x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Younis set for UAE as all forgiven

The long-running battle between Younis Khan and the Pakistan board has finally been resolved, after a meeting between the former captain and Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman.

The long-running battle between Younis Khan and the Pakistan board has finally been resolved, after a meeting between the former captain and Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman.

Younis was cleared for selection and almost immediately picked in the limited overs squad for the series against South Africa in the UAE later this month.

A resolution had been on the cards since the board sent a letter to Younis asking him to meet the chairman, with the player telling reporters in Lahore he was keen to meet and play again for Pakistan.

At a press conference later in Karachilater yesterday, Mohsin Khan, the chief selector, announced that Younis had joined the training camp in Lahore.

"The [PCB] chairman has given clearance this afternoon to Younis Khan and that is good news," he told reporters. "I discussed with the selection committee and we picked him straight away. He is fit, playing top-class cricket."

There was some confusion, however, over whether Younis had also been inducted into the Test squad.

"For now he is in the limited-overs squad," Mohsin said. "We will see his progress over the ODIs and then make a decision for the Tests after that."

Younis was one of four players the board either banned or decided would not be selected for an indefinite period in the aftermath of a disastrous tour of Australia in 2009/10

Meanwhile, the three Pakistan players under international suspension pending investigations into spot-fixing have been barred by the PCB from training at the National Cricket Academy.

Nadeem Sarwar, a PCB spokesman, said Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer have been informed of the latest sanction.

The trio have appealed against their ICC ban and this will be heard in Doha, Qatar, on October 30 and 31.