Pakistan Cricket Board Embarrass Younis Khan

Pakistan batsman Younus Khan walks from the field after he was dismissed for 37 runs during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ross Setford)

Communication is not a strong point for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), this was once again proved at the launch of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) event on Sunday in Lahore.

The 37 year old veteran Younis Khan, former Pakistan Captain was not present at the high profile celebrity occasion.

He said he wasn’t invited, the PCB in response said they had sent an invite.

“I was not invited for the ceremony. They ignored my accomplishments for Pakistan and my achievements in T20 cricket,” Younis commented.

“But in a way it is good because they have sent me a clear message that where I stand as far as the PSL is concerned and if I will be a part of it or not,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter to me at this stage of my career but it is disappointing not being invited for the PSL launch after having served Pakistan cricket for so long,” he added.

Younis Khan started his international career 15 years ago in 2000. He led the Pakistan team to its only World Twenty20 title in 2009, beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s.

In Test cricket, he has played 101 matches, scored 8814 runs, at an average of 54. With 30 centuries and 29 fifties. His highest score is 313.

In 264 One Day Internationals, he has scored 7240 runs, at an average of 31. With 7 centuries and 48 fifties.

Younis Khan was not selected for the forthcoming Pakistan ODI series against Zimbabwe and England.

He continues to be a mainstay of the Test team.

Wasim Akram recently suggested that he should focus just on Test cricket. Younis responded that he wishes to make his own decisions regarding his career.

Even at the age of 37 years he is fitter than many of the youngsters. He has the ability to concentrate intensely on his batting for long periods, hence producing big scores.

Younis is normally reserved and prefers to stay out of the limelight, however he is not a character to be taken lightly. He will speak out strongly when he feels the need to.

Many Pakistanis have a great deal of respect for Younis Khan and what he has done for the nation, over the last 15 years.

I only wish the PCB had shown him some more respect.