Malik`s appeal against ban adjourned

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 00:15 AM IST

Lahore: Pakistan`s former cricket captain Shoaib Malik`s appeal against one-year ban and hefty fine has been adjourned until next week by a retired judge.

"Malik`s lawyer completed his arguments and the lawyer for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted time for some legal matters so the appeal has been adjourned for May 29," Irfan Qadir, the one-man arbitrator, said.

Rana Navedul Hasan appeal was adjourned until June 19 after his lawyer filed two more appeals and wanted to know constitutional points about the inquiry, Qadir said.

Former captain Younus Khan`s appeal has already been adjourned for May 29, the Daily Times reports.

The PCB banned Malik and Naved for one year on charges of indiscipline during Pakistan`s disastrous tour of Australia.

Both were also fined Rs two million. Younus and another former captain, Mohammad Yousuf, were banned indefinitely as a "result of infighting in the team".

Pakistan`s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were heavily fined and kept on a six-month probation.

The penalties followed an investigation into Pakistan`s tour of Australia, where they lost all three Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 international. Except Yousuf, who retired in protest, all six players appealed.

Appeals by Afridi, Kamran and Umar will be heard later.