Appellate tribunal adjourns Rana Naved’s hearing to Sep 25

Updated: Aug 21, 2010, 20:58 PM IST

Lahore: In a setback to Rana Naved’s return to the Pakistan cricket team, an appellate tribunal on Saturday adjourned the hearing of the all-rounder’s appeal against a 12-month ban to September 25.

“It is disappointing that this matter has been further delayed. I want to get out of this issue as soon as possible and want the Pakistan Cricket Board to clear me,” Naved told the media.

Naved is the only sole player left to have his penalties overturned out of the seven cricketers, who were either banned or fined in March by the Pakistan Cricket Board for indiscipline during the shambolic tour of Australia.

Naved was also fined two million rupees by PCB on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that probed into the team’s poor performances Down Under.

“The appellate tribunal has adjourned my hearing till the September 25 but I am hopeful that the PCB chairman Ejaz Butt will meet me on September 7,” Naved said.

“I am willing to apologise to him (Butt) to get this ban and fine overturned. I have been trying to arrange a meeting with him and now it is expected that he will meet me on September 7. I am hopeful this issue can be closed,” he said.

“I am keen to play for Pakistan again and I am continuing my practice and training. If the team requires me I am available for any series,” he added.

The appellate tribunal and PCB have until now either lifted bans or reduced fines of six players – former captains, Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar.