|Player:||Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf|
DateLine: 29th May 2010
Lahore: May 29, 2010. This morning, the ban imposed by PCB on Shoaib Malik was revoked by the one-man Appellate Tribunal. The ban and fine were originally imposed on Shoaib and several other players after Pakistan's low-performance tours to New Zealand and Australia under Mohammad Yousuf's captaincy.
Justice (rtd) Irfan Qadir heads the Appellate tribunal who has been hearing appeals by Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik against their bans while Yousuf decided to retire in protest.
PCB's lawyer explained to media that Shoaib was free to play for Pakistan as the ban had been lifted and the fine imposed cut in half.
Strangely, no decision was announced on Younis Khan but today's decision may make it easier on the remaining punished players. Their punishments are likely to be abolished or reduced.
Ijaz Butt, PCB Chairman had praised Younis in front of a National Assembly committee and told them he would review the punishments again. The Younis Khan hearing scheduled after Malik's today, was adjourned to June 5.
On questions about harmony in the dressing room after the likely reinstatement of players banned or fined earlier, Butt stated "I have instructed the team manager and other officials including the captain that any act of indiscipline, any such problem, and they have my full backing in immediately sending a player back. They need not even refer the case to me, they can send the player back immediately as they will have full authority to do so."
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