Younus, Misbah 'unhappy' with iconic status snub in PSL

Published: December 17, 2015
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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Human
    Dec 17, 2015 - 2:08PM

    Bowlers?!Recommend

  • Dec 17, 2015 - 2:28PM

    They are right to be unhappy, they deserve far more respect than this. They could have easily been replaced by anyone in the list of existing five players, especially the foreigners. But we don’t really care about giving respect to our our own players, we rather like to make players from other teams happy.Recommend

  • Amir
    Dec 17, 2015 - 2:32PM

    wondering why Younis is complaining about it. He is not even a good ODI batsman forget about T20.Recommend

  • Revenge
    Dec 17, 2015 - 2:36PM

    They are always unhappy regarding something or other, wonder why they are called humble? Act more like crybabies.Recommend

  • Justice
    Dec 17, 2015 - 2:42PM

    LOL! Plenty of drama already. How is YK a humble man? his demands seems to never end.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Dec 17, 2015 - 2:57PM

    Misbah is still one of the best T20 players in country. Not sure about YK but Misbah needs to skipper one side in PSL. Recommend

  • Malik Usman
    Dec 17, 2015 - 3:11PM

    They both are retired from T20s. Why are they complaining? They should be happy to be part of it, let alone in leading roles etc.Recommend

  • Narendra
    Dec 17, 2015 - 4:17PM

    Only local players should have been given an Iconic status.Why there is a need to give that status to the foreign players.Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Dec 17, 2015 - 5:41PM

    @Waseem Sarwar Is being member of national side a criteria for being an “icon”. Please explain the inclusion of KP and Watson as being “icons”. If Misbah and Younis are not iconic players, then who is? Afridi? — give me a break.. Recommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Dec 17, 2015 - 5:56PM

    I don’t understand why Misbah isn’t included in the “Icons” list. He did quite well in the BPL, and he has been one of Pakistan’s best batsmen in the longer format. His LOI stats are quite impressive overall. Younis on the other hand hasn’t been that successful in the shorter formats, therefore, I can still understand his snub.

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  • salman
    Dec 17, 2015 - 6:34PM

    LMAO. YK himself retired from 20-20 cricket in 2009 so why he is having any issues with this? He is one serious attention seeker player in today’s cricket.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 17, 2015 - 7:09PM

    No one has the right to be in the team let alone being a captain.Recommend

  • MJ
    Dec 18, 2015 - 5:20AM

    Iconic status inclusion; Misbah Yes, Hafeez No, Younus … you gotta be kidding me.Recommend

  • muaaz
    Dec 18, 2015 - 7:28AM

    @Sarwar:
    Afridi is the iconic player of any 2020 league.. both misbah and younus are retired from t20s so they are right to be ignored.. but in my opinion misbah should the skipper of the team he plays as he is one of the most successful pakistani captains but younus… pssst he is not even a good odi playerRecommend

  • Effy
    Dec 18, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Mishab is 41, but no one knows his real age and yunis doesnt deserve to be even in ODI’s forget about T20’s. I request both of the to show some maturity and retire now and save us this pain. ThanksRecommend

  • Kamran Saeed
    Dec 18, 2015 - 4:52PM

    These children have shown the power of education, hope and peace.Recommend

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