Younus didn’t apologise to Butt to get into team: Rizvi

Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 22:40 PM IST

Karachi: Former captain Younus Khan did not tender any written apology to PCB chairman Ejaz Butt in Lahore last week to pave his way back into the national squad, board legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said.

Younus, one of the four players excluded from team since their disastrous Australia tour, was drafted in the squad for the ODI series against South Africa after he gave a written undertaking that in future he will strictly follow the code of conduct and follow all team regulations.

But Rizvi said Younus didn’t give any written apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman.

“No I would not say that Younis gave any written apology to the board but he did sign an undertaking that in future as a member of the national team he would strictly abide by the code of conduct and discipline,” Tafazzul Rizvi said.

The controversy over whether Younis had apologised to the PCB was raised today when on a popular talk show on a TV channel, former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif said he knew for a fact that Younus did not apologise to the board for his actions.

“If he was going to apologise he would have done it eight months back. If Tafazzul Rizvi or PCB has any written apology from Younus I challenge them to show it to the people and I will publicly apologise to them for my words,” Latif said.

“I know that when Younus went to meet with the board Chairman he was told to sign an apology statement but he made it clear he would not apologise as he had done nothing wrong,” Latif said.

Younus was added to the national squad for the full series against South Africa last week after a long awaited meeting with PCB chief Ejaz Butt in Lahore.

The meeting took place after Butt had refused to give clearance to the national selectors to pick Younus in the team over some issues.

Butt’s contention remained that Younus should first meet with the board and clarify some disciplinary issues even though the appellate tribunal of the board in July had removed an indefinite ban from the former captain.

Younus and six other players were either banned or fined by the board in March after a probe into the team’s poor performance in Australia earlier in the year.

All players except Yousuf appealed their bans and fines.

Rizvi said that the board dealt with every player’s case differently and as far as Younus was concerned he had given a written undertaking he would abide by the code of conduct in future.

“Younus himself has said in the media that he had a very constructive and positive meeting with the board Chairman. I don’t think this is an issue now at all the case is closed,” he said.

Younus came in for come criticism after the PCB’s legal advisors claimed that during his meeting with Butt, the former captain had apologised for his actions in the past.