KARACHI Former skipper of Pakistan cricket team Shahid Khan Afridi on Wednesday withdrew the petition filed against Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from the Sindh High Court (SHC). Counselling on behalf of the all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Mehmood Mandviwala Advocate appeared before a division bench comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, and submitted an application to withdraw from Afridis petition. Moving with the plea, the counsel submitted that both the parties have agreed for the settlement of the matter out of the court. The court granted his application. Afridi did not appear in court himself and was represented by his lawyer, who had moved with the plea to take the petition back. Later, Afridis lawyer Mandviwala told the media representatives that his client has withdrawn the petition after the agreement between both the parties, and he has also decided to appear before the PCBs disciplinary committee likely today (Thursday), wherein he will defend himself. "We didn't want to go to court but were forced. Now I hope Afridi will get the NOC (no-objection certificate) and will be able to play in England and Sri Lanka," he added. After withdrawal of the petition, the rift between the national cricket governing body and former captain Afridi ended. Afridi went to court after the PCB punished him for allegedly breaching a code of conduct by announcing his retirement after he was dumped as one-day captain, and for levelling allegations against the board. It suspended his central contract and revoked all his no-objection certificates (NOCs). In his constitutional petition Afridi had challenged the PCBs decision regarding imposition of ban and taking disciplinary action, while termed the disciplinary actions and show-cause notices issued by the PCB as illegal, and pleaded to restrain the board to do so. The petitioner had expressed his dissatisfaction on the PCBs three-member disciplinary committee, and stated that the committee had been formed with mala find intention. Chairman PCB and federal sport secretary were cited as respondents in the petition. The petitioner had pleaded that the PCBs decision regarding imposing of ban on him and revoking his no-objection certificate (NOC) be nullified, and restrain the board from taking other disciplinary actions.