Saturday, 27 November 2021

Younis Khan rejects PCB’s farewell offer


LAHORE: Former Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s offer to attend a farewell event scheduled in his honour, and that of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi – the three stalwarts of Pakistan cricket who retired recently.

While Afridi was initially supposed to be given a farewell T20I series last year against West Indies, the plan didn’t materialise with the selectors not picking him. Misbah and Younis retired after helping Pakistan win their first-ever Test series win in West Indies earlier this year.
Younis, who had had issues with the board during his playing days, claimed that he wouldn’t attend the event despite PCB offering him a huge sum for his contributions to Pakistan cricket. “I don’t think this farewell matters now,” Younis told. “What is the use after Misbah and I retired in May this year? In other countries, former captains or stalwarts are given farewells within days of their retirement.
“I don’t see the use of this farewell now and I’m not after any money. Someone from the PCB called me and invited me and said I would receive a handsome amount but I have decided not to go because whatever I have seen in the PCB or have gone through when I was playing is not something I can forget.”
Younis reiterated that the board hadn’t treated its players with respect over the years and claimed that he wasn’t paid for the last 45 days of his contract (that was supposed to end in June) since he retired in mid-May.
“That is enough for me,” Younis said on receiving a farewell in West Indies. “But for me nothing is more important than pride and respect. I don’t think the Board has treated many players with dignity and respect that they deserved.
“I informed the board about this (the deduction) but I never expected them to deduct the amount. It is not a sign of respect for a senior player. They also did the same with Misbah.”
Younis, 40, also recalled some of the past incidents where greats like Misbah and Inzamam-ul-Haq were disrespected by the board and also pointed out that there weren’t enough facilities provided for the players in their rooms at the NCA. “There are so many examples,” he said. “Ask Inzamam who is chief selector now. Was he not stopped at the Gaddafi stadium main gate? Ask Misbah, was he not told during a Pakistan camp at the stadium that he can’t bring his car into the stadium?
“There are so many incidents and they hurt. At one time there were no LCDs, refrigerators or phones in the rooms at the NCA where the players stayed. All the facilities were for administrative block.”

Younis had played over 400 matches in his international career and is the only Pakistani batsman to have scored over 10,000 Test runs. He was also the captain of the side that won the ICC World T20 in 2009.

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