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Afridi, Younus have sent 'letters', not appeals: PCB

cricket Updated: Mar 27, 2010 16:16 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board today made it clear that they are considering written communications from Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan as "letters" and not appeals against the penalties imposed on them.

The legal advisor of the Board Tafazzul Rizvi said that until yesterday no player, including Afridi and Younus, had filed a proper appeal with the Board and the duo had only outlined their grievances.

"What Younus and Afridi have sent are letters in which they have outlined their grievances over the penalties imposed on them and asked for the reasons behind the punishments," Rizvi said.

He said as per the constitution of the Board, if a player files a proper appeal against his ban or fine, it would be routed to the appellate tribunal formed by the Board to hear the grievances.

"The PCB will at best act like a post office and the appellate tribunal will decide on the merit of the appeals."

The PCB had earlier this month imposed indefinite bans on senior batsmen, Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan and banned Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved for 12 months each and fined them two million rupees each.

The board had also fined Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal three million rupees each and put them on six months probation period. Umar Akmal was also fined two million rupees on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that probed into the team's poor performances in Australia and into reports of infighting during the tour.

Afridi, on Thursday, had said that he had filed an appeal with the board over the fine imposed on him for the ball tampering incident in Australia while Younus Khan's lawyer stated he had sent a letter to the board asking for evidence to support the charges against his client.

The PCB in a separate statement had clarified that those players who were banned or fined after the Australian Tour Inquiry Report have the right to appeal as per the guidelines laid down in the PCB Constitution Clause no 35.

"All affected players have already been intimated of this. All cases of players who appeal to PCB as per clause 35 of PCB Constitution will be dealt according to the laid down procedure in the board constitution," the statement said.