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Malik, Rana to appeal against PCB ban
Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul Hasan has decided to lodge appeals against their bans and fines this week with the PCB.
Former captain Malik and pacer Rana Naved were banned for 12 months and fined two million rupees each by the PCB on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that probed into the team's poor showing in the tours to New Zealand and Australia.
According to the letters issued to both the senior players, the duo has been charged with creating disharmony in the team and deliberately under-performing. Malik is also accused of faking an ankle injury before the start of a tour match in Queenstown, New Zealand.
"I have spoken to my lawyers and we have now prepared the appeal. I intend to file the appeal with the PCB tomorrow," Malik said.
"I have had a clean and transparent career and I will fight these charges levelled against me. It is amazing that I have been punished without being given a chance to defend myself," he said.
Naved was equally emotional and pointed out that his life has turned into nightmare since the penalties imposed by PCB.
"I can't sleep at nights and my family is disturbed with these turn of events. I am hurt because without hearing my side of the story, without giving me a chance to clarify the board has imposed such harsh penalties on me," he said.
He confirmed he had also consulted his lawyers and would file an appeal by Wednesday.
"I have always played clean cricket and gave my 100 per cent for the country. Why should I accept such baseless charges against me?" he questioned.
"I don't care whether I play cricket again or not but I don't want to live with these allegations. I have always stayed away from such things so why I am being punished," Naved said.
PCB has already appointed a three-member appellate tribunal comprising of three former Supreme Court and High Court judges, who will hear out any appeals from the affected players.
Incidentally, former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan have so far given no indication they plan to file appeals against their indefinite bans.
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