Rana seeks meeting with Butt to get ban revoked

Updated: Aug 15, 2010, 00:15 AM IST

Karachi: Desperate to get the ban on him revoked, Pakistan all-rounder Rana Naved has sought a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt.

Rana said he had tried unsuccessfully to meet Butt in Lahore and gone to the Gaddafi stadium several times but nothing materialised.

“I am getting desperate now because if the PCB Chairman goes abroad once again my appeal against the ban will be left pending for another month or so,” he said.

Rana was banned in March for 12 months and fined Rs two million by the PCB on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that probed the national team’s shambolic show on the tour to Australia early this year.

Besides Rana, the board also banned former captains Younus Khan, Muhammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik and fined others including Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers for misconduct and indiscipline on the tour.

But after a process of appeals, all the other players have had their bans lifted or fines reduced except for Rana who was told by an appellate tribunal of the board to approach the PCB Chairman to get his case resolved.

“I am ready to go and apologise to PCB Chairman if there is a feeling I did something wrong. I am desperate to play for Pakistan again. But I am not being given the opportunity to state my case before the Chairman,” he said.

The appellate tribunal headed by Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir has set August 21 as the next date of hearing for Rana’s appeal hearing but before that it wants him to meet the PCB head.

Until now, except for Rana and Younus all the other players who were banned or fined in March have resumed playing for Pakistan.

Younus had his ban removed by the appellate tribunal in June but the board has still not cleared him to play for Pakistan in England.

Rana said he wanted to resume his cricket career once again and was getting desperate.

“I hope I can get some time with the PCB Chairman so that I can state my case to him and have this ban removed. If I am unable to meet with the PCB Chairman before the next date of my appeal then I am afraid it will be prolonged for another month or so.”

Rana, who has played nine Tests and 74 one-dayers, was permitted by the board to play county cricket recently.