Pakistan news April 8, 2010

Naved-ul-Hasan files appeal against PCB ban

Cricinfo staff

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, the Pakistan allrounder, has filed an appeal against the one-year ban from the national team, and the Rs. 2 million fine imposed on him by the PCB.

Naved is the third player after the Akmal brothers - Kamran and Umar - to file an appeal, following the punishments meted out by the board following Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia.

"What I was told by the cricket board was that my performance in the Twenty20 match against Australia was not up to the mark," Naved told reporters. "I don't think it is such a big crime and I hope I will get justice. Performing well in all the matches is not in the hands of a player."

Naved scored one run off nine balls and played out a maiden over from Mitchell Johnson in the closing stages of that match, as Pakistan fell short by two runs.

Naved's appeal will be scrutinized by the three-member appellate tribunal appointed by the PCB, which comprises two retired supreme court judges, Munir Sheikh and Jamshed Ali Shah, and former high court judge Irfan Qadir. PCB has set Apr. 16 as the deadline for all the players to file appeals.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik, who is in India for his planned wedding, sent a legal notice to the PCB but he is also likely to be asked to lodge a formal appeal. Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi have previously sent letters to the PCB inquiring about their punishments but have been told by the board to lodge formal appeals. "All the penalised cricketers have already been informed in detail under which rules and laws they were penalised. Now they can appeal against the punishments, in the way to challenge the verdicts and pray to waive it," PCB's legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi told Dawn.

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