Younis Khan was alleged to have threatened an umpire © Associated Press
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has refused to face a disciplinary hearing which has fined 50% of his match fee in his absence for breaching level 2 of the PCB domestic code of conduct during the ongoing Pakistan Cup in Faisalabad.
ESPNcricinfo understands that Younis’ alleged misdemeanours included questioning an umpiring decision, showing dissent and threatening an umpire.Younis, captain of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reportedly abandoned his team in protest at the charges and left for his native city, Karachi.
Younis was found to have breached the article 2.2.8 of the code, namely: “Using language or gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person during a Match.”
He was asked to appear before the hearing and deny or defend the charges which were levelled by the on field umpires with the consensus of off the field umpires.. However, the captain refused to attend and the match referee was informed that he had left the team.
According to the PCB code, Level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50-100% of the match fee.
“In case where Match Fee is not payable, an appropriate amount (not less than double the amount of first offence) may be recommended for deduction from the Team’s participation fee at District/city level. For department matches, the penalty will be recovered through the department,” the code reads.
KPK has played two matches so far, losing one against Misbah-ul-Haq led Islamabad before beating Punjab by two runs in a thrilling contest. In the absence of Younis, Ahmed Shahzad will captain the side for the remainder of the tournament in which they play Balochistan on Sunday followed by a game against Sindh on April 27.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo