Pakistan's Younis Khan escapes three-match ban over umpiring row in domestic tournament

AFP April 26, 2016 19:11:10 IST
Pakistan's Younis Khan escapes three-match ban over umpiring row in domestic tournament

Karachi: Senior Pakistan batsman and former national captain Younis Khan on Monday escaped a three-match ban after apologising for a row with umpires in a domestic one-day tournament.

Younis had walked out of the Pakistan Cup national One-Day tournament after a dispute with the match referee and umpires.

Younis, 38, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and faced a ban for not attending the disciplinary hearing and withdrawing from the tournament.

Pakistans Younis Khan escapes threematch ban over umpiring row in domestic tournament

File picture of Younis Khan. Getty

He apologised for his behaviour in a call with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan.

A PCB news release confirmed the phone call and apology.

Younis was angry at several umpiring decisions in his team's two matches, but denied misbehaving towards the umpires.

"I had objected to a no-ball which was above chest height and that's all," Younis told a private Pakistani TV channel. "I have given assurances that I will play the remaining matches so the matter ends here."

It is not the first time that Younis has run into problems with the authorities and even had issues with his department, United Bank in the last domestic season when he left them in a lurch in the final stages of the premier first class competition after disagreement with the coach.

Younis is Pakistan's highest Test run-scorer, with 9,116 runs in 104 Tests.

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