PCB gives penalised players 30 days time to appeal

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Lahore, Mar.18 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given 30 days to appeal to the seven players who were banned and fined for their misconduct during the winless tour of Australia.

A PCB spokesman said the board had informed all the seven players about the reasons behind their punishments.

"They can file appeals within 30 days. We held a thorough inquiry and took into consideration all the facts and background and made decisions to solve the problems in Pakistan cricket," The Daily Times quoted the spokesman, as saying.

He said the board has also appointed three former judges to hear the appeals.

"The PCB governing board has appointed two retired Supreme Court judges - Muneer Sheikh and Jamshed Ali Shah - and former High Court judge Irfan Qadir, who will deal with appeals," the spokesperson said.

None of the players, including former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan who were banned for an indefinite, have spoken about the PCB's decision or disclosed if they would challenge its 'harsh' punishments.

The PCB had suspended former captain Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan for one year, and slapped hefty fines on star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, wicket keeper 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 one-dayers and a Twenty20 match. (ANI)

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