LAHORE Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi has lodged an appeal against a heavy fine, imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the ball-tampering charge. He had handed the letter to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Wasim Bari on the eve of the Pakistan Day T20 Cup in Lahore. I have already handed the letter to the Wasim Bari [PCB COO], in which I have written that why I was penalised twice in one charge and appealed to waive my fine, Afridi was quoted by Cricdb. The PCB had implemented the recommendations of an inquiry committee formed to evaluate Pakistans dismal performance against Australia in December and January. And for the shocking act of Afridi, which had brought the game and country into disrepute, he was fined Rs three million along with a warning issued by the Chairman PCB Ijaz Butt. He is also on a six month probation, during which his conduct will be strictly monitored. But after the detailed discussion with the concern, the PCB appointed Afridi as captain for the ICC World Twenty20, scheduled to take place in the West Indies next month. According to a wire news agency, PCB chief operating officer Wasim Bari confirmed Afridi was the first to lodge his appeal. Afridi has submitted his appeal against the fine with the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and now one of three independent judges appointed to hear the appeals will take up the matter, Bari said. The PCB last week appointed two retired Supreme Court judges Muneer Sheikh and Jamshed Ali Shah and a former High Court judge, Irfan Qadir, to deal with the appeals. I have submitted the appeal, Afridi told AFP, without giving details. Malik, Naved and Younus have also hinted lodging appeal early next month. PCB has set a 30-day period for appeals. Younus set for legal battle with PCB Younus Khan on Thursday has decided to challenge the ban in court imposed on him by Pakistan Cricket Boards (PCB) decision to ban him indefinitely. Younus, a former captain, has filed a plea against the ban, handed down by the PCB earlier this month in the aftermath of Pakistans disastrous tour of Australia, reports said. Reports said Younus lawyer Ahmed Qayyum is confident the senior batsman will get a reprieve following his appeal against the ban. Also, Qayyum, who is son of Pakistans former Attorney General Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum, has asked the board to furnish evidence that Younus was responsible for any wrongdoings during the tour of Australia. Younus was one of the seven leading cricketers banned or fined by the PCB, which said it was acting on recommendations from a probe committee that investigated into the causes behind Pakistans poor performance against Australia. Younus and another former captain Mohammad Yousuf were banned indefinitely for infighting while Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were banned for one year. Shahid Afridi, the captain of the Twenty20 side, was fined Rs. three million and put on probation for six months over his shameful act of biting the ball in Perth. The Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, were treated similarly and told their conduct would be strictly monitored. Pakistan to launch World Cup defence against Bangladesh Pakistan will launch its ICC World Twenty20 title defence against Bangladesh in St Lucia on May 1 and stylish opener Salman Butt is taking the whole thing in his stride. Salman, looking ahead at the prospect of entering the tournament as the defending champion, said: I think everything has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to us arriving at the tournament as current holders of the World Twenty20 title. I think going into this tournament as the reigning champion puts us in good position to say - why cant we win it again? I think were in a tough group with Bangladesh and Australia. Australia is a good team and Bangladesh is a very good emerging side. Bangladesh has done very well recently, especially in the shortest format of the game in which no team is a clear favourite. Looking at the host nation, the West Indies, the 25-year-old from Lahore didnt believe it will have too much of an home advantage: It does matter at times who is the home side but especially in this format, I think there is not much the home side can do. There are only 20 overs and theres very little chance of the pitch changing its behaviour in the 20 overs that you play. I think it will be an even stevens competition which anyone can win. Im looking forward to going back to the West Indies. It will be my second time there. Its a great place to play with great atmosphere. The Pakistan opener believes match practice will be important ahead of the tournament: I am sure there will be quite a few international players who would have been playing non-stop cricket in a lead up to the ICC World Twenty20 and might pull up an injury during the main event. It is a bit of both when it comes to the advantages and disadvantages of playing in a domestic event before a global tournament like the ICC World Twenty20. In general, I dont think it matters either way in Twenty20 as once you get in the groove, its anybodys game. When I look at the Pakistan team, especially in this shortest format, I think anyone who plays to his full potential has the ability to single-handedly win the game for us on any given day. I think every player is extremely talented group and it would be unfair to single out one or two players.