Younis Khan has not scored a century since November 2008. -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Chief selector, Iqbal Qasim, has said that Younis Khan had been dropped but not sidelined from the team after the veteran was omitted from Pakistan’s 30-man initial squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy.

“Putting an end to somebody’s career is not the mandate of the selection committee. Whoever performs is considered for selection and Younis Khan is no exception,” said Iqbal Qasim while talking to a private television channel. .

Younis was left out after his lackluster performance on the recently-concluded one day international series in South Africa.

“In view of the current form, Younis was not picked, but it doesn’t mean that he has been sidelined forever,” Qasim added.

The 35-year-old Younis managed just 116 runs in the series against South Africa earlier this month which Pakistan lost 3-2 and has not managed to score a century since November 2008.

Pakistan is in group B of the event to be held in England from June 3-23. The other teams in their group are arch-rivals India, the West Indies and South Africa.

Pakistan face the West Indies in their opening match on June 7 before clashing with South Africa (June 10) and arch-rivals India on June 15.

Qasim said that the initial squad announced was balanced, adding that the upcoming domestic tournament will help decide the final 15-man squad which is supposed to be announced in May.

“The domestic one-day tournament is a great opportunity for the players included in the initial list. It will make our [selection committee] job a little easier as well,” he said.

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April 2, 2013 3:00 pm
PCB Must Invest in Future PCB Dropping Younis Khan from ODI Team is a Facade to Cover up its Inertia Dropping of Younis means nothing, when already, he was recalled from his retirement. PCB is again going, as usual, on a wrong path, by keeping faith with oldies who are absolutely spent cartridges. Players like Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are not even fit for the Test matches; and PCB has selected them for the ODI Champions trophy. This is a highly retrogressive step, of wasting the future of young cricketers, for such a long time. When the ODI World Cup will begin in 2015, these oldies, by that time will be reduced to nothingness; and youngsters will be highly short of few years experience. It looks the PCB people incharge of its helm of affairs, can’t see beyond their nose. They must realise that if these spent forces can’t give us reasonable stability, why to be afraid of losing with youngsters? At least six new players in place of the above named ones, will be a sound investment in future. Come on PCB have a heart and have some faith in youth, all the oldies are past their prime and they can’t go anywhere, except downhill.
Irfan Mansoor
April 2, 2013 4:24 pm
Mr Qasim, you categorically said that if Afridi did not perform in this tour i.e. South Africa he will be dropped. And please he was never taken as a batsman!! Leaving Younis is same as not taking Tendulkar with Indian team. Younis has class, personality and presence on pitch and above all technique. England did not drop Alastair Cook after repeated failure as a batsman and look at him today. Irfan from London
April 2, 2013 7:43 pm
Whatever !! Qasim, you were the worst unfit spinner I have ever seen in cricket. You didnt do any justice to Younis Khan, it was our top order who failed to play new ball and left too much pressure on middle order. I am not impressed by sidelining Younis only. You did nothening but to damge only one player career. Y dont you first sack yourself and then players.
Capt C M Khan
April 2, 2013 8:38 pm
Iqbal Qasim you sound like a world class DIPLOMAT my friend. Please Call a Spade a Spade, you know their ages are four years more than what the players claim, you know no matter how good you are the REFLEXES GO SLOW with age, e.g. Imran Khan who was INTELLIGENT and retired when he knew the truth. Please find New Talent and give some joy to this country. Thank You.
Peace Only
April 2, 2013 8:46 pm
How nice of Mr. Iqbal Qasim saying, “In view of the current form, Younis was not picked, but it doesn’t mean that he has been sidelined forever,” Mr. Iqbal Qasim! Did you say anything nice like this in Mohammed Yousuf's case? Readers! Could you please recall? I think, Mohammad Yousuf has been sidelined forever now...
April 3, 2013 6:34 am
Pl also have a lookk at Shoab Mailk's performance, he too does not deserve a place in playing 11, someone younger should be given a chance who is a good or can develop into a good all rounder like Hammad Azam. really dont understand when Shoaib Malik has perfomed and he does not even bowl now in the matches. surely does not deserve a place as a specialist batsman.
April 3, 2013 6:56 am
Remove old guns.. bring new blood..
Javid Shirazi
April 3, 2013 7:26 am
Others also failed miserably during the South African tour but have surprisingly been picked. So it is all humbug.
April 3, 2013 9:38 am
Younis should call it a day... He has served the country well during the tenure... He should continue Test career and I recommend giving him a coaching place in National Cricket Academy...
April 3, 2013 11:48 am
Younis Khan time is over
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