Pakistan`s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said Monday the team`s senior cricketers should be given dignified farewells, after veteran batsman Younis Khan was unceremoniously axed from the one-day squad.
After Younis Khan's salvo fired at former players for not speaking out on his axing from the national one-day squad, some of them have decided to speak up and said the senior batsman deserved better treatment and more respect from the cricket authorities.
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.
Upset at being dropped from the ODI side, Pakistan's senior batsman and former captain Younis Khan on Friday lambasted the national selectors and said they should be held accountable if they fail to build a new team for the World Cup in February next year.
Pakistan cricket team selectors are reportedly considering the option to drop veteran batsman Younis Khan from national ODI squad while asking captain Misbah-ul-Haq to bat at the crucial number three position.
The national selectors who are under fire for not showing up for the ongoing National T20 Championship matches here, want Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq to bat at number three position in the 50-over format.
Pakistan`s under-fire captain, Misbah-ul-Haq was given a lifeline by the new PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who said that the veteran batsman would continue as captain until the World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
Pakistan pacers Umar Gul and Muhammad Irfan have been ruled out of the Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka during August due to fitness problems while senior batsman Younis Khan makes a comeback to the ODI squad after March 2013.
Apparently fearing a continued backlash and wanting to avoid any confrontation, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reversed its earlier decision of demoting former skipper Younis Khan to the category `B` contract.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) threw up a few surprises while releasing the new list of central contracts today with young pacer Junaid Khan bracketed in category `A` while senior batsman Younis Khan relegated to group `B`.
Some of Pakistan`s top cricketers including Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar have supported the restoration of bilateral cricket ties with India and hoped the issue was discussed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his flying visit to India.