LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Younus Khan has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and has said that he won’t be attending the board’s farewell dinner for him in Lahore on September 14. Younus – who became the first cricketer from Pakistan to score 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game – said that it has been more than a year since he hung up his boots and there is no point for such kind of felicitation now. “I don’t think this farewell matters now. What is its use after I and Misbahul Haq retired in May this year. In other countries, former captains or stalwarts are given farewells within days of their retirement,” Younus told a TV channel. The former skipper, in a bold manner, rebuffed the offer from PCB chairman Najam Sethi to attend the farewell event to honour three recent big-name retirees: Misbah, Shahid Afridi, and Younus himself. “I don’t see the use of this farewell now and I’m not after any money. Someone from the PCB called me and invited me and said I would receive a handsome amount but I have decided not to go because whatever I have seen in the PCB or have gone through when I was playing is not something I can forget,” he added. The board has been keen on a farewell for some time, but now looks to have been given the cold shoulder by at least two of them, with Afridi also reportedly unlikely to attend. There were earlier plans of a farewell for Afridi, but that was shelved after the T20I series against West Indies in 2016 did not materialise. And while Younus and Misbah had looked the picture of contentment upon their retirement after a last-gasp series win in the West Indies, it appears – at least in Younus’ view – that had little to do with the PCB. Younus also alleged that the PCB treated him badly and even after being one of the most senior player in the squad, the board showed lack of respect towards him on a regular basis. “I retired on 14 May I think and my contract was till the end of June. I myself informed the PCB about this but I never expected them to deduct the amount. It is not a sign of respect for a senior player. They also did the same with Misbah because of me,” Younus said. ‘There are so many examples. Ask Inzamam ul Haq who is chief selector now. Was he not stopped at the Gaddafi Stadium main gate? Ask Misbah, was he not told during a Pakistan camp at the stadium that he can’t bring his car into the stadium,” he added. Published in Daily Times, September 11th 2017.