Yousuf forced players to take oath against Younus: Reports

Karachi: Pakistan former captain Muhammad Yousuf called six players to his room and forced them to take an oath on the Holy Quran that they would not accept Younus Khan as captain, according to media reports.

A private channel named “Duniya” made this revelations, when it ran excerpts from the PCB inquiry committee report that looked into the team’s poor performances in Australia and into report of infighting within the team.

The inquiry committee recommendations led to the board banning Younus Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved and fining Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

The channel claimed the report said that Yousuf, who in March retired from international cricket after being banned for an indefinite period, had taken the oath last year.

Yousuf eventually was made captain for the Test tours of New Zealand and Australia after Younus Khan stepped down as captain before the two tours while the team was in Abu Dhabi for a one-day series against New Zealand last November.

Yousuf had a so-so tour of New Zealand but under his captaincy, the team was whitewashed in the Test and one-dayers in Australia amidst reports of problems within the team.

The inquiry report also said that former Test bowler, Aaqib Javed who was sacked as assistant manager after the tours had told the inquiry committee that Younus Khan was not liked by anyone in the team when he was captain.

“Younis was not liked by any player and they were atleast six players who were vocal against him. Younus was an arrogant captain who didn’t listen to anyone,” Aaqib told the inquiry committee.

The former pacer is also claimed to have told the committee that Younus, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi were the main trouble makers in the team.

Younus and Yousuf were banned by PCB which said their fighting had brought down the team. Younus appealed against the ban and will appear before the appeals judge on Saturday.

Other excerpts of the report said that pacer Rana Naved had told the inquiry committee that there were players in the Indian Premier League who had links with bookmakers.

Rana Naved was also quoted as saying that the ICC anti-corruption unit always kept a watch on Pakistani players.

Pakistan former coach Intikhab Alam who was sacked after the Australian tour is quoted as saying that there is evidence to suggest that match fixing has taken place, but the channel didn’t elaborate in which context he had said it.

When contacted Intikhab denied making any such statement to the inquiry committee or speaking against Younus Khan.

“I gave a simple report and statement to the inquiry committee which was only restricted to the cricketing issues on the tour and nothing else,” Alam said.