PCB imposes life ban on Younis, Yousuf
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Naved-ul-Hasan, Younis Khan

DateLine: 10th March 2010


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in move that could have a drastic impact on the cricketing fortunes of their team have taken a harsh step. Acting on the recommendations of the inquiry committee probing the disastrous tour Down Under, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a life term ban on captain Mohammad Yousuf and experienced middle-order batsman Younis Khan and slapped hefty fines on various players, holding them responsible for the team's pathetic show.


The PCB has also banned all-rounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan for one-year besides slapping a fine of two million rupees on each of them.


The board has also issued last warning to star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and wicket keeper Kamran Akmal and his batsman brother Umar Akmal for violating the player's code of conduct during the winless tour of Australia.


While Afridi and Kamran have been fined three million rupees for their misconduct, the board has slapped a fine of two million dollars on Umar.


All these three players have also been placed on a six-month probation period.


The reasons behind banning two of the most experienced cricketers (Younis, Yousuf) are still not known, but the PCB said it would be making the inquiry committee's report public in few days.


Yousuf was under tremendous pressure and had to face flak from all quarters for one of the most shoddy performance by Pakistan during Australia tour in recent years. Younis, who had earlier stepped down as the captain of the squad saying he was not able to control the team, was recalled into the team for the five one-day internationals against the Kangaroos but failed to click any of the matches.