Younis to captain Pak for Champions Trophy

Karachi, September 29:

Younis Khan will lead Pakistan’s cricket team in next month’s Champions Trophy in India after the ICC slapped a four-match ban on captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, officials said.

“Younis will lead Pakistan in the ICC Trophy,” Pakistan Cricket Board director Abbas Zaidi said.

The ICC on Thursday penalised Inzamam for bringing the game into disrepute but absolved the star batsman of ball tampering charges. The hearing followed a standoff in the fourth Test at The Oval after the Pakistani team refused to take the field on the fourth evening following a ball tampering row.

Umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove chan-ged the ball over suspicions it had been tampered with, a decision which led to Pakistan’s protest. The Test was awarded to England on forefeit.

Younis said Inzamam was a big loss for the elite tournament, which starts early next month. “It’s a great challenge and honour to lead the country, and this current team is a well-knit side,” he said. “If we play to our potential, we can do well.”

Hair accused

LONDON: Umpire Darrell Hair was accused of “guessing” when he punished Pakistan for ball-tampering. TV analyst Simon Hughes, who analysed the ball during the hearing, claimed Hair did not have firm evidence of anything untoward.

Hughes wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “The-re were a number of abrasions on the rough side fairly typical of normal wear and tear on a deteriorating Test pitch. The only thing that looked suspicious was a number of slightly curved striations concentrated on one area.” — AFP