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01-01-2010, 01:14 AM #1
Younis unlikely to join national squad despite team management's SOS
Despite the team management's request to send middle order batsman Younis Khan to Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is unlikely to give its nod for sending the former captain to join the team during the on-going Test series Down Under.
Sources close to the selection committee disclosed the PCB is yet to refer the team management's request to the selectors and was unlikely to consider it till Younis comes out of his bad patch, The Dawn reports.
Younis failed to impress the selectors in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, during which he managed just 11 runs in two the innings of the final match.
Moreover, the selectors do not want to disturb the middle order, which is already packed with players like Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and Faisal Iqbal.
Meanwhile, Pakistani media reported that Younis has agreed to join the squad in Australia for the Test series but said he will never captain the side again.
PCB insiders said that chief selector Iqbal Qasim called on Younis following the former captain agreed to fly to Australia.
"Younis told the chief selector that he is no longer interested in captaining the team ever again in future but has no issues about playing under the captaincy of Mohammad Yousuf in Australia or in future series," sources said.
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