Najam Sethi rules out disciplinary action against Younus Khan on outburst

Former chairman says veteran's comments were harsh but not liable to any disciplinary proceedings


Sports Desk July 24, 2015
Younus was backed by Sethi who thinks the veteran's comments were harsh but but not liable to action. PHOTOS: AFP

Pakistan’s former cricket board chief, Najam Sethi, ruled out any disciplinary action against veteran batsman Younus Khan after his controversial statement regarding Test captain Misbahul Haq and head coach Waqar Younis, reported Press Trust of India.

Sethi, who heads Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) executive committee, said Younus’ comments were harsh but the board is not planning any action against him.

"I have heard about his remarks but I think we need to be a bit mature about this,” said Sethi.

Read: Younus Khan expresses displeasure with Waqar Younis, Misbahul Haq

“Younus is a senior player and he has been playing well. One can understand some frustration but we need to move on."

Recently, Younus presented his case that he was still able to represent Pakistan in the ODIs and also held Misbah and Waqar liable to not giving him and other players confidence.

"I don't know if I had not scored those 177 runs in the fourth innings of the third Test in Sri Lanka what would have happened,” stated Younus.

Read: 'Younus must be heard on his desire to play ODIs'

“Most probably I would have been dropped. But this is not the way to treat senior players, they need to be given confidence. I have always given my best for Pakistan.

Younus also articulated his will to lead Pakistan team if he was given an opportunity.

Sethi added that it was the selectors’ and team management’s decision to include Younus in the ODIs.

"It is not a decision he can make. It is up to the selectors and team management. If they feel he is required he will play," said Sethi.

"As far as his desire to lead the team again is concerned there is nothing wrong in expressing this. But I think right now things are settled.

Read: Younus Khan wants to lead Pakistan one last time

Former chairman further stated that Younus and Misbah were experienced enough to settle this amongst themselves and have contributed a lot to Pakistan cricket.

"I really don't know what he exactly said on this issue but I don't foresee any problems because of it."

COMMENTS (3)

Waqar | 5 years ago | Reply Nothing wrong in his interview, some people made a drama out of no where,YK refuse to captaincy many times, which is unlikely other Pak player,as they ran after captaincy.If YK wish for captaincy it is not a sin,pak captaincy is a pride any one can wish.He win odi matches for Pak also achieved high targets with help of YK but now he should not play odi.In test we need him,he is backbone of Pak batting line,Pak last 5/6 years success is mainly due to YK and Ajmal individual performances they both save/win matches for Pak consistently.
J.Niaz | 5 years ago | Reply Younus Khan is a great batsman with an outstanding record. He has been praised for his efforts in the media. He should be happy with that. With Misbah in command over many years, Captaincy is hardly an appropriate issue to raise at this time. As far as selection for ODIs is concerned, Younus's wish to play should be considered.
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