Younis apologises for deserting Pakistan Cup

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa skipper Younis Khan contacted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Monday to apologise for his actions during the ongoing Pakistan Cup in Faisalabad.

Younis had been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for breaching level 2 of the PCB domestic code of conduct – his offences reportedly including questioning an umpiring decision, showing dissent and threatening an umpire – during the match against Punjab on Friday. He had refused to show up for his disciplinary hearing, and left for Karachi, his city of residence.

“Younis Khan made telephonic contact with chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan today,” the PCB said in a statement. “He felt sorry for the incident that happened during the ongoing Pakistan Cup in Faisalabad. He appraised the Chairman about his willingness to participate in the remainder of the tournament.”

Younis had criticised match officials after his side’s loss to Misbahul Haq’s Islamabad side. The veteran cricketer also showed his displeasure after KPK’s close win against Shoaib Malik-led Punjab on Friday.

Younis and the Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq are advisors to Shaharyar on cricketing affairs. In view of this, the statement quoted Younis as saying it was “obligatory on my part to participate in the premier [one-day] domestic tournament for the larger interest of the promotion of the game in the country.”

Despite the call, the PCB said the charges leveled against Younis remained in place and the case would be processed accordingly.