ICC Champions Trophy 2009 October 16, 2009

An honourable man who deserves better

Younis is a rare kind in an age of PR-savvy, media-trained, brand-conscious and commercially minded cricketers
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I met Younis Khan for the first time earlier this month. I had always wanted to meet him and, when I saw the Pakistan team at the ICC awards at the Sandton Sun in Johannesburg, I asked Osman Samiuddin, our Pakistan editor, to introduce us.

We shook hands, and then Younis gave me a hug. It was a natural, spontaneous and very subcontinental gesture. There was warmth in it and, if you wanted look for it, perhaps a message. In his simple and honest way, Younis has been trying to spread this message: make use of cricket as a positive force, for lifting spirits and for spreading goodwill; but treat it as a sport where, inevitably, there will be good days and bad.

We chatted briefly. Pakistan had beaten India a couple of days prior to that and Younis felt for MS Dhoni. The previous day, he said, he had been chased by a few members of the Indian television media seeking a quote or two damning the Indian captain. "Why are you after Dhoni," he asked them, "winning and losing, it keeps on happening. Today, it is his turn, tomorrow it could be mine."

It is easy to like Younis. His is a rare kind in an age of PR-savvy, media-trained, brand-conscious and commercially minded cricketers. He doesn't weigh his every word: he speaks what comes from within, and his earnestness is both refreshing and endearing. He wasn't wary of expressing his reservations about Twenty20 even when he was playing it, and he willingly walked away from it at a time ageing cricketers see it as a handsome retirement benefit.

His captaincy came up in the conversation. "You shouldn't walk away from it this time," I said in jest. "No, no," Younis said with utmost seriousness, "some good things are happening in our cricket. Kuchch karke jaana hai (I want to do achieve something before going.")

Two days later, with the semi-final on the line, Grant Elliot lobbed the simplest of catches to Younis at short extra cover, and Younis, his broken little finger in a bandage, went at it gingerly and spilled it. Elliot went on to win the match for New Zealand and Younis was asked the inevitable question at the press conference: was he worried about what people were likely to say given Pakistan's history?

Not at all, Younis said. It was only a few days ago that he had run out Gautam Gambhir with a direct hit with the same hand and he was a hero; today he had dropped a simple catch and he would be a villain. Such things he had learnt to take in his stride.

Perhaps he was being naïve, but then, honourable men have the right to expect better from the world.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sunil D'Souza on August 2, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Hindsight offers a 20/20 vision.Makes one think that it is better to be a mediocre cricketer in any other country than be a talented one in Pakistan.Younis Khan was faced with the ultimate dilemma,perform and run Afoul of the bosses of PCB and not to mention members of his own touring team,or underperform and be accused of "throwing" a match.Its admirable to see this genial cricketer hold on to his equanimity and good behaviour in the face of these troubled times.Class..however remains permanently..

  • Omair on December 10, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    "Honourable men have the right to expect better from the world".....Well said...

  • Khair ul Alam on November 11, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    I agree with all of what Sambit said here about Younus. My comment is that it should not have been up to Younus to decide whether or not to play in that condition. The team manager physio should act with strict professionalism in deciding whether a player is match fit or not based on simple tests. Clearly there are serious questions whether Younus was fit to play.

  • S. N . Kazi on November 10, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    I don't know about Younus being an honorable man or not . He might well be honorable , but he is a very poor leader and doesn't lead from the front and he simply cannot qualify for the Pakistan Team as a player on his performance which is pathetic . He should announce his retirement before he is booted out. In this last ODI in Abu Dhabi his series total is 22 . Hardly a performing score from a batsman . even these 22 runs were scored at very low scoring rate . In the 2nd ODI he dropped a crucial catch and in the 3rd ODI he ran out in form batsman Salman Butt and threw his wicket away in the vetry next ball . For the next world cup we need to begin team building . Passengars such as Younus should be shown the door .

    S.N. Kazi

  • A.R.Zaidi on November 10, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    I disagree with Younis,s decision to include himself in the side while he was injured.This is an unpardonable mistake, who else could do such a silly thing in world of cricket"? He put hilself first instead of putting his country first. Lately he has proved to be a bad captain too and a batsman who cannot justify his position in the team.Its time for him to say 'au revoir' to cricket.

  • Kashif Zia on October 20, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    Hmmm Nice Article ... Younus should stay as a captin atleast for the coming Worl Cup

  • Murtaza on October 20, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that Younis' value as a captain outshines his value as a batsman, besides you cannot judge his batting by the previous tournament as he was injured...Pakistan cannot ask for a better captain given their situation

  • Balaji on October 20, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    He is one of the best resources that Pakistan has..Make use of him and hats of to the Board for backing him up,Well done :o)

  • Tahir Mahmood on October 20, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    At this time Younis Khan is a perfect captain of pakistan cricket team, because he is a brave man. Everyone know before his leadership our cricket team moral was very down. But now we won T20 world cup and also very well played in champions tropy better than india, WI, SA, SL and england. Younis khan should be our captain at least upto 2011 world cup.

    On the other hand he is one of the best batsman of the world. Younis bhi carry on, never listen those persons who dont know about cricket and only they can say match was fixed etc.

  • Pravinchandar Raajendiran on October 20, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    IT's only in the sub continent, cricketers are made to believe that they are playing with the sentiments of the country. But, summoning a captain for losing a final is just atrocious.Certainly, YK is not a kind of man, who not even in his wildest dreams think of doin 'that'!

  • Sunil D'Souza on August 2, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Hindsight offers a 20/20 vision.Makes one think that it is better to be a mediocre cricketer in any other country than be a talented one in Pakistan.Younis Khan was faced with the ultimate dilemma,perform and run Afoul of the bosses of PCB and not to mention members of his own touring team,or underperform and be accused of "throwing" a match.Its admirable to see this genial cricketer hold on to his equanimity and good behaviour in the face of these troubled times.Class..however remains permanently..

  • Omair on December 10, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    "Honourable men have the right to expect better from the world".....Well said...

  • Khair ul Alam on November 11, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    I agree with all of what Sambit said here about Younus. My comment is that it should not have been up to Younus to decide whether or not to play in that condition. The team manager physio should act with strict professionalism in deciding whether a player is match fit or not based on simple tests. Clearly there are serious questions whether Younus was fit to play.

  • S. N . Kazi on November 10, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    I don't know about Younus being an honorable man or not . He might well be honorable , but he is a very poor leader and doesn't lead from the front and he simply cannot qualify for the Pakistan Team as a player on his performance which is pathetic . He should announce his retirement before he is booted out. In this last ODI in Abu Dhabi his series total is 22 . Hardly a performing score from a batsman . even these 22 runs were scored at very low scoring rate . In the 2nd ODI he dropped a crucial catch and in the 3rd ODI he ran out in form batsman Salman Butt and threw his wicket away in the vetry next ball . For the next world cup we need to begin team building . Passengars such as Younus should be shown the door .

    S.N. Kazi

  • A.R.Zaidi on November 10, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    I disagree with Younis,s decision to include himself in the side while he was injured.This is an unpardonable mistake, who else could do such a silly thing in world of cricket"? He put hilself first instead of putting his country first. Lately he has proved to be a bad captain too and a batsman who cannot justify his position in the team.Its time for him to say 'au revoir' to cricket.

  • Kashif Zia on October 20, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    Hmmm Nice Article ... Younus should stay as a captin atleast for the coming Worl Cup

  • Murtaza on October 20, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that Younis' value as a captain outshines his value as a batsman, besides you cannot judge his batting by the previous tournament as he was injured...Pakistan cannot ask for a better captain given their situation

  • Balaji on October 20, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    He is one of the best resources that Pakistan has..Make use of him and hats of to the Board for backing him up,Well done :o)

  • Tahir Mahmood on October 20, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    At this time Younis Khan is a perfect captain of pakistan cricket team, because he is a brave man. Everyone know before his leadership our cricket team moral was very down. But now we won T20 world cup and also very well played in champions tropy better than india, WI, SA, SL and england. Younis khan should be our captain at least upto 2011 world cup.

    On the other hand he is one of the best batsman of the world. Younis bhi carry on, never listen those persons who dont know about cricket and only they can say match was fixed etc.

  • Pravinchandar Raajendiran on October 20, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    IT's only in the sub continent, cricketers are made to believe that they are playing with the sentiments of the country. But, summoning a captain for losing a final is just atrocious.Certainly, YK is not a kind of man, who not even in his wildest dreams think of doin 'that'!

  • moneeb on October 20, 2009, 3:29 GMT

    well ppl ok mr dasti is a rotten egg for sure,but why we dont see yunus khans stats 2 guys mentioned earlier he is really not performing a lot in ODI ,so we cant retain him as captain really for that only,but still he has been retained,well i cant really say much on that,but capataincy in not something that should be choosen by public backed emotional polls on GEO

  • oops on October 20, 2009, 3:22 GMT

    you been DUPED. like abbasi and osman samiuddin, you too been DUPED by your honourable but non-performing man.

  • Usman Hakeem on October 20, 2009, 1:47 GMT

    Good News for All fans of Younis in particular and Pak cricket in general. Younis has been retained as Captain till 2011. Well that places a big responsibility on his shoulders, and the way Pak people n everybody around the world has supported him and showed faith in him I expect that he ll work with more determination towards achievinng goals that he has set for himself.and to all my freinds Congrats especially Azhar Ghumman who was very angery on whole situation.You should be happy now because for now Mr. Dasti has been given what he deserves;SHAME

  • Emm on October 19, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Has anyone asked this MP to resign, or better still send him to sort out the problems on the borders, pref.without the aid of a rifle!!!

  • JB on October 19, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    I think we indian & pakistani fans has to understand that this not a world politics (or internal). This is a game of Cricket that we love to watch every time (specially bt. IND & PAK). So pl, don't blame on YK(PK) or MS(IND), or some one mentioned about Indian commenters or Jouranalist. Cuz I think they are doing there Job.

    In the end as an Indian, I am still watiching Imarn Khan bowilling and Miandad, Saeed Anwer betting with Sachin, SG, Kapil Dev.

    Same way in current I like to watch Younis and Yousef Md.

    Please India and PK fans, do not blaim on each other and start enjoying the match bt them.

  • Waqas Noor on October 19, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    Either Younis is a good player or not? Yes this question is a debatable one. But as for as his honesty is concern, no doubts at all. And what about the Politicians of Pakistan? My God we have to see this day that a politician from Pakistan is putting CORRUPTION blames. Mr Dasti you seriously need a doctor and a mirror to see your own face.

  • fehzan on October 19, 2009, 17:12 GMT

    I am surprised at how some people can go about criticising the Pakistani captain. I mean,ask yourselves,have you played cricket before? Do you represent your state or country? What gives such naive people a right to criticize a captain of a nation ( which as just recently emerged victorious in the T20 championship ). How naive.

  • Bhatti on October 19, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    Pakistan must be proud of having Younis Khan as a captain. He is simple and straightforward in his talk and expressions. He is leading a team in a good direction and he must be given authority to lead the team in his manner. At least, he has the courage to have a vision and follow it whether one likes it or not. And, please stop blaming the players when Pakistan lose. This unrational, senseless and mindless practice must stop. He is right that there would be days when Pakistan would win and there would be days when Pakistan would lose. All we can hope is that Pakistan lose while fighting and living up to the spirit of the game.

  • Hassan on October 19, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Well Said Sambit, Younus Khan shud earn more respect from team mates, people and above all politicians coz he is really a patriotic Pakistani. But then there is problem his own performances specially in ODI dont justify his position in the team. I think its time for PCB to switch to some new talents like Umer Amin, Khalid latif & others who have proved there worth so many times playing for Pakistan A team and First class cricket. No doubt younus is world class player just made to play Test Cricket.

  • Taimur Shaikh on October 19, 2009, 12:01 GMT

    Younis Khan should be retained as the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team. At the moment no one is capable enough to lead the side. Ppl talk about Afridi, on what basis they saying to make him captain when his place in the test side is not certain. He hasn't played test cricket for quite some years now. I think people should learn to understand cricket first before giving their stupid comments

  • Sanjeev Keni on October 19, 2009, 4:29 GMT

    Good to know that players like Younis khan are still there in international cricket. Players like Afridi, Sreesanth and Symonds who bring a disrepute to the game should learn a good lesson.Playing good cricket is important, but you should also be able to carry the responsibility of being a Ambassador of the sport. Sreesanth and Symonds are out of their national sides and Afridi is not the most respected or loved cricketer in Pakistan. The Dravids, the Kumble's and the Tendulkar's are still loved,more because they are good human beings as well.

  • Khan on October 19, 2009, 0:10 GMT

    Pakistan cricket in general is a joke i mean were is the next Waqar Younis or Wasim Akram? The only decent talented bowler we have is Mohammed Asif. Our cricket has been in decline for a long time when was the last time we had decent openers? Saed Anwar nothing since getting back to Younis Khan, i can not knock his passion for the game but unfortunately his talent is in question,poor average in the one day format,test match format etc. His captaincy at times can also be questioned,in fact how many series has he won as captain? Not many,its time for younis khan to do the honourable thing and resign as captain, he would command more respect if he did this.

  • Majid Khan on October 18, 2009, 23:49 GMT

    Jawad Ali is 100% correct. As a cricket player Younis Khan has gone backwards big time. Misbah got dropped for matches during champions trophy yet Younis Khan should have. he keeps on playing the glance down to 3rd man and he keeps edging it to the wicket keeper.

    As a person Younis Khan is second to none. He has respect for all even the opposition and never disrespects anybody. he is a example to all on how a sportsman should behave both on and off the cricket pitch.

    But lets not forget we must differentiate the 2. if he continues to do nothing batting wise will Pakistan keep him in the team?? I think the pakistan coaching set up is a joke in itself. Intikab a man who last coached over 10 years ago. Bowlign coach Aqib Javed, a failure as bowler is coach. Why not Wasim Akram or Waqar younis to men who have achieved something in their playing careers. Last of all why no batting coach for Pakistan?? is the batting that good they do not need a coach??

  • Bhenson and Higre on October 18, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    He has damn soft eyes.

  • Anon on October 18, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    Good to know the meeting wasn't as big a farce as the triple hundred Mr. Bal gushed about earlier in the year.

  • salman haider on October 18, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    look what ever is done its gone now.the forward thinkng is that if younis khan wants some authorities for being the captain again, he should be given because afterall he has brought t20 WC for us so he wants the authorities and i am damn sure, he wants these extra authorities for the betterment of Pakistan and he will use it also with positive attitude..

  • salman haider on October 18, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    look what ever is done its gone now.the forward thinkng is that if younis khan wants some authorities for being the captain again, he should be given because afterall he has brought t20 WC for us so he wants the authorities and i am damn sure, he wants these extra authorities for the betterment of Pakistan and he will use it also with positive attitude..

  • salman why people dont like younus on October 18, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    ok gays leave it that yonus khan is a good captain or not his batting averege are bad but TELL me one thing only one thing one other name in pakistan cricket team who deserve the captainship (think) and give any other playeres name you want the captain for pakista (not younus khan) cheack thear averege and every thing and his persnolity his behaviar and tell me. only yousuf is better but his nature not good for captainship no one can compear as a captain to younus he is good, sharp,hardwork ok by dont fight on this

  • Shaheen on October 18, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    Younis khan is a burden on our one day batting side. If really he is an honorable pathan then he should quite himself based on his pathetic performances. thanks.

  • tassawar on October 18, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    seriously ppl, i mean seriously? It is amazing to see how everyone, even an indian journalist is jumping on the Younis Khan bandwagon. He is not that great of a captain, in fact, Pakistan winning the t20 and getting to the champions trophy semi-final are not his credits to take. As a captain & as a cricketer he has not performed. Don't be fooled by his smile, think logically people!!! He's smiling because he has done nothing and is reaping success. Think, has Younis as a captain done anything positive for the team except bring up constant drama over his position as a captain? I mean come on Pakistan, he is no where near the great Imran Khan: as a player, as a captain, as a human. And no i don't believe he is the best player to lead the team, the dude can't even justify his own selection. Please Pakistani qoam, I know we are looking for a hero, but Younis is not one. Cricket is a team game look at our star performers, give them credit!!! We won the t20 cup cause of our team, not younis.

  • Theena on October 17, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    Hear, hear. Well said.

  • Mariam on October 17, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    I will forever and ever support Younis Khan no matter what ANYONE says. He's an excellent asset to the team as a player and an even better captain. If he had taken the catch he would have been a hero who played with a broken finger but since he dropped it he has become the bad guy. He has brought success to our team and inshallah he'll keep bringing more and more gifts (as he calls them) to us :). He should know there are a lot more supporters of him than haters! Younis Khan forever!

  • mqi on October 17, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    I have few questions:

    1. Why in Australia, SA and in England this type of conflict do not arise?

    2. Why superior quality cricketers and successful captains like Hanif, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad do not get chance to be part of the selection process for the team?

    3. Why the media in the subcontinent has to be that much involved in this type of problem?

    4. Srilanka is possibly a better team than pakistan as proved in last few months. They were eliminated before semifinal. Is there a hue and cry there?

    5. Why are people taking sides as to who be the captain for the next world cup. Should that not be done in 2011, too early now.

    6. Captain must lead from the front. Is there any player in the team now who has the quality to lead from the front? Possibly not.

    7. You need vision and mission to build a team. Pakistan management do not have one, the politicians can not poke their nose if players do not fail. Is there a balance between these two.

    7. Imran Khan, what's your role?

  • Khurram Khan on October 17, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    Kudos to Sambit bit for a good articale. Its a shame that good people in cricket have to suffer. I wish someone demand the resignation of the politician who know nothing about cricket started the match fixing alegation. Younis is and will be a great captian, a good honest human being and a proud PATHAN from NWFP ! All CRICKET fans regardless of which international team we support we are with you , YOU CAN DO IT !!!

  • Sajid on October 17, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    Hats off to people like you Sambit and Sanjay Manjrekar who are spreading goodwill thru their works. A question for people like Shekhar, why any Pakistani team was not allowed in this so called Champions League. Just to let you know that we Pakistani people are lovers for just good cricket. We are even watching these games without any participation from any Pakistani team. Please stop playing too much politics because there are plenty of peole busy doing that. Lets spread love, that is the common goal of people, wheather they are in India or in Pakistan.

    Sajid

  • chandrashekar on October 17, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    If all cricketeers are like Younis Khan then the game will surely be a gentlemans game. I would lke younis to be like this till he retires. Best of luck younis and we all at india like you for your honesty and gentlemanly behaviour.

  • Musa Khan on October 17, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    I love Younis Khan as a Captain and he should be the Captain tell 2011 World cup. I donot know but i m pretty sure that 2011 world cup will remind us the drenched memories of 1992 and we will win Inshallah. Younis should not play the match aganist new zealand with his injured fingure and also he should let Asif to play that semi final. But this is cricket who knows? May ALLAH give sucess to our team.

  • Anwar on October 17, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    Cricket is a game. when two team plays one might win and other will lose if there is no tie. The media from Inida and Pakistan make an average criker to a star from the performance of few games. Media also makes Hero to zero from few games. It is surprising to see people and media can afford Inida or Pakistan loss to a any other team but if they lose to each other then it is hard to digest. It surprise to see media can accuse any cricketer without ant prof. May be we should no surprise, this is there one of the technique to make hot spicy news(alligations) after all average people like to listen these types of news. Guys grow up| Please consider cricket as a game and support any team (India or Pakistan) if they play well and win the game. Please stop disgrace our heros

  • Azhar Ghumman on October 17, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    well no doubt Younis Deserves alot better.infact I have heard so many good things from people who have met him.I think he is the best thing that has happened to Pak cric in recent times.A true leader and a geat Human Being.I dont know if Afridi in anyway is part of this conspiracy but if he is,I just want to tell him we love him and he should not disappoint his fans by doing such things.Ans only one word for Mr Jamshed Dasti. SHAME.

  • Saad Ahmed on October 17, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    Mr.Sambit Bal i couldnt agree you more on the younas khan saga.Though i have my reservations on some of your previous anti-Pak articles but i really appreciate this effort of yours.Pakistan cricket needs a captain like younas.I havent seen a captain more optimistic than him.No one can doubt his committment.The words which he spoke Kuchch karke jaana hai (I want to do achieve something before going.”) shows his desire of achieving something big.I wonder why Mr.DASTI doubted his committment.Why CLOWNS like DASTI give such bizzare statements just to grab media attention!!!

  • Tariq Mughal on October 17, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    The interference in cricket by member of parliament/ senate is not not fair anyway. We will be happy if they can clean the dirt which they have spread in their own field.

    They leave cricketing matters with the cricket board and on people who know about the cricket.

    We all cricket lovers condemned this interference and hope that Prime Minister should take serious action against the concerned.

    Tariq Mughal ENGLAND

  • Humayoon on October 17, 2009, 8:10 GMT

    Younis is a good talented cricketer who has played well consistenly for pakistan since 2005 .It is the cultre and dirty politics of the subcontinent that brings pressure on these cricketer ..why shouldnt they ...They are paid a lot,get all the attention ,have the fame compared to other sports.

  • SalimLangda on October 17, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    It's a little rich for cricinfo journalists to be complaining about media hype and exagerration. They are not above doing a little over-hyping and controversy mongering themselves.

  • Naseer Afridi on October 17, 2009, 7:04 GMT

    Besides being an honest, positive minded and patriotic person, Younis is an energetic and intelligent Cricketer. He leads with vigor and has brought Pakistan's cricket from dust to a might force to be reckoned with in the past eight months. Afridi's time will come and we expect great things from him too, and for the moment he has more star power than anyone in the whole of Pakistan, be it any field of profession. But for the moment we need to lend Younis the support that we owe him as a nation, and we can expect many good things in time to come.

  • Naasir on October 17, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    Can somebody please tell me what are Mr. Dasti's qualification to be a sports minister? Playing guli danda on the streets does not qualify as one. During this sorry saga, Mr. Dasti has not had the guts or the maturity to apologize for his tantrum. Shame on you Mr. Minister and shame on all your cohorts around you who do not have the decency to shun you.

  • Khubab on October 17, 2009, 4:30 GMT

    "East or West Younis is the best" I think younis is done a brilliant job for pakistan cricket and PCB should remain younis khan captain for 2011 wold cup.

  • Naveed Khan on October 17, 2009, 4:23 GMT

    I urge the constituency of Mr. Dasti to defeat him in next elections in most dishonorable manner. In fact they should sign a petition and ask for his "recall". He does not deserve to represent anyone. He is a despicable person.

  • kamran on October 17, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    very well written! hope the pakistani media and politicians understand his worth soon!

  • Irfan on October 17, 2009, 3:38 GMT

    Sports Minister Mr. Dasti, should be forced by the government and senate committee to apologies publicly to honorable younis khan, whole team, Pakistan nation and cricket lovers around the world.

  • Kumar on October 17, 2009, 0:17 GMT

    Good article. It looks from Younis' latest conditions and demands that he was indeed perturbed by Butt meeting with Afridi. So maybe this resignation drama was just that! A drama. Of course, that doesn't make the dirty politician any less dirty. I can't believe his effigy hasn't been burnt yet.

  • Jahanzaib Furrukh on October 16, 2009, 23:52 GMT

    Shahid,, Every captain has the rite to ask for his authority. My dear friend responsibility cant be taken without authority. Moreover a captain has to run a unit of 11 men, so he has every rite to have his own demands. i think he is not a cricket follower who thinks younis is not a world class player. Hope u understand.

  • Madiha on October 16, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    He has to stand his ground and counter all the allegations face-on, that's it. Good luck Younis!

  • yousuf on October 16, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    He is a great captain of pakistan and should be treated with respect- The parliamentarians and the journalists should be sued by the PCB---we already have too many haters and we need to protect our heroes from such nonsense.

  • Said Chaudhry on October 16, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    Excellent piece Sambit. I cant help but agree with you on this. It is also nice to hear an opinion from a journalist outside Pakistan. Have always respected your work. Younas does deserve better, he is a simple man. Which is why its not surprising how casual he can be. Unlike many sub continent players who are engulfed by the media hype and start presenting themselves as some out-of-this-world-personalities, Younas prefers to lay back in his middle class home in shalwar kameez and needs not an H2 to go for a spin around the city. A fairly realistic & justified presentation of a captain for the average people of Pakistan. He is someone who has not lost sense of where he came from.

    People who think Younas is a cry baby must realise that in Pak everyone is looking for power. If he feels that there's need for 5 people finalising playing XI before a match - he has all rights. Team managers etc must stick to their real duties (i.e holidaying on govt expense).

  • mqi on October 16, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    I have been following Pakistan cricket since 1967 and captaincy problem was always there. The conflict between players and between board and players is nothing new, Javed Burky's captaincy, Sarfaraz Nawaz's walk out from India tour, Zaheer Abbas-Imran's conflict, Ameer Soheils negligency on Sayeed Anwar, Wasim-Waqar conflict, Imran's famous declaration to stop Miandad's triply century against India are all well known. I think it has become a routine matter in Pakistan's cricket to have conflict, truly unfortunate. They produce the most exciting crickters routinely, but there is always probelem in the team. They need a better cultured management and the players should also be more professional. Yunus Khan has not performed well in the recent past, and that is why management and other player has got the chance to interfere. Afridi can not be a good captain. Malik has been tested. Now is it Yusuf's turn to be tested? Not a bad idea, he should get a chance. I wish Akaml and amer success.

  • Zahid on October 16, 2009, 22:10 GMT

    I agree with Walid Malik. Captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team is not where you place yourself to seek honor. Younus deserves a lot of respect for what he has done for Pakistan cricket and just because of the princip0led man that he is. But he has been playing for this team for almost a decade now and been in the vice captains seat a long time he knows precisely what it takes to be the captain of Pakistan. Why does he expect the cricket board to change it ways (of politicizing and undermining any strong captain) because of him. Imran was able to control the board because of his authoritarian personality and that he got the whole team behind him. That is the role model every captain needs to follow.

    I never forgot Younus when he ditched the Pakistan team after Inzimam was let go. Dude if you can't handle the heat stay out of the oven.

    Still what's happening to Younus is outrageous. The board needs to develop a spine and stand up for their team in front of the clueless politicians.

  • hamza mirza on October 16, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    there needs to be a change in pcb

  • shahid on October 16, 2009, 21:55 GMT

    Younis has to perform to be in the team first and then to get respect being captain. His decisions as captain been some what stupid. Bowling Fawad Alam in T20 match while Umar Guls (in phenomenal form at that time)over not being utilised. In CT his choice of Rana Navid instead of Asif, His waiting to avail powerplay until 9 players were down, his not letting Said Ajmal bowl his 10 overs but bring in Rana while Said Ajmal was supposed to be the best possible bowler against NZ, his comments after the toss for a target of just over 200 to be enough on semifinal batting track, his persisting with Misbah and not giving Fawad a chance (Fawad has first class and test average around 55 and ODI 42). BUT I mean the most important is his contribution as player.

  • ali on October 16, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    nice way samith...short and spot on..i personaly know younas khan and as some of the people has written here that he should have stayed and faced it like a man i tell you all this : how would you feel when you are accused over and over again for something you havent even thought of not even in your dreamz? and you are being draged and humilated over and over again and that too publically and by some ministers who dont know a single bit about the sport? would you still be thinking about facing the guys who doesnt know a single thing about it and wasting your time explaining the situation knowing that i m wasting my time explaining? younas gave his everything and literaly everything to pakistan cricket since day one and he came through ranks not SHORT CUTS and he has proved it.just a bad patch of form doesnt mean that he is to be dropped.he is captan of the team.he is honest respected by his players.he is literaly a role model for them.no reason of facing such comitte.younas did right

  • Shaikh on October 16, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    u can definitely improve your writing skills Sambit... and oh...the ppl who think BCCI is not biased as far as the PCB and Pakistani cricket in general are concerned....wake up having said that...yes, of course...Younis definitely is an honorable man, not to mention a great cricketer...so deserves to be treated with a lot more respect.

  • Assad on October 16, 2009, 21:13 GMT

    The predicament of politicians accusing Pakistani cricketers of match-fixing is not a new one. It's been happening for ages.It is the unfortunate legacy of the days of Salim Malik when some matches were actually fixed. Unfortunately most captains since then put up with it by merely shrugging their shoulders and saying that such accusations were the norm in Pakistan and that they didn't take them seriously. Younis Khan has taken a brave, clever stand. He knows that for the time-being at least, he has the sympathy of the nation and he decided to show the parliamentarians and the PCB that he was not willing to take it lying down. Good on him. We've become far to used to having captains who are unable or unwilling to stand up for their teams and speak up against unfair accusations. Younis's bold action put the spotlight on the idiotic parliamentarians and has sent out a clear message that such mindless, idiotic accusations from worthless, pathetic politicians will not be tolerated anymore.

  • Rana Umer on October 16, 2009, 21:01 GMT

    I might be crazy Mr Sambit but i personally think that Younis Khan is anything but all this. To me he seems like an arrogant person and a below average cricketer and captain.

    I cant remember the last time him scoring valuable runs in ODIs or T20s(and yes that doesnt count ODI 50s after losing a series or T20 50s that lose you the match). I think he has just been lucky that his horrible batting and captaincy have recently been compensated by indvidual brilliances of Shahid Afridi and Shoib Malik (who are now being villified by our soap opera media coz of him).

    And i really don't get how his "myself" inflicted post match interviews and hideous ala Imran Khan (who earned it first) authority demands make him a humble person. Ohh and lets not forget the frequent need of I-have-to-be-begged-for-captaincy every so months to feel important.

  • Ghulam Mustafa New york on October 16, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    Younis has respect from the people but the pcb and so called committee has to learn how to deal with diamonds (players). The players have to fight back these allegations as the fight hard to play but dont leave the game

  • naintara on October 16, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    yes sambit surely younis khan the great pathan really needs more respect.he has led pakistan so wel n when the team combination was just getting right Mr. jamshed dasti ruined it.Wel jamshed dasti himself is suffering now as he has been suspended from the parliament and one thing is for sure whoever does bad with younus always suffers a lot , its not the first time sum one has suffered. and i dont know why PCB has not understood younus until now , they all know he gets angry on such nonsense so they should have made some formula for him so that he might have not suffered like this and not to say that younus khan should change himself in this respect because its in his genes and pathan his native they get very angry for nothing.Wel i hope he does come back and have a positive and good mindset because cricket needs him especially Pakistan cricket.

  • badruddin savja on October 16, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    Sambit,first I thought you are anti-Pakistan,but now I am sure you are not that. I am sorry first I misjudged you. Your views about Younus Khan are as good as mine and not like other Indian commentators,broadcasters or journalists.Only Sanjay Manjrekar is very good and impartial commentator.

  • Jawad Ali on October 16, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    yes younis is indeed rare kind in an age..

    1. where batsmen average around 40 and he is going further down from 33.

    2. where a good strike rate is considered around 80 or 90... his is about 76.

    3. In 2009 his bating average is 24.88 in 16 matches. He has ODI avergae of 15 against Aussies & 25 against RSA... which means he has boosted his average against less competitive teams.

    4. He managed to score his first century against Hong Kong after about 100 innings period spanning over 4 years. The remaing 5 centuries are against india, england and west indies.

    5. His best ODI averages are against Kenya 123, Hong Kong 105 and Zimbabwe 47.

    6. He scored 5 out of 6 centuries on dead asian pitches.

    7. As a captain he almost loose two games after each win.

    8. He has not led by example and does not enjoy the support of his team mates either.

    9. He is man of the match 13 times in 188 innings (3 against Zimbabwe and another against kenya).

    any comments on above stats?

  • Imran on October 16, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    I think Younis Khan has no place in ODI squad for Pakistan Team .... Look it his performance in Cham trop... And last 10 ODI's. I think PCB should realize that he only can play TEST as of his age and Performance.. I Think he needs to go and pass the Captainship to Afridi hes a better bowler and fielder and if he scores then what do you want from a captain so I believe PCB should let him go at this time

  • Visakh on October 16, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Younis has done a lot for Pakistani cricket at a time when it was facing isolation from the cricket world.. he definitely did deserve better treatment.

  • murtaza on October 16, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    As a Pakistani and a true Pakistani i want my captain back i want YOUNIS KHAN back...he is the man who can do it for Pakistan in the 2011 world cup his leadership qualities are better than good he is a true gentleman who plays for Pakistan lives for Pakistan and where ever he goes acts like an ambassador of Pakistan we all love him and we can proudly say that he is the man leading our nation common younis bhai please come back ppl who have raised fingers on u may be involved to sell the country but neither i nor my frnds and family can even imagine that some one so loyal to country as loyal as u r can do any thing bad to harm the reputation of the country LONG LIVE PAKISTAN:)

  • Zia on October 16, 2009, 19:02 GMT

    Yes on one hand what he is saying and doing is admirable but at the same time in my view its blackmail. this is what is he doing with his poor performance what would happen if he was actually performing well. I feel for the guy and give him credit for standing up but at the same time. PCB and pakistan cricket fan shouldn't get held hostage by his blackmail

  • Walid Malik on October 16, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Well said Sambit i agree on that. Younis deserves respect after all he is the only captain after imran khan to bring glory for Pakistan.

    But i personally believe that he some times run away from situations . Sub continent captains have to suffer these allegations and move on. They should not be running away from the game itself.

    And Younis has to may be change the way he plays , perhaps be more aggressive, in the one day format. I hope the best for Younis and Pakistan Cricket.

    Cheers

  • Adnan Gul from Portugal on October 16, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    I agree with Sambit, as cricket is becoming day by day a comercial extraveganza due to some idiots and greedy (not to mention their name) introducing 20/20 making this game of cricket a mess, and people like Younis should be respected and give time to prove themself.

  • Stani Army on October 16, 2009, 16:21 GMT

    Shame about your anti-Pakistan coverage on cricinfo during the Lahore tragedy hey Sambit? You turned into Sky News.

    How you can also clear for publishing some of the trash Sidarth Monga writes about Pakistan I don't know. I hope you feel bad but I doubt it.

  • Shahid on October 16, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    OK lets face the reality here. He is a decent human being. A good captain but it is very immature of him to ask the same authority as Imran Khan. To get the same authority you have to be a player of the same level. Imran was a great player and thats where he commanded respect from his team mates.I am tired of his b.s every now and then. He should know that this is what Pakistan captaincy is about.Being a cry baby really doesnt help. Everytime we have to put up with his so called Pathanism.Pathans dont complain and cry on every little thing. being one i know it. We face it when push comes to the shove.I was expecting Younis to resign anyways coz of his performance and not just coz he was called in by a parliamentary committee.If you are a captain then you have to be held accountable for every move.This is what the sports committees are about.He should be man enough to resign, go back to domestic cricket and improve his batting which is way below world class.Hope common sense prevails

  • Zaik Chohan18 on October 16, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    Great comments by Samit... I really appreciate that... As far Younis cataincy resignation is concerned i hope he will be again leading Pak not from front but in positive manner. We really need him as captain now. I hope PCB should give him more confidence and support so he can earn something else like Tenty20 worldcup and alot more...

  • amin Kapadia on October 16, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    We should not be too much optimistic about what is happening in pakistan in general and pakistani cricket in particular. Younus Khan deserves more respect than Jamshad Dasti.

  • Jasim Javed on October 16, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    I find it so funny that the Pakistani parliamentarian Jamshed Dasti, who blamed and summoned Younis Khan, got himself suspended out of parliament session for using ABSUIVE LANGUAGE. What is credibility of these politicians themselves? and do they really qualify to question others?? I just don't know!!!

  • Dost Ali on October 16, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Yes i agree Younis definitely a decent human being & deserves much better, the only thing that i dislike abt him is that he quits very easily which i think he has to really work on it. A leaders true test is when he is faced challenging times.

  • Shekar on October 16, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    Sambit, could'nt agree more, it is true that Younis deserves more respect from media/public. Media has an important role in either creating public support or creating frenzy. I feel there should be more responsible journalism to not incite raw emotions in cricket mad public in a country where the only headline news we hear is about bombs going off. As an Indian, I feel bad for Pakistani cricket and loved watching greats from 80's Imran Khan and Javed Miandad era. Unfortunately, like some posters have suggested, India neither made Pakistan unsafe destination for travel for visiting cricketers, nor incite violence/terrorize the country. As I type, over 100 people have been killed in Pakistan in the past week!! Also, it was PCB which denied players from participating in IPL2 and did not issue clearance before deadline and by then, replacement players had been decided for the season. It is Pakistan internal politics ruining Pakistani cricket and not BCCI as suggested

  • xeeshan on October 16, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    i am not surprised by the drama created by our politicians. they have nothing else to do. they either just snatch poor people money or just can blame good people as they feel uncomfortable that why others are moving forward. GOD Bless pakistan and GOD bless the future of cricket in pakistan.

  • Rajasub on October 16, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    It is refreshing to have natural humans like Younis in cricket. Pakistani cricket is undergoing a lot of turmoil owing to terrorist activity within its borders and the rest of the world reluctant to expose their cricketers to it. At this crucial time in Pakistan its cricketers have brought it glory and have been led by an astute and humane captain. I think there is no possibility of that catch being deliberately dropped by Younis-- after all his finger was bandaged and humans naturally tend to favor their body parts over success in a professional sport. If it were not for Younis and Yousuf in the last decade period sans Inzamam, Pakistan would have no world class players- so let us be grateful for what we have and empower our players not denigrate them.

  • Osama Khan on October 16, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    The recent developments are in bad taste. Media from the sub-continent specially India has no integrity or accountability. Younis Khan is a fair and honest man and we should learn to take victory and defeat in sports with honour.

  • Adnan on October 16, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Younis has always been a straight-shooter. Good for him. Problem is, Cricket is the only sport in which we're halfway decent. Pakistani cricketers have to bear the burden of being the only shining sportsmen in a nation of 160 million.

  • Javed Butt on October 16, 2009, 14:35 GMT

    Its a shame to put your star batsman & fielder in this situation.PCB must try their best to atleast keep Younis in the team.Change is needed in the management.Those who made false alligation agaist the team without any proofs should also be held responsible. PCB should be more focus towards cricket future in Pakistan.

  • simon on October 16, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    let's hope the honorable men and women in this sport DO receive better treatment from their often soulless and ignorant masters. The game needs Younis, the fans need Younis. We don't need greedy idiots running the game.

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  • simon on October 16, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    let's hope the honorable men and women in this sport DO receive better treatment from their often soulless and ignorant masters. The game needs Younis, the fans need Younis. We don't need greedy idiots running the game.

  • Javed Butt on October 16, 2009, 14:35 GMT

    Its a shame to put your star batsman & fielder in this situation.PCB must try their best to atleast keep Younis in the team.Change is needed in the management.Those who made false alligation agaist the team without any proofs should also be held responsible. PCB should be more focus towards cricket future in Pakistan.

  • Adnan on October 16, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Younis has always been a straight-shooter. Good for him. Problem is, Cricket is the only sport in which we're halfway decent. Pakistani cricketers have to bear the burden of being the only shining sportsmen in a nation of 160 million.

  • Osama Khan on October 16, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    The recent developments are in bad taste. Media from the sub-continent specially India has no integrity or accountability. Younis Khan is a fair and honest man and we should learn to take victory and defeat in sports with honour.

  • Rajasub on October 16, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    It is refreshing to have natural humans like Younis in cricket. Pakistani cricket is undergoing a lot of turmoil owing to terrorist activity within its borders and the rest of the world reluctant to expose their cricketers to it. At this crucial time in Pakistan its cricketers have brought it glory and have been led by an astute and humane captain. I think there is no possibility of that catch being deliberately dropped by Younis-- after all his finger was bandaged and humans naturally tend to favor their body parts over success in a professional sport. If it were not for Younis and Yousuf in the last decade period sans Inzamam, Pakistan would have no world class players- so let us be grateful for what we have and empower our players not denigrate them.

  • xeeshan on October 16, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    i am not surprised by the drama created by our politicians. they have nothing else to do. they either just snatch poor people money or just can blame good people as they feel uncomfortable that why others are moving forward. GOD Bless pakistan and GOD bless the future of cricket in pakistan.

  • Shekar on October 16, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    Sambit, could'nt agree more, it is true that Younis deserves more respect from media/public. Media has an important role in either creating public support or creating frenzy. I feel there should be more responsible journalism to not incite raw emotions in cricket mad public in a country where the only headline news we hear is about bombs going off. As an Indian, I feel bad for Pakistani cricket and loved watching greats from 80's Imran Khan and Javed Miandad era. Unfortunately, like some posters have suggested, India neither made Pakistan unsafe destination for travel for visiting cricketers, nor incite violence/terrorize the country. As I type, over 100 people have been killed in Pakistan in the past week!! Also, it was PCB which denied players from participating in IPL2 and did not issue clearance before deadline and by then, replacement players had been decided for the season. It is Pakistan internal politics ruining Pakistani cricket and not BCCI as suggested

  • Dost Ali on October 16, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Yes i agree Younis definitely a decent human being & deserves much better, the only thing that i dislike abt him is that he quits very easily which i think he has to really work on it. A leaders true test is when he is faced challenging times.

  • Jasim Javed on October 16, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    I find it so funny that the Pakistani parliamentarian Jamshed Dasti, who blamed and summoned Younis Khan, got himself suspended out of parliament session for using ABSUIVE LANGUAGE. What is credibility of these politicians themselves? and do they really qualify to question others?? I just don't know!!!

  • amin Kapadia on October 16, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    We should not be too much optimistic about what is happening in pakistan in general and pakistani cricket in particular. Younus Khan deserves more respect than Jamshad Dasti.