KARACHI: Former Test captain Rashid Latif has torn into the selection committee for dropping senior batsman Younus Khan from the ODI squad against Australia.
While speaking to the media in Karachi, Latif said that the batsman should not have been dumped just because he left the Sri Lanka tour due to his nephew’s demise.
“Younus should have been the automatic choice for the series against Australia, yet he was unjustly snubbed,” said Latif. “I fail to understand the logic behind the selection committee’s decision.”
Latif added that he would not watch the forthcoming series against Australia to protest the injustice meted out to Younus.
“I think he [Younus] was doubly hurt; first he had a tragedy at home, and now he’s being subjected to this treatment from the selectors. I’m deeply disappointed and have decided not to watch or comment on the upcoming series.”
The Pakistan cricket selection committee, led by Moin Khan, last week announced the ODI and T20 squads for the series against Australia — leaving Younus out of the team for the 50-over format.
Subsequently, an incensed Younus offered to stay away from international cricket till the World Cup, claiming that he wasn’t given the respect that his commitment deserved.
Latif believes the chairman, chief selector and coach should look into the matter urgently in order to avoid the adverse effect.
“The impression is that the rift between Younus and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan in mid-2000 cost the senior batsman.
“The PCB chief must come out clear on the matter to kill this perception,” concluded the former skipper.