Pakistan news August 14, 2010

Naved-ul-Hasan 'desperate' to meet with PCB

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has said he is desperate to meet with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt so he can get his ban revoked, even going so far as to making several unsuccessful trips to the Gaddafi Stadium in the hope of arranging a meeting.

"I am getting desperate now because if the PCB chairman goes abroad once again my appeal against the ban will be left pending for another month or so," Naved told PTI.

The appellate tribunal headed by retired Justice Irfan Qadir is due to hear Naved's appeal on August 21, but has asked him to meet with Butt before that.

"I hope I can get some time with the PCB chairman so that I can state my case to him and have this ban removed," he said. "If I am unable to meet with the PCB chairman before the next date of my appeal then I am afraid it will be prolonged for another month or so."

Naved, along with several of his team-mates, was punished by the PCB following the tour of Australia in 2009-10. He was banned for one year and slapped with a Rs 2 million fine. All the punished players, except for Naved, have met the PCB again and had their bans revoked, and fines lifted or reduced. Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf, both of whom were banned, have since been recalled to the Pakistan side as well.

"I am ready to go and apologise to PCB chairman if there is a feeling I did something wrong," Naved said. "I am desperate to play for Pakistan again. But I am not being given the opportunity to state my case before the chairman."

Naved-ul-Hasan was recently permitted by the board to play county cricket. He has played nine Tests and 74 ODIs for Pakistan.