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Younis Khan to play complete ODI series: Salahuddin


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Nasim Ashraf and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed intervened and stopped Younis Khan from leaving the ongoing home series against Bangladesh midway after the player was reportedly upset over the manner in which an ICC anti-corruption official interviewed him.

“Younis became angry because he was told by the PCB that some ICC officials wanted to talk to him and would come to see him at the team hotel,” sources said.

When Younis went to meet the ICC official thinking he was from the development side he was surprised to see that everything was being taped and shot on camera.

It was then that he learnt it was an Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) investigation interview, sources said.

Emerging from the interview, Younis had a heated exchange with some senior PCB officials on why they had not informed him in advance about the purpose of the meeting.

Reportedly an angry Younis then decided to return home after the first match but Ashraf stepped in and defused the situation.

Sallu said “Younis was unhappy with the ICC officials proceedings but it was not a big issue and he (Younis) will play the complete series.”

The ICC on Wednesday said its ACSU interviewed Younis, Danish Kaneria and Umar Gul to gain “specific information” in Lahore this week.

The ICC, however, did not comment on whether the officer had also quizzed banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar but sources said ICC’s Alan Peacock spoke to Shoaib in a hotel in Lahore.

The ICC said in a statement that its officer spoke to three players to seek specific information on some issue on April 5 and 6.

The ICC also clarified the interviews were not in relation to any alleged breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Source:Cricket News

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