Afridi, Khan appeal against sanctions

ISLAMABAD: Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan filed appeals on Tuesday after being disciplined by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

PCB legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi said Afridi filed his appeal in person against a fine of three million rupees ($35,000) for ball tampering during the one-day international series against Australia in January.

Younis'' lawyer, Mohammad Ahmed Qayyum, said he had faxed his client''s appeal to the PCB and had also delivered a copy to PCB headquarters in Lahore.

Former captain Mohammad Yousuf and Younis were banned indefinitely reportedly due to infighting that affected the team in Australia.

``We have a strong case against this indefinite ban,'''' Qayyum told The Associated Press. ``Younis was never heard during the inquiry committee meetings and his advice was only sought how to improve the performance of the national team.''''

Qayyum said he wants the appeals to be heard in front of the media so that ``people should know the truth.''''

The PCB formed an inquiry committee, headed by its chief executive officer Wasim Bari, after Pakistan lost the test series 3-0 to Australia and was routed 5-0 in the ODI series. It also lost the only twenty20 international.

Last month, the PCB implemented all the recommendations of the committee and imposed fines and or bans on seven players.

Afridi was captain in the fifth ODI at Perth when he was caught on camera biting the ball. Apart from the PCB fine, he was banned for two twenty20 internationals by the International Cricket Council.

Former captain Shoaib Malik was banned for one year and fined two million rupees ($23,500) for ill discipline. He and Yousuf are yet to file appeals.

Kamran and Umar Akmal were fined for ill discipline while Rana Naved was fined two million rupees and banned for one year for underperforming in the twenty20 game against Australia. All three players are appealing their punishments.