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Malik, Rana Naved to challenge PCB ban

March 20, 2010 16:03 IST

Shoaib MalikBanned Pakistani players Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan have decided to challenge the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to impose a year's ban.

Naved said he has received the documents explaining the reasons for his suspension by the PCB and would file his appeal in a couple of days.

"I have been preparing the response papers with my representatives and they will be ready in a couple of days time," PakPassion.net quoted Naved, as saying.

The 32-year-old bowler said he has read the report prepared by the PCB's Inquiry Committee, which had recommended harsh punishments for players who 'underperformed' during the Australia tour.

"Yes I have the report and have had a read of it. The only reason why they have banned me is due to underperformance. They felt that my performance on the tour of Australia was below par. I always give 100 per cent effort every time I take the field, it doesn't matter who I am playing for, I always give my all," Naved said.

Meanwhile, former captain Shoaib Malik, who is also facing a year's ban, has also decided to appeal against the PCB's decision.

Malik said he has been informed that the board's inquiry committee has found him guilty of creating 'disharmony' in the dressing room also faking an ankle injury during New Zealand tour.

Earlier, the PCB had given 30 days time to the banned, fined players to appeal.

The PCB had suspended Malik and Naved for one year, and slapped hefty fines on star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and his batsman brother Umer Akmal following the recommendations of a committee headed by the Chief Operating Officer (CCO) Wasim Bari.

The PCB had formed the six-member committee to look into Pakistan's deplorable performance during the tour of Australia, during which the visitors were white washed in all three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 match.

Source: ANI