Ban on Younis lifted, fine on Afridi quashed

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board’s one-man appellate tribunal here Saturday has lifted an indefinite ban on former captain Younis Khan. It also quashed the fine on current captain Shahid Afridi and reduced the fine on Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

After hearing the appeal by Younis Khan against his indefinite ban here at the National Cricket Academy, Justice retired Irfan Qadir told media that accepting the appeal he has lifted the ban.

Younis was one of seven players who were banned or fined in March this year.

The penalties came after an inquiry committee investigated on and off-field problems during team''s tours to the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia between November and February.

Younis and another former captain Mohammad Yousuf were handed indefinite bans over "infighting in the team which let the team down."

Younis''s lawyer Ahmed Malik Qayyum said he was delighted with the outcome of the appeal.

The former captain was named in a preliminary squad of 35, subject to his clearance from the arbitrator, but was not selected in the 15-man Asia Cup squad announced on Thursday.

He is, however, likely to be considered for team''s tour of England to be announced later.

Pakistan take part in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka from June 15-24. They will then play two Twenty20 and two Tests against Australia before playing hosts England in four Tests, five one-day and two Twenty20 -- all in England.

The arbitrator last week lifted Shoaib Malik''s one-year ban and reduced his two million rupees fine to half.

The arbitrator also quashed the fine on current captain Shahid Afridi and reduced the fine on Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

Afridi was fined on charges of ball-tampering in a one-day match against Australia, while the Akmal brothers were punished for discipline violations.

Another former captain Yousuf, banned for an indefinite period, did not appeal, while all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan''s appeal against a one-year ban and fine of 24,000 dollars will be heard on June 19.