No friction between Younis, Qadir: PCB chief Butt

February 19th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 19 (IANS) Pakistan’s cricket chief Ijaz Butt has rubbished speculations in the media that new skipper Younis Khan and chief selector Abdul Qadir are at loggerheads on selection matters.

“There is no friction between the captain and chief selector,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman told IANS Thursday.

“When two people discuss an issue, there could be a difference of opinion over some matters but that’s it. To say that they are having a confrontation over selection is false,” added Butt, a former Pakistan Test opener.

Pakistani media was rife with speculative reports that Younis and Qadir came close to having a major confrontation over the selection of a 15-man squad for the opening Test against Sri Lanka, starting from Feb 21 at the National Stadium here.

Reports suggested that while Younis wanted to have a say in the team selection, Qadir and fellow selectors - Saleem Jaffer and Shoaib Mohammad - were under the impression that the senior batsman who was given the team’s command last month is trying to dictate terms.

There were also reports that in the end Butt had to intervene to avoid a collision between Younis and Qadir. However, Butt who just returned home from New Delhi Wednesday denied he played any such role.

“There was no fight and I never intervened in any thing,” he said.

Butt hoped that both Younis and Qadir will perform their roles in the best possible manner so that Pakistan can give an improved showing in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka after losing the ODI series against Mahela Jayawardene’s men at home in an embarrassing manner last month.

After winning the ODI series opener, Pakistan lost the next two games by 129 runs and 234 runs - a performance that resulted in the replacement of former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik with Younis. Pakistan’s Senate is still probing into the reasons why Pakistan suffered such humiliating defeats against Sri Lanka.

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