Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Irked over the exclusion of Younus Khan from the ODI squad, former captain Rashid Latif has threatened to boycott Pakistan cricket until the “injustice” with the senior batsman is not addressed adequately. “Younus Khan left the Sri Lanka tour due to his nephew’s demise. He should be the automatic choice for series against Australia but was unjustly snubbed. I failed to understand the logic behind this decision by the selection committee”, said Rashid Latif
“I think he (Younus) was doubly hurt, first he had a tragedy at home followed by this treatment from the selectors. I am utterly disappointed and have decided not to watch or comment on the upcoming series”, added Latif
The Pakistan cricket selection committee, led by Moin Khan, last week, announced the ODI and T20 squads for the series against Australia.
“Younus Khan is amongst the fittest in the team and if he was dropped on recent performance then who else is the consistent performer in the current team?”, asked Latif
“We don’t have sufficient back pool and handful of youngsters available, need a person like Younus to guide them. He is the only one around who is respected and who can impart like none other”, opined Latif.
Latif feels the chairmain, chief selector and coach should look into this mater urgently to avoid the adverse effect. “The impression is that the rift between Younus and Sheharyar Khan in mid 2000 cost the senior batsman. The PCB chairman must come out clear on the matter to kill this perception”, said Latif.
“Being former cricketers Moin Khan and Waqar Younis must understand player’s sentiment. They must take a step to resolve it ASAP”, concluded Latif
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif