LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board is facing severe criticism for giving central contract to controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar without his clearance from the court case and his long standing involvement in indiscipline. "Akhtar was given contract in A category despite him being banned and fined and whose fitness is still under doubt," a former Test player said. The Board did a big U-turn in the case of Akhtar, who was last year not awarded a central contract because of his disciplinary and fitness issues and instead was offered a retainer by the Board headed by the then chairman Nasim Ashraf. "Shoaib has basically been rewarded for his honest intentions and attempts to get back to full fitness. As far as his court case is concerned it is pending and the court has suspended the ban on him so he is eligible to play for Pakistan," a senior official of the Board said. He also made it clear that once pacer Mohammad Asif's fate in the doping case linked to the Indian Premier League drugs inquiry tribunal is known, a decision would be made on him. "If he is cleared he will definitely get a central contract," the official said. Akhtar has repeatedly said in recent statements that he wanted to play for another two or three years for Pakistan and was trying hard to improve his behaviour and fitness levels. Former captain and wicket-keeper Rashid Latif said that the PCB has destroyed discipline when awarding central contracts to Akhtar. "The PCB has violated the merit system while contracting the players," Latif said. "If the PCB has made any criteria for selecting the players for contract then it should be publicised," he added. "The PCB is not the belongings of ex-superstars it is for the people of Pakistan," he added.Latif further said: "Since last two month, the ex-superstars are just making and giving the statements but no progress has being made and have not done anything yet."