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`Younis wants his appeal to be heard on camera`

Karachi: Younis Khan wants his appeal to be heard in front of the media even though appeals judge Irfan Qadir on Saturday said that other Pakistani players, facing PCB bans and fines, were in favour of a closed door hearing.

Abdul Qayyum, the legal advisor of Younis, who is serving an indefinite ban imposed by the cricket board, today said his client`s appeal was a separate one and has nothing to do with pleas of other players.

"These are separate appeals and Younis`s appeal has nothing to do with the others. If the other players don`t want their hearings on camera fine but Younis wants his hearing before the media as we feel there is no ground for the ban to be enforced on him and he has nothing to hide from anyone," Qayyum said.

Justice (retd) Qadir, hearing the appeals of six cricketers against their bans and fines imposed in March by the PCB, had earlier today said that players didn`t want their
hearings to be made open to the media as they thought it would result in more controversies and scandals.

"I personally feel there is no need to conceal anything but the players felt that if the hearings are on camera than they will be further scandalised," Qadir said.

Meanwhile, the legal advisor of the Pakistan board Talib Rizvi, has said that players were afraid of an open hearing because they didn`t want their names to be further spoilt and entangled in controversies.

"We ourselves are keen to dispose of these appeals as soon as possible because we want to clear this wrong impression of the players in the eyes of the public," Talib said.

The PCB lawyer added that the board wants the appeals issue to be settled soon so that the players can concentrate on their cricket.

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