Younis calls for compromise over Shoaib Akhtar

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan called Thursday for a compromise to end the spiralling row between the country's cricket board and banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

A disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tuesday banned Akhtar from all national and international cricket for five years after a series of disciplinary violations.

PCB chief Nasim Ashraf then demanded 200 million rupees (three million dollars) in damages from Akhtar for alleged defamation.

"I think the matter has gone too far. This whole issue is damaging for Pakistan cricket so I hope that a compromise is reached,"
said Younis, a former Pakistan captain.

"Of course he is my friend, my senior and I have played alongside him for years, so my sympathies are with him,"
batsman Younis told reporters.

"I think the player (Shoaib Akhtar) must think about his problems and the board must talk to him and solve this matter."

Younis said Pakistani cricket could not afford such controversies.

"We have too many issues in Pakistan cricket. Teams are not coming to Pakistan (due to security fears) and issues like Shoaib Akhtar's will further hit Pakistan cricket,"
he said.

Shoaib Akhtar said he will appeal against the ban.

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