OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Hearing the petition filed by fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar against the ban imposed on his playing cricket at all level in the year 2008, the Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed Friday directed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to file reply by September 27 next. During the course of hearing last day the Judge, expressed concern over the conduct of the PCB which he added, appears ruining cricket in the country. Shoaib Akhtar at the relevant time, had sought removal of the 18-month long ban on his playing cricket as well as fine of Rs seven millions which the appellate tribunal of the Board had imposed on his under disciplinary laws. The court criticised working of the Board as it failed to file a reply when such a long time had elapsed since the petition was filed. "The board is destroying cricket. I don't know how the board is operating and I am surprised at the failure to file the reply," the Justice remarked. The LHC had suspended the ban and allowed Akhtar to play cricket but the Board, as the petitioner claims, has already deducted the fine amount from his earnings with them. Akhtar announced his retirement from international cricket during the recent World Cup and also pulled out of the Sri Lankan Premier League Twenty20 tournament owing to his personal and business commitments. The High Court set the next date of hearing for September 27 while directing the PCB legal advisor to file his reply before that date at any cost. During the course of hearing last day, the Court surprisingly noted that the player, who seek pardon of the Board, is fined with Rs five lakh and the one he does not is fined Rs 40 lakh. Abid Hassan Minto counsel for Shaoib told the court that the Board handed down ban and fine penalty to his client at a stage when his Central Contract has come to an end and the rules say no punishment could be awarded to a player when he is no more enjoying that contract. As such, he said, the petitioner has been penalised without lawful authority and violation of the rules. Despite having a snub from the court, PCB's legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, however, said the Court passed the remarks in a light mood. He said at a stage during the proceedings, electronic media was flashing the court remarks as 'red alert. The Court remarks may give a negative portrayal of the board in the media," Rizvi said. He said he had outlined the policy of the Board on the Akhtar case clearly. "I told the honourable court that the Supreme Court had already ruled in another case in our favour that is similar to petition filed by Shoaib should be dismissed," he said. Tafazzal said PCB had to control the cricket affairs and the powers delegated to it as such, provided it to maintain discipline applying rules even to those players who were not enjoying the central contract.