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Appeals judge rules out sue-motto notice of Yousuf

Karachi: The one-man tribunal hearing the appeals of six Pakistani cricketers against the PCB bans and fines has ruled out taking sue-motto notice of former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf who has refused to challenge against his punishment.

The Karachi City Cricket Association secretary Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari urged Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir to take notice of Yousuf`s ban after the appeals tribunal began its hearing process yesterday.

"I don`t have the power to take sue-motto notice of any case but if the PCB refers the case to me then I can look into it. I am not legally authorised to look into Yousuf`s ban since he has lodged no appeal," Qadir said.

Yousuf preferred to announce his retirement from international cricket in March after PCB imposed the ban on him following an inquiry into the team`s poor performance in Australia.

Yousuf and another former captain Younus Khan were banned for an indefinite period after being accused by the inquiry committee of creating problems within the side because of their differences.

Younus had lodged an appeal with Justice Qadir and appeared in person for the hearing yesterday, urging the judge to quickly dispose off his case since he was innocent.

Younus and his lawyer also asked Justice Qadir to bound PCB to provide them with all documentary evidence off the charges against him on the basis of which he was banned.

Younus` lawyer Ahmed Qayyum also made it clear today that if his client didn`t get proper justice from the appeals tribunal he had the option of approaching the higher courts.

"Younus is adamant that he is innocent and has done nothing to deserve the ban. He is also adamant that if the appeals judge does not give him relief then he will go to the courts to get justice," Qayyum said.

Justice Qadir has directed the PCB to show all relevant evidence of the charges made out against Younus.

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