LAHORE - Pakistani legendary ex-skipper and present Test batsman Younus Khan got infuriated over his demotion to Category “B” in the latest announced list of Central contracts by PCB and rebuffed to sign the central contract considering it his insult.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on June 5th announced central contracts, and some very surprising decisions were taken. Among them demotion of Younus was also included which raised several eye-brows. Younus turned aggressive over the latest divisions in central contracts and was unhappy as he was demoted while players liek Hafeez, Afridi & Misbah have been retained in “A” category. Reportedly he was very disturbed over this and would prefer to play for Pakistan without any central contract rather than accepting the current terms and conditions.
The committee who formulated the contract list comprised of chief selector Moin Khan, M Akram and Zakir Khan. “Younus is really angry and disappointed about being given B category and has decided not to sign it,” said an official close to the player. “For him, the most important thing is his self-respect, and he is willing to play for Pakistan without getting remuneration from the central contracts.”
Younus had played 89 Tests, 253 ODI’s and 25 T20I’s for Pakistan. Pakistan won the T20 title in 2009 under his captaincy. Younus is a Test specialist and one of the fittest players of Pakistan too. He was dropped from the ODI squad last year, despite of that he managed to make his place in Category “A” last year.
PCB Director Zakir Khan, on the other hand said that Younus had to sign central contract if he is willing to represent Pakistan internationally. Underhand information revealed by a PCB official states that PCB chairman Najam Sethi was not happy by the current contracts’ list. He warned the committee saying that the decision might backfire.
“The first thing Sethi did when he was presented the contracts for approval was to point out Younus’ demotion to B category,” stated the official. “However, Moin, Akram and Zakir all stressed that it was the right move according to the new categorisation formula. “For them, the next step should be to answer the critics since it was their decision.”
Current situation has not only disgruntled Younus but several other senior players are plainly discontented over this and are planning to revolt. According to them Younus deserve to be in “A” category for his innumerable services to Pakistan cricket.
Several young players are also joining them in their protest and will forgo signing central contract to show solidarity with Younis. Reportedly one of senior player has already passed on his sentiments and decision to Sethi and Moin Khan while rest will soon follow suit. “Younus has always been a fighter all his life and has done so much for Pakistan,” said a senior player. “He deserves to get A category, even if he only plays Test cricket.”