Islamabad: Suspended Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved rubbished reports that he delibrately underperformed in the T20 match against Australia at the MCG during Pakistan's winless tour in Australia.
Naved was banned with along with senior pakistan members of the team including Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan on the recommendation of an inquiry committee set up to probe the disastrous tour Down Under.
He said that he was actually injured due to which he failed to perform in the match.
“To say I was under performing in that match or at any time of my career is simply not true. In the match that you are referring to, the very first delivery of the 17th
over from Mitchell Johnson reared up at me and hit me in the grill. After that incident I was struggling to bat and really couldn"t contribute for the rest of that over," Naved told PakPassion.net.
Chasing a paltry 128 for victory, Pakistan collapsed to 125 for 9, despite 64 from Kamran Akmal off only 33 deliveries. Naved batting at number 8 scored only one run before he was stumped by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Steve Smith.
“I wasn"t hundred percent fit and tried to carry on batting, but I was struggling. There was absolutely no chance of me under performing at all," the 32-year old bowler added.
He has appealed for his one-year ban and two million fine imposed on him and his appeal is scheduled to be heard on June 19.