Australia v Pakistan, 1st Test, Melbourne, 3rd day December 28, 2009

Pakistan send out SOS for Younis Khan

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Pakistan's failings with the bat in Melbourne have prompted the team management to send out an SOS for Younis Khan. The former captain, who has kept a low profile since he abruptly relinquished the leadership in November, is believed to be keen to respond and may even arrive in time for the second Test in Sydney, due to begin on January 3.

Pakistan were dismissed for 258 on an unusually docile MCG track, and only Umar Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq batted with any authority against a disciplined and bustling Australian pace attack. That continued a run of poor performances in Younis's absence on the New Zealand tour, where Pakistan relied heavily on Umar as they drew a three-Test series 1-1.

But the team management has been keen on getting Younis over since before the Melbourne Test began. After the opening day at the MCG, they called up Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, and said they needed Younis. Since then it is believed there may have even been direct contact between Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan captain, and Younis.

"They have been very keen on getting Younis over and they called up Iqbal Qasim after the first day to make the request," a board official told Cricinfo. "A request needs to be made in writing and the selection committee will discuss and weigh up the pros and cons before the decision is made."

Younis gave up the post after losing an ODI series to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, claiming that he had "lost command over his players." It came after months of reported unhappiness within the team over his leadership. He went underground immediately after, only to resurface suddenly while attending a PCB coaching course in Lahore and then turning out, unimpressively, in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy final for Habib Bank. Subsequently there emerged a possibility that he may arrive in time for the ODI series, but the frailty of Pakistan's batting has apparently sped up the process.

Younis' poor form - also a factor in his decision - remains a concern, however, and the selectors are keen for him to play at least one game of the local Pentangular tournament, which is due to begin on January 1, before he comes to Australia. Since making a triple-hundred on a lifeless track in Karachi in February, he has scored 131 runs in four Tests. His ODI form has also been wobbly.

But his experience and track record at No.3 - a particularly troublesome spot for Pakistan in recent Tests where they have tried four different batsmen in four Tests - is thought to be crucial in Australia. Not only was he Pakistan's leading scorer in the last Test series here, he enjoyed a successful stint with South Australia last season.

"Younis has been contacted and there is a chance that Yousuf has also contacted him directly," said the official. "He has said that he is fit and ready to go, but will stand by whatever process the selectors put in place for his return."

That process would appear to depend on how Pakistan ultimately fare in Melbourne. A loss could mean that there is a "70-80%" chance of Younis making it in time for Sydney. If they somehow escape with a draw he could arrive in time for the final Test in Hobart, having played at least one Pentangular match in the interim. The call-up would also entail a current member of the squad returning to Pakistan, and it could possibly be one of the fast bowlers.

A final decision could also be taken as early as tomorrow, depending on the situation of the Test.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • F.zaki on January 1, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    sydney with kaneria back and Younus likely to join and with return to form of Saeed Ajmal puts pakistan in a position where they can expect to beat australia. Short deliveries to Ponting would be another phycological egde to pakistan.Umer is the asset.

  • Osman.Ali on January 1, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    does anyone even remember a technically sound middle order batsman named Asim Kamal?He was much better than either Malik or even Misbah. Just look at his record.He played in the time wen Ntini, Nel, Mcgrath etc were in their prime.37-odd runs per innings is quite good, you know.

  • ahmed_syed on December 31, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    I was just wondering why someone like Asim Kamal is not being considered. He played a couple of rest matches and did impress to some extent. Why can't we try him out??

  • andy44 on December 31, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    I would make the following point: Pakistan's top 3 average high 20s to low 30s in tests. Younis averages 50. I would add that Younis was Pak's leading run scorer last tour here and played for SA in the Sheffield Shield last season, i.e. he has some familiarity with the conditions. Why the selectors haven't picked him in the first place, regardless of what they thought of his captaincy, is completely beyond me.

    However, i would also say that the main reason for Pak's poor performance in the Boxing Day test was the fielding and NOT the batting. Think of the runs both Katich and Watson made in the 1st innings after straight forward chances were grassed. If a side drops in excess of 6 catches, it will struggle to win tests. End of story.

  • BUTT_093 on December 31, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    This appears to be a desperate move by the team management to save face after what was the umpteenth collapse of the Pakistan batting order this year, in a match which arguably would have been theirs for the taking on a placid pitch. My concern is not that Younis Khan is not a capable enough batsman at no.3 but the fact is that this is starting to become a trend by the management to draft in players originally not selected in the squad and immediately put in the playing XI. We saw this with A.Razzaq at T20 World Cup and then with Misbah in NZ. What is the point of the reserve players in the squad who r not going to be picked in the XI in any case. And I agree with MR. MASOOD that the problem with the team is not a lack of batting talent, rather poor application and technique which Javed Miandad has also pointed out, which is also the case with their fielding. Bringing in Younis Khan will not solve the problem, it will only give the management an easy apparent solution.

  • Masood_Muqtadir on December 30, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    Very import advice to Pakistani batsmen: Right handed pakistani batsmen (including Yousuf) need to adjust their technique playing Johnson and Boolinger, they should stands slightly square on, facing these two bowlers. Up-right stance forces them to play across the line, increasing the possibility of edges to keeper and slips. Umar and Misbah's dismissal in the second innings is a good example. Pakistan coach wake up! Pakistan needs to drop Farhat and ask Faisal to open with Butt. Afridi should be included, he can serve as a break through bowler as Pakistan stuggle so much getting break through. Kaneria and Sami should be included in place of Ajmal and Ruaf. If Sydney's pitch is slow, I would prefer Sami over Gul. Gul these days, is bowling around 135km/h, which is not good enough for a show track. Someone need to tell Sami not to bowl too short or too full or too wide, just try to hit top of off stump at good speed.

  • Take_A_Single on December 30, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    Better march on with what they have got. Younis is not in a good form this year. I seriously liked the way we played on 3rd day. It is like against NZ where we played poorly in first test but came back to win the 2nd. Inshah Allah we will do better in 2nd test. Afridi is in australia playing domestic T20 ....hint hint

  • bonefixer on December 30, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    This should be the line up for Sydney: 1. Afridi 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Misbah or Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Aamer 9. Kaneria 10. Asif 11. Ajmal

    Our "specialist" openers are rubbish and the inclusion of Afridi and Razzaq gives us 3 spinners ( 4 spinners if Malik is included) and 3 pace bowlers with a stronger batting line up than the current fragile line up. Reserves: Tanvir, Rana Naved and Shoaib Akhtar ( if we can get him fit!- there is nothing like sheer pace to intimidate the opposition)

    The PCB needs to talk to Afridi and get him to play Test Cricket. Anyone who refuses to play for his country at Test level should be barred from applying for the (lucrative) IPL.

  • gaurav_blaster on December 30, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    I disagre with you SHER YOUSUF. Razzak and Naved dont posses the knack for test cricket as comapred to Gul Asif and Aamer. In general Pakistani's didnt show the boylanguage in the field, their fielding was aweful to be hones.t

    Pakistan didnt have the fire power in their bowling apart frm Aamer and Asif they didnt play any other agressive bowler, Saeed Ajmal was really defensive in his approach bowling over 90kmph+ with a long on from his first over. Rauf who bowled pretty averagely and was very sloppy in the field. I think they should get

    Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria should return, and hopefully Younis Khan came make a comeback. Younis Khan should replace Faisal. Malik should be reconsidered inplace of either of the openners, he is an exeptional batsman and came come in handy as a second spinner on a turning SCG wicket.

    If they have to win they will have to improve their fielding drastically. With the return of Younis, Gul, Kaneria and Malik they'll have a strong team!!!!!!

  • Feeshan on December 30, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    I wonder how pak selectors working! They r working politically rather than working mentally. When the team is not having quality batsmen, why don't they bring players like yaseer hameed, the young ahamed shezad who are technically better than misba and malik. Misba and malik r useless at tests level. Then whats the use of playing saeed ajmal who is afraid to flite the ball, he always bowls on leg stump rather than making the batsman drive, afridi or malik is better than him. Dropping danish and playing ajmal in sri lanka was a stupid move. I hope waqar who was always attacking and positive in his playing days, now the bowling and fielding coach of pakistan ll put some positive things in the mind of players and the captain yousuf who is again not attacking and positive in his job. I think afridi was better choice for captaining odi's than yousuf.

  • F.zaki on January 1, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    sydney with kaneria back and Younus likely to join and with return to form of Saeed Ajmal puts pakistan in a position where they can expect to beat australia. Short deliveries to Ponting would be another phycological egde to pakistan.Umer is the asset.

  • Osman.Ali on January 1, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    does anyone even remember a technically sound middle order batsman named Asim Kamal?He was much better than either Malik or even Misbah. Just look at his record.He played in the time wen Ntini, Nel, Mcgrath etc were in their prime.37-odd runs per innings is quite good, you know.

  • ahmed_syed on December 31, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    I was just wondering why someone like Asim Kamal is not being considered. He played a couple of rest matches and did impress to some extent. Why can't we try him out??

  • andy44 on December 31, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    I would make the following point: Pakistan's top 3 average high 20s to low 30s in tests. Younis averages 50. I would add that Younis was Pak's leading run scorer last tour here and played for SA in the Sheffield Shield last season, i.e. he has some familiarity with the conditions. Why the selectors haven't picked him in the first place, regardless of what they thought of his captaincy, is completely beyond me.

    However, i would also say that the main reason for Pak's poor performance in the Boxing Day test was the fielding and NOT the batting. Think of the runs both Katich and Watson made in the 1st innings after straight forward chances were grassed. If a side drops in excess of 6 catches, it will struggle to win tests. End of story.

  • BUTT_093 on December 31, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    This appears to be a desperate move by the team management to save face after what was the umpteenth collapse of the Pakistan batting order this year, in a match which arguably would have been theirs for the taking on a placid pitch. My concern is not that Younis Khan is not a capable enough batsman at no.3 but the fact is that this is starting to become a trend by the management to draft in players originally not selected in the squad and immediately put in the playing XI. We saw this with A.Razzaq at T20 World Cup and then with Misbah in NZ. What is the point of the reserve players in the squad who r not going to be picked in the XI in any case. And I agree with MR. MASOOD that the problem with the team is not a lack of batting talent, rather poor application and technique which Javed Miandad has also pointed out, which is also the case with their fielding. Bringing in Younis Khan will not solve the problem, it will only give the management an easy apparent solution.

  • Masood_Muqtadir on December 30, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    Very import advice to Pakistani batsmen: Right handed pakistani batsmen (including Yousuf) need to adjust their technique playing Johnson and Boolinger, they should stands slightly square on, facing these two bowlers. Up-right stance forces them to play across the line, increasing the possibility of edges to keeper and slips. Umar and Misbah's dismissal in the second innings is a good example. Pakistan coach wake up! Pakistan needs to drop Farhat and ask Faisal to open with Butt. Afridi should be included, he can serve as a break through bowler as Pakistan stuggle so much getting break through. Kaneria and Sami should be included in place of Ajmal and Ruaf. If Sydney's pitch is slow, I would prefer Sami over Gul. Gul these days, is bowling around 135km/h, which is not good enough for a show track. Someone need to tell Sami not to bowl too short or too full or too wide, just try to hit top of off stump at good speed.

  • Take_A_Single on December 30, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    Better march on with what they have got. Younis is not in a good form this year. I seriously liked the way we played on 3rd day. It is like against NZ where we played poorly in first test but came back to win the 2nd. Inshah Allah we will do better in 2nd test. Afridi is in australia playing domestic T20 ....hint hint

  • bonefixer on December 30, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    This should be the line up for Sydney: 1. Afridi 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Misbah or Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Aamer 9. Kaneria 10. Asif 11. Ajmal

    Our "specialist" openers are rubbish and the inclusion of Afridi and Razzaq gives us 3 spinners ( 4 spinners if Malik is included) and 3 pace bowlers with a stronger batting line up than the current fragile line up. Reserves: Tanvir, Rana Naved and Shoaib Akhtar ( if we can get him fit!- there is nothing like sheer pace to intimidate the opposition)

    The PCB needs to talk to Afridi and get him to play Test Cricket. Anyone who refuses to play for his country at Test level should be barred from applying for the (lucrative) IPL.

  • gaurav_blaster on December 30, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    I disagre with you SHER YOUSUF. Razzak and Naved dont posses the knack for test cricket as comapred to Gul Asif and Aamer. In general Pakistani's didnt show the boylanguage in the field, their fielding was aweful to be hones.t

    Pakistan didnt have the fire power in their bowling apart frm Aamer and Asif they didnt play any other agressive bowler, Saeed Ajmal was really defensive in his approach bowling over 90kmph+ with a long on from his first over. Rauf who bowled pretty averagely and was very sloppy in the field. I think they should get

    Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria should return, and hopefully Younis Khan came make a comeback. Younis Khan should replace Faisal. Malik should be reconsidered inplace of either of the openners, he is an exeptional batsman and came come in handy as a second spinner on a turning SCG wicket.

    If they have to win they will have to improve their fielding drastically. With the return of Younis, Gul, Kaneria and Malik they'll have a strong team!!!!!!

  • Feeshan on December 30, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    I wonder how pak selectors working! They r working politically rather than working mentally. When the team is not having quality batsmen, why don't they bring players like yaseer hameed, the young ahamed shezad who are technically better than misba and malik. Misba and malik r useless at tests level. Then whats the use of playing saeed ajmal who is afraid to flite the ball, he always bowls on leg stump rather than making the batsman drive, afridi or malik is better than him. Dropping danish and playing ajmal in sri lanka was a stupid move. I hope waqar who was always attacking and positive in his playing days, now the bowling and fielding coach of pakistan ll put some positive things in the mind of players and the captain yousuf who is again not attacking and positive in his job. I think afridi was better choice for captaining odi's than yousuf.

  • SaleemHatoum on December 30, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Bygones are bygones lets move to Sidney. Pakistan can pull out some rabbits out of the hat with the players they have in the squad. If Younus arrives than it will be good for batting lineup & it will surely release the pressure on the Salman and Imran. The problem with batting is that barring Umar & Kamran none of the batsman are playing their natural game. It is clear from their demeanor that the dressing (including the captain) is coming hard on them to stay on the wicket & waste time which has resulted in low score. Imran, Salman, Yousuf, Misbha, & Malik (if Younus is not there) should be debriefed & tuned to play their natural game. Gul should be in the team for next test.The team captain & coach should show a lot of confidence in the players. What I would like to see is ten fold increase in aggression by Yousuf. If the Yousuf & Inti have some balls they should drop one batsman & include Sami as the fourth fast bowler & use Imran as a second spinner.

  • Celtics24 on December 30, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    Agreed with whoever said Yousuf doesn't appear to be a great captain. Obviously as observers we don't know the full story, but he appears a very shy kind of guy and he didn't really do a whole lot during the test match. The commentators felt he kind of struggled as well. Afridi is clearly good enough to be in that side, but didn't he retire from test cricket to concentrate on the shorter forms? I think that's why he isn't there, not because he's not wanted. His bowling has improved over the last couple of years IMO and he bowled amazingly well last night in the t/20 for S.Australia. He's also a great leader imo, aggressive, talks alot, great character and intelligent as well, leads from the front. Would be handy in the Pakistan test lineup.

  • saleem007 on December 30, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    thank God the legend is back U rock younis InshAllah u will do well there and save pakistan as usual..........

  • PakistanicrickFan on December 30, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    I think They should Rely on whatever resources they ve got for now,Its totally nonsence sending an out of form player.

  • kida23 on December 29, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    salman but isnt world class but he gets the job done and farhat is a hitter uv seen that in the icl but afridi will only cum in the side becus of his bowling merits he doesent have the technique required for opening the batting. younis is the only person i would have at number 3

  • sher_yusuf on December 29, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    Why the hell paki board is hiding Razzak and Naved Latif!!, Razzak has experience and can also support as fifth bowler and Naved has really shown some good technique at opening level, Both were missing even in NZ series

  • ManHOOS on December 29, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    please get rid of y khan and bring some new fresh blood in pak team like umar

  • ikram999 on December 29, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    oh my GOD ...i dont think so that the decision to send younis is wrong...well younis is outstanding test cricketer..he lost his form in one days international and i think the best way to back in form is test cricket ...he should go to join pakistani team .and i beleave he will be in form coz no their will be no captancy pressure

  • ManHOOS on December 29, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    please get rid of y khan and bring some new fresh blood in pak team like umar

  • shaggs on December 29, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    Yeah I agree. I would definitely get Afridi out there. They definitely need another bowler and his batting is a definite bonus. He could be used anywhere in the order and if he comes off, as we all know he is capable of taking the game away from the opposition. Another thing is one could rather risk getting Afridi over there than risk having Younis continue his bad run at the crease at test level. Who knows what that could do to his career neva mind his confidence. SEND AFRIDI DOWN UNDER!!

  • imiekhan on December 29, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    Pakistan selectors are the worst in the world...... two openers are butt and farhat both with averages of 28ish.... Yasir hammed and afridi are sitting out both with averages of 37 and afridi also is a better bowler than ajmal in my opinion (ajmal is a one day bowler not a test). So its a joke neither are playing. Asim Kamal seems to have been forgotten (also with an average of 37) and the fact is younis should still be in the team and still be captain apart from him they have no other leaders.

  • hammadpakistan on December 29, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    Again, it is to be reminded to The Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board that, better not send Younis Khan to Australia. If he manages to be a part of the team in near future, it would have serious impact on the team spirit, as some old rivaleries might spur again. Also, being not in the best of forms, he should remain away from international cricket till gaining his lost form through playing more and more domestic cricket.

  • rzi-BDML on December 29, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Younis is one of the best batsmen of Pakistani line-up, no doubt, but there is no sense calling him over to Austraila. He opted to rest and gain the form in domestic circut, last month. but he is yet to get it. he scored 7 and 4 in the final of QA Trophy final. who gaurantees that he will imidiately perform in Austraila. He might have been called for ODIs after Pentagular Tournament, which could have helped him gain his form. Let Faisal settle and do his job. Please donot play with Pak Cricket.

  • hammadpakistan on December 29, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    It would be a big folly to send Younis Khan to Australia in this situation. Perhaps, he better remains in the country and plays more and more domestic cricket to regain lost form. Moreover, his relationship with some team members might also not be good, and affect the tam spirit in the remaining part of the tour.

  • Roamer on December 29, 2009, 7:43 GMT

    My earlier comment was not posted but anyway I think Younis deserves to be in the team as he is a class act and against Australia in Australia you need experienced players along with youth exuberance. Younis brings balance to the team as he can also bowl medium pace and that can be handy as first change.

    For the second test, I think Abdul Rauf with teh dropped catch to complement his ordinary bowling is definitely out of the team, Danish or UmerGul should replace him. I just hope they replace Imran Farhat with Shahid Afridi as well and let Kamran Akmal do the opening with Butt. With this lineup they will have 5 bowlers that can really help in getting 20 wickets and a long batting lineup too. Yousuf should also learn to be aggressive in his field placement as he is too defensive.

  • reynard on December 29, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    He is the natural captain, proven at number 3 and knows Australian conditions. This is a no brainer - bring him out as soon as possible so we get a good series. At the moment, the Paki top 3 is far too brittle

  • Sudhirhk on December 29, 2009, 6:10 GMT

    When will they ever learn? I think that subconciously, knowing or without knowing, pakistan cricket minds are ruining the game. Yeah, they did collapse in the first innings and it was not because of lack of talent but due to their timidness. Atleast, the team seems to be united as of now and that makes a vast difference in their performance in future. Now, they send this SOS to Younis, who everybody knows has time and again shown tantrums and has made accusations that the team isn't jelling together with/under him. Obviously, he is having lots of problems with the members of the current team and as it is, his form isn't good at this moment. The only thing he can bring to the team is disunity and some more 'cry to mommy' stuff if they get routed in the series. In the interests of Pakistan cricket it is better to leave him out, for this series, and perhaps permanently.

  • Pathiyal on December 29, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    Sometimes experience really counts. Agree Younus has been out of form etc. etc. but being a well-wisher, I want to express my sincere support to him. At least give him some consideration for being a honest, simple, dedicated son of Pakistan who has proven his class already and has captained the national team. Form is temporary but class is permanent. Younus definitely deserves to be back in the team. He has only said that he lost command over his team members (not on the game). I wish him the very best, as always. Also its a joke to continuously neglect Abdul Razak, one of the best all rounders ever played for the team.

  • REH223 on December 29, 2009, 3:29 GMT

    well I think we need a more solid batsman like asim kamal. I don't understand why he is not given a chance. Element of fear can be clearly seen in all the pak boys except the teenage brigade ( umar akmal and M. amir). Pak shud play aggressively n dictate aussies in their own way if they r to win the series.

  • arifkhan1 on December 29, 2009, 0:26 GMT

    This is a much needed move, considering the fragile batting lineup of Pakistan. I also think that Abdul Razzaq should be among the 15 instead of Yasir Arafat. Shahid Afridi should also be requested to come out of retirement from test cricket. He qualifies for selection for his leg spin bowling alone especially against the Australians. In addition to that he is one of the best Pakistani fielders and his boom boom batting can come in handy any where in the batting order.

  • sheikhasim on December 29, 2009, 0:04 GMT

    also, i would get shahid afridi back, i know he's more of a hitter but his bowling is outstanding and he can atleast bat better than our openers or the top order atleast.

  • sheikhasim on December 29, 2009, 0:01 GMT

    listen guys, arbab, younis khan is not needed, i dont know why the pakistani team are acting so desperate. remember a few weeks back they lost the whole test series against sri lanka and the middle order collapsed for 35 or 37 runs and something similar in another test match against sri lanka UNDER younis khan's captaincy. the pakistani team need to get their act together, they dont need younis for that, because aint exactly a quality batsmen anymore..

  • stalefresh on December 28, 2009, 23:26 GMT

    It is a no brainer. Younis is the best batsmen in Pakistan, and even the birds at MCG would confirm that he should have been playing this test series. Not that Pakistan will win this test series if he is around, but atleast he will create that chance as a batsmen.

    I really thought he is comming up really well as a captain, won the T20 world cup, reached the champions trophy final - what else does the people of Pakistan need?

    As an India, I would love to see a strong Pakistan team - and Younis Khan and Sohail Tanveer should be part of this team.

  • naveed5700 on December 28, 2009, 22:57 GMT

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43652.html?class=1;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=2;result=1;result=2;result=4;template=results;type=batting

    @ ARAB GONDAL YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT THIS STATS AGAINST AUSTRALIA BEFORE U SAY ANYTHIN BIZARRE LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!! AND I BACK U UP OMARBK....EXACTLY THATS WHAT HE IS!!

  • mueenhameed on December 28, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    WELL....WHEN EVER Mamoo Jaan gets any position in Pakistan Cricket team or in PCB, Bhaanja,s selection becomes automatic choice of selection committee. And now he is in playing eleven as well..I think, BHAANJA is a good cricketer but not good enough to be a part of 16 members of squad.

    I would request Iqbal Qasim (as I consider him very decent and honest person) that kindly select team on merit...If Chairman of selection committee belongs to Karachi so he should favor cricketers from Karachi. Bhaanja must be replaced by either Younis or Shoaib Malik. You need experienced stuff to face the best team in cricket world.

  • J.C.Narasimhan on December 28, 2009, 22:46 GMT

    he is the best. Bring Younis Khan back. He knows how to tap the youngsters. AND HE IS HONEST. And he's a class act. And he knows something about some solid batting...in attack and defence.

  • prajwolb on December 28, 2009, 22:45 GMT

    Pakistan should play their best players. Bring in Razzaq, Afridi and Younis Khan. Let this series be more interesting rather than look like a one-sided game.

  • Cricket_Crazy_PK on December 28, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    Pakistan are in desperate Need of 2 Very Good and Excellent Quality of Batsman, We Need someone to replace Faisal and idially somehow need a decent opener, then our problems will be reseoved, YES no doubt PK will have massive Boost with Younis Khan presence but then again he is out of form for many many many months, but I can have Younis Khan any day of the wek in the Team instead of Faisal Iqbal surely, Bring Him Back and get rid of Faisal

  • wisamsh on December 28, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    Younis Khan is out of form, has played only a single match at the domestic level; If he is brought back, it will be a direct contradiction as to the selectors policy of not selecting players who are not match fit and in form. Shoaib Akhtar has suffered the same fate, so should Younis. Rules should not be changed for anyone.

  • kida23 on December 28, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    the only1 performing is umar akmal younis you saw against sri lanka was shit but he still is much better then faisal iqbal even if he is in bad form. pcb are messed up and i hope they dont ruin aamer or umar the way they ruined mohommad zahid. with younis u can see the side with better leadership and hopefully the bigguns will perform.

  • AASIDDIQUI on December 28, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    Younus and YOusuf are the only Pakistanis to be in top ten ICC batting ranking. His past record against Australia in Australia is great. He has also scored runs against England in England. Furthermore his batting style is more suited to Test match Cricket. Therefore he must be given regular chance in Test Team.

  • rookie4u on December 28, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    No doubt about Younis Khan's batting ability. He along with Mohammed Yousuf has been a premier batsman of Pakistani line-up. After the depature of the very talented Inzamam-ul-Haq, these two have just about manage to maintain some kind of class. But, the problem with YK is that he has been a "cry baby" most of the time. I understand that it is very difficult to lead the Pak Team but if you see it has the same since Imran left the scene. And almost all the captains have suffered to maintain the kind of discipline which makes a great team. And there was never a clear leader like you see in Aus or NZ or SL or Eng or even Ind because most of them had almost same capabilities. I think first the management has to improve and then they shud take a couple of guys in stride/confidence and groom them properly. The only saving grace I see is if somehow Imran Khan takes a big position in the PCB and dictate his terms. Pls get Imran Khan.

  • Dawish on December 28, 2009, 19:35 GMT

    Younis khan should come nack in pak team.After all he is the most experience batsmen in the team along with yousuf.And as far as his form is concern i think he is much strong mentaly n he will definitely perform.After all the class is here.

  • meyelost on December 28, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    a hero? yea rite. In a time when we need stability why are we sending out a desperate demand for the guy who the nation can't depend on? Also the key to Australia is aggression, we don't need another 'experienced, veteran' defensive player. The call should've been made for Afridi and Fawad shuld be given a chance over faisal iqbal.

  • mubeenkemisaal on December 28, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    Here it Goes..!!..Lets make it simple..!!..With Younis Pak can save the test match but without him pak cant win..!!

  • skills1 on December 28, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    seriously, can the PCB stop with the drama? this isnt soap opera you know

  • awaistanveer on December 28, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    "Since making a triple-hundred on a lifeless track in Karachi in February, he has scored 131 runs in four Tests. His ODI form has also been wobbly. "

    Mr. Osman! Triple centuries are made on lifeless wickets. I have never seen in my life triple century being scored on lively wicket. When you score a triple century, this means you have guts and patients to bat long innings and this is one dimension of a good batsman.

  • raghu86 on December 28, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    the reason that india performs a lot better than others in australia is that the players besides being as good as they are, are also mentally tough and know how to give it back to the aussies. there's nothing wrong with this pakistan side. there's lot of serious talent. umar and yousuf r world-class. even butt and misbah r pretty good, but they all need to be a little more aggresive down under and be more confident.

  • firewalls on December 28, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    I would replace Abdur Rauf with Shahid Afridi as a bowler, he is not a test batsman but whatever you can get out of his fearless batting will be a plus. I would drop Faisal Iqbal and include Younis Khan. Biggest challenge will be to woo everyone on the team to work together as a team under the captain's leadership. They can learn this from Australians how Ponting leads the team. Or they can look back to Imran Khan's leadership.

  • WAQAR_AR on December 28, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    Younis Khan is a Perfect man for number 3 position, he got terrific record in tests also have resonable average against australia in australia when pak visit last time. they should have sent Abdul Razzaq as well as a opener, he can play a same role as shane watson is playing for aussies. i hope pak will save the mcg test.

  • HellDiver on December 28, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    He should have been on the plane to Australia in the first place. You cannot hope to compete against Australia without your best players and he and Yousuf form the core of the experience in Pakistan batting. Misbah wasn't in the best of forms but he showed at Melbourne what experience can bring to the table. Younis should be flown in for the 2nd test if Pakistan hopes to salvage something from the series which on current state is heading for yet another 0-3 blowout.

  • ForGreatPlayers on December 28, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    Without umar gul and danish kaneria pakistan bowling really looking bad. after saed anwar & amir sohail-opening pair, they never had gr8 openings. the middle order might be ok with The gr8 UMAR, younis, yousuf, misbah and kamran. For australia they can think about imran nazir and salman butt for opening.. So for winning the team should/atleast have.. Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Younis, Yousuf, Umar, Misbah, Kamran, Ameer, Asif, Gul and Kaneria (OR) Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Younis, Yousuf, Umar, Misbah, Naveed - UL HASAN, Ameer, Asif, Gul and Kaneria They must choose between imran nazir (firey batting) or naved ul hasan (firey bowling)

  • WQURESHI on December 28, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    nice to see younis in australia coz he is experience enough to play on these type of flat tracks which are providede australians in mcg he is 100 percent better than fgaisal & fawad

  • stariq on December 28, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    Team definitely needs Younis as without him whole line up looks very fragile. The composition of team is questionable. How can you bowl out team like Australia by playing only three fast bowlers? Except for Aamir, none others are penetrating who could show some hostility so it becomes one dimensional attack. Asif though excellent but he needs a penetrating bowler on the other end to put Aussies on the back foot. There is no all-rounder in the team, if the steam of three fast bowlers goes off, there is none who can use his arm? With this attack, Aussies will keep on piling up huge scores and Pak batting will always be struggling to come out of this pressure. I wonder why Shahid Afridi or Razzaq were not included as all-rounders?

  • 07shaheer on December 28, 2009, 15:12 GMT

    i dont like younis personally but pakistan needs him at this time and they should have imran nazir and shahid afridi as opening if they want to wim

  • kssrikanth on December 28, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    younis khan should be given a place in the team

  • cricket_rocks on December 28, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    I'm baffled that people think Yousuf is doing fine as captain. He is clueless most of the time on the field especially when it comes to decision referrals. His field placings are mind boggling. I am a big fan of his batting but his leadership skills leave a lot to be desired. Younis is a class player and is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of his experience and batting. The team needs him and the selectors should send him out as early as possible.

  • yasser211 on December 28, 2009, 14:49 GMT

    Who the hell does Younis Khan think he is? One cannot pick and choose when they want to play. This is the first time in a long time that Pakistan has a real chance to do well in Australia and this guy's acting like a spoilt brat. His country should have come before his pride here. Either make yourself available for the whole tour or get lost.

  • JibranSial on December 28, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    @ Dr_Omar_Khan: Younis with an average of above 50 definitely should be there.. At least he is better than Faisal Iqbal. He averages more than 60 at no. 3 spot. He has been in the top ten ICC rankings for about a year and in the last few years he has rescued Pakistan many a times, like what you said a hero does in a Bollywood/Hollywood movie, with countless scores of above 150. He has got more hundreds away than at home. He was the leading run scorer last time in Australia..and @ SELEY1 l so called new talent Faisal Iqbal has played nearly half the no. of tests Younis has played, is there since as long as Younis is there, and still looks like getting out every other ball. Looking at the way the other batsmen have performed, its necessary Younis should be BEGGED to come before the start of the Sydney test...

  • cricsuhail on December 28, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    this is the exact reason why Pak is no more a force in world cricket - short term irrational decisions.

    If I were Iqbal Qasim I would have sent a strong message back to the 'team management' - forget younis and play with the team at hand. But I dont think Iqbal has those powers. And this is were politics comes into play. Amazing man. Amazing.

    If I were Younis - I would laugh and yes go to AUS, if I play OK I will be a hero, if I fail (which is certainly going to be the case) - then I have already said I needed a break!

    If I were Umar or Faisal or Misbah - I would be bumbed at this request. Younus has no faith in his team. .. In all ways this is a ridiculous request.

    This is what seperates professionals from the publc.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 28, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    Younis Khan has a test and FC batting average of 50. Only Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Akmal are rated higher than him, out of the current team. With him, they have 3 world class batsmen, plus Misbah ul Haq who isn't that bad, and they almost have a good batting unit. Without him, it is all Mohammad Yousuf plus the new guy Umar Akmal. It makes the world of difference. No, don't make him lead. Yousuf is going fine with that. But let him play. He is worlds ahead of Faisal Iqbal. Pakistan could do with some decent openers too. I'd almost be playing Abdur Razzaq and Shahid Afridi as openers instead of the ones that they are using now. Such a shame that politics comes in, as it always does for Pakistan, to destroy what could otherwise be a great team.

  • Celtics24 on December 28, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    As much as everyone may say it's panic and desperation to bring him back, I'd say it's a wise decision. Pakistan has such a weak top order, they need the solid skills of the former captain there to give the batting some form of solidarity. They are no chance of beating Australia with their current batting lineup, so I'd say it's decent decision.

  • Dr_Omar_Khan on December 28, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Premature. You said it Osman.He doesn't know his own form yet. I think they should leave him alone. Let him get some rhythm back. Let him start playing alot of cricket on the field rather than off before they bring him back. As a nation we tend to be very emotional and reactive. I say let things be. So what if we lose another series. Let time and merit decide. Let's take time to ponder over what mistakes are being made at the selection and application level of players and learn from them, rather than look for super heroes to rescue us. Let's walk away from treating life as a Bollywood/Hollywood movie. Or is that why we love Pakistan cricket?

  • Arbab-Gondal on December 28, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    There is no way Pak can win a test in Australia without Younis. Get him!

  • seley1 on December 28, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    wow... this sounds seriously desperate, and it was the bowling of the pakistanis that let them down in the first innings, plus they should have confidence with there new talent instead of 'thinking of bringing back a out of form younis khan.

  • OmarBK on December 28, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Younis khan is behaving like an ultra-emotional overly-sensitive individual with a Bi-polar syndrome. His mental swings clearly indicate he is unfit to lead an international cricket team.

  • Zaheerahmed on December 28, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    As they say that the form is temporary and class is permanent Pakistan need Younus. His experience and dedication to job will make the junior batsmen perform even better.

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  • Zaheerahmed on December 28, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    As they say that the form is temporary and class is permanent Pakistan need Younus. His experience and dedication to job will make the junior batsmen perform even better.

  • OmarBK on December 28, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Younis khan is behaving like an ultra-emotional overly-sensitive individual with a Bi-polar syndrome. His mental swings clearly indicate he is unfit to lead an international cricket team.

  • seley1 on December 28, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    wow... this sounds seriously desperate, and it was the bowling of the pakistanis that let them down in the first innings, plus they should have confidence with there new talent instead of 'thinking of bringing back a out of form younis khan.

  • Arbab-Gondal on December 28, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    There is no way Pak can win a test in Australia without Younis. Get him!

  • Dr_Omar_Khan on December 28, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Premature. You said it Osman.He doesn't know his own form yet. I think they should leave him alone. Let him get some rhythm back. Let him start playing alot of cricket on the field rather than off before they bring him back. As a nation we tend to be very emotional and reactive. I say let things be. So what if we lose another series. Let time and merit decide. Let's take time to ponder over what mistakes are being made at the selection and application level of players and learn from them, rather than look for super heroes to rescue us. Let's walk away from treating life as a Bollywood/Hollywood movie. Or is that why we love Pakistan cricket?

  • Celtics24 on December 28, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    As much as everyone may say it's panic and desperation to bring him back, I'd say it's a wise decision. Pakistan has such a weak top order, they need the solid skills of the former captain there to give the batting some form of solidarity. They are no chance of beating Australia with their current batting lineup, so I'd say it's decent decision.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 28, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    Younis Khan has a test and FC batting average of 50. Only Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Akmal are rated higher than him, out of the current team. With him, they have 3 world class batsmen, plus Misbah ul Haq who isn't that bad, and they almost have a good batting unit. Without him, it is all Mohammad Yousuf plus the new guy Umar Akmal. It makes the world of difference. No, don't make him lead. Yousuf is going fine with that. But let him play. He is worlds ahead of Faisal Iqbal. Pakistan could do with some decent openers too. I'd almost be playing Abdur Razzaq and Shahid Afridi as openers instead of the ones that they are using now. Such a shame that politics comes in, as it always does for Pakistan, to destroy what could otherwise be a great team.

  • cricsuhail on December 28, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    this is the exact reason why Pak is no more a force in world cricket - short term irrational decisions.

    If I were Iqbal Qasim I would have sent a strong message back to the 'team management' - forget younis and play with the team at hand. But I dont think Iqbal has those powers. And this is were politics comes into play. Amazing man. Amazing.

    If I were Younis - I would laugh and yes go to AUS, if I play OK I will be a hero, if I fail (which is certainly going to be the case) - then I have already said I needed a break!

    If I were Umar or Faisal or Misbah - I would be bumbed at this request. Younus has no faith in his team. .. In all ways this is a ridiculous request.

    This is what seperates professionals from the publc.

  • JibranSial on December 28, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    @ Dr_Omar_Khan: Younis with an average of above 50 definitely should be there.. At least he is better than Faisal Iqbal. He averages more than 60 at no. 3 spot. He has been in the top ten ICC rankings for about a year and in the last few years he has rescued Pakistan many a times, like what you said a hero does in a Bollywood/Hollywood movie, with countless scores of above 150. He has got more hundreds away than at home. He was the leading run scorer last time in Australia..and @ SELEY1 l so called new talent Faisal Iqbal has played nearly half the no. of tests Younis has played, is there since as long as Younis is there, and still looks like getting out every other ball. Looking at the way the other batsmen have performed, its necessary Younis should be BEGGED to come before the start of the Sydney test...

  • yasser211 on December 28, 2009, 14:49 GMT

    Who the hell does Younis Khan think he is? One cannot pick and choose when they want to play. This is the first time in a long time that Pakistan has a real chance to do well in Australia and this guy's acting like a spoilt brat. His country should have come before his pride here. Either make yourself available for the whole tour or get lost.