Last Update on: May 2nd, 2020 at 12:33 pm
Shoaib Akhtar has hit back at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi after the latter filed a defamation case against the ex-cricketer. The legendary fast-bowler had launched a tirade against the PCB and its legal team in the aftermath of the three-year ban given to batsman Umar Akmal.
Shoaib Akhtar had called PCB’s legal team substandard and had singled out Rizvi for criticism. The former Pakistan speedster called Rizvi an “inept person” for being hard on Akmal but not being able to “read a basic contract”. Miffed with the cricketer’s comments, Rizvi filed a criminal and defamation suit against him.
He has also lodged a complaint with the Federal Investigation Agency under its cyber crime laws against the Pakistan legend. In the legal notice sent to the ex-cricketer, Rizvi highlighted legal charges and punishments awarded to the former fast-bowler throughout his career.
Rizvi demanded that Shoaib Akhtar retracts his statements, tenders an unconditional apology, pays PKR 100 million in damages and refrains from repeating and making defamatory remarks against the lawyer in the future. PCB had also expressed its disappointment with Shoaib Akhtar’s “poor choice of words”.
Well, Shoaib Akhtar is in no mood to back down as he has hit back at Rizvi. Taking to his official social media handles, he said: “I’ve received a notice from Tafazzul Rizvi which is based on lies & fabrications. I’ve engaged Mr @SalmanKNiazi1 as my lawyer to send befitting legal reply on my behalf to said notice. I stand by my words regarding incompetence & unsatisfactory performance of Rizvi.”
I've received a notice from Tafazzul Rizvi which is based on lies & fabrications. I've engaged Mr @SalmanKNiazi1 as my lawyer to send befitting legal reply on my behalf to said notice. I stand by my words regarding incompetence & unsatisfactory performance of Mr. Rizvi.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 1, 2020
Earlier, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan had also supported Shoaib Akhtar in the entire episode. The legendary batsman took to Twitter to show his support for Akhtar and also asked the PCB to ‘honestly evaluate’ Akhtar’s remarks, writing:
“What a befitting and bitter truth spoken by @shoaib100mph! It takes a backbone to be simply uncompromisingly forthright. Time for @TheRealPCB to honestly evaluate his remarks for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket and its players. I stand by with #ShoaibAkhtar.”