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Younis, Yousuf banned for life

2010-03-10 10:40

Islamabad - Former Pakistan captains Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf have been banned from the national cricket team effectively for life after the recent catastrophic tour of Australia, the cricket board said on Wednesday.

Two other players Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Shoaib Malik were banned for a year by the six-man committee set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to investigate the December-February tour, in which Pakistan lost the Test series 3-0, the one-day matches 5-0 and the only Twenty20 match.

The committee - who held intensive and lengthy hearings with several of those involved in the tour - blamed a feud between Yousuf and Khan for the disastrous results, and recommended that the former skippers "should not be part of the national team in any format."

"Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan keeping in view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team, their attitude has a trickledown effect which is a bad influence for the whole team should not be part of national team in any format," read the PCB statement.

The PCB said in a statement that the "recommendations of the inquiry committee have been accepted by PCB in totality."

Other recommendations included a three-million-rupee ($35 500) fine and six months' probation for all-rounder Shahid Afridi for biting a ball during a one-day match.

"For the shameful act of Shahid Khan Afridi, which has brought the game and country into disrepute, he be fined Rupees Three Million," the statement read.

"A warning be issued to him by the chairperson of the PCB and he be put on probation for six months, during which his conduct be strictly monitored."

Two other players were also fined and put on similar probation, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

The PCB said in conclusion that the radical disciplinary action will go down as being an historic day for the sport in Pakistan.

"The recommendations of the Committee will go a long way to arrest the continuing decline Pakistan cricket and improve the state of cricket in Pakistan. It is a landmark exercise which is an outcome of labor and hard work of the members of the Committee."

AFP

Comments
  • Semloh - 2010-03-10 11:11

    Would be a pity if they cannot resolve this. Khan and Yousaf are the only two batsman of test class in their line-up...... they already struggling to win matches.

  • VoĆ«lvry - 2010-03-10 11:18

    Perhaps they have South African blood in their veins :~) with the infighting being second nature!

  • Kofi - 2010-03-10 12:10

    Leaving out players of such caliber who cannot be replaced is a leap in the wrong direction. Pakistan will take over from West Indies as the failures of former prolific cricket teams if this happens. They will never bounce back to the glory of former days!

  • jeremy - 2010-03-10 12:12

    As my old mother would say, it sounds as though they've chucked the baby out with the bathwater. By all means make an example of one person - but don't chuck out or fine what appears to be the better part of your team, particularly when the team's already struggling to win matches!.

  • lisa - 2010-03-10 12:16

    why only a fine for Afridi? he should be banned for chewing the ball!

  • Ian - 2010-03-10 12:22

    poor okes-i think they should appeal, they'll probably win their appeal, then tell Pakistan to stick their team where the sun don't shine...pakistan cricket needs these guys, what a shame...come play domestic cricket here in sa??

  • Cereal_Killa - 2010-03-10 12:26

    You ban 2 guys for life for infighting, but then you fine and put on probation a guy who blatently tries to cheat and grings the game and your country into direpute......weird!!

  • Dgs - 2010-03-10 12:34

    This in-fighting in Pakistan cricket seems to have been an on-and-off problem for many many years. I wonder why that is? It is definitely the main reason why the Pakistan team blows hot and cold.

  • Pakistan Zindabaat - 2010-03-10 12:38

    It is indeed sad whats happening in the Pakistan camp. The radical punishment is not the solution to the teams problem. Such banning of high calibre players will course furher damage instead of finding a solution to their problem. Those are the ONLY BIG names in the team that means something to the them. SAD INDEED, for a cricket loving nation.

  • Banana Boy - 2010-03-10 13:30

    2 banned, 3 on probation ... brace yourself KZN for sudden influx of Pakis for safe haven and lots of moola !

  • stack - 2010-03-10 13:42

    That is really a bit overkill and is going to do no good for Pakistan Cricket as a whole!

  • Doep - 2010-03-10 13:58

    Interesting - What does CSA do when we have dismal performances?

  • Sam - 2010-03-10 14:44

    Enough with the "they shouldn't do it 'cause they are the high profile players in the team! Bollocks!!! At least they had an open mind and saw the root cause of their problems and dealt with it in a way they (PCB) saw fit. The profile of the player should not matter - wrong is wrong!!! What do CSA do...here Herchelle have another dop with your zol! LOL!!!

  • Collet - 2010-03-10 15:00

    Give Afrid a break, he mistook the ball for a round chewing gum.

  • Collet - 2010-03-10 15:01

    Give Afrid a break, he mistook the ball for a round chewing gum.

  • Karoo Boer - 2010-03-10 15:51

    CHEWING results into a fine, fighting, sorry ,lifelong like Hansie. This sounds like South African involvement. Perhaps the 2 countries can join.There's anyway a lot of Pakistani's in SA and name it SAPCB. No, not SABC or SA Police but South African Pakistan Cricket Board, AND NO, they are not united. Viva SA.

  • anon - 2010-03-10 16:17

    And Graeme Smith plods on with no accountability. What a pity we don't have the PCB running the proteas, perhaps they could ban smith for life too for not delivering over his many, many years of captaincy, including NEVER having won a single ODI tournament.

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