Only weeks ago, the cricket world was outraged at a decision by eight Indian Premier League teams to ignore all Pakistani players who were up for auction.
<b1>Two days before the tournament began, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), in a judgement that shocked the world, gave a clear indication of what they thought their players deserved. Seven players, including former captains Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik were either banned or fined and put on probation.
Soon after a recent tour of Australia that ended in January, where Pakistan lost nine matches, failing to win in any of the three formats, the PCB ordered an inquiry into the reasons for the cause of the defeat and the decline of Pakistan cricket.
“Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, keeping in view their infighting, which resulted in bringing down the team, their attitude has a trickle-down effect that’s a bad influence for the whole team, should not be part of national team in any format,” the PCB said, making the results of the inquiry public.
While no specific reason was given for the drastic action — life bans have never been handed out for anything other than matchfixing in the past — it is understood the PCB had enough with players picking and choosing tours, forming cliques, and holding the board to ransom.
The players, who are expected to appeal the decision, offered no comment.