The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) is reportedly planning to issue a fresh showcause notice to Younis Khan for alleged indiscipline but the senior batsman's legal team has declared that such a move by the board for the second time will be 'criminal'.
Lawyer Ahmed Qayyum, who has represented Younis in his appeal against the indefinite ban imposed on him by the PCB in March, said if the board issued a fresh notice to his client, it would be a crime.
"Issuing a fresh showcause notice to Younis would be a violation of article 13 of the constitution as no one can be punished for the same offence twice," Qayyum said according to PTI report.
Qayyaum said that his client has already been punished for indiscipline.
"The board has already punished him for the so-called misconduct and indiscipline. So, constitutionally he can't be punished again for the same offence. The board would commit a crime by giving him a fresh notice.
"It is strange that now even though his ban has been lifted the board is not willing to consider him for the national team despite the crisis in England," Qayyum said.
Younis Khan has himself has kept a very low profile and avoided interacting with the media on his case since returning from England.
Though the appellate tribunal lifted the ban on him in June, the PCB and its selectors did not consider Younis for the England tour despite strong criticism and demands from various cricketing circles that Younis deserved to be in the side.
The PCB has threatened to issue a notice to Qayyum for making disparaging remarks against them and said Younis himself has not bothered to contact the board with regards to his case as yet.
Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of the board rejected the claims made by Qayyum stating that there would be no violation of the constitution if Younis was issued a fresh notice.
"Younis Khan's case does not count as double jeopardy as he has not been penalized as yet since his ban was removed by the appellate tribunal," Rizvi said.