Pakistan Test team’s senior and most reliable stalwarts Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq are reportedly unhappy for not being included in the “Icons” list in the players’ categories for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The PSL governing body honoured five players by including them in the ‘Icons’ list but Younus and Misbah did not make the cut. The five players honoured by PSL include Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson.
Younus, who led Pakistan to the only World T20 title in 2009, found his name missing from the list. Meanwhile, Misbah did not make it into the “Icons” category even after being one of the most successful captains of the Pakistan team.
“They are not happy and indications are that they will convey to the board that if they are not given leadership positions in the PSL franchise teams they might skip it,” a source told the Press Trust of India.
“Pietersen is someone who has not been given this status in any other cricket league and is someone who has been sidelined by England for more than a year now,” he added.
Further, the source said, “On the other hand, Watson has retired from Australian team duty in comparison both Younis and Misbah remain active players at the Test level.”
Younus has already expressed his desire to play a leading role in any of the five PSL teams.
“I would like to have a leadership position in the PSL, like say, being captain or mentor besides being a player,” said Younis.
Former T20 captain Muhammad Hafeez was also overlooked for the Icon category in the PSL.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht sparked controversy while speaking to a local news channel that Dean Jones, who has been appointed head coach of the Islamabad team, was dropped from the Australian team and forced to retire because the Cricket Australia suspected him of being involved in match-fixing.