Pakistan news June 5, 2010

Younis' ban lifted, fines for others reduced

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As was widely expected, the PCB has reduced or written off the punishments of four players who the board had only recently found guilty of various misdemeanours in the aftermath of an ill-fated, winless Australian tour over the turn of this year. The indefinite ban on former captain Younis Khan was lifted, the Rs 3 million fine on captain Shahid Afridi, for ball-tampering, was revoked entirely, while the fines on the Akmal brothers for acts of indiscipline were reduced.

Ever since Shoaib Malik's one-year ban was removed last week, the PCB had indicated that the punishments for other players would also be lifted. At a press conference to announce Pakistan's Asia Cup squad two days ago, board chairman Ijaz Butt revealed that he had already recommended these measures to the independent arbitrator overlooking the appeals of the players. Butt staunchly defended the overturning, telling Cricinfo it wasn't a u-turn, just the following of "a constitutional process."

The decisions were announced by retired judge Irfan Qadir after the latest set of hearings on Saturday morning. Afridi, he explained, had already been punished by the ICC, which had banned him for two Twenty20 internationals, so the question of a second punishment was not on. "The ICC has written a letter to the PCB indicating that the second punishment is wrong," Qadir told reporters after the hearings in Lahore. "I must appreciate that Afridi accepted his wrongdoing. He accepted that he should not have done it but since he realised it himself I thought that was good and so removed the order on him."

Much the same reasoning was applied to the Akmal brothers, whose fines have been reduced to Rs1 million. The brothers accepted their mistakes. "They were candid in accepting their disciplinary issues. The PCB wanted to halve the fines [Kamran was fined Rs3 million] but I felt all players should now be treated on a par and so brought it down to Rs1 million."

Younis' case was expected to go on longer as his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum had insisted he would seek no compromised relief and fight to clear his name fully. Qayyum's persistence, Qadir indicated, won out. "There were many applications from the lawyer but there was no delay from my end. I asked Talib Rizvi [PCB's legal advisor] what the main allegation was against him. He said it was an open-ended ban and he should not be part of a Pakistan squad. Now that he has been considered for a squad, it means the PCB has reconsidered him so I have simply set aside the order."

The orders leave undecided for now the fate of only two from the seven originally punished. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is likely to get the same relief at his next hearing on June 19, while the door has also been left open for Mohammad Yousuf - who retired in protest at the punishment - to come back should he wish to.

Butt insisted that this wasn't a u-turn, only the outcome of following the procedures laid down in the board's constitution. "We only followed the process as it exists in the PCB constitution. There is an allowance in the constitution for punished players to appeal and they did and this is the result," he told Cricinfo.

However, he admitted that other factors came into play. "There were many appeals from many quarters which asked us to reconsider the punishments. For example the national assembly committee on sports met and the chairman asked me, after detailed discussions with a number of people, to review the decisions. I said there is an appeals process already in place and it is on and we are looking at it as we should and that we will review them. The independent arbitrator was appointed and he took into account many things before coming to this. A process has been followed."

Butt argued that the decisions would not send the wrong kind of message - that acts of indiscipline would go unchecked by the board - to the players. "Not at all. A loud and clear message has been conveyed to the players. On the Asia Cup and England tours I have left the entire responsibility of discipline in the hands of the captain and manager. If there is a single act of indiscipline, they have my backing to send the player back without even consulting me or anyone in the board. Already in the West Indies [for the World T20], the players were better and performed better."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • AIRkris on June 11, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    indiscipline... the PCB or the players? or both?

  • thematrix on June 10, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Why Malik is selected for Asia cup first and younis left out that's not fair mr ijaz butt even younis khan is not responsible that's harsh....any way good to see younis khan in England......

  • ratee on June 9, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Indiscipline is the managements problem and not individuals players problem that is what the writers and journalists should have tackled.

    Why blame the individual players when the tour management and the PCB cannot tackle indiscipline when it occurs. Will this happen after the end of the tour when the series is already lost?

    Is there any use that after the tour you investigate and put the blame on players for the incompetence of the tour management and lack of coordination at the PCB's top management level to control indiscipline when it actually occurs?

  • AIRkris on June 9, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    ejaz butt.... i love this bloke.

  • andyes on June 9, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Ejaz butttttt is the relative of Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtaar. MNA from sialkot is behing Shoaib Malick... Shoaib Malick supports Kamaran Akmal... Umar Akamal is the youger brother of Kamran Akmal... the chain is going on and on....

  • on_the_level on June 7, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Surely it's time the PCB had their own comedy channel

  • muthu77 on June 7, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Ha ha ha!!! Well done PCB! The most constitutional body on planet earth!!!!! Next what BAT Tampering followed by fines and acquittals!!!!

  • asadkum on June 7, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA....... Mr. Butt just wanted to save his skin and secure his position.....All these ban was a public show ... kind of fake..... He is responsible for spoiling / ending the career of a good batsman like Yousuf... He ( Butt ) is simply disgusting.............

  • AKG0479 on June 7, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Forget about everything.. the fact is that PAK Cricket today hardly have 11 players to be picked for representing the country... and so the team has to be revolved around these guys whether they are thrown out, fined, banned or even injured.. But then PAK Crik Board has to do their usual acts for and after every series .. punishing, banning, and cancelling bans... I am sure Yusuf must have started practicing at his home lawns.. :-) In effect every one is happy.. at the end.. !

  • Winfried on June 7, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    This made me laugh! Thanks, cricinfo!

  • AIRkris on June 11, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    indiscipline... the PCB or the players? or both?

  • thematrix on June 10, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Why Malik is selected for Asia cup first and younis left out that's not fair mr ijaz butt even younis khan is not responsible that's harsh....any way good to see younis khan in England......

  • ratee on June 9, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Indiscipline is the managements problem and not individuals players problem that is what the writers and journalists should have tackled.

    Why blame the individual players when the tour management and the PCB cannot tackle indiscipline when it occurs. Will this happen after the end of the tour when the series is already lost?

    Is there any use that after the tour you investigate and put the blame on players for the incompetence of the tour management and lack of coordination at the PCB's top management level to control indiscipline when it actually occurs?

  • AIRkris on June 9, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    ejaz butt.... i love this bloke.

  • andyes on June 9, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Ejaz butttttt is the relative of Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtaar. MNA from sialkot is behing Shoaib Malick... Shoaib Malick supports Kamaran Akmal... Umar Akamal is the youger brother of Kamran Akmal... the chain is going on and on....

  • on_the_level on June 7, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Surely it's time the PCB had their own comedy channel

  • muthu77 on June 7, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Ha ha ha!!! Well done PCB! The most constitutional body on planet earth!!!!! Next what BAT Tampering followed by fines and acquittals!!!!

  • asadkum on June 7, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA....... Mr. Butt just wanted to save his skin and secure his position.....All these ban was a public show ... kind of fake..... He is responsible for spoiling / ending the career of a good batsman like Yousuf... He ( Butt ) is simply disgusting.............

  • AKG0479 on June 7, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Forget about everything.. the fact is that PAK Cricket today hardly have 11 players to be picked for representing the country... and so the team has to be revolved around these guys whether they are thrown out, fined, banned or even injured.. But then PAK Crik Board has to do their usual acts for and after every series .. punishing, banning, and cancelling bans... I am sure Yusuf must have started practicing at his home lawns.. :-) In effect every one is happy.. at the end.. !

  • Winfried on June 7, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    This made me laugh! Thanks, cricinfo!

  • ratee on June 6, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Whatever negativity your article projects its greater than the one pronounced by what PCB has done!!!

    There should be one statement will the authorities learn from these mistakes or not? Also a positive advice is better than harping over the negatives of the past!!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    If thats the case, why I'm not getting a chance to represent Pakistan, lol :P.

  • topspeed55 on June 6, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Hats off to PCB. So here's the message from PCB. Hi players do what ever you like we will definately punish you to show the world and then after a month or so we will remove the punishment. So don't worry cheat as much as you like and show your indiscipline. Anybody wants to be a captain please let us know how bad the current captain is and we will see that everybody gets a chance to become a captain. Ejaz Butt, wow, what a great leader.

  • Desihungama on June 6, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Reconcilliation at it's best. Sounds like PCB constitution was written by late Benazir Bhutto.

  • InMyLife on June 6, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Well said Yorkshire pudding For me Malik would never play for Pakistan again Rana Naved admitted not trying, therefore he should never ever represent the team again.[I must say I never associated that type of thing with Naved-limited? Maybe but a non-trier?Never]After his escapades,I find it embarrassing that Afridi is captain of Pakistan.Those eight who took a Koranic oath against Younas,should never play for Pakistan again.Akmal sr should know better than to show the dissent he did.Akmal jr needs to be professional and not feigning injuries.If he doesn't get his act together,there is a real danger that he will squander a great talent,just like Shoaib Akhtar has done and sadly a path that looks like being followed by Moh'd Asif.The PCB are board of incompetent fools.Their legal team needs firing for a start.Those on the committee who decided these punishments need to go.Discipline, professionalism and meritocracacy needs to replace the rubbish that we have now-on and off the pitch.

  • iftikhar93 on June 6, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    I Think this ban was just a fake. In reality there was nothing like this. Butt just wanted to secure his seat and for this thing he took this action against innocent Younas. Whatever, congratulations to Yonas for his comeback.

  • lugujaga on June 6, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Breaking news the Pakistan Cricket Board has figured out a way to do a few things that has been troubling the modern world for quite a long long time .Pay special attention here they are 1: to solve world hunger 2:to end the middle east crisis 3:to end both the Afghan and the Iraqi wars 4:to fix the BP oil leak in the gulf of mexico and 5: to cure AIDS. However i'm sad to report that the miniscule task of running their cricket affairs in a clear and non-contradictory fashion has once again gone a begging.BE AWARE WHEN THE PCB SAY IT'S GONNA BE SUNNY LOOK OUT FOR HEAVY THUNDER SHOWERS.

  • DIL_PAKISTAN on June 6, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    You guys always think negative you never think positive, just all pray pakistan win

  • waqar.cz on June 6, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    my Q is that he is playing asia cup???????????????????????????????????

  • on June 6, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    I can understand your frustration for reporting Pakistan cricket - sadly - it's only become an understandable phenomenon because I am equally frustrated for following it. It's become less about cricket and more about gossip.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 6, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    As a curious bystander, i find what is happening in Pakistan cricket very sad for the Pakistan Cricket fans, they are the ones that have my sympathy, as far as the board is concerned i have no sympathy and they deserve everything they get. In any other country disruptive players like Mailk, would be sidelined and not represent thier country again until they learnt the error of thier ways, cheats like Afridi would never play for thier country, one offence could be forgiven, but Afridi is looking at several infringments, and biting the ball to get it changed is totally unacceptable, what message does this send to the young pakistan players?

  • AKG0479 on June 6, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    So When is Yusuf Yuhana, Shoib Akhtar and Mohd. Sami rejoining this troupe.. ? Guys keep your ears open.. ! Can hear this news anytime :-) !! n yeah.. I liked 2 gud things in PAK Cricket.. : 1) The Constitution... Very Proceedural.. .. 2) The Punished Guys feel so much guilt that they immediately start repending and changing their behaviours.. n become great human beings.. Funny or Tragedy ?

  • dmqi on June 6, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    The best verdict would be to ban Ejaz Butt to hold the position of PCB chairman, or at lest to fine him 10 million rupees to bring Pakistan cricket to farcical position.

  • SIREN6800 on June 6, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Another somersault by hefty PCB President, yet he is not willing to admit. Its quiet evident that he is kind of fellow, who never admits milk is white. How you deal with this kind of personality ?

    Well he claims its an constitutional process. If thats the case than who committed the blunder inquiry board or the constitution has some technical flaws, but he would never comment, simply because he has no answer. Moreover constituting an inquiry board, , spending millions and embarrssing almost half the team, tarnshing players name by humilating them through false allegations, he gained nothing but mockery.

    Remeber being an high ranking PCB official he represnts our country in ICC meetings. Does he deserve this kind of senior position? Just watch his body language, eloquency and general demeaner,you would have your answer. But alas most of our departments are headed by such incompetent fool heads.Thanks to INCOMPETENT political ruling junta .

  • EverybodylovesSachin on June 6, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Haaaa Haaaa Haaaa Haaaa, What a drama. These people should make bollywood movies and they are in wrong business.. They do not respect there own action and loss of there own integrity....Today they take action and they defend those action tomorrow they reverse them and defend them....It is a big joke...and Pakistani cricket will be in more toruble in future..when you do things like that...A BAN means BAN..lets us have couple of drinks and we will reverse them who cares...we have the power do anything and fool pakistani people and cricekt world...What a shame....a U turn means you are out of your mind....

  • on June 6, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Younus Khan the best captain

  • IC_M on June 6, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    PCB = Pakistan Comedy Board

  • antiboson21 on June 6, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    The truth has to be accepted by the world spectators of cricket lovers. Match fixing has deeply penetrated in today's cricket. Pakistan is no exception. The recently conducted test series in Australia pakistan played against Australia was clearly doudgy and related to match fixing. Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Rana Naveed & shoab Malik clearly underplayed and wanted pakistan to lose. . But unfortunately ICC itself looks doudgy even. Yonis Khan did not agree to match fixning in 2009 twenty twenty world cup which resulted a player revolt against him. I am saying this with great responsibility. Any one doubts this, he/she can watch again sydney test match where Kamran Akmal intentionally missed ball hitting stums while hussey was struggling to reeach ground. Kamran also droped easy dolleys behind the stums in recently conducted test series in Australia vs Pakistan. vick

  • on June 6, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Mr Butt has made PCB and Pakistan Cricket a comic story for rest of the cricket world.

  • boris6491 on June 6, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    I am completely at a loss understanding how this is not a U-turn. It is a COMPLETE U-turn, all the bans and fines have now been lifted and the reasons for the same weak. Was it that the PCB wanted their players just to look bad in public and 'scare' them with such heavy punishments which would later be retracted? I think Younis and Yousuf got extremely harsh bans, Younis for nothing and Yousuf for a little altercation in the media with Malik where Malik was the perpetrator. Yet Malik originally escaped with a one year ban while the better player, a man who has served his country faithfully and successfully for years was banned for life. Then Malik's ban gets mysteriously overturned, the man who apparently had caused so much 'disharmony'. This mess just proves why the Pakistan cricket team can never be number one. It takes more than just a good set of players on the cricket field. It takes correct administration as well, something which seems like it will never emerge in Pakistan.

  • on June 6, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    PCB should be revamped.No deep thinking goes into strategies,the whole cricket world laughs on us.Bans put.bans lifted!!!!!!!Again i would reiterate that the helm should be given to the private sector.Younis should be reinstated as the captain and Salman Butt as his deputy,where he should be groomed to take over eventually.Younis should become a bit matured and not emotional and think about Pakistan cricket and should not loose temper and should be careful when giving interviews,as they say become a bit crafty and clever.Dicipline and management is success and we have the talent definately,players who do not have discipline should DEFINATELY be chucked out.Lifting the ban on Younis i think is the best news from the dismal world of Pak cricket.Any one listening in PCB!!!!!!!MEHDI Singapore

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    By the way , what is the fault of Shoaib Akhtar? PCB is too generous now a days. I think, PCB should also give Shoaib Akhtar 7 millions which PCB deducted, sometimes back, from his earning on disciplinary grounds.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    younis khan gonna trouble pakistani team once more......he doesnt have aggression.....i dont know why he always go on no 3.....just look at no 3 batsman of any team in the world....younis khan doesnt take singles easily....doesnt strike hard easily.....he just make the run rate low and gets out :S

  • shahid3862 on June 5, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    nice to have younis back.i have been following pakistan cricket since 1975.being ever optimistic next series could be a nice start to pakistan being on top again.i wish the teams could start touring pakistan again.india might have to take this step,obviously with permission of ici.SHAHID.

  • on June 5, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    "It s not a U-turn of contitutional process" ,you've got to be kidding me ... thats how the cookie crumbles in pakistan ... haha .... these good for nothing players know that some way or the other they are going to come back. It's a failure of the paki system. Firstly care should be taken before banning cricketers but then If the decision has been taken.. Then don't change it that shamelessly ... .. It seems that the hype about the Paki talent is all gibberish ... PCB is insecure of not getting better players so they

  • on June 5, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    what is this there is no youis in the team

  • joharabadian on June 5, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    well i think earlier pcb should made a very big mistake while banning younas khan. as pak won t20 title under his leadership n he is a great batsman n captain of pakistan. shaaaaaaaaaaaam on pcb for what they did with him

  • on June 5, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Younis shouldn't have been banned in the first place, the charge against him was never going to hold. at least they should have kept the punishment of the Akmal brothers in place... plus what is the point of banning Malik for indiscipline and proving that the ban was just and then unbanning him?

  • on June 5, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    lol just dont get crazy let just happen it and i am not angry with this decesion and who is trying to abuse or something wrong or rubish just dont read it and go away lolz this is not for jealous people

  • Ulio on June 5, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    The comments of fellow cricinfo members are far more interesting to read than the actual article itself. But we been having great fun following this joke called PCB :-)

  • diwal on June 5, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    hey now Younis is back dats great....... pcb should give his captiancy back n he is far better leader then wat afridi is...its useless to make afridi as captain...15 years of cricket of sahid afridi n he can even face 15 balls in any format

  • on June 5, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    To everyone ... Up until recently we were all crying to have Indpendent Judiciary and now we are not accepting Indpendent Judiciary's decision. People are being so unfair towards 80 year old poor Ijaz Butt but just think being in his shoes ... Inspite of all Team Politics, Volatile Palyers and Political interference we made it to semi final and final of last 4 ICC Tournaments (3 under current PCB Administration). I am not defending PCB but what i have realised is Pakistanii Palyers win only when they want to win. We have been poor in tests but i think our test record over the last year could have been better if they really wanted to win and played with unity. SL Series we lost 0-2, it should have been 1-1 (Remember 1st test when we could not chase 150 in last innings), NZ series we played 1-1, should have been 2-0 (again we could not chase 150 in 4th innings of 1st test). Aus Series we lost 0-3. Should have been 1-2 (Remember Sydney Test where we could not chase 180 in 4th innings).

  • hrzaidi on June 5, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Good decisions. PCB imposed penalties, appelate process did not accept them - that is legal process. Atleast it sends a message that another incident, another round of penalties, another suspension of central contracts (i.e. money), another few months of missing matches (i.e. money and losing your place). The impact is subtle. But again, if PCB mgmt changes again - who knows

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    AS PCB has taken back its decisions, I don't see any reason for PCB management to stick to their seats.

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    I don't know what lesson PCB is going to give out to the players. It simply means do whatever you want, nobody can take notice of your behaviour. Younis is not as innocent as some ppl here are suggesting. Infact, he was the first one who started all this nonsense when Malik was the captain. We don't need these players. Let them rest and take retirements. Let the new players come in the side, there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan.

  • FIPL on June 5, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    This is absolutely rubbish by PCB, I think ICC should have to take a step against it and formed a law that once you retired or banned by you board, you are not allowed to play for your country. You are giving a message to all Pakistani cricketers and the upcoming youngsters that they can do whatever they wanted to do and there will be no punishment. Look at Australia they find Andrew Symonds (who is a far better player then the one in Australia at this moment) guilty for breaking there rules and they punished him. I am happy for Younis Khan not because I like him but because there is no evidence against him, so PCB has no other way apart from lifting his ban, but I am very much disappointed that Shoaib Mailk makes his way back into the, how could PCB do that, they have evidence against him. I think that Sania Mirza Jaduuu has worked; we should throw Mr Mailk to Hyderabad (India)

  • on June 5, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    I really did not get that why was a ban imposed on Younis Khan in the first place... but about Malik, he needs to be thrown out of the country!!! I want Younis to play, Yusuf to comeback to cricket and Malik thrown out forever!!!

  • on June 5, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    "It s not a U-turn of contitutional process" ,you've got to be kidding me ... thats how the cookie crumbles in pakistan ... haha .... these good for nothing players know that some way or the other they are going to come back. It's a failure of the paki system. Firstly care should be taken before banning cricketers but then If the decision has been taken.. Then don't change it that shamelessly ... .. It seems that the hype about the Paki talent is all gibberish ... PCB is insecure of not getting better players so they let these old leeches in …

  • wanderer1 on June 5, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Many people might not agree with Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed bans getting overturned but Younis Khan really hadn't done much wrong. He just happened to be a good guy in the wrong time and place, trying to keep his team together and failing. His ban being overturned is the right decision.

  • titanofcricket on June 5, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    welcome to the joke that is pakistan... what a sham! do they really think that anyone is taking them seriously... ban people and bring them back the next tournament... its like an eye wash... pls wake up and look around... people are not as stupid as you think them to be...

  • motayyab on June 5, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    malik yunus shoib aktar a big joke with pakistan cricket PCB is corrupt bord

  • on June 5, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Wow... What a freakish U turn by the (Problem Bunker Board) PCB...

    This is what we are showing to the world... no consistency, on living by our own words. No rationale behind a punishment. This has become a norm in Pakistan Cricket now... Drugs, infighting, matchfixing, ball tampering... do all those freakish stuff... and get punished... appeal and have them fixed the next month and come back into the team..

    I do not say the players are good or bad.. its about being rational behind your decisions..

    A team that used be once a giant with the likes of Wasim and Waqar has now come down to a position that we have to play home series abroad.

    Disgusting, undignified and absolutely horrible!!!!!

  • on June 5, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    PCB is a farcical organization. If Pakistan has to regain some competitiveness and respect in Cricket, it should ban the PCB management for life. Ijaz Butt and his cohorts are just inept and are politically aligned. They do not have the skills to manage the organization. Their judgment is driven by political considerations. Pakistan is being reduced to the level of Zimbabwe and West Indies by self serving cricket board. Pakistan's political leadership is apathetic and probably is part of the corruption. PCB stinks. It needs overhauling.

  • on June 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    He is the great guy . He is not for the team , because of politics . In our country we have just Requested players in our team . Just as Shoaib Malik . He is not capable for playing cricket . He have very strong political back ground in Pakistan

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 5, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Biggest culprit is Shoaib Malik and how this bugger can get out of PUNISHMENT. Some more on top is he is selected for Asia Cup. Go hell PCB. Most corrupt sporting body in the world. This time the idiot (Malik) with come with another piec e of Quran to take oath to kick out Afridi. Pakistanis should unite to throw him in Hyderabad.

  • GreatWhitePathan on June 5, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    I am happy the ban on Younis Khan has been lifted. He is playing county cricket now so hopefully he can get some practise ahead of the tour.

    However, like many, I am outraged that Malik has been allowed back. I watched nearly all the matches during the Pakistan tour of NZ and AUS and I remember commenting during the first test match against NZ that Malik did not look interested.

    His body language was appalling. I mean disgraceful. And when he batted, even a batsman completely out of form cannot bat that badly.He batted that way intentionally to undermine the captain. He is a disgrace.. Pakistan cricket is a disgrace.

  • GauthamVA on June 5, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Please lift inzy retirement too... let him come and play! and yeah where is imran khan i want to see him play! And bring back wasim akram before he becomes an indian!

  • Paul-in-Finland on June 5, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    The fine of biting the ball revoked entirely, who did Afridi pay off.... Boom boom should be called Bite Bite, once a cheat - always a cheat - he seems to have the whole PCB in his pocket , shame Pakistan shame ! !

  • Muhammad__Omar on June 5, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    haaaah.. They have destroyed a great captain in Younis Khan. Player Politics is too much...Anyone can ever imagine ,if Australian plyare take oath, not to play against a captain... Never.. its only in This country that such things happens , just because they ve come across a fair person. Shoaibl Malik can make a comeback into Pakistan team, but he cannot make any come back in people hearts... Never....

  • Kaaaaaaash on June 5, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    This is some thing that we can expect from pakistani cricket for a long long time. If pakistani team won their matches its only their ability nothing for the management and the selectors too. PCB become the biggest point of politics. those areras where we xpect the cricket using the hearings. Pakistan Muslim League (Pakistani Politics Party), MQM (another Party) are pressurize to Ejaz BUtt (who belong to Pakistan People Party, ruling party at the moment) to make place Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik. Under these condition you cant xpect the team to perform well

  • Stark62 on June 5, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    I don't mind Yousuf and Younis back in the Pakistani team but I am angry that malik is back in the side because he was the main culprit in all this fiasco.

  • on June 5, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    arnabSA, i am sorry you have not got it completely right! pakistan is not the laughing stock of world cricket only, but of the WORLD..now we shall see what furthertamashas our great cricketers will get up to in the series coming along..maybe if Kamran is wrongly given out, Umar will again stand up for his brother and maybe slug the umpire,or someone may tell Shahid Afridi that the balls being used are cherry flavoured(red) or sugar coated(white) and he, having no brains, may desire a sample in full view of all cameras, or Dulhe Raja may swoon over his fat ex tennis star wife during a match instead of concentrating or when say, Shahid Kapur or Sohrab, her ex fiance, ogle their ex love at a match, may bean them with a cricket ball(ala Inzi in Canada when he went after a fan with a bat for calling him "aloo")l!!!Lets us not forget our newest, youngest and fittest addition Shaoib Akhtar..he is very capable of doing anything outside of normal behaviour!! Wouldn't be Shoaib if he didn't

  • on June 5, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    The PCB and Pakistan authorities in general can always be counted on to provide some entertainment. Did anyone actually believe these bans and fines would actually stand? C'mon, this is Pakistan. Even Shoaib Akhtar is back in the squad. Wait a few more days for Yousuf to 'u-turn' after talking to his 'elders' and we'll have the full Pakistan side back the way it was. Hilarious!

  • Winsome on June 5, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Let the battle commence!

    In the Pakistan dressing rooms of course.

    The cricket is secondary to that.

  • VisBal on June 5, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Does this mean that the initial punishments handed out were improper? If so, then the people responsible for that decision should be sacked immediately: it shows incompetence on their parts. This is only what will happen in a law firm if you find all your cases being adjudicated in the opposite direction...

  • Simmy567 on June 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Good to see YK back, but im not to sure on liftinf Afridi's ban. Wat he did has no excuse..

  • Icyman on June 5, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Sad day indeed. Yunus Khan wil be back in the team. Undoubtedly he is the worst captain Pakistan ever had. Banning him and then getting him back is seriously difficult to comprehend.

  • I.F.Butt on June 5, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I am honestly amazed by some of the comments people are making here. Are you lot actually serious with these negative comments. Fair enough, I do understand that the PCB has potrayed themselves as jokers but why should the players be punished for their circus acts? After all the mess, PCB has the done the right thing by letting all the key players play and every key, quality and senior player should be in the team. Can we stop talking about what is now seen as history and just concetrate on the future. Pakistan has got a Asia Cup to win and the vital England tour is coming up. So, please show some support and wish Pakistan Cricket the best in future.

  • on June 5, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    The joke that is Pakistan continues... To see how Pakistan functions, just look at PCB and the players. There is immense talent there - but lack of management, corruption, nepotism can destroy the team and make it an absolutely dysfunctional organism.

    Does anyone seriously expect Pak cricket to be a force - I fear we are now WI cricket. We cannot beat NZ - which traditionally we have. I seriously doubt we can beat Bang - their batting in Eng has been terrific. Ind/Aus/SL/Eng/SA - they have the upper hand. Don't tell me 20/20 (thats just not cricket). In tests, ODI I doubt we could beat any of these countries.

  • on June 5, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    what a petty is that, all the clprits were pardon, but Mohd Yousef was totally ignored by the PCB abd aksi vy tghe other higher authorities, Yiusef still cricket for more than two/three years, He first accepted the captaincy when Mr.But did not find any one , but he was dyumped by him. aformal request from him may change his mind a ready to play again. Still there is a time for the England tour and he should be contacted and included in the team, no body is greater than Pakistan.

  • JethroTull on June 5, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Ejaz Butt thinks that the rest of the world also buys the manure he dishes out as the other officials of PCB do. I am sure those who work for PCB also have the same opinion as the rest of the world about this politically appointed moron but do not have the courage to say it because of their job. This is what differentiates a man from a chamcha (crony)

  • veeezel on June 5, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    I do not see any different in this pcb regime then the israiel comondo force they make me sick to my stomich.Is there is absolute any thing this board will do for the paterion chairman to wake up and see what the hell are they doing to pakistan cricket and bringing shame to all pakistanis linving all over the world.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH MR CHAIRMAN PLZ WAKE UP.WATER IS GONE OVER THE HEAD.I still don't believe all this is happening to our much loved game i think i m in a deep nightmare

  • on June 5, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    im happy for Younis but Malik should never have been cleared.

  • MFNadeem on June 5, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Ijaz Butt sucks as a manager and administrator. As Kamran Abbasi called it a circus, it finally ended to its logical end, I think. Younis deserves to be playing in any format he wants to play. Malik had to be punished but he is back to create same drama again after some time. I hope the common sense prevails.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 5, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    YOUNIS KHAN SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THIS VERDICT AT ALL. BAN BEING LIFTED IS NOT ENOUGH. IMPOSING THE BAN SHOULD BE NULLIFIED.

  • hannah_itfc on June 5, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Good to see the PCB once again sticking to their strict disciplinary rules.

  • on June 5, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Well I think most people would say the bans should never have been so severe in the first place... but "not a U-turn"?! Seriously how on earth is Ijaz Butt in charge of a cricket board? Poor old Pakistan, I just hope for cricket's sake this news can at least benefit the team and we can see a better Pakistani team.

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Another U turn from PCB. PCB is making fun of itself in front of all.

  • PeterCook on June 5, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    The PCB are the most bungling, incompetent sporting body I've ever heard about. Laughably shambolic. They make England's selectors in the 90's look like geniuses...

  • 12thman on June 5, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Pakistan needs to be expelled from International cricket and asked to go and sort out their whole structure both in administration as well as the playing side. While India have dirty politicians who have infilterated the BCCI. They are organised in the way they go about their business of pocketing the money. Pakistani politicians are totally disorganised. One day they suspend the whole team then the next tour everyones back as if nothing happened. Above all this we have a spineless ICC. Looking at the whole scenario, there is only one way cricket is heading - THE DRAIN.

  • Wazirabadi on June 5, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Not surprised, I am quite pleased for Younis . Out of the whole bunch of crackpots, Younis was the only one who showed character and dignity. He was adamant from the very beginning that he was unfairly treated by PCB and was unnecessarily held responsible for others misdeeds. I wish he was selected for the Asia Cup. The good thing is, he is getting useful exposure in England. The whole episode seemed like a joke, PCB got egg on it's face and Ejaz Butt is still making irrational statements to sound patriotic. Good Bye mister Butt, please don't forget to turn the light off when you leave.

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    PCB is making fun of itself in front of whole world.

  • obstreperous on June 5, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    It's hard to fathom the PCB. Does anyone really believe that this sends a "loud and clear message" to the miscreants, especially Afridi? Maybe this was the message: cheat on behalf of your country, accept the condemnation and apologise profusely, go home and cop a hefty fine, wait a couple of months, become captain, have the fine rescinded, fly to England to resume the battle with Australia. Apparently this process only surprises cricket followers outside of Pakistan...

  • Drstarnge on June 5, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Justice at last..now its time to shut ur critics up younis........God speed

  • cherukuri1973 on June 5, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Good to see my favorite bastman Younis back again. However PCB has given license to the players to do what ever they want. Nothing to worry about the punishment or bans, eventually all punishments / bans will be revoked. Poor Yousuf...

  • Paymaan on June 5, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    I am Happy for Younis Khan because we all know him that he will never do any thing wrong for the spirit of cricket but as we all know that Shoaib Malik will never change his behavior. He will always play his part in the politics of the team and will always try to go against the spirit of the game.

  • thewayitwas on June 5, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    pakistan is once again the laughing stock of world cricket, this is an absolute embarrassment and disgrace. If they are not going to stand by their decisions why bother make them in the first place? the PCB has no credibility and are hypocrits. even if the bans are lifted, why select them in the teams? ridiculous

  • on June 5, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I m very very very very very very very very happy after hearing this newz...... Gr8 for Pakistan cricket nd the Gr8 Younis Khan

  • farata on June 5, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The only words I have for our current cricket set up ( PCB, its chairman, the bunch of jokers called players) are not printable here. Thoroughly disgusting this whole charade and complete mockery of rule of law.

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  • farata on June 5, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The only words I have for our current cricket set up ( PCB, its chairman, the bunch of jokers called players) are not printable here. Thoroughly disgusting this whole charade and complete mockery of rule of law.

  • on June 5, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I m very very very very very very very very happy after hearing this newz...... Gr8 for Pakistan cricket nd the Gr8 Younis Khan

  • thewayitwas on June 5, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    pakistan is once again the laughing stock of world cricket, this is an absolute embarrassment and disgrace. If they are not going to stand by their decisions why bother make them in the first place? the PCB has no credibility and are hypocrits. even if the bans are lifted, why select them in the teams? ridiculous

  • Paymaan on June 5, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    I am Happy for Younis Khan because we all know him that he will never do any thing wrong for the spirit of cricket but as we all know that Shoaib Malik will never change his behavior. He will always play his part in the politics of the team and will always try to go against the spirit of the game.

  • cherukuri1973 on June 5, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Good to see my favorite bastman Younis back again. However PCB has given license to the players to do what ever they want. Nothing to worry about the punishment or bans, eventually all punishments / bans will be revoked. Poor Yousuf...

  • Drstarnge on June 5, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Justice at last..now its time to shut ur critics up younis........God speed

  • obstreperous on June 5, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    It's hard to fathom the PCB. Does anyone really believe that this sends a "loud and clear message" to the miscreants, especially Afridi? Maybe this was the message: cheat on behalf of your country, accept the condemnation and apologise profusely, go home and cop a hefty fine, wait a couple of months, become captain, have the fine rescinded, fly to England to resume the battle with Australia. Apparently this process only surprises cricket followers outside of Pakistan...

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    PCB is making fun of itself in front of whole world.

  • Wazirabadi on June 5, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Not surprised, I am quite pleased for Younis . Out of the whole bunch of crackpots, Younis was the only one who showed character and dignity. He was adamant from the very beginning that he was unfairly treated by PCB and was unnecessarily held responsible for others misdeeds. I wish he was selected for the Asia Cup. The good thing is, he is getting useful exposure in England. The whole episode seemed like a joke, PCB got egg on it's face and Ejaz Butt is still making irrational statements to sound patriotic. Good Bye mister Butt, please don't forget to turn the light off when you leave.

  • 12thman on June 5, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Pakistan needs to be expelled from International cricket and asked to go and sort out their whole structure both in administration as well as the playing side. While India have dirty politicians who have infilterated the BCCI. They are organised in the way they go about their business of pocketing the money. Pakistani politicians are totally disorganised. One day they suspend the whole team then the next tour everyones back as if nothing happened. Above all this we have a spineless ICC. Looking at the whole scenario, there is only one way cricket is heading - THE DRAIN.