Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is to challenge his 18-month ban in the Lahore High Court.
Shoaib was originally banned for five years in April for repeated violations of the Pakistan Cricket Board code of conduct after being placed on a two-year probation for attacking team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat in the dressing-room at last September's World Twenty20.
The final straw for the PCB came when the 32-year-old publically criticised their allocation of central contracts.
The five-year ban was reduced to 18 months at a PCB appeals tribunal on June 14, but Shoaib is not willing to accept the punishment.
"We have filed the writ petition, challenging the ban and hope the hearing will be done in the next couple of days," Shoaib's lawyer Abid Minto said on Monday.
"We have termed the decision of disciplinary committee and appellate tribunal illegal and my client wants to play for his country."