The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a show-cause notice to Younis Khan for breaching several clauses of his category A contract. The batsman walked out midway through the Pakistan Cup in Faisalabad after being dissatisfied with the umpiring standards.
The 38-year-old, who was the captain of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), expressed his displeasure over several umpiring decision in their match against Punjab. He was found to have breached article 2.2.8 of the code and was charged with questioning an umpiring decision, showing dissent and threatening an umpire.
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement: "Younis has been a great servant of Pakistan and a true role model for youngsters. I feel pained making this decision as we have to demonstrate that no one is bigger than the game. We will wait for Younis to respond before we proceed in this matter."
Though the senior batsman had called Khan to apologise for his actions, the PCB remain determined to follow procedure while dealing with such issues, with a decision taken that he will not be allowed to rejoin his team Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
"The chairman clarified that while we have all regards for Younis who has served his country with honour, he would follow the process dealing with such situation as stipulated in the relevant rules.
"In the light of the above pending disciplinary proceedings and due to the fact that a replacement player has already been added to the KPK team, it has been decided in the interest of the game, not to allow Younis rejoin the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa team in the Pakistan Cup," the statement said.
While the punishment that will be meted out to the batsman is yet known, Younis is a very important player for the Pakistan team and will be key when they travel to England for their next assignment. Pakistan will play four Tests, seven ODIs and a solitary T20 game against England.