Younis available for Scotland one-dayers

Monday, June 11, 2007

KARACHI: Younis Khan is available to play for Pakistan in next month’s one-dayers against India and Scotland in Glasgow, ‘The News’ learnt here on Sunday.

Sources said that the selectors contacted Younis, who is currently in England, recently to check whether he would be available for the two one-dayers. The former Pakistan vice-captain told the selectors that he is currently contracted to play for Yorkshire but after discussing the issue agreed to play in the one-dayers to be staged in Scotland early next month.

The selectors are keen to include Younis in their squad for the Scotland assignment but the decision to field him in the Glasgow games would only be taken after an approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf. The PCB chief is currently in India.
Sources said that the selectors need Ashraf’s approval mainly because of the fact that Younis had refused to captain Pakistan after the team’s disastrous World Cup campaign and also made himself unavailable for an ODI series against Sri Lanka last month.

Pakistan are to announce their 14-man squad for the tour of Scotland on June 16. The national selectors had picked 20 probables for the tour, most of whom are currently attending a training camp in Abbottabad. Younis was not included in the list because he is playing county cricket with PCB’s permission.

The selectors have been following Younis’s progress in county matches and are pleased with his form and fitness. They want Younis to join the Pakistan team in Scotland at the end of this month as its 15th member.

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