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Pakistani Captaincy Issue

Written by Commoner on January 17th, 2008   (241 views)

A new crisis is boiling and brewing behind the high walls of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s buildings. This new crisis has to do with the captaincy of Pakistani squad.

At last Younus Khan expressed his desire to lead Pakistan. Dr. Nasim Asharf, the chairman PCB who is extremely fond of Younus asked Shoaib Malik to step down in an unfelt way. He asked Shoaib Malik to feign unfitness for the Zimbabwe tour, so that Younus could lead the team, and as Zimbabwe is worst than a school team, Pakistan is sure to win the series with bangs, which would add more credibility to Younus.

Shoaib Malik initially went according to the plan, but a section of players headed by Shahid Khan Afridi and some others made him change his mind, and now he is once again in the race of captaincy. He has not only announced his fitness to media, but has also informed PCB in writing that he is available for the Zimbabwe tour and would like to lead the squad in this series and beyond.

Another group headed by Misbah-ul-haq and Shoaib Akhtar are lobbying hard for Younus Khan. Now things are turning really nasty, and tour of Zimbabwe may result in some more rifts and widening chasms within the cadres of PCB.

Shoaib Malik enjoys the majority in the team, as well as he has got the rights contacts at the right places. He also has a very deep clout in the PCB, and people haven’t forgotten Younus Khan’s refusal to become Pakistani captain when Inzamam-ul-Haq was thrown out. There is every chance that Shoaib Malik will stay as skipper, but the dressing room will remain divided.

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