Former captain Shoaib Malik has decided to appeal against the one-year ban and fine imposed on him by Pakistan Cricket Board which has accused him of faking an injury and creating disharmony in the team during the Australia tour.
Sources close to Malik told PTI that the all-rounder was upset after receiving a two page chargesheet from the board which stated that the inquiry committee set up by the PCB had found him to be faking an injury besides spreading disharmony in the dressing room during the tour to Australia.
Malik had held consultations with lawyers after getting the letter from the board and decided to appeal against the ban initially to the board chairman and governing council members.
“The two pages from the board state that the inquiry committee has found him guilty of creating intrigues in the team, spreading disharmony in the dressing room and also faking an ankle injury in New Zealand,” a source disclosed.
“He is upset and disheartened that he has been charged of serious things without even being given a chance to defend himself or cross question his accusers. If his initial appeal is not upheld then he will file a full fledged case against the board,” the source said.
It is learnt that the captain (Mohammad Yousuf) and coach (Intikhab Alam) had complained to the inquiry committee that before the tour game in Queenstown, Malik pulled out of the match stating he had an ankle injury.