Pakistan news August 21, 2010

Naved's appeal adjourned to September 25

Cricinfo staff
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Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's appeal against the one-year ban imposed on him by the PCB has been adjourned to September 25 by the appellate tribunal headed by retired Justice Irfan Qadir. Naved, who said he was "desperate" to meet the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt before the appeal, has been given the chance to state his case with Butt on September 7.

"The chairman called me and said that he had been busy but will meet me on September 7 now," Naved told Cricinfo. "The hearing has been adjourned till September 25. I'm still hopeful something can be worked out as I want to play for Pakistan again."

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.

The tribunal was due to hear Naved's appeal today, but it had asked him to meet with Butt before that. Naved said he had made several unsuccessful attempts to arrange a meeting with Butt at the PCB headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Naved was recently permitted by the board to play county cricket. He has played nine Tests and 74 ODIs for Pakistan.

If he does not get selected for Pakistan, he is considering options to play in Bangladesh next month as well as joining up with Tasmania again for the Big Bash later this year. There is also interest from a couple of sides in South Africa for a stint there, though details have yet to be finalised.

Talib Rizvi, the PCB's legal adviser, said all the offending players had learned their lesson. "The PCB took actions against the players to give them a lesson that they are not bigger than the game," Rizvi told AFP. "Since all the players have apologised, the PCB's objective is achieved and you will see a difference in their discipline in the future."