Younis, Malik’s inclusion will not affect Pak dressing-room environment

June 1st, 2010 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Jun 1 (ANI): The return of former captains Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, who faced disciplinary action, in the squad for Asia Cup and England tour will not affect the dressing-room environment, according to Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed.

Both former captains Younis and Malik faced disciplinary action with the former still waiting to get his indefinite ban overturned.

Malik had his one-year ban lifted last week and was already selected in the 35-man preliminary squad for the two tours starting June 15 with the Asia Cup.

The manager played down suggestions that presence of former skippers would fuel controversies among the players, The News reports.

“I don’t foresee any issues due to presence of Younis and Malik in the upcoming tours and I am confident the assignments would be free of controversies,” said the manager.

The manager felt that decision to include banned players in the squad was taken in the best interest of team, saying Pakistan will need seasoned players in the assignments especially on tour of England.

However, Saeed said he would keep a vigilant eye on the players during the tours and would not tolerate any discipline breach. (ANI)

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