reeling from the aftermath of a spot-fixing scandal which ended in lengthy bans on Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.
A large number of Afridi’s fans gathered outside the court, holding up banners in support of the former star all-rounder.