PCB reviews decision, lifts ban on Younis Khan

Former Pakistan captain #Younus-Khan on Saturday won his appeal against an indefinite ban and is now likely to be considered for the national team ahead of their England tour.

PCB lifts ban on Younis Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PCB lifts ban on Younis Khan. PHOTO: AFP

“The appeal of Younus against an indefinite ban is accepted and the order (punishment) is set aside,” the arbitrator, retired justice Irfan Qadir, said in his order.

Younus was one of seven players who were banned or fined in March this year. The penalties came after an inquiry committee investigated on and off-field problems during team’s tours to the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia between November and February.

Younus and another former captain Mohammad Yousuf were handed indefinite bans over “infighting in the team which let the team down.”

Younus was named in a preliminary squad of 35, subject to his clearance from the arbitrator, but was not selected in the 15-man Asia Cup squad announced on Thursday. He is, however, likely to be considered for team’s tour of England to be announced later.

Pakistan take part in the #Asia-Cup-2010 in Sri Lanka from June 15-24. They will then play two Twenty20 and two Tests against Australia before playing hosts England in four Tests, five one-day and two Twenty20 — all in England.

The arbitrator last week lifted #Shoaib-Malik’s one-year ban and reduced his two million rupees (24,000 dollars) fine to half.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Talib Rizvi confirmed Younus’s appeal was accepted.

“The arbitrator has accepted Younus’s appeal and the PCB will now complete the legal process,” Rizvi told AFP.

The arbitrator also quashed the fine on current captain #Shahid-Afridi and reduced the fine on #Kamran-Akmal and #Umar-Akmal.

“The appeals of Afridi, and Akmal brothers were also taken up and the arbitrator quashed the fine on Afridi and reduced the fines on Akmal brothers,” said Rizvi.

Afridi was fined on charges of ball-tampering in a one-day match against Australia, while the Akmal brothers were punished for discipline violations.

Another former captain Yousuf, banned for an indefinite period, did not appeal, while all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s appeal against a one-year ban and fine of Rs2 million will be heard on June 19.

[Surce: tribune.com.pk]


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