LHC dismisses appeals against Aamir, PSL rights

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) yesterday dismissed an intra-court appeal challenging dismissal of a writ petition by a single bench against the inclusion of convicted fast bowler M Aamir in national squad for New Zealand series.
A division bench headed by Justice Justice Ayesha A Malik and comprising Justice Faisal Zaman dismissed the appeal for not being maintainable. Advocate Malik Munsaf Awan, head of Pakistan Justice Party, submitted that former captain Salman Butt, bowlers M Asif and M Aamir were banned for spot-fixing during the Pakistan team’s tour of England in 2010.
The lawyer-petitioner pleaded that the respondent player tarnished the image of the country and spoiled its dignity. He said a convicted player should not be included in the national team. The lawyer in his appeal asked the court to set aside order of the single bench and restrain the PCB from letting a convicted player to play for the country. Previously, Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan had dismissed the writ petition for being non maintainable.

The LHC yesterday also dismissed a petition challenging sale of media rights of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2016-18 to two channels – PTV Sports and TEN Sports. Justice Ayesha A Malik dismissed the petition as withdrawn.
Advocate Shahzada Mazhar had filed the petition on behalf of a local citizen and challenged the act of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He said that the PCB sold media rights for PSL series and outsourced the invitation for bids to this effect, which was published in all leading newspapers on Sept 6, 2015.
He said as per the details of the advertisements, the bids of the interested contractors were to be submitted on Oct 30 after fulfilling the detailed requirement criteria mentioned in the invitation tender (ITT) documents and the bids were supposed to be opened on the same date as well.
The petitioner alleged that the board announced the broadcasting of the matches of PSL in Pakistan on PTV Sports and Ten Sports for the period of 2016-2018. The lawyer stated that any finalization of the media rights, the selection of the two channels for broadcasting of matches being made, was not only an illegality in itself being ultra vires and contrary to the ITT document and the Public Procurement Rules 2004.
He asked the court that order process of acquisition of media rights for PSL and media advertising rights for PSL 2016-2018 according to the prescribed law and the provisions of the ITT Document.
He further prayed the court to restrain the respondents from further proceedings on the ‘illegal’ selection and the press release till final decision of the petition.

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