Former captain Shoaib Malik has appealed a ban and heavy fine imposed on him by cricket authorities, barely two days before the deadline, an official said Wednesday. Maliks counsel Ahmed Hussain has sent his appeal against the fine and ban and now an independent arbitrator will deal with the case, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi told a foreign news agency. Last month the PCB imposed heavy fines and penalties on seven top players following on- and off-field problems during tours of the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia. Malik, who wedded Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday in Hyderabad, was banned for one year and fined two million rupees for violation of players code of conduct.