All-rounder Naved awaits ban overturn

Pakistan all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan stepped up efforts Friday to overturn his one-year ban for violating a code of conduct following a disastrous tour of Australia.

The 32-year-old was one of seven players banned and fined after Pakistan lost all three Tests, five one-day matches and a Twenty20 on their tour of Australia between December and February, in a visit also marred by off-field problems.

“Friday’s meeting was good and I hope to get good news soon,” said Naved, who was also accused of under-performing in the February Twenty20 match in Melbourne after he scored just one run off the nine balls he faced. Australia won by two runs.

But PCB lawyer Talib Rizvi said Naved would have to wait. “The appeal was due to be heard on September 25 but it is adjourned and we will announce a new date on Saturday,” Rizvi told AFP.

Naved said he is eager to represent Pakistan again. “I have lot of cricket left in me and I am desperate to play for Pakistan. It was disappointing to see Pakistan lose on the England tour where I could have been successful because of my experience in county cricket.”