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    Younis appeal against ban adjourned

    The tribunal is hearing appeals against heavy fines and bans on seven top Pakistani players.

    Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan's appeal against an indefinite ban was adjourned on Saturday after his lawyer said he was only given documents detailing the allegations at the very last minute.

    "The one-man tribunal has adjourned the hearing on Younis's appeal until May 15 and on that day appeals against Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan will also be heard," Pakistan Cricket Board legal adviser Talib Rizvi told reporters.

    Malik and Naved had requested their case to be heard a week earlier than the scheduled May 22 date. Younis's lawyer Ahmed Qayyum said the hearing was adjourned after some of the statements made against his client were handed to him at the last minute.

    "The tribunal wanted us to argue on the allegations against Younis five minutes after handing them to us, so we requested for the adjournment because we have to study these statements," Qayyum told AFP.

    The tribunal is hearing appeals against heavy fines and bans on seven top Pakistani players.The players were fined and banned on the recommendations of an inquiry committee which was set up to look into the team's dismal performance on the tour of Australia where Pakistan lost all three Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 between December and February.

    Younis alongwith another former captain Mohammad Yousuf was banned indefinitely on charges of "infighting which resulted in a negative influence on the team.

    "Malik and Naved were banned for a year and fined two million rupees (24,000 dollars) on discipline breaches.

    Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal were fined three million rupees and placed on probation for six months, also on discipline violations. Umar Akmal was fined two million rupees.

    Except for Yousuf, who retired from international cricket in protest, all have appealed.Qayyum criticised the leaking of the inquiry committee's report to the media on Friday.

    "We have also raised objection on the leakage of the report and it's very clear that it's done with a malafide intentions against Younis," said Qayyum.

    The report said several Pakistani players accused Younis of being an arrogant captain. Younis, appointed captain in January last year, led Pakistan to World Twenty20 title in England in June 2009 but withdrew from the team before the New Zealand tour which preceded the Australia series.

    "If Younis was arrogant and players were against him, how come Pakistan win a major tournament?" said Qayyum of Pakistan's World Twenty20 success.