ISLAMABAD: Pakistan all-rounder Rana Naved filed an appeal on Thursday against a one-year ban from the national team and a fine of two million rupees ($23,500).
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last month punished Naved for poor performance during the team’s woeful tour of Australia earlier this year. “What I was told by the cricket board was that my performance in the Twenty20 match against Australia was not up to the mark,” Naved said. “I don’t think so it’s such a big crime and I hope I will get the justice.”
Naved is the third player after Akmal brothers — Kamran and Umar — to file an appeal. The PCB imposed bans and fines on seven players on the recommendations of an inquiry which investigated Pakistan’s tour of Australia.
Pakistan lost the test series 3-0 and was routed 5-0 in the one-day series before losing the only Twenty20 game. Naved got 1-27 off his four-over bowling spell in the Twenty20 game, and with the bat, he was out stumped for just one run when Pakistan required 21 runs for victory off the last 17 deliveries. “Performing well in all the matches is not in the hand of a player,” Naved said.