Younis Khan Lashes out at PCB, Says No to Farewell
Former Pakistan skipper and middle-order batsman Younis Khan has categorically denied attending the farewell which is scheduled to be hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) next week at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
While talking on a Geo Super show, the right-handed batsman Younis revealed he alongside Misbah had retired soon after the Windies Test series was wrapped up in May, this year while adding it’s too late while expressing the anguish owing to the poor policy within the Board.
“I don’t think this farewell matters now. What is its use after I and Misbah retired in May this year,” stalwart Younis told Geo Super’s sports programme.
It’s pertinent to mention that the farewell reception set-up by the PCB was also meant for recently retired former captains including Shahid Afridi and Misbah-Ul-Haq.
“I don’t see the use of this farewell now and I’m not after any money,” Younis added.
Younis believes the other playing nations are quick to give a rousing welcome to their players straightaway following the retirement announcement.
“In other countries, former captains or stalwarts are given farewells within days of their retirement,” Younis maintained.
The Mardan-born 39-year-old Younis is the only batsman from Pakistan to cross-past 10,000 runs while playing a significant part for Pakistan mainly while donning the white jersey. Younis, who had been the promising figure with the bat for Pakistan since 2000, averaged over 52 in the Test format and is looking forward to nursing the raw talent back home following his unavailability when he was also approached by newly-appointed PCB Chairman Najam Sethi.
“Someone from the PCB called me and invited me and said I would receive a handsome amount I have decided not to go,” Younis further added.
Leaving no stone unturned, Younis had led Pakistan to lift the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup Title after thumping victory over Sri Lanka in England.
“Whatever I have seen in the PCB or have gone through when I was playing is not something I can forget,” Younis remarked.
Younis, who has always been known for being adamant in approach revealed the Board, has been unfair on this part for players in the recent past while reiterating he is pleased with the farewell he received on the Caribbean tour.
“That is enough for me. But for me nothing is more important than pride and respect. I don’t think the Board has treated many players with dignity and respect that they deserved,” Younis said.
Younis, who always had his heart on his sleeve during his playing days, also recalled the incidents when PCB management forced to stop senior players in the recent past including Pakistan national chief selector Inzamam-Ul-Haq.
“There are so many examples. Ask Inzamam, who is chief selector now. Was he not stopped at the Gaddafi stadium main gate? Ask Misbah, was he not told during a Pakistan camp at the stadium that he can’t bring his car into the stadium,” Younis revealed.
Moreover, the reports suggested Pakistan former all-rounder Afridi was also invited to the event. However, the reports in Pakistan media revealed Afridi could show cold shoulder for the ceremony. Moreover, while marking the startling revelation, Younis stated PCB had deducted the amount of his central contract soon after his retirement.
“I retired on May 14, I think and my contract was till the end of June. I myself informed the Board about this but I never expected them to deduct the amount,” Younis concluded.
Younis played 265 One-day Internationals, 118 Tests and 25 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan after making his international debut against Sri Lanka at Karachi.
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