Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi filed an appeal with the Pakistan Cricket Board against the three million rupees fine imposed on him last month for his ball-tampering antics in Australia earlier this year.
“Yes we have got an appeal from Shahid today and we will be sending all appeals filed by the players to the governing board and then appellate tribunal for further action,” PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said.
Before Afridi, Rana Naved and the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, had filed appeals against their punishments with the board.
Former captain, Younus Khan was also expected to finally submit an appeal with the board through his lawyer later on Tuesday against the indefinite ban imposed on him.
The board, acting on the recommendations of its inquiry committee that probed into the team’s poor performances during the Australian tour, had banned Younus, Muhammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved besides imposing heavy fines on Afridi and the Akmal brothers for violating the code of conduct on that tour.
“We have a proper process for these appeals to be heard by the appellate board which has already been formed. The appellate board will decide whether to uphold the appeals of the players or reject them or recommend changes to the punishments,” Rizvi said.
Afridi was fined and put on six month’s probation by the board for his ball-tampering action during the fifth and final One-day international against Australia in Perth in February.
The Pakistani all-rounder was immediately handed over a two-match ban by the ICC match referee.
Afridi, in his appeal, has made the point that the board cannot punish him for an offence for, which he has already been banned for two matches by the ICC.