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Taffazul Rizvi initiates defamation proceedings against Shoaib Akhtar after his scathing criticism
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Taffazul Rizvi initiates defamation proceedings against Shoaib Akhtar after his scathing criticism

PCB's legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi has responded to allegations levelled on him by Shoaib Akhtar by deciding to file a defamation lawsuit against the fast bowler.

Akhtar, known as the 'Rawalpindi Express', lambasted Rizvi in an allegation-laden outburst in a video message uploaded on his YouTube account.

Akhtar accused Rizvi of being professionally incompetent and misguiding the board to prolong certain cases for his personal monetary benefits.

The former speedster's fiery remarks came in the aftermath of the three-year ban imposed on middle-order batsman Umar Akmal for failing to report corrupt approaches in two unrelated incidents.

While Akhtar laid the blame primarily on Akmal's supposedly 'self-destructive' tendencies, he believed the PCB sanction was not entirely justified given the state of their legal department.

The PCB reacted to Akhtar's comments by criticising the "inappropriate and disrespectful" nature of his language.

“The PCB is disappointed with Shoaib Akhtar’s poor choice of words while publically commenting about the PCB’s legal department and its legal advisor. The language used by Shoaib Akhtar was highly inappropriate and disrespectful, and cannot be condoned in any civilised society," the board said in a media release.

The PCB added that Rizvi had initiated criminal proceedings against the famed cricketer-turned-analyst.

"The PCB’s legal advisor, Mr Taffazul Rizvi, in his own discretion, has initiated defamation and criminal proceedings against Shoaib Akhtar, while the PCB too reserves its rights.”

Akhtar's feud with Rizvi seems to date back to his playing days as the right-arm pacer claimed the lawyer made Shahid Afridi go through an ordeal and indulged in organising fictitious cases.

Another part of the menacing bowler's stormy rant saw him condemn corrupt practices in the game and adopt a firm stance against the reentry of ex-convicts in the sport.

He urged the Pakistan government to pass an act in the parliament, which officially criminalises fixing in order to serve as an effective deterrent for budding cricketers to refrain from illegal acts.

On the other hand, Akhtar's fuming tirade could now prompt the PCB to rethink its decision to invite him as part of a series of online sessions with current and emerging red and white-ball cricketers in the country.