Banned Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar has signed a lucrative deal to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 'Rawalpindi Express' is currently serving a 13-match suspension at international level for hitting team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat and was also fined 3.4 million rupees (£42,000) for the transgression.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf has also stated that the 32-year-old paceman needs counselling.
But as Shoaib nears the end of his backdated ban on 29th October he has confirmed permission was sought before the agreement went through.
"After I got permission from the PCB, I signed a contract to play for the IPL and it will be an honour to play in India," Shoaib said.
The inaugural Twenty20 competition - sanctioned by the International Cricket Council - is scheduled to start in April and Shoaib becomes the sixth Pakistani to sign up, after Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Asif.