Pakistan manager denies Younis’ ‘war’ remarks

June 5th, 2009 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

By Omar Khalid
London, June 5 (IANS) Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed Friday rubbished reports

that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had asked him to explain comments purportedly

made by skipper Younis Khan about the country being in a state of war.

Saeed told reporters that Younis made no such comments in any interview and it was untrue that a senior PCB official has talked to him about the issue.

“It’s all rubbish,” said Yawar. “We’ve not been asked to explain anything because Younis didn’t give any such interview in the first place,” he added.

A report on a few Indian websites quoted Younis as saying that Pakistan is in a state of war. The report has upset the PCB, which feels that Younis’s remarks will hurt the country’s chances of convincing the ICC that it is safe to play international cricket there.

“It was an unnecessary statement and obviously they are some areas on which players should not air their views,” the report quoted PCB Chief Operating Officer Saleem Altaf as saying.

The report also claimed that Altaf rang up Saeed to discuss the issue with him.

But the team manager denied it. “It’s absolutely wrong,” he said.

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