Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Tuesday served a legal notice on Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar M Khan, asking him to withdraw a recent cricket board press release issued against the pacer.

Speaking to Dawn, the former pacer said that he has served a legal notice on Chairman PCB over the press release issued last month. “Instead of bringing improvement in the cricket structure, the PCB through the press release has attempted to ban my voice which is always raised for the betterment of cricket,” he said.

“At first they [PCB] blocked my pension, and then made attempts to silence my voice…this is ridiculous. They are trying to pin me down in an effort to protect the gambling mafia,” he said and claimed that court in its verdict early this year had only refrained him from leveling allegations against Executive Committee head Najam Sethi but not against the PCB.

“I have never levelled false allegations against anyone, including Mr Sethi. I believe in truth, which I will continue to speak,” he asserted.

Last month, PCB through an official press release had warned the media not to give space to the former Test fast bowler, underlining that any move to do so maybe a contempt of court. In the said press release, the PCB had pleaded that even after injunctive order, Sarfraz Nawaz is continuing with his vitriolic campaign and leveling false allegations against PCB.”

However, Sarfraz served a legal notice to PCB chairman on grounds that the court clearly specified that no false statement will be issued by Sarfraz Nawaz against Mr. Najam Sethi in his personal capacity but Pakistan Cricket Board has no concern whatsoever in the subject matter. “You, being Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, are hereby served notice to withdraw the Press Release dated 19.02.2017 issued by the Board within 15 days failing which appropriate legal remedies will be availed which includes initiation of Civil actions for damages and Criminal proceedings in Court of Competent jurisdiction,” the pacer’s legal notice said.

PCB’s spokesman Amjad Bhatti could not be approached for his comments over the legal notice and suspension of pension of Sarfraz Nawaz.

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