Younus dumping irks former Pakistan players

Updated: 22 June 2010 06:35 IST

Pakistani cricket veterans expressed anger over Younus Khan being excluded from the squad bound for England, saying the former captain had been victimised.

Younus dumping irks former Pakistan players

Karachi:

Pakistani cricket veterans on Monday expressed anger over Younus Khan being excluded from the squad bound for England, saying the former captain had been victimised.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave no reason for excluding 33-year-old Younus from the 17-man Test squad announced in Sri Lanka on Sunday despite his indefinite ban for disciplinary offences being overturned.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was last week quoted by local media as saying that Khan would require the board's clearance, which has apparently not been given.

Younus was one of seven players banned and fined for disciplinary offences on tours in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. But the bans on Younus and Shoaib Malik were overturned by a one-man PCB arbitrator.

Another former captain, Mohammad Yousuf, who retired in protest over the sanctions, did not appeal. All-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's appeal is pending.

Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim said Younus was being punished for challenging his indefinite ban.

"I feel Younus has been victimised," Qasim said.

"He fought his case and was outspoken against the treatment and was dropped," said Qasim, who resigned from his post in February after Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia.

Pakistan on Sunday announced a 15-man squad for the Twenty20 matches on the tour of England, which opens with two Twenty20 matches against Australia on July 5 and 6 before two Tests against the same opponents, also in England.

Pakistan then play four Tests, two Twenty20 and five one-day games against England on the tour which ends on September 22. The squad for the one-day games will be announced later.

Qasim said Younus will be missed on a tough tour.

"It's our batting which let us down, so we will definitely miss Younus, who is a big name when it comes to international cricket," said Qasim.

Former captain Rashid Latif said that, along with Younus, fast bowler Mohammad Sami, and batsmen Faisal Iqbal and Khurrum Manzoor also deserved a place in the squad.

"I respect the selection but four players -- Younus, Sami, Iqbal and Manzoor -- deserved places in the team," said Latif.

Former captain and PCB director Javed Miandad also lashed out at Younus's and Iqbal's omission.

"Matters within the PCB, especially selection, are getting out of hand and I have asked (PCB patron) President (Asif Ali) Zardari to discuss the situation with him," said Miandad, an uncle of Iqbal's.

Former batsman Basit Ali was also critical of the selection.

"If it's an injustice to Iqbal and Khurrum then it's the height of injustice to Younus and Sami," said Ali. "Younus carries Pakistan's batting and he will be missed badly."

Ali said Younus's omission was "unacceptable" given that both captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis had said that they wanted him in the team.

"I think this team was selected by Butt and manager Yawar Saeed, who want their say in selection," said Ali.

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