Younis pulls out of ODI series against Bangladesh

Lahore, Apr 12 (UNI) Middle order batsman Younis Khan has pulled out of the squad for the remaining matches of the ongoing one-day series between Pakistan and Bangladesh.

According to the PCB Chief Selector Salahuddin Ahmed, Younis asked the selectors to exclude from the squad due to personal reasons.

''He asked us for rest and we agreed,'' Ahmed told Cricinfo.

''It gives us a chance to give some other players a go as well, guys like Bazid Khan and Fawad Alam in the batting.'' The stylish batsman looked out of sorts in the first two matches of the series, scoring 1 and 13.

Before the first ODI in Lahore which Pakistan won by 152-runs, he had threatened to pull out of the match, apparently disturbed by an interview with officers from the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) about a function he attended while on the tour to India last year.

No other changes have been made to the squad ahead of the third ODI, with Pakistan sticking to a reduced 15-man squad. If Pakistan wrap up the series tomorrow in Lahore, it is likely new faces will be inducted into the squad for the remaining games.


Story first published: Saturday, April 12, 2008, 17:36 [IST]
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