Pakistan news July 6, 2010

Younis return not immediate - PCB

Cricinfo staff

The PCB has ruled out the immediate return of Younis Khan to the Pakistan team because the player and his lawyer made "inappropriate statements". Younis was not selected for the tour of England despite his indefinite ban being lifted.

"Younis and his lawyer have given inappropriate statements," Butt told reporters after meeting federal sports minister Ijaz Jakhrani. "There is a players' code of conduct in place and we will not spare anyone who violates the code."

Younis stepped down as captain and player ahead of the tour to New Zealand, which preceded the Australia series, over differences with his team-mates. He missed the Australia Tests, and did not make an impact during the ODIs under Mohammad Yousuf's leadership. Following the tour, PCB came down strongly on seven national players, including Younis who was banned for creating infighting within the team - an accusation he staunchly refused.

The captain Shahid Afridi hoped to have Younis' services for the Tests at least, but when the team was being picked for the tour, the PCB hadn't yet given clearance for his selection. Younis however played down the issue with the PCB and said he is ready to play for Pakistan.

"I am available to play for Pakistan whenever required," Younus told a Pakistani television channel in England. "I have no fight with the PCB nor can I think of it. I am a known player because of Pakistan and the PCB."