Banned from donning national colours, Naved signs for Tasmania
Pakistan's banned all-rounder Rana Naved ul Hasan has signed a fresh contract with Australian state side Tasmania indicating he is still very much in demand in the overseas Twenty20 cricket leagues.cricket Updated: Mar 15, 2010 16:26 IST
Pakistan's banned all-rounder Rana Naved ul Hasan has signed a fresh contract with Australian state side Tasmania indicating he is still very much in demand in the overseas Twenty20 cricket leagues.
Naved confirmed today that he had renewed his contract with Tasmania whom he represented last winter in the Australian T20 Big Bash competition.
"I have this new contract with Tasmania and I am also negotiating another contract with English county Sussex to play for them this summer," he said.
Naved was among the seven cricketers banned or fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that looked into the national team's poor show during the recent tour of Australia.
The board banned Rana for 12 months besides imposing a fine of two million rupees in their crackdown on alleged indiscipline in the team. The ban only barred Naved from playing for the national team while allowing him to play in the domestic circuit and foreign leagues.
"When I am not banned from playing in foreign leagues obviously I am looking for opportunities to play regularly and this contract by Tasmania is a good development for me," he said.
"I am even hopeful of getting a contract with Sussex as it will mean I can continue my cricket in England in summer," he said.
Naved said so far he had not received any official notification from the board informing him about the reasons for the ban.
"Look I can only decide whether to appeal against the ban or fine when I know what is my crime for which I am being punished," he said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board has constituted a three-member appellate tribunal of retired judges to hear any appeals from the players penalised by the board.
The members of the panel are retired judges Jamshed Ali Shah, Irfan Qadir and Munir A Sheikh.
A board official said so far no cricketer has filed any appeal though the notices informing the players about their bans and fines had been sent to them by the PCB.