ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court yesterday deferred the proceedings of a petition seeking complete ban on Pakistani cricket players M Aamir, Salman Butt and M Asif.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq conducted the hearing of the petition moved by Syed Ehtasham-ul-Haq through his counsel Umar Hanif Advocate.

During the hearing, the counsel for the petitioner contended before the IHC that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in its constitution has mentioned ‘zero tolerance for corruption’. He argued that allowing the trio a comeback, the PCB is violating its own constitution.

At this juncture, the IHC bench questioned from Umar Hanif Advocate that is there any evidence that PCB has allowed these three to play cricket and does allowing for domestic cricket could be termed as allowing for all forms of cricket? Justice Aamer directed the counsel to reply these questions and adjourned the hearing till December 22 for further proceedings.

Previously, the IHC bench while hearing in this matter had observed: “We cannot ban a person sheer out of moral grounds or he defamed the country. The court needs law to be quoted in this regard”.

Syed Ehtasham-ul-Haq had moved the IHC seeking directions for the PCB to impose complete ban on the tainted trio. He had nominated Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and PCB selection committee as respondents.

He adopted in the petition that these players have admitted that the accusations against them were correct and their admissions with regard to spot-fixing have also been published by the various newspapers. Now it is very shocking that the PCB has forgotten what these cricketers had done to the name of the country and now the one strong lobby in the PCB is bringing these tainted/convicted players back into the team.