Karachi: A show-cause notice has been issued to Pakistan's veteran batsman Younis Khan by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the senior cricketer criticised the board for its disparaging attitude towards senior players.
Days after Younis was not given a slot in Pakistan's ODI team for the upcoming Australia series, the batsman expressed deep anger at the PCB and strongly criticised the board for the marginalisation of senior players.
Chief selector Moin Khan had announced the team for the Australia series two days ago during a press conference in Lahore.
Younis said that after such derogatory behaviour by the PCB, he advises young cricketers to abandon their dream of playing for the team, adding that throughout his career he had encouraged junior players and had worked to safeguard the rights of fellow team members, The Dawn reported.
He said he never used any contacts to maintain his position in the team or to tilt decisions of the PCB in his favour by using external pressure.
Once the captain of the Pakistan team, Younis has played 254 ODIs but he appears to have been sidelined by the selectors since March, 2013 on account of his inconsistent performance in the last few games.
The Pakistan-Australia series, comprising one T20 and three ODI matches, is scheduled to kick off on October 5 in the United Arab Emirates.
Younis also said that he would step aside from all cricket for five months as the team is rebuilt. However, he remains Pakistan's best middle-order batsman in Tests, where his absence could seriously hurt the team's chances against Australia and New Zealand in upcoming series.
The former skipper said that do not select him, not even in Tests, adding that he sacrifices his future. He said that if they wanted to rebuild the team then the World Cup was held four years ago, and questioned why they were rebuilding this in the last three to four months.