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Younis wants PCB to lift his ban

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:22 [IST]
 
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Islamabad: Former Pakistan captain, Younis Khan who was banned indefinately by the pcb is eager to make a come back in the Pakistan side.

"I was banned without being given a chance to clarify my position and I want justice because I want to play for my country again," Younis told the parliamentary committee investigating Pakistan's performance during the disastrous tour of Australia.

Younis stepped down as captain and player just before New Zealand tour over differences with his team mates. He missed the Australia Tests, and did not make an impact during the ODIs under Mohammad Yousuf's leadership.

"I pointed out problems within the team to the PCB and they banned me. Shoaib Malik thought that I contrived to replace him as captain, which wasn't true. My career has been derailed because of this ban and although I am getting offers to play in England and South Africa, I want to play for my country, for my people," Younis added.

Seven players were banned by the PCB after the tour down under for infighting including Younis. All of them had filed for formal appeals except for Mohammad Yousuf who has since announced retirement.The appeals are now being evaluated by an independent arbitrator, Irfan Qadir, a retired high court judge. Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, assured the committee that the PCB would review their sanctions.

Butt also came out in support of Younis, appreciating his commitment to the national side. "Younis is a patriot and has always played for the country and I am sad that his career was derailed by same baseless allegations of match-fixing by a parliamentary committee member," Butt said. Younis' appeal is set to be heard on May.

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