PCB chief rules out Younis, Yousuf return

Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 13:33 [IST]
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PCB chief to defer Younis, Yousuf return

Islamabad, July 7: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has ruled out the return of former captains Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf for the upcoming Pakistan series.

Depsite Younis's indefinite ban being lifted last month, he was not included in the national team for the ongoing England tour. Butt said that Younis and his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum had broken the players" code of conduct in a subsequent written appeal.

“Younus and his lawyer have given inappropriate statements. There is a players" code of conduct in place and we will not spare anyone who violates the code," according to The Daily News reports.

As for ruling out Mohammad Yousuf, Butt said: “Yousuf has announced his retirement so he is also not available."

Younis and Yousuf were banned indefinitely from the team in March following an inquiry committee report, which had probed Pakistan"s dismal performances and disciplinary problems during tours of United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia.

Five other players including Shoaib Malik, Rana Navedul Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were also banned and fined.

However, an arbitrator later lifted bans on Younis and Malik and reduced their fines.

Naved"s appeal is still pending, while Yousuf did not appeal and decided to retired from all forms of cricket.

Meanwhile, Younis has said that he is willing to play for Pakistan again.

“I am available to play for Pakistan whenever required. I have no fight with the PCB nor can I think of it. I am a known player because of Pakistan and the PCB," Younis said.

Pakistan is currently on tour in England, where they just wrapped up a 2-0 T20 series victory against Australia.

It will be followed by two Tests. They will also play four Tests, two T20s and five one-day matches against England.


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