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Malik, Rana Naved to appeal against ban this week

With uncertainty looming large over their international career, former captain Shoaib Malik and pacer Rana Naved-ul Hasan has decided to lodge appeals against their bans and fines this week with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

cricket Updated: Mar 21, 2010 21:26 IST

With uncertainty looming large over their international career, former captain Shoaib Malik and pacer Rana Naved-ul Hasan has decided to lodge appeals against their bans and fines this week with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Malik and Rana were banned for 12 months and fined two million rupees each by the PCB on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that probed into the team's poor showing in the tours to New Zealand and Australia.

According to the letters issued to both the senior players, the duo has been charged with creating disharmony in the team and deliberately under-performing. Malik is also accused of faking an ankle injury before the start of a tour match in Queenstown, New Zealand.

"I have spoken to my lawyers and we have now prepared the appeal. I intend to file the appeal with the PCB tomorrow," Malik said.

"I have had a clean and transparent career and I will fight these charges leveled against me. It is amazing that I have been punished without being given a chance to defend myself," he said.