Afridi, Younis Appeal Against Penalties

Afridi, Younis Appeal Against Penalties
Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi and former captain Younis Khan have appealed against the penalties imposed on them by the country's cricket board.

Afridi has filed an appeal against the Rs 3 million fine and six months probation imposed on him, while Younis has challenged the indefinite ban placed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"Yes I have sent a notice to the Chief Operating Officer of the Board Wasim Bari asking him on what grounds have I been fined by the Board," Afridi said.

Afridi's decision to appeal comes just two days after he was appointed captain for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

"I have taken the plea that when the Board Chairman Ejaz Butt himself has said on record that the PCB would not punish me twice for the same offence how can they fine me now for ball tampering," Afridi said.

Afridi pleaded guilty to ball tampering charges during the fifth and final one-day international against Australia in Perth last month and was subsequently banned for two matches by the ICC match referee.

The PCB also while imposing fine on him said that his ball tampering incident had brought Pakistan cricket into disrepute and spoilt its image.

Ahmed Qayyum, the lawyer for Younis said that he had sent a letter to the Board asking them to explain on what grounds was the indefinite ban imposed on his client.

"The chargesheet they have sent to Younis contains no proper evidence or explanation to back up the indefinite ban, there is no reasoning given for the ban," he said.

"We have basically asked the Board to provide us with solid evidence that Younis was involved in infighting with Muhammad Yousuf and they disrupted the team's dressing room atmosphere," he added.

Qayyum said that if the Board was unable to give a satisfactory reply or provide evidence then Younis would seek help from the court of law.

"We want this issue to be settled amicably and the ban to be ended but if that does not happen then we will go to the court," Qayyum said.

Younis left for the United States yesterday night on a Islamic relief fund tour and will be back next week.

The Board has set up a three-member appellate tribunal comprising of three former judges of the Supreme Court and High Court.

A Board official said that the letters sent by Afridi and Younis would be studied by the PCB's legal adviser before a answer is drafted. "If need arises the matter can be referred to the tribunal," he said.

Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved, who have been banned for 12 months each and fined Rs 2 million each, have also said they will appeal against their punishments on returning from Sharjah where they have gone to play the Bangladesh Twenty20 league.
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