PCB’s notice to Younis, threatens to re-impose ban

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday issued a notice to former captain Younis Khan, threatening to initiate legal proceedings against him and re-impose a ban if he didn’t contact PCB within a week to resolve his case with them.

Younis had an indefinite ban removed by the appellate tribunal appointed by the Board in July, but PCB has refused to give clearance to the national selectors to consider him until he meets with the Chairman of the Board Ijaz Butt and seeks pardon.

Well placed sources in the Board told PTI that a notice has been sent to Younis, in which he has been given one week’s time to respond.

“He has basically been told that he must come forward to clarify his position and resolve his case and if he does not respond the Board will issue him a fresh showcause notice and move to re-impose a ban on him,” the source said.

The notice to Younis apparently is a move to pressurize the former captain as there has been growing public anger and criticism from the media and former players over the PCB’s refusal to consider Younis for the national team.

The national selectors yesterday again ignored him for the series against South Africa with the PCB surprisingly opting to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the Tests against South Africa although he has not played for Pakistan since the Twenty20 World Cup.

Chief selector Mohsin Khan confirmed that the selectors first preference was to get Younis back into the team for the Test series, but the Board Chairman had not given them clearance for this.

“We needed a senior player to strengthen our batting line-up,” Mohsin told The News.

“Our first choice was Younis Khan but we didn’t get any clearance (from the PCB), after which we discussed the option of recalling Misbah and decided to go for it,” he said.

Another factor that went in Misbah’s favour was his non-controversial record and fitness, despite being 36.

“In a team where many of the players have had serious disciplinary problems, Misbah is one guy who has a neat and clean background,” Mohsin said.

“He is a thorough professional and one of the fittest players in our country, which is another big plus point,” Mohsin added.

Younis was among the seven players banned or fined by the Board in March after the disastrous tour to Australia.

But after he appealed against his ban the tribunal said that the Board had not followed the proper procedure in moving to penalise him and removed his ban and left the ball in the PCB’s court.

But since then apparently Butt has turned the recall of Younis into a ego matter refusing to give him clearance until he comes and meets him like other players.

The source in the Board said that PCB’s legal department would wait for a week before initiating a showcause notice to Younis to start legal proceedings.

“He has to come forward and resolve this case otherwise we will be forced to issue him a showcause notice and maybe even re-impose the ban,” the source said.

Sources close to Younis said that there were third parties trying to resolve the dispute between him and Butt, and something could transpire next week, when Younis will be in Lahore, leading the Peshawar team in the national T20 championship.

“But he is a heardstrong man and if the Board decides to go ahead with a showcause notice, the former captain might also take them to court,” the source said.


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