LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board Wednesday imposed heavy penalties on national team players with bans on former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan for an indefinite period from all formats of the game and one year ban on Rana Naved and Shoaib Malik for disciplinary problems during the tour of Australia. Former captain Shoaib Mailk and Rana Navedul Hasan were banned for a year. All-rounder Shahid Afridi, who was recently held for ball-tampering, would be kept on probation for six months. A probe would be conducted on Afridis involvement in the ball-tampering case. Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul would also be on probation for six months. Shahid Afridi and Akmal brothers were all heavily fined and placed on probation for six months. According to PCB inquiry committee recommendations on which the board acted, this move is part of the PCBs clean-up bid of Pakistani cricket. The PCB started distilling drive Wednesday when it put an end to the international careers of Yousuf and Younus besides imposing a one-year ban on Malik and Naved in the wake of the teams disastrous tour of Australia. Pakistan were whitewashed in all three formats of the game in Australia and the PCB had set up an inquiry committee headed by Wasim Bari to probe the reasons for the debacle. As recommended by the committee, former captain Malik and Naved were handed one-year bans. An official of the PCB said the players who the Board has fined or banned, can appeal against these penalties. He said the Board has a formal mechanism of appeal against the punishments and the affected players may approach the Board chairman for appeal. He said Yousuf and Younus Khan will not be entitled to lead Pakistan in any format of cricket including Twenty20, One-dayers and Test cricket. The inquiry committee had recommended that Yousuf and Younis should no longer be part of the national team in any format because of their bad influence on the team and that Malik and Rana be banned for 12 months and fined Rs 2 million. The Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar and Afridi have been put on probation for six months besides being fined between Rs 2 to 3 million for indiscipline on the tour, the PCB statement said. The punishments are set to impact the composition of Pakistans World Twenty20 Championship squad. The team is the defending champion in this format and the 15-man squad for the event is due to be named by the end of this month. According to reports, the findings of the committee were discussed by the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt with the national selection committee on Monday as part of the selection process for the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies. Apparently at the meeting, there were mixed reactions to the strong recommendations keeping in mind the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies where Pakistan defends its title, a board official said. The inquiry committee apparently had serious reservations over the attitude and commitment shown by Malik and Rana in Australia where they were accused of not cooperating with the management. An official said the captain, coach and manager on the Australian tour had reported Malik and Rana for misbehaviour and not cooperating with the management a fact confirmed by some other players who appeared before the probe committee. This is the first time in Pakistan cricket history that the Board has taken such strong disciplinary action against so many players at one time. Yousuf and Younus werent the only players to feel the PCBs wrath, with little silt falling on Malik and Naved. Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, keeping in view their in-fighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team, their attitude has a trickle-down effect which is a bad influence for the whole team, should not be part of national team in any format, the PCB said in a statement. Having been appointed permanent captain in January last year, Younus resigned his post in October 2009 as a result of a political probe into match-fixing during his time in charge, even though he was cleared of any wrongdoing. With Younus unavailable for the tour of New Zealand late last year Yousuf was handed the captaincy but the team lurched from one disaster to another, the worst result coming when it bowled Australia out for 127 in the SCG Test but then crashed for just 139 in its second dig to lose by 36 runs. The committee consisted of Wasim Bari (Chairman), Wazir Ali Khoja, Yawar Saeed, Zakir Khan and Taffazul Haider Rizvi as members while former captain Wasim Akram, who was also part of the committee could not attend any of the meetings due to his commentary assignments. According to an official of the board, the committee held marathon sessions on February 12, 13 and 27 and called Abdul Raqib, manager Pakistan team, Muhammad Talha, cricket analyst, Dr Faisal Hayat, physio, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Yousaf, Malik, Intikhab Alam, Salman Butt, Younus Khan, Aaqib Javed, assistant coach and Naveed to give their statements. The committee deliberated on the coach and managers report on Pakistan tour to UAE, New Zealand and Australia 2009-10 and the reports by the bowling consultant Waqar Younis. The committee after conducted detailed interactive sessions with the persons appearing before it and confronted the officials and the players of Pakistan team and submitted its recommendations to the PCB chairman. Text of PCB committee recommendations: Recommendations After careful and detailed analysis of the events, the personal accounts of the team management and players and examination of record, videos and statistics, the unanimous recommendations of the Committee were as follows: 1. Mohammed Yousaf and Younus Khan keeping in view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team, their attitude has a trickledown effect which is a bad influence for the whole team should not be part of national team in any format. 2. For the shameful act of Shahid Khan Afridi, which has brought the game and country into disrepute, he be fined Rupees Three Million. A warning be issued to him by the Chairman PCB and he be put on probation for 06 months, during which his conduct be strictly monitored. 3. Kamran Akamal be fined Rupees Three Million. A warning be issued to him by the Chairman PCB and he be put on probation for 06 months, during which his conduct be strictly monitored. 4. Umar Akmal be fined Rupees Two Million. A warning be issued to him by the Chairman PCB and he be put on probation for 06 months, during which his conduct be strictly monitored. 5. Rana Naveed ul Hasan and Shoaib Malik be fined Rupees Two Million. They should not be part of national team in any format for a period of one year. Recommendations of the Inquiry Committee have been accepted by PCB in totality. The recommendations of the Committee will go a long way to arrest the continuing decline Pakistan cricket and improve the state of cricket in Pakistan. It is a landmark exercise which is an outcome of labor and hard work of the members of the Committee.