Shoaib Akhtar confirms receiving 'incomprehensible' FIA notice

The 44-year-old claimed that he would respond after consulting his lawyers on the matter

Shoaib Akhtar confirms receiving 'incomprehensible' FIA notice PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s legendary former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, in a tweet on Thursday, provided confirmation that he had received a notice from the cybercrime unit of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The notice was issued as a result of a complaint filed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against the Rawalpindi Express.

The 44-year-old referred to the notice as ‘vague, incomprehensible, imprecise and ambiguous’ while claiming that he would respond after consulting his lawyers on the matter.

“Just received an absolutely vague, incomprehensible, imprecise and ambiguous Notice from FIA, Lahore. I will issue my response after due consultation with my Lawyer Salman Niazi,” Akhtar tweeted.

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Earlier, it was reported that the former legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar has been called for a hearing by the cybercrime unit of the FIA on June 5 for spreading propaganda and false allegations against the PCB. The hearing was scheduled after the PCB’s legal cell approached the FIA with a complaint. The former pacer has been accused of making comments against the PCB’s system which creates a negative perception of the board both domestically and internationally.

The PCB has also filed a complaint over inappropriate social media posts targeting Chief Executive Wasim Khan. The complaint was filed against former governing board members Shakeel Shaikh, Noman Butt and Tariq Sarwar.

A PCB representative claimed that the board was not against free speech but would not stand for inappropriate remarks. All three individuals were asked to appear for a hearing on May 29 in Lahore; however, they excused themselves from it citing the late dispatch of notices as the reason. A new date is now expected to be set for the hearing.