Lahore: Pakistan’s banned all-rounder Rana Naved blamed the spot-fixing scandal for the delay in his hearing and said that the whole episode is affecting his chances of a making a comeback.
Rana, banned since March 2010, has been trying to give Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ijaz Butt, his side of the story. “It’s unfortunate but this spot-fixing scandal is not letting me meet the PCB chairman who has now assured me ‘it will happen soon’,” Rana said.
Rana was banned for a year and fined two million rupees by the PCB on the recommendations of an inquiry committee, constituted after the disastrous tour of Australia earlier this year.
Some members of the inquiry committee during the questioning suspected that the player under-performed in a T20 match and an ODI in Australia for personal gains. But Rana denied the charge in the video recordings of the meetings which were leaked to the media.
“It is true that I’m a bit worried by this delay in my case being resolved. But I’m confident that once the meeting takes place my issue will be settled,” he said.
The PCB had either banned or fined seven players after the Australian tour with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal being questioned about alleged links with bookmakers. The board later cleared five players with the exception of Rana. In Younis Khan’s case, despite the removal of the indefinite ban on him by an appellate committee, the former captain is yet to play for the national team.
Disappointed to hear about allegations of spot fixing against the Pakistan team in England, Rana said, “They (board officials) know what to do best. Our team’s job is to play well and try and win every match against England,” he added.
The all-rounder has also expressed surprise over Younis’s silence on selection matters and the fixing scandal. “That’s strange,” Rana said. Sources claimed Younis is in talks with an English county and is likely to sign a two-year contract.