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Captain Younis Khan is clueless in Colombo


youniskhanYounis Khan appeared to be a helpless man in a television interview on Wednesday as he tried to make it clear that it’s not his fault if some of the Pakistani players are not performing well in Sri Lanka.

In an exclusive interview with Geo News in Colombo, Younis said that as Pakistan captain he inherited players like former skipper Shoaib Malik, current vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Salman Butt, adding that it’s up to the country’s cricket authorities to decide whether these cricketers should be allowed to continue in spite of a string of poor outings in Sri Lanka.

“I just inherited these players,” he said. “I mean what can I do if players like Shoaib Malik and Misbah are failing regularly. If I just throw them out of the team, the whole of Pakistan will start talking that I’ve got rid of them. It is up to the authorities to decide what should be done about it,” he added.

Younis was speaking after his team crashed to a second successive Test defeat on the tour of Sri Lanka on Tuesday, a result which meant that Pakistan lost a series there for the first time in history.

Senior players like Malik, Misbah and Kamran Akmal were among the biggest flops, raising question marks over their commitment towards the team. There were even accusations from some former Test cricketers that the senior players are intentionally under-performing in a bid to bring about Younis’s downfall.

Younis, however, made it clear that if any player will not perform well he will only harm his own cause.

“Take for example the case of Shoaib Malik. If he doesn’t perform in two or three more matches, he will have to go out.”

Younis said that since taking over as captain in February this year, he has tried to pump in new blood in the team. But he made it clear that any move to discard too many senior players too quickly will prove to be counter-productive.

“After the 2003 World Cup, the Board decided to drop almost all the senior players and that turned out to be a bad move,” he said referring to the changes made in the Pakistan team after it crashed to a first-round exit from the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

“Similarly if we drop all the senior players, it would be hard to find good replacements right away.”

While former greats like Sarfraz Nawaz, Abdul Qadir and Inzamam-ul-Haq have raised fears that the Pakistan seems to be divided, the country’s cricket boss has rejected such suggestions.

Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has also ruled out the idea of sacking Younis Khan as captain.

“There can be no chance of factionalism in the team as I believe Younis has good relations with seniors like Misbah-ul-Haq and others,” Butt told reporters in Lahore on Tuesday. “It is not a joke to change the captain again and again.”

However, a former PCB chairman, believes that something is definitely wrong within the Pakistan team.

Lt General (retd) Tauqeer Zia said that Pakistan just threw away both the Tests in Galle and Colombo and the PCB should try to find out the real reasons behind the poor results.
Source:Cricket News

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