Younis ready to move court to get ban on him lifted
Younis Khan is likely to seek redressal from higher courts if the appellate judge appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board refuses him an interim relief to the indefinite ban on the former captain.Updated: May 20, 2010 18:02 IST
Younis Khan is likely to seek redressal from higher courts if the appellate judge appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board refuses him an interim relief to the indefinite ban on the former captain.
Sources close to Younis said that he and his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum were so far not satisfied with the way Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir conducted the hearings of the appeal filed by the cricketer against his ban.
The judge is due to hear the appeal again next week but in two hearings has refused to suspend the ban on Younis despite pleas from the former captain that he wanted to make himself available for the Asia Cup and test tour to England.
Sources said Younis was extremely disheartened at the way the judge had behaved with him at the last hearing even when it was obvious the PCB was not being fair with him and apparently there was no concrete evidence to impose the ban on him.
"Younis and his lawyer asked the judge to direct the board to provide the video and audio recordings of the statement he made before the inquiry committee in March," one source said.
"But the board's legal advisor Talib Rizvi at the last hearing informed the judge that Younis' statement to the committee was not recorded," he said.
"Younis is surprised at this because he had specifically asked the committee chairman Wasim Bari that his statement be recorded. The written statement now given to the appeals judge by the board has remarks attributed to the former captain when he didn't make at all," the source claimed.
Ahmed Qayyum, when contacted, said it was surprising that while the statements of all other players and officials who appeared before the inquiry committee were recorded and taped, this was not done in Younis' case.
"Why is only Younis Khan's video recording missing is hard to understand. Younis says he didn't say many of the things attributed to him in the statement produced by the board to the appeals judge," Qayyum said.
Sources said Younis and his lawyer were also unhappy at the way the board had blamed them for leakage of the inquiry committee report and video recordings of the inquiry committee proceedings.
"The board has even issued a letter to Younis blaming him for the leakage of the report," he added.
First Published: May 20, 2010 17:56 IST