Karachi, May 26: After dropping him from the national squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board has now barred controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar from playing in the national T20 tournament.
A PCB official said they have informed the Islamabad Cricket Association that the fast bowler would be in violation of his central contract if he played in the national event despite a medial advice that he needs to rest for 10 to 12 days to recover from a skin infection.
Shoaib, who was dropped from squad last week on fitness grounds, had intended to take on the authorities by leading the Islamabad team in the national championship.
"The board has sent us the medical report and copy of the central contract which states a player playing against medical advice can be fined," Shakil Sheikh, President of the Islamabad association said.
Shoaib was in Karachi last night for a function but he refused to comment on the issue though he admitted that being pulled out of the World T20 squad was disappointing.
The International Cricket Council today allowed Pakistan to replace Shoaib with pacer Rao Iftikhar who will now be going to England.