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No immediate return for Younus: PCB

cricket Updated: Jul 07, 2010 13:15 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has ruled out an immediate return for former captain and senior batsman Younus Khan to the national team.

After meeting federal minister for sports Ijaz Jakhrani on Tuesday, Butt said Younus' lawyer made inappropriate statements against the board and the appeal's commissioner who looked into the appeals of seven players either banned or fined in March after the Australian tour.

Younus was among the seven and was banned for an indefinite period. He challenged the ban that was eventually lifted by the appeal's commissioner who said the board had acted hastily while handing out the punishment.

PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi has said the board is pondering sending a fresh show cause notice to Younus as the appeal's commissioner had not given him a clean chit while lifting the ban.

Younus was not selected for the England tour despite his impressive Test record.

"Younus and his lawyer have given inappropriate statements. There is a players' code of conduct in place and we will not spare anyone who violates the code," Butt said.

Butt's strong words came a day after Younus had told a Pakistani news channel that he had no differences or dispute with the board.

"Whatever I am today is because of Pakistan and the board so I have no reason to disrespect them and I have no dispute with the board, I am available to play for Pakistan," the senior batsman said.

Younus said he was not an ungrateful person and realised the role the board had played in building up his career and giving him an opportunity to play for Pakistan.

But he did state that he was still not aware of the reasons why the board banned him and why they didn't select him for the England tour.

Younus was captain until last year before he stepped down in November before a Test tour to New Zealand and Australia after confirmed reports that some players had ganged up against him.