The Pakistan Cricketing Board (PCB) took a u-turn today on fixing time frame for ban imposed on former captains, Younis Khan and Muhammad Yousaf. PCB said there was no specified term on the ban in the recommendations made by the probe committee. As and when the PCB deems appropriate, these players will be considered for selection for the national team, PCB said.
“Media has interpreted the first recommendations of the inquiry committee regarding Younis and Yousaf as being a life ban on these two players from playing for Pakistan.”
“PCB clarifies that the recommendation of the Committee is not a life ban on these cricketers”, said a spokesman of the PCB in Lahore on Wednesday.
“There is no specified term in the recommendation for these two players. As and when the PCB deems appropriate, these players will be considered for selection for the national team”, he added.
ON Younis, Yousaf bans, the probe committee said, “keeping in view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team, their attitude has a trickle down effect which is a bad influence for the whole team should not be part of national team in any format.” Obviously no mention of time frame was made because it is well understood it meant a timeless (permanent, albeit life-term) punishment”, said one cricket observer.
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Earlier, the board’s legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi told the Associated Press, “Younis and Yousuf both cannot represent Pakistan in any international games, but they can play in domestic cricket and compete in county cricket.”
Both Yousuf and Younis were involved in infighting while on tour, which resulted in bringing down the whole team, the PCB said in a statement.
“Their attitude has a trickle down effect which is a bad influence for the whole team,” it said.
The PCB said it will implement the recommendations of an inquiry committee for 12-month bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved and heavy fine on Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.
The inquiry committee comprised PCB chief operating officer Wasim Bari, board member Wazir Ali Khoja, director of cricket operations Zakir Khan, team manager Yawar Saeed and Rizvi.
The penalties were the largest handed out in almost 10 years, since Justice Qayyum’s report on match-fixing in 2000 when Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman were handed life bans and several players including Wasim Akram and now national coach Waqar Younis were fined.