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Rana wants PCB to remove ban on players

May 29, 2010 22:16 IST

Pakistani fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan demanded the cricket board (PCB) to remove bans and fines on all the affected players collectively who were penalised in March for indiscipline on the shambolic tour of Australia.

Expressing his happiness that the board has lifted the one-year ban on former captain Shoaib Malik, Rana, who is presently in England playing county cricket, felt that the action of removing the bans and fines should have been done collectively for all the seven players.

"I am trying to remain positive but obviously it is a bit disappointing that they have only removed Malik's ban and not decided on other players as yet," Rana said.

The Pakistan board's appointed appeal's judge, Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir during a hearing at which Malik was not present lifted the one year ban and reduced a Rs. two million fine to Rs. one million on the all-rounder.

Rana said that board should now do justice with other players as well or they would feel victimised.

"I am hopeful now my ban would also be removed at my hearing next month. I also want this stigma of being an indisciplined player removed from my name," he said.

The all-rounder who also appeared before an inquiry committee that probed into the team's poor show in Australia was banned for 12 months and fined Rs. two million rupees like Malik.

The other affected players include Younis Khan and Muhammad Yousuf who were banned for indefinite periods while Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were fined by the inquiry committee.

Rana said that he was disappointed at not being included in the list of players for the Asia Cup and England tour but remained hopeful he will make another comeback to the national team.

"I have always played with a positive mindset and it has worked for me and once my ban goes I am sure the selectors will give me a chance," he added.

Asked what sort of affect Malik's return to the team will have on the dressing room since he was most criticised and described as a trouble maker at the inquiry committee hearings by some fellow players and team officials, Rana played down the issue.

"I think at the inquiry committee proceedings we had come back after a bad series in Australia and there was pressure on everyone. But I don't think this is something that can't be worked out. We have been playing together for a long time now and these things happen," he stated.

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