No problems approaching PCB for leniency: Rana Naved
Karachi: Pakistan`s banned allrounder, Rana Naved has no problems with directly approaching the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and demanding him to review the 12-month ban and Rs 2 million fine imposed on him since March this year.
Naved was recently told by the appeals` commissioner (retd) Justice Irfan Qadir, appointed by the board to hear the appeals of players who were banned or fined in March for indiscipline on the tour of Australia, to approach the PCB directly and request the chairman to review the punishment imposed on him.
The appeals` commissioner had adjourned Naved`s appeal hearing until June 26 to provide him time to talk to the PCB chairman directly.
"I have no issues meeting with the PCB Chairman and apprising him of my point of view on the ban imposed on me and also asking him to review the penalties imposed on me," Naved said.
"I am keen to play for Pakistan again and if the PCB is willing to reconsider the ban on me, I have no issues approaching them. I just want to resume my international cricket career as I still have some years of cricket left in me," he said.
He said it would be a positive move to meet with the PCB chief and clear misunderstandings about his behavior on the Australian tour.
"I am keen to clear my image as a trouble maker and indisciplined guy on the tour," he said.
Naved said he was ready to give his version of explanation to the PCB chief and seek clearance to play for Pakistan again.
Barring Mohammad Yousuf (who has retired) and Naved, all the players, who were penalised by the board after an inquiry committee report into the Australian tour, have had their bans or fines removed or reduced by the board or through the appeals` commissioner.
Shoaib Malik`s one-year ban was reversed while Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar`s Rs 3 million fines were halved after they apologised to the PCB chairman.
Naved said he had not heard from the board after his hearing was adjourned.
"I will respond to the PCB call immediately but so far I haven`t received any word since my hearing was adjourned on Saturday," said Naved while adding he will try to meet Ijaz Butt before the June 26 hearing.