Operation clean up: Yousuf, Khan out for indefinite period

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board today banned former skippers Muhammad Yousuf and Younis Khan from representing Pakistan in international cricket for an indefinite period in an operation clean up aimed at curbing players’ power.

Controversies are nothing new for Pakistani team, which has always been in the headlines of media whether or not it is on any tour.

PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt took this bold decision in line with the recommendations given by board’s six-member inquiry committee formed to probe Pakistan’s winless Australia tour.

Out of six, four members of the committee are on the pay roll of cricket board while another member Yawar Saeed is considered a close friend of Butt. The sixth member, Wasim Akram, neither attended any meeting of the committee nor did he applaud the decision.

Apart from Yousuf and Younis, Shahid Afridi was also slapped a fine of Rs3 million over his ball-biting slur. Former captain Shoaib Malik and pacer Rana Naveed ul Hasan were banned for one year on disciplinary grounds.

Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal were also fined Rs3 and Rs2.5 million each.

According to some experts, the board has tried to cover up its own failures by taking this decision.