Naved appeal adjourned

2010-06-19 13:33

Lahore - A retired Pakistani judge on Saturday adjourned until next week hearing an appeal lodged by all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan against a one-year ban and a hefty fine.

Naved was one of seven players penalised in March by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over discipline breaches following the team's winless tour of Australia.

PCB legal adviser Talib Rizvi said Naved will have to approach the PCB to reconsider the sanctions.

"Naved's appeal was heard on Saturday and the arbitrator has ordered the all-rounder to approach the PCB to reconsider the sanctions on him and the case will be heard on June 26," Rizvi told AFP.

Naved, along with former captain Shoaib Malik, was banned for one year and fined two million rupees (24,000 dollars), while two other former captains, Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan, were banned indefinitely.

Current captain Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were fined heavily.

The PCB appointed a one-man arbitrator, retired judge Irfan Qadir, who overturned the bans on Malik and Younus, while the fines meted out to Malik and the Akmal brothers were halved.

The fine on Afridi was revoked.

Yousuf, who retired from cricket in protest over the sanctions, did not appeal.

"The PCB has reconsidered the sanctions on all players, so if Naved approaches the PCB his case will also be reconsidered," said Rizvi, dismissing suggestions the PCB succumbed to political pressure to revoke the penalties.

"PCB has sent strong signals that any indiscipline will not be tolerated and the sanctions were revoked and fines were reduced only after players confessed their crimes," said Rizvi.

The PCB penalised the players after the national team lost all three Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 match on the December-February tour of Australia, which was marred by disciplinary problems.

The 32-year-old Naved, regarded as a limited overs specialist, was accused of under-performing in the Twenty20 match in Melbourne after he scored just one run off the nine balls he faced.