LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board has returned the money it had deducted from the funds of four players after they were fined earlier this year for indiscipline during the disastrous tour of Australia. The PCBs finance department in a show of urgency returned the amount to Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik, who were penalised in March by the boards inquiry committee set up to probe the national teams poor show in Australia. Afridi and Kamran were fined three million rupees, while Umar and Malik were penalised Rs two million each. The PCB inquiry committee even imposed a one-year ban on Malik for indiscipline during the tour but the boards appeals commissioner later cleared him of any wrongdoing paving the way for the former captains return to the national team. Since Afridis fine was removed completely and the fines of other players were halved, they approached the board for return of their funds, one source said. The source said that PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had flown to England last week with cheques for the players. Butt handed over the cheques of the deducted amounts to the players when he met them in London before the first Test, the source said. The idea was that the players should have peace of mind before the start of the Test series. Secondly, the players were right in their apprehensions as the finance department had acted hastily in deducting the fines from the players earnings, the source added. The PCB inquiry committee had also banned Rana Naved for a year and fined him two million rupees but his appeal is still pending with the appeals commissioner.