Former Pak cricketers welcome Younus’ return

Karachi: Pakistan’s former captain Zaheer Abbas has no doubt that the recalled batsman Younus Khan will score lot of runs for the national team and soon become a sign of good luck for the side.

Zaheer, known as the Asian Bradman for his prolific run making ability, said that former players including himself had been saying all along that Younus should be in the team.

“We have been saying this all along, he should have been in the team much before but anyway the good thing is he is back now and I wish him a lot of runs,” he said.

Chief selector Mohsin Khan told a press conference today that Younus had been included in place of Mohammad Yousuf, who has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury for the series against South Africa.

Mohsin said that Younus would join the conditioning camp and would be part of the national squad for the One-dayers and Test against South Africa.

Younus cameback after he met the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt today in Lahore and sorted out differences.

Zaheer said that Younus Khan’s comeback was another example of the “Kitcheri” in the Pakistan Board and that people had come to expect U-turns from the PCB.

“In normal situation things would have been different but with so many issues these days in Pakistan cricket anything could happen but this U-turn is for the good of Pakistan cricket.”

Zaheer also said he didn’t foresee any problems Younus playing under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi in the one-day series or under Misbah-ul-Haq in the Tests.

“Usually that player who has a permanent place is the captain and has the right to be captain but in Pakistan cricket given the recent situation I think Younus will adjust to the situation. I think, making Misbah Test captain at this stage was a sensible decision.”

Another former captain Rashid Latif said that the return of Younus was a good sign for the team and would help it now prepare properly for the 2011 World Cup.

“The World Cup is an important event for us and we need our best players. Younus has been one of our best batsman in recent years and his presence in the team will also bring stability to the side,” Latif said.

Former batsman Basit Ali said that while he was happy with Younus’ return the Board should still be held accountable for keeping a deserving player out of the team only because of the ego problems the PCB Chairman had with him.

“It is good to see Younus back he deserves a place in the team but we can’t afford to allow the PCB to take decisions on the whims and fancies of one individual,” he said.

The PCB also issued a statement on Younus’ meeting with Butt earlier in the day.

It said all matters pertaining to Younus were now closed.

“Today Younus Khan met with Chairman PCB Mr Ijaz Butt. Following this meeting PCB decided that his matter after it was remanded by the appellate tribunal to PCB, stands closed and that Younus’ name will be forwarded to the selection committee for consideration for selection on merit,” the statement said.


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