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Younus wins appeal

Former Pakistan captain free for selection ahead of England tour

Younus: Ban lifted

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Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan is available for selection ahead of their upcoming tour of England after winning his appeal against an indefinite ban.

He was one of seven players who were banned or fined in March after an investigation into on and off-the-field problems during Pakistan's tours of the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia between November and February.

Younus and another former captain Mohammad Yousuf, were handed indefinite bans over "infighting in the team which let the team down".

In a statement on Saturday, the case's arbitrator, retired judge Irfan Qadir, said: "The appeal of Younus against an indefinite ban is accepted and the order (punishment) is set aside."

Younus had already been named in a preliminary squad of 35, subject to his clearance from the arbitrator, but was not selected in Pakistan's 15-man party for the upcoming Asia Cup.

He is, however, likely to be considered for Pakistan's tour of England later this summer.

Delight

Younus, who is currently playing county cricket for Surrey, expressed his delight at the decision.

"I don't mind not being selected in the Asia Cup as it was more important for me to have this blot removed from my name," he told Pakistan's Neo Super Channel.

"I have always given 100 per cent for my country and I am available whenever the selectors want me back."

Pakistan take part in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka from June 15-24 before heading to England.

They will play two Twenty20 internationals and two Tests against Australia on English shores before contesting four Tests, five one-day matches and two T20 fixtures against their hosts.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Talib Rizvi confirmed Younus' appeal had been accepted.

"The arbitrator has accepted Younus's appeal and the PCB will now complete the legal process," Rizvi said.

Discipline violations

The arbitrator also quashed a fine imposed on current captain Shahid Afridi and reduced the fines on Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal.

"The appeals of Afridi, and Akmal brothers were also taken up and the arbitrator quashed the fine on Afridi and reduced the fines on Akmal brothers," Rizvi added.

Afridi was fined after charges of ball-tampering were levelled in a one-day match against Australia, while the Akmal brothers were punished for discipline violations.

Yousuf, who was captain for the Australian tour - in which they lost every match - did not appeal having announced his retirement, while all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's appeal against a one-year ban and fine of two million rupees will be heard on June 19.

Last week, the arbitrator also lifted a one-year ban imposed on Shoaib Malik and halved his two million rupees ($24,000) fine.