Age of Khan November 11, 2009

Younis makes no sense

Younis Khan has withdrawn from the tour of New Zealand requesting a break from cricket
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The selection of Mohammad Yousuf as stand-in captain underlines Pakistan's poverty of resources © AFP
 

Younis Khan has withdrawn from the tour of New Zealand requesting a break from cricket. This is nonsensical. Pakistan have barely broken sweat over the last two years. Younis has just won a pivotal power struggle to secure the captaincy. Pakistan require some consistency, not flip-flopping, and regular changes in leadership create inconsistency and doubt. The team needs to build its form and strategies for the big challenge of an Australian tour.

Moreover, Younis' mixed messages have become baffling. As much as many fans believe him to be the right choice as captain, he either wants the job badly enough to stick with it through thick and thin or he should give it up. The problem for Pakistan is that there are few genuine alternatives, and the selection of Mohammad Yousuf as stand-in captain underlines Pakistan's poverty of resources.

All the Pakistan fans who recently supported Younis against the establishment, like me, will be bemused, disappointed, and let down by his decision.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Ashraf Khan on November 17, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    Well u r Absolutely rite, but i think the problem is the management,why can;t they put pressure on Players like Shioab Malik and Yousaf.The Management should be able to implement the decision taken by the selection committee.An Those who don't play wholeheartedly should be thrown out of the Pakistan Cricket. Then can the sincere Captain can something for the Team. As is concerned about the his stickeing to the team in thick and thin your are rite but we have to absulutely BAN the EX-Players from giving their COMMENTS aboout any players. It should be let to the PCB what they do and what not.I think his loose form is also due to differences in the team that's why hye could not concentrate on his form. We can pray for his form...

  • ABDULRUB KHAN on November 16, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    The pakistan team can not win constantly unless they play as a unit and for their country. Infighting weakens even a country. Malik was good captain but grouping cost him his captaincy + form too. W e should not criticise players but should go into the root of the problems and try to eradicate it once for all

  • ASIF on November 16, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    This is in response to one of the above posts.Afridi's average is 47 in his last ten tests & still he is not considered for tests.In one day cricket average doesn't matter much.A quick fire score of 20-40 plus 2-3 wickets is more instrumental than a painstaking innings of 50-60 by younus,salman,etc.Just look how many matches afridi has won for pakistan.In almost every series he wins a man of the match award & i don't see any other player who wins so many awards.Afridi is a watch winner with both bat & ball & he should be part of the team in all three formats of the game.I am writing this because his detractors always talk about his lesser average in one days & overlook his bowling & fielding contribution.In test matches particularly in new zealand & australia it is better to have afridi as a second spinner rather than a specialist spinner.Pak is playing without afridi in tests for the last two yrs & r loosing consistently so why not give afridi a chance in tests too.

  • Yousuf Rahman on November 16, 2009, 1:43 GMT

    Unfortunately, Pakistan's choice of a leader is extremely limited. The PCB has failed in grooming a leader of some stature. There are 3 types of leaders. One that leads by example (someone who performs consistently- a Miandad like player), one that leads by personality (A princely person such as Mike Brearly or the Nawab of Pataudi) and the best of all, one who leads by example and personality (Imran Khan, Clive Lloyd). Younis or for that matter anyone else in the current crop is no Imran or Brearley. As such Pakistan needs to groom its future leader now. Mohd.Yousuf is already talking about the potential problems the team is likely to face in New Zealand. The Pak problem is not going to end with the NZ tour. Unless the team gels together as one fighting unit, they will be humiliated by many.

  • ASIF on November 15, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    The pcb should immediately appoint shahid afridi as the one day captain as he did a good job in the 4 matches he has led so far.In all the matches he led from the front motivating his players & also played very responsibly.Even without being captain he was the man of the match in the first one day & he bowled brilliantly in all the matches.In the champions trophy his bowling was exceptional particularly against india.His detractors should know that in almost every pak victory afridi plays a very crucial role.Amir sohail instead of praising afridi wants the board not to make him the captain.I don't really understand what these people need from afridi.People like amir sohail should look at his overall ability & not brand him a hit & miss player.Afridi's test average of 38 is better than than amir sohail,ramiz raja,salman,malik,faisal & others & inspite of that he is ignored for tests.Pak needs afridi in tests as v.captain. In tests his bowling strike rate also is better than kaneria.

  • Imran on November 14, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    Its funny how much attention Younis is getting and criticism from armchair fans. What about Malik & his dirty politics from captaincy untill now.His Indian marriage fiasco,holding back youngsters,pushing M Yousuf into ICL,backstabbing and groupisms and throwing his wicket away on many occasions.You can call Younis what you want in ODI cricket,but don't forget his strike rate in T20 and the way he turned the game against Sri Lanka when he milked Murali for many runs and demoralised him in that match.He's our best player,and bar Yousuf,only decent player of spin. Afridi is a good choice for ODI's but he's an idiot when it comes to batting sometimes.Its time the board and players were accountable to independent bodies and the local cricket infrastructure too. There's no reward for talented players outside the national team and good players can't even get into the domestic teams due to politics.Let sort the whole structure out and sort out the corrupt individuals.

  • waheed khan on November 14, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    aoa, well i go through all comments posted here, i dont agree vid this article. if someone dont like to play with u what u have to do its the responsibility of the board to keep the players inline. one should tell me what the other players playing for, every one should in mind that they are playing for Pakistan. if they have some issue with the captain they have to keep it a side entring into ground. if younis khan not scoring what the other players doing??? can any one answer me??? i observed these senior players Malik and Misbah from 2020 world cup, how much thay scored??and how they batted they are known for, its the big heart of younis khan to keep these playes in squad.. and whats the form of Muhammad yousaf??? pls check his stats in 2008,2009.and malik,, and also check the record of younis khan in New Zealand and Australia he is the batsman made more runs over seas, he did not quit by his form but from Player Powers.

  • Rauf on November 14, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    ALL THOSE WHO ARE ADVOCATING WHOLESALE CHANGES TO PAK TEAM LINEUP.

    Please stop and think for a moment. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water which is exactly some are proposing here. We have a big problem in Pak cricket and the solution to that is NOT to kick out Yousuf, Afridi, K. Akmal, Malik out of the team. Boycott recently labled Afridi as the best bowling allrounder in the world and he has proven that lately.

    We have a very weak cricket board which happens to compound the problem by making stupid decisions at the worst possible time. Younis is a good captain but we need a strong board to keep him there and keep the other players in line. Easier said then done but we have to learn from the Aussies as they are the best team right now. Ponting has been the captain since 2002 thru wins and losses and has full support of CA. It's called consistency which we never seem to learn. It's good to bring in fresh blood but not when we have to sacrifice on experience.

  • Sherry Rehman on November 14, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    @Posted by: Adnan at November 14, 2009 1:50 AM

    Q: Wat is wrong with younis? A: He is a failure... thats whats wrong with him.

    Q: he is the most sincere man i hv ever seen in pakistan cricket.... A: Sincere to whom? if he knew that he was badly out of form then why did he not others chance. He is selfish and does not care if he becomes burden on the side or not.

    Q: he is simple and straight forward not cunning and selfish like others...... A: We don't need a straight fwd or retarded captain who does not what he is talking about... we need a thinking captain.

    Q: the only problem i see this time is Shoaib malik, he must have been banned long before as he is morally corrupt and is a stigma on pakistani team...... A: Agreed !!!

  • traffic website on June 3, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Just killing some in between class time on Digg and I discovered your article . Not usually what I desire to read about, but it surely was absolutely value my time. Thanks.

  • Ashraf Khan on November 17, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    Well u r Absolutely rite, but i think the problem is the management,why can;t they put pressure on Players like Shioab Malik and Yousaf.The Management should be able to implement the decision taken by the selection committee.An Those who don't play wholeheartedly should be thrown out of the Pakistan Cricket. Then can the sincere Captain can something for the Team. As is concerned about the his stickeing to the team in thick and thin your are rite but we have to absulutely BAN the EX-Players from giving their COMMENTS aboout any players. It should be let to the PCB what they do and what not.I think his loose form is also due to differences in the team that's why hye could not concentrate on his form. We can pray for his form...

  • ABDULRUB KHAN on November 16, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    The pakistan team can not win constantly unless they play as a unit and for their country. Infighting weakens even a country. Malik was good captain but grouping cost him his captaincy + form too. W e should not criticise players but should go into the root of the problems and try to eradicate it once for all

  • ASIF on November 16, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    This is in response to one of the above posts.Afridi's average is 47 in his last ten tests & still he is not considered for tests.In one day cricket average doesn't matter much.A quick fire score of 20-40 plus 2-3 wickets is more instrumental than a painstaking innings of 50-60 by younus,salman,etc.Just look how many matches afridi has won for pakistan.In almost every series he wins a man of the match award & i don't see any other player who wins so many awards.Afridi is a watch winner with both bat & ball & he should be part of the team in all three formats of the game.I am writing this because his detractors always talk about his lesser average in one days & overlook his bowling & fielding contribution.In test matches particularly in new zealand & australia it is better to have afridi as a second spinner rather than a specialist spinner.Pak is playing without afridi in tests for the last two yrs & r loosing consistently so why not give afridi a chance in tests too.

  • Yousuf Rahman on November 16, 2009, 1:43 GMT

    Unfortunately, Pakistan's choice of a leader is extremely limited. The PCB has failed in grooming a leader of some stature. There are 3 types of leaders. One that leads by example (someone who performs consistently- a Miandad like player), one that leads by personality (A princely person such as Mike Brearly or the Nawab of Pataudi) and the best of all, one who leads by example and personality (Imran Khan, Clive Lloyd). Younis or for that matter anyone else in the current crop is no Imran or Brearley. As such Pakistan needs to groom its future leader now. Mohd.Yousuf is already talking about the potential problems the team is likely to face in New Zealand. The Pak problem is not going to end with the NZ tour. Unless the team gels together as one fighting unit, they will be humiliated by many.

  • ASIF on November 15, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    The pcb should immediately appoint shahid afridi as the one day captain as he did a good job in the 4 matches he has led so far.In all the matches he led from the front motivating his players & also played very responsibly.Even without being captain he was the man of the match in the first one day & he bowled brilliantly in all the matches.In the champions trophy his bowling was exceptional particularly against india.His detractors should know that in almost every pak victory afridi plays a very crucial role.Amir sohail instead of praising afridi wants the board not to make him the captain.I don't really understand what these people need from afridi.People like amir sohail should look at his overall ability & not brand him a hit & miss player.Afridi's test average of 38 is better than than amir sohail,ramiz raja,salman,malik,faisal & others & inspite of that he is ignored for tests.Pak needs afridi in tests as v.captain. In tests his bowling strike rate also is better than kaneria.

  • Imran on November 14, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    Its funny how much attention Younis is getting and criticism from armchair fans. What about Malik & his dirty politics from captaincy untill now.His Indian marriage fiasco,holding back youngsters,pushing M Yousuf into ICL,backstabbing and groupisms and throwing his wicket away on many occasions.You can call Younis what you want in ODI cricket,but don't forget his strike rate in T20 and the way he turned the game against Sri Lanka when he milked Murali for many runs and demoralised him in that match.He's our best player,and bar Yousuf,only decent player of spin. Afridi is a good choice for ODI's but he's an idiot when it comes to batting sometimes.Its time the board and players were accountable to independent bodies and the local cricket infrastructure too. There's no reward for talented players outside the national team and good players can't even get into the domestic teams due to politics.Let sort the whole structure out and sort out the corrupt individuals.

  • waheed khan on November 14, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    aoa, well i go through all comments posted here, i dont agree vid this article. if someone dont like to play with u what u have to do its the responsibility of the board to keep the players inline. one should tell me what the other players playing for, every one should in mind that they are playing for Pakistan. if they have some issue with the captain they have to keep it a side entring into ground. if younis khan not scoring what the other players doing??? can any one answer me??? i observed these senior players Malik and Misbah from 2020 world cup, how much thay scored??and how they batted they are known for, its the big heart of younis khan to keep these playes in squad.. and whats the form of Muhammad yousaf??? pls check his stats in 2008,2009.and malik,, and also check the record of younis khan in New Zealand and Australia he is the batsman made more runs over seas, he did not quit by his form but from Player Powers.

  • Rauf on November 14, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    ALL THOSE WHO ARE ADVOCATING WHOLESALE CHANGES TO PAK TEAM LINEUP.

    Please stop and think for a moment. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water which is exactly some are proposing here. We have a big problem in Pak cricket and the solution to that is NOT to kick out Yousuf, Afridi, K. Akmal, Malik out of the team. Boycott recently labled Afridi as the best bowling allrounder in the world and he has proven that lately.

    We have a very weak cricket board which happens to compound the problem by making stupid decisions at the worst possible time. Younis is a good captain but we need a strong board to keep him there and keep the other players in line. Easier said then done but we have to learn from the Aussies as they are the best team right now. Ponting has been the captain since 2002 thru wins and losses and has full support of CA. It's called consistency which we never seem to learn. It's good to bring in fresh blood but not when we have to sacrifice on experience.

  • Sherry Rehman on November 14, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    @Posted by: Adnan at November 14, 2009 1:50 AM

    Q: Wat is wrong with younis? A: He is a failure... thats whats wrong with him.

    Q: he is the most sincere man i hv ever seen in pakistan cricket.... A: Sincere to whom? if he knew that he was badly out of form then why did he not others chance. He is selfish and does not care if he becomes burden on the side or not.

    Q: he is simple and straight forward not cunning and selfish like others...... A: We don't need a straight fwd or retarded captain who does not what he is talking about... we need a thinking captain.

    Q: the only problem i see this time is Shoaib malik, he must have been banned long before as he is morally corrupt and is a stigma on pakistani team...... A: Agreed !!!

  • mqi on November 14, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    I have made several comments and suggestions. Here is another. Bring Misbah back as vice captain, get rid of Malik right away. And Afridi must not be the captain for the 50 over format, you do not want a hit or miss player to be the leader. Yusuf should lead both the test and 50 over ODI. The T20 team looks fine with the hit or miss leader. You need a good one day team. The test team may struggle in NZ but it will be the right place to try few players to build a team. Intikhab needs to retire from coaching job, for his failure to keep harmony in the team. Management must be changed.

  • Md Islam on November 14, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    Younis khan is no way an ideal captain....Winning T20 Cup means nothing...I remember India had sent a young team in 2007 T20 World cup and they also won it....Real test of a captain comes only in ODIs and Test Matches....We are yet to see any major series wins under Younis Khans leadership...I think opting out of Newzealand tour is the right decision since his contribution as batsman was nothing....He is among very few Senior players in the Test team and he has to perform first....He is a senior batsman first and then a captain...However i feel making Yousuf as captain is not the right decision...He is a good batsman no doubt but cannt see any leadership qualities in him....Pakistan should start building a good test team and its leader now...Hence i believe Shoaib Malik should have been given an opportunity. He anyday is the only man capable of leading....Younis Khan looks like a joker and Yousuf is like a lazy dead-man walking...

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on November 14, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    Owais vhai, please don't mind Rana Naved is the most powerful wrist hitter & industrious fast running fielder for the Pakistan Cricket team. Kamran Akmal with his brother Umar and Shahid Afridi are also genuine Assets for Pakistan Team. For your kind information & attention, please listen everybody, there is only one but none --- that person is definitely SHOAIB MALIK. He is real criminal & culprit to destroy the Pakistan upcoming future, he is the main villain to create misunderstanding between Younus Khan & rest of the senior players of Pakistan Cricket Team. SHOAIB MALIK should be immediately sacked, banned & wiped out from the Pakistan team forever.

  • I Ali on November 14, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    Younis khan is no more. He doesn't perform like a captain. He have down market in his performance in his batting. He couldn't say to another player of his performance.

  • Amer Khan on November 14, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Its time to get out with the old and bring in the new. We can keep some seniors like Afridi & Younis, but Malik, Kamran Akmal, Yousuf, Misbah, Rana all need to go. Young guys like Umar Akmal and Mohammad Aamer are winning games for us. I'd rather see Fawad Alam and Khurram Manzoor play poorly at first and then learn along the way, rather than having Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal keep screwing around. Some say that Paki fans are too critical, but I think we are too forgiving of our cricketers. No other country would tolerate such consistently poor performances from experienced players!

  • Khair ul Alam on November 14, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    Pakistan cricket administrators don't learn any lesson. Why don't they do something to nip this issue in the bud once and for all? I was disappointed to read Mohammad Yousuf openly canvassing for Misbahul Haque's inclusion in the NZ tour. I see nothing wrong in the captain's having plans and ideas about players and strategies, but it should be done in a quiet way. Responsibility on the matter of selection should fall entirely on the shoulders of the selectors. The captain should play only an advisory role in this. They should understand from the experience of past captains that canvassing matters of player selection in public will only make their job of captaining more difficult in the long run.

  • Adnan on November 14, 2009, 1:50 GMT

    Wat is wrong with younis? he is the most sincere man i hv ever seen in pakistan cricket....he is simple and straight forward not cunning and selfish like others......the only problem i see this time is Shoaib malik, he must have been banned long before as he is morally corrupt and is a stigma on pakistani team......

  • Junaid on November 13, 2009, 22:47 GMT

    A great news for Pakistan cricket. Younis Khan was creating his political party in the team and he was too arrogant and rude with his players. " I want to become a captain like Imran Khan" but first become a player like Imran Khan. After every match he used to critisize his players for not performing but he never said anything on his pathetic performances. I am not sure why board is so soft with him. Shoaib lost a series against Srilnaka and he was sacked the next day but this ladla keeps on underperforming and than portrays himself as a hero.

    We are better off with Afridi as captain for T20 and One Days. For test Misbah is the best choice but in his absence yousaf deserve it more than anyone.

  • Owais on November 13, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    I have totally lost interest in pak cricket after younis' resignation. the whole setup needs to be changed, from top to bottom! pcb is headed by a person who doesn't stand by his decisions, there is a selection committee that selects players like shoaib malik for all 3 formats who doesn't even deserve a place in one. i think the board has to take a major decision now! younis deserves respect, for winning us a world title in a bad time, and must be supported by his team mates which aint happening. he must be called back, given a fresh team with talented young players and pakistan should be gotten rid of players like kamran akmal, rana naved, shoaib malik, misbah and afridi. yes, i don't appreciate a player who was jack of all, master of none for 13 yrs in his career and has only disovered his bowling talent now after being a burden on pak cricket for all the while, and has started playing games to get to be the captain. get us rid of him!

  • Akhil on November 13, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    @Hameed Malik - With due respect I totally disagree with our opinion. Shahid Afridi was and still is eccentric, though he has come a long way he still has miles to go.Media and other teams still know him as the 'brat'. He definitely is aggresive but thats not what the team needs now - they need match winners and most importantly humility. Afridi would definitely be a short term solution but no where close to 2011 World Cup.They need a player who is respected for his performance and stats by his own team and the other teams.Right now the ideal candidate is Yousuf youhana, he is genuine batsman in both versions of the game.It all depends how yousuf takes up the captaincy and at the same time doesn't let it affect his batting as it did to many captains (Younis,Sourav,Sanath,Sachin) it is tough to find a player like Pointing in every team, Afridi should be deputy and concentrate on his Batting, since recently he is calling himself fulltime bowler - they need a consistent batsman.

  • imran on November 13, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    I don't think he is foolish, but yes he is emotional and sincere to Pak cricket. Our board is week and if there is player revolt then the poor captain is all alone. In the present case Shoaib Malik (who should also resign from the team) is a real culprit and he is creating rift in the team. All praise to Younis who is a man enough to accept his poor form and step down. Shoaib Malik should be dropped.

  • Akber ali on November 13, 2009, 15:39 GMT

    younis Khan is foolish, stupid and is too emotional to be a good captian of Pakistan cricket team. We need a cool head to lead the country. Younis Khan can not justify his selection in 20 or even 50 overs match. Let him just concentrate on test matches.

  • Akhil on November 13, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    Whats wrong with this team? they have excellent talent, young players..i assume they were shaping up well for the world cup, and again the captain changes.I really dont get it, the attack on srilankan team is still fresh in mind and I was hoping the whole team will put their best show with a good camaradrie, but its not so. Captain having issues with players - hardly hear that in national teams. Its a pity to see talent being wasted.All i can hope is India does'nt play them for a while as we don't want to get affected with such negative vibes.Being stripped of World Cup venue was an insult enough they should have walked towards redeeming themselves. Very true - the national team represents the country in turmoil. I hope they find a good leader soon who doesnt request respect but demands it as I would love to watch India play them again in the next few years.

  • Anees A. Ruknani on November 13, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    WHAT HAPPENED TO U ALL! I wonder what has happened to all of u? U first praise & be proud on Younis for how he led in T20 WC & now u saying all of this? Younis is technically-correct batsman though he hasn't got enough runs in past couple of months but I believe he is the main batsman & the true leader. Afridi is great player but u have to see how long he has been consistant? Nevertheless Whatever Younis decides, I believe it will be in the interest of the team & the country. That's my first comment to anyone. That's all I have to say! Best Wishes to Pakistan & Younis

  • Faisal Wahab on November 13, 2009, 14:38 GMT

    Younis Khan is going through a lean patch, which every cricketer face during his test career. The problem is that there is an added responsibility of captaining the side with a bunch of players who are not happy with his style of leadership. If you compare the averages of current players in the ODI format, this is how it is Shoaib Malik 34.76, Younis Khan 33.12, M. Yousaf 42.79, S. Afridi 23.13, S. Butt 37.95, A.Razzaq 29.61, Kamran Akmal 26.74, Rana Naved 15.44, Imran Farhat 30.43. These players are the nucleaus of this current Squad touring aus,nz minus Younis Khan. S. Afridi after playing for 13 years still has an average of 23.13, but he has been voted by the coach to be the captain of odi side also. so averages don't count in Pakistan Cricket to become the captain of the team. This all melts down to PR which has become an essential aspect which i believe younis khan lacks.This is what happened in 1969 when Saeed was removed from captaincy and Inti Alam was new captain.

  • Mudassar Babar on November 13, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    We need to look at things in real perspective,, had there been rift in the team, pakistan would not have bowled Newzealand out for 212, look at bowling performance of Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Saed Ajmal, players who are accused of conspiring against Younis, and look at Younis 's performance he gets in and gets Salman Butt run out oput od shear pressure of scoring urgent runs and the very next ball gets out himself, he was under pressure becoz of his performance...and leader has to lead by example.. ever since he has been made captan he has made only two fifties and that was against Srilanka in the losing series. He has made the right decision to step down and aloow better batsmen to play. Shahid Afrid is the best option for the ODI captaincy.

  • MS on November 13, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    Younis Khan was never a good captain since he took the charge after Shoib malik. He consistently misfield and drops crucial cathes in every match he played and he was the main responsible for Pakistan's defeat in all matches he played. He takes everything lightly without any plan. He has no technical knowledge of captaincy and even batting. He was just lucky to be there in the team for so long. Many talented players couldn't make to the team because of him. He just comes to the one-down and go after wasting important over. It is a blessing that he quit himself other public would have demanded very soon. He felt it himself it is a right time to leave before public notice it. He will comeback again because of his support system he has in PCB and probably waste another 5 golden years for Pakistan winning a Cup. We shouldn't forget Shahid Afiridi was instrumental in T20 cup win. He assisted even in captaincy to Younis. After all we got rid off a very clumsy captain of Pakistan Cricket

  • Yousuf Rahman, on November 13, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    I think Younis is a confused individual and really does not know what he wants. The Captaincy issue has been a psycological problem for him ever since the days of Inzi. At one time he wants in while at other times he wants out. Younis has to understand there is a difference between a leader and a boss. He should have been a leader. As a leader he should have brought the best out of his boys. This he has failed to do. Pakistan's camp is badly divided and its cricket is bound to suffer.

    My advise to Younis would be to focus on his cricketing skills and not let this captaincy issue throw off his cricketing abilities. Opting out from the team is a sign of a someone who is interested in self-promotion.

  • oops on November 13, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    hameed malik sahib, you are on to something here. did you know that there are hugely popular australian cricket blogs that say that sehwag, yuvraj and afridi represent the 'new' cricket that has revitalized the game no end? they are the fearless a-rods of today's game who can pull in the stadium-filling crowds all over the world. they are the real future of the game, not the laxmans and the younuses and dravids. the latter are a huge yawn.

  • wasim khattak on November 13, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    salam 2every1.i dont understand one thing so far that why everyone in Pakistan or around the world crciket fans only blame on YK.Y we dont blame on the othrs 10players who played the serires against NZ.and what all this group things in the team.i want to know from all the current pakistani players that are they doing this job for FREE.If PCB appointed YK as a captain so the othrs players duty is that they jst follow the instrction from the captain or managment.and y we making that a big issue that he(YK)dropped that and played that one we souldnt forget that there are only 11 players can play not the all 15 guys. so there gotta be droped and picked and i dont think its the big deal if Shoub or M.Youef dropped from one game.they should do it volunterly to give the chance to the youngsters. the seniors players wil be not there 4 ever so if the players think that the only playing 4 Pakistani team pakistani ppls.they jst saying it bt they jst play only 4 thierself.shame on current players

  • Yasir on November 13, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    What are we going to do with aggression of zero effectiveness. Afridi has been nothing short of a disaster for Pakistan cricket in the past will continue to do so. Average of 24 after a few hundred matches is enough to make a judgement on a batsman. This team will have three captains in NZ and will cause a total collapse

  • Farhan on November 13, 2009, 12:17 GMT

    One day you all will say that Afridi should retire and then will say same for other captain. We will lose 20/20 and one day world cup as well. I am not the fan of younis but i can say that people just want money and want power. You all supporting wrong. Mark my words

  • idrees on November 13, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    younis shouldnt be back till he sort out basics of batting , and captaincy is totally different thing , captain is commander not ducker check younis record in alst few one days he is just goign out padding up for nothing , He dont even know how to give fight nowadays . so ridiculous and then he was captain and kicking out other woow nice way , what he was thinking ? afridi should take over as captain he knows how to bring out best from his side atleast he knows how to rights if not with bat than with ball . In all pakistan need some one matured and afridi showed that temperament and maturity its better he takes over and run the team for some time , so atleast it can come up and show the world that tigers cannot be cornered .

    Jiey Pakistan

  • Tahir Khan on November 13, 2009, 11:36 GMT

    Seriously, The real true captains are the ones leading right form the front. The likes of Ricky Ponting and Daniel Vettori etc. Younis Khan in my honest opinion doesn't deserve the right to stay in the top 11; let alone him lead as a captain. It makes a mockery of the game and for Pakistan especially as it is high time the torch to be handed over to someone like Shahid Afridi. When was the last time Younis Khan came to rescue Pakistan. However, we can easily recall the mishaps he has produced over the last 2 yrs causing us the losses which in turn were to be sure wins. Semi Final against NZ is just such an example. HE should be the last one to comment on performance whereas he is the number one non performance in the team at the present and him gone I'm certain we would yield much better results. A true new beginning for the Pakistan team and we should be thankful for all those circumstance which helped in keeping Younis out of the team for good. Just maybe perhaps he plays the test.

  • kane on November 13, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    i dont know what he has done to piss so many players off for the captaincy i think afridi is a better choice

  • Nabeel Mahmood on November 13, 2009, 10:17 GMT

    Nothing make sense in PCB. The problem is simple and everyone knows. PCB management has been ridiculous from last 10 years or so. I think no one can justify team under performing to get rid of captain. No doubt younas performance was not up to mark but has been playing good cricket at the position where so called Pakistan's greatest batsman afraid of batting. He is a player of lower middle order. leave all the argument aside I think his decision at current stage does make sense but what does not make sense is why the management of PCB allowed it to reach up to that stage. If PCB has command and code of conduct no player can dare to think of under performing just to get rid of younas. I still hope he will come back and can be a good captain for Pakistan. Afridi might not be a bad choice but it seems bit to early for me.

  • afficer on November 13, 2009, 10:16 GMT

    performance of afridi in the last two years....eye opening performance..he is the real imran khan ..hahahahahahahahahahaha.....real imran khan but not at international level....rather in street cricket...

    Career averages Span Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5 Ct St unfiltered 1996-2009 288 5830 109 23.13 4 269 6/38 34.52 3 97 0 Profile filtered 2007-2009 48 758 85 21.65 0 65 6/38 32.21 1 14 0

    pathatic avg of 21 with the bat and 32 with the ball...what a cricketer...

  • Arab Adhikari on November 13, 2009, 10:15 GMT

    Younis is all gone for good. Yousuf is all in for good. Just enjoy the band wagon for now. Pakistan cricket will reach new nadir in comming years.

  • Osama Masood on November 13, 2009, 10:08 GMT

    I love Younis Khan the day he started playing international cricket (dnt hav any specific reason bt i promise)..... pls come back very sooon!!!!!

  • raja ruma on November 13, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    we have seen real pakistan cricket team in dubai newzeland v pakistan t20 play.such a wonderful perform they show us.we hope it will be continue by great t20 captain boom boom afridi.best of luck pakistan cricket team.

  • Naveed on November 13, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    younis is good but at the time he has to rest and give chance to other

  • Irfan Shahzad on November 13, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    performence of yuonis is negetive.He is not elligible for captainship but must should be dropped from the team and give chance to new ones. pleaze younis leave the team you are not elligible look at your performence......

  • Hameed Malik on November 13, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    I watched cricket for 30 years and played for 10 years and I can very easily say Afridi is going to prove the best captain Pakistan could ever have. He may not be very sophisticated but he is aggressive but that's what we need. He is the one in the whole world broght change in Cricket by his hard hitting sixes and fours. He was the crowd puller all over the world that gave birth to 20/20.Believe or not He is the father of modern cricket which became fun once again. He should be awarded president award for bringing so much happiness in the cricket world. AFRIDI IS LIVING LEGEND.

  • Kamran on November 13, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be the captain in ODIs and Twenty-20 and Younis Khan in tests. Yousaf and Akmal are not leadership material and cannot handle the responsibility either.

  • farhan siddiqui on November 13, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    i think younus made the right decission and i still believe he shound not accept captaincy again in future he should concentrate his bating because he is the one of the leading batsman inthe team we need him in australia as the record shows that record of pakistani batsmen are not very good in australia we can only hope that younus & yousuf do well in australia. Younus has to regain his batting form after playing domestic cricket. I know he will be back with a bang because i know he is a fighter. "I WISH HIM VERY BEST OF LUCK TO YOUNUS KHAN"

  • ALI SAIFUDDIN on November 13, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    well...... i clearly dont understand the logic behind dropping mohammed yousuf in the 3rd odi why are u playing malik because even he has been out of form? n why did u drop umar akmal in the second one day ??? there are many answers the selectors hv to give

  • Omar on November 13, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    Ever since inzamam left the helm i strongly advocated younis khan to be the next leader of the Pakistan team. Despite his poor run of form and supposed inner tentions within the team , it still does not give you a reason to just abruptly drop and run during a tour, Pakistanis have never been quitters, and young Amir reminded the world of just that a few days ago. I am very big on Shahid afridi being the next Captain for all forms of the game, as long as he actually can start averaging a little higher in all forms of the game with the bat.

  • mqi on November 13, 2009, 6:29 GMT

    If Pak management fails to bring those traitors to justice, who threw their wickets against NZ, this problem will continue. Abdul Quadir wanted to remove Shoeb Malik for his conspiratory habit.He must leave the team, if he is the true culprit. Immediately replace Kamran Akmal as Vice Captain. Form a committee to find out who are the conspirators. YK was playing poorly, true. He did not have command, true. Now, those unhappy players will have to give a solution, win matches(not T20) and prove their point. Otherwise, put life ban on them from playing cricket. You have many players to groom. Also bring few cricketers from Ausis, and have these dirty players attend some courses under them. Pakistanis r not well known for decency in cricket as much as they r known for in fight in their team. I hope Yousuf knows how to run between wickets to avoid runouts. He is a great player. Thanks to allow all these comments to go public. Players and management should know what people think about them.

  • Khushu on November 13, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    i dont think younus khan deserves a place in the ODI team, let alone the captaincy. his performance has been horrible and therefore he has no right to point fingers at other players. afridi should captain the ODI side as well and we can see how yousuf performs as a Test side captain. he may be pretty good and become a permanent member. the jist is enough of flipping and flopping, resigning and coming back, making a fool out of himself and the nation as a whole. he should either quit cricket or quit as a captain.

  • Farid Zaffar on November 13, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    Younis needs to act like a grown up man. Everytime there is a problem he chooses to run away. First with the cricket committee, and now rift between the players. That's captain's job: keep the team together and perform better than average. Unfortunately, he was performing below average. Winning matches were being lost. Lost to winning test series to Sri Lanka, Lost the ICC Championship, and finally lost to NZ ODI which should have been a piece of cake. Younis lead the bad example in batting. In three matches he scored 22 runs and then he was having star players sit outside - of course the rift was going to rise, sooner or later. However, quitting and running away like girls is no caliber of a captain. Captain should hold the team together and perform better. That's why Ponting, Smith, Inzimam and Dhoni are good captains because when needed they were there. They rose to the occasion. I am simply disappointed in Younis for running away from responsibilities when he should have been there

  • Ajay on November 13, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    I am surprised that people even consider Younis Khan captaincy material. He has been running his own soap opera, on for now, and then off. I am not sure what all the dynamics are - but he comes across as a very petulant, childish person. It would be a dis-service to pakistan cricket if he were to come back as captain. It is so unfortunate that a team with such tremendous natural talent, has been beset with so many issues, and then they have Younis Khan. No matter what anyone's achievements are, such behaviour for a person wanting to be captain is unpardonable. I am an Indian but my partisan attitude does not extend to taking pleasure in the ills that beset Pakistani cricket.I feel sorry for Pakistan cricket, I suggest Younis take a permanent break and rather not act in such a childish manner. On top of all this, the board is still maintaining he has a chance to come back. Obviously the management is not from this planet.

  • Owais Anjum on November 13, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    I have a feeling that making Yusuf the captain is as horrible a decision as making Zaheer Abbas the manager of the team was. Though a great batsman, I have never sensed even an inkling of the smarts and the leadership in Yusuf that is necessary of any captain to have on the field. It would be a shame if we lose Yusuf - the batsman, as a consequence of this decision.

  • Saad on November 13, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    He is trying to 'take a break' like Ponting... Well wake up dear Younis, coz you earn the 'leaves' from work when you have done your job first!!!

  • hassan khan on November 13, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    i think pakistan need to drop all senior players except afridi and start a new team from scratch with alll youth players lead by umar akmal or somehting kus wht pakistan rele need is a fresh start

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 13, 2009, 3:58 GMT

    Yet again our national heroes made us the laughing stock in front of the whole world. What a circus! Younis promised to perform 200 percent before the series. Turned out that even number 10 and number 11 batsmen scored more runs than him. It appears Younus requested full control and exerted too much pressure on boys. e.g. Instead of encouraging youngsters, he once warned M. Aamer not to over celebrate after taking the wkts and said he is no Wasim Akram. Is that the way to treat youngsetrs? There are two sides to the coin. Among the senior players, I don't think anybody apart from YoYo (Yousuf and Younus) has a guaranteed place in a team. So if anybody manueverd or under performed for the ouster of Younus should severely be reprimanded. There is too much talent in Pakstan, and PCB should *NOT* bow to the players unjust demands. There is great importance of captain. We should create the environment at schools and colleges to produce natural leaders like Miandad and Imran.

  • Mudassar Siddiq on November 13, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    Thank you YK. After all these years you finally did a wise thing. Look at the positive energies in the team in the 1st T-20 after him. Winning the match is not so important but the real difference was the positive attitude of the team.

  • Umair Muzaffar on November 12, 2009, 23:34 GMT

    I actually liek the idea of M Yousuf running the show. He is by far the best player in the team ... so what if he has not been in the best of forms lately ... so was Younis. If Younis does not have the guts be a leader in tough times then he should not be the captain.

    Yusuf should have been the captain instead of Younis but he was left out becasue he was considered amongst Inzi / mullah crowd.

    With all dust off Younis ... I think/hope Yusuf will do a good job.

  • Fouad on November 12, 2009, 23:33 GMT

    Younis's strategy... take a "break" from cricket before you get the boot... this way he saves face and leaves himself a chance of returning to the team as captain... He knows how politically divided PCB is so any series loss and he will have a 50\50 chance of returning back to the team.. If PCB had any self respect ..they wouldnt have brought him back in the first place...

  • Owais on November 12, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Folks, all of us, including Kamran Abbasi yourself, should understand that it is a very very complicated situation indeed with no right answers. Here are a few points that must be considered: 1) Younis definitely is a leadership material. 2) Younis has no place in ODI team, yet he along with Yousuf is the best test bastmen we have. 3) We have been seeing too many changes in leadership - shoaib malik should never have been made a captain, if Younis had turned down 2 years ago, the captaincy should have been offered to Yousuf. Simple. 4) There is no room for player power in any professional setup. How could batsmen not perform well to bring down a captain ? What about the country, what about the fans ? I think severe punishment should be handed to Maliks and Akmals. 5)How on earth can you name Akmal as the vice captain ????

  • k on November 12, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    Afridi is the real pain in ass in tha team .. he created trouble during inzi days and malik era and now it was yonis .. he would be a happy man now but wat a pitty for pak cricket that player like afridi is the captain of the team as far as yonis is concern he himself admitted that he is not a good captain so he does not deserve to be one

  • Javed Butt on November 12, 2009, 22:09 GMT

    Its good for Pakistan he has quit before any big event.He should never be considered for captaincy post again. How many times is he going to quit.Pakistan team chemistry is at his best . It will improve further if they stay focus & keep giving chance to new commers they will # 1 team in the world.

  • ali on November 12, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    i think younis doesn't think from his head. thats for sure

  • Sadi on November 12, 2009, 21:56 GMT

    Younus should be axed from the team, he is out of form and he dont deserve to be in the team, what you will do with a Captain that is not performing and not help the team. Look at Ricky he is the best performer and he scores run and win the matches for his country. I dont know what Mr. Ijaz the chairman look at Younus, There are good people that can captain the team. Younus is the same person who leave the country and team in the middle. Those players who involve in politic they should be kicked out of the team. Shoib Malik, Akmal, the openers are not performing. and still in the Team. Come on know, I am looking at the demestic players and non of them is selected in the Team. The Highest run maker, the highest wicket taker is sitting out. This is unfair. The team is not just surrounding this players. There is a need of change in the cricket structure. especially the chairman. selector who is selecting his department(NBP) players and ignoring the others.

  • Asad Ahmed on November 12, 2009, 21:43 GMT

    Younis Khan decision to take a break from cricket is not a wise one. Ok his personal form is in decline recently but taking break from playing is not a solution. He should play more cricket to get in to form his decision will open other possibilities for captaincy in the near future.

  • Asad Faizi on November 12, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    I think the great Anwar Maqsood had it right, when he said that the problem with Pakistan is that they play games in politics, and politics in games.

    As long as we have a week organizational structure, with incompetent people like Izaj Butt at helm, and no constitution or regulations, these type of things will keep happening. These chronic and systemic issues can only be resolved through a complete restructuring and overhaul of Pakistani cricket organization.

    Asad Faizi

  • zubair on November 12, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    I believe Younis has an attitude problem that is why we see so many things relate to him. In the past only fast bowlers like Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Wasim Akram, Shoiab etc had this problem but I believe Younis is the first batsman in Pakistan cricket with attitude problem. Skipper must be a cool minded and accessable.

  • Sheheryar Hafeez on November 12, 2009, 21:03 GMT

    I think Younis' decision is correct and in the team's best interest. I think one of the major reasons for Pakistan's loss in Champions trohpy was Younis' poor batting form as he slowed the momentum in crucial middle overs. His poor form contnued and really Younis does not deserve a spot in the one-day lineup at all. I think he knew the axe was coming so decided to quit before he was booted out. I don't see him returning to limited overs cricket ever with Afridi taking on the reins. As for tests, he will have a place for the next 3-4 years. It is up to him to get back in the form and make his way back. Time for Pakistan to look forward under Afridi's leadership and develop yound talent like Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam.

  • Imran Ch on November 12, 2009, 20:39 GMT

    How can you captain a team when the senior players are undermining the team. Bring back Younis and get rid of the old wood of S Malik and Co. We are a laughing stock of cricketing world - losing another few more tests will not hurt but at least give these traitors a clear message. Have you seen this sort of behaviour with any other national teams.

    Now we have Yousuf as captain and Malik - who was undermined by Yousuf - in the squad. What a joke......

  • wajeeh on November 12, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    Go Yusuf, You deserve it. I liked Yunus too and would really need to understand the politics behind his departure. We can keep guessing, but he needs to come clean on this, even if he has to name a few names. Yusuf you deserve it. You have the class and the experience. There is no real magic in the whole thing. Assert yourself, just do what you think is right and throw out of the team all those who try to act wiser and talk too much. You just have to keep performing on your batting.

  • ali on November 12, 2009, 19:35 GMT

    well i think younus dont deserve the captaince...cause a capt. take stand for the team any ways either they lose or win...so if he have troubles going on with the team..he should get together and solve himself...n not just run away...so he dont deserve to be a capt.

  • Zubair on November 12, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    I think Younis Khan is supposed to be kicked out of the team earlier as his performance as a batsmen was very poor. Captain should need to perform and set an example. I think Misbah ul haq should be called back instead of concentrating poor performing younis khan. Also all the crickters doing polictics should be sacked and should be penalised by the court. Inshaallah we will grow further as a muslim nation.

  • Waqas on November 12, 2009, 19:06 GMT

    Very sad news for Pakistan cricket once again. I've been following Pakistan cricket for about a decade now (since I was a teenager) and to be honest, Pakistan cricket has jumped from one hole into the other throughout this period. The only period of stability that comes to mind is the Inzamam-Woolmer partnership in 2005-2006.

    I used to be a big supporter of Younis Khan but after this latest debacle, he should not be handed the captaincy again. The guy's temperament is not fit for a captain of an international team.

    I also think Mohammad Yousuf is not the best choice but then who else for the Test team? People criticizing Mohammad Yousuf should remember he wasn't even in the team until a few months ago.

    If Shoaib Malik was at the head of this mess, I think he should be kicked out of the team for good. The likes of Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam are more than adequate replacements.

  • Harry on November 12, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    Is this some club cricket going on?? one week you want to be a captain of national side and next week you don't want to. Younis is just making joke out of international cricket. i hope he never returns as captain of the side. He dosn't deserve to be captain even a school team. Afridi deserve this chance now

  • Abdul Rehman on November 12, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    Sorry Kamran, I totally disagree with you on Younis Issue. I believe Younis is geting the dosage of his own medicine. Not very long ago against Sri Lanka, if you remember the last ODI played, Pakistan dismissed in the same fashion for very cheap Score. As a result, Shoaib Malik was removed from Captaincy. Dont you think a "PLAN" worked out to remove him? Secondly, except his 313 runs, he has been almost a total Failure. Unlike Ponting, Smith, Straus, Dhoni who lead the team from Front, he was a Coward who always blamed other players for his failures.

  • nasir raza dar on November 12, 2009, 18:08 GMT

    shame on power hungry so called senior players & the weak administration who are responsible for this mess in PAKISTAN cricket. Both undermine a fighting & honorable captain. To tackle with this mess we need an administrator of Air Marshal Noor Khan`s caliber who never give up to these type of selfish players & in my opinion nobody but only the great IMRAN KHAN is the person for the administrator post in PAKISTAN cricket.

  • Khair ul Alam on November 12, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    The most disappointing thing to me is that even when he has decided to give up captaincy (yet again) he is not taking any responsibility but suggesting other players were to blame. And purely on that insinuation, some people on this forum have been jumping up and down demanding such and such be "kicked out". Firstly, a captain should be able to cop criticism. Secondly, a captain should be able to withstand adverse situations on and off the field. Thirdly, a captain should take responsibility not just for success but for failure as well. Fourth and most importantly, for a Pakistan captain, it is best that he avoids getting too much involved with player selections, because invariably decisions will have to be made which will be liked by some players and those who miss out may resent him for it. This has been going on in Pak cricket for very long.

  • Mahmood ali on November 12, 2009, 17:48 GMT

    No one can denay that younis has made every effart to keep Pakistani cricket alife.The problem is not the captin the real problem is the groups and the cricket board and the management. Players should be in the team only for their merrit if they perform they will continue to play if they are not performing to a international level other should be given a chance.Younis should not take a rest he is a good captin not a great batsman but the credit must go to him for what he did to Pakistani cricket. Cricket board should band all the players who make groups in the team and keep their eyes open for out siders who try to control the players after thier retirement. Younis always play with positive thoughts and spirit and always have a thums up and you can't keep a fiste if all the fingers are seperated for each other. Therefoe all the players who make the groups in the team must must be out off the team not a captin forever.Good luck to pakistani team in near future tours

  • nasir raza dar on November 12, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    I think it is nothing but the captaincy hungry senior players who always played for themselves & money not for the country led by yousaf & backed by punjabi establishment to undermine a fighting honorable pathan captain. Shame on you senior players for this, moreover the weak administration is also the factor for the mess in Pakistan cricket. At the moment Pakistan need an administrator of Air Marshal Noor Khan`s status & I think there is nobody but the great IMRAN KHAN.

  • baseer on November 12, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    younis a wonderful catpain and a very loyal personality ..... and am sure he made the right desicion .... duz the other stupid players in the team

  • mqi on November 12, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    Here is another bad side of the selection committee. Yusuf had his due share long time back to become Vice capatin, they did not make that, an injustice. Same was true for Razzaque. Now, thay do not have a choice. Beacuse, all other senior players are part of circus team. I think, Y. khan made a blunder by saying he can come back to 20/20 match, that made Afridi little nervous if his captaincy in 20/20 will go to Y. Khan again. I say one more time, you need a shophisticated management to bring shophisticated players. Get some decent people in the management who can teach some norms and decency to players. Wining is not the main thing. Win and loss is part of the game. It is important to show decency which is lacking in the muslim world unfortunately, and I am a part of that community.

    They will possibly win the T20 today and will boast, 'see YK is gone, and we are fine.' Uncultured Nonsense.

  • Mustafa Moiz on November 12, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    Farhan Siddiqui Inzamam also blamed his players after the 2004 loss to India. And why isn't Shoaib Malik the captain?

  • raja ruma on November 12, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    why younis dance on pitch ? now he is not good player and not deserve to play pakistan team any more.younis should take rest forever from odi and t20

  • Asif on November 12, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    I think he is a coward man Younis khan. he is the choice of PSB and establishment even there is no place for him in Pakistani cricket team then how can he become a captain. his average scroring in ODI's n Test, His run rate every thing is like a club cricketer. then how could he be captain of a National Team. as we saw earlier he resigned and then demanded to be captain till worldcup 2011. It show how selfish he is and this decision proofs that HE IS A SELFISH PLAYER. he has no tension of Pakistan Cricket team. He has his own games with Pakistani Cricket. I have more to mention here but the Post will be so long.

  • Gulab Khan on November 12, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    Yonuis is a good person. He is not fit for current Pakistan. Unfortuately every thing is wrong in pakistan. Malik & huq are every where.They kicked out Asim Kamal after he score nine fifties in 12 matches against strong teams like South Africa, India etc.But no one raise the issue, once son of Punjab Misba had been out, they axed captain. Malik is sucks.

  • Salman Malik on November 12, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    Doesn't matter who is captain, but if the team batsmen purposely performed poorly to lose the third ODI, they should all be axed. The shots played by Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and Shahid Afridi were atrocious against a small target. Totally unprofessional. Really depressing and disgusting to see whichever team you support.

  • Imran Mughal on November 12, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    Thank God... I was paraying since ages to get rid of Younus Khan, such a stupid and dumb cricker i never seen in my whole life. Honesttly speaking he had no role in the team except as a captain, even notdeserve a 12th man position in team.Yousaf also is not a good choice either.

  • Faisal on November 12, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    History repeating itself! In 1992, after winning the WC, Imran Khan the most powerful Captain after Kardar, was thrown out because of the player power. The Pakistani cricket with a bunch of extremely talented cricketers (from Wasim , Waqar, mushi, Miandad) could never fully realize their potential over the next 10-15 yrs. Its time that PCB put its foot down and acted as the regulatory authority of cricket. If it is not done we will again see a decade of fighting/losses. While I have always been a huge fan of Yousuf, Afridi & others, letting them go now would be better in the long term interest of the game in Pakistan. It baffles me to see no 10 and 11 making a century stand when the middle order simply crumbled. We don't need mercurial, talented heroes but moody crickets in the team but need cricketers who play for each other and more importantly for the country. Is there a bigger reward that representing your country in the only sport which the 170million people enjoy? I can live wi

  • makhdoom rasheed on November 12, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    i dont think it is much of use to discuss all this here....because pakistan team and management is corrupt......its not abt younis or yousuf to be captain.....its abt who shud be the manager of pcb.....who shud b in power ......if we get one honest guy in management and in good power....i m sure ...pakistan will win under any captain....even then we will win under the captaincy of mohammad amir or any other youngster...... let the selectiion of players b honest and clear...............

    pcb is corrupt.....thats the fact.....and thats y there is no consistency in out team

  • Waiguo ren on November 12, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    When I read the comments following any Pakistan failure, they are often seeking punishment for captain and/or coach. But Pakistan is not unique, as India, England and West Indies also seem to have these problems. It's a little surprising that England is in the mix, just as it is surprising that Sri Lanka sits alongside Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in a group of teams who seem to practise 'succession planning' and getting behind their leaders, to a large extent. As a result, NZ regularly punch above their weight, Australia continues to do well when struck with multiple injuries and South Africa always seem to be solid. On the other hand England, Pakistan and India too often perform collectively much worse than their individuals' talents would suggest. It's largely cultural, probably because of a weak moral ethos running through the subcontinent and England seems to be slipping socially, which may explain its demise.

  • Faisal on November 12, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    History repeating itself! In 1992, after winning the WC, Imran Khan the most powerful Captain after Kardar, was thrown out because of the player power. The Pakistani cricket with a bunch of extremely talented cricketers (from Wasim , Waqar, mushi, Miandad) could never fully realize their potential over the next 10-15 yrs. Its time that PCB put its foot down and acted as the regulatory authority of cricket. If it is not done we will again see a decade of fighting/losses. While I have always been a huge fan of Yousuf, Afridi & others, letting them go now would be better in the long term interest of the game in Pakistan. It baffles me to see no 10 and 11 making a century stand when the middle order simply crumbled. We don't need mercurial, talented heroes but moody crickets in the team but need cricketers who play for each other and more importantly for the country. Is there a bigger reward that representing your country in the only sport which the 170million people enjoy? I can live wi

  • tauqir on November 12, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    I think if other players just lost wickets to loose and get rid of Younis Khan? then they are just as guilty as anynone else. Team should have one thing clear in their mind which is " They play for the country not for the [Captain]". There is no porfessionalism in our players, they can't look beyond themselves. Over all I liked Younis Khan as captain as he had guts to take bold decisions, however he was not diplomatic enough to motivate his players.

  • Irshad Shirazi on November 12, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    Younis has no place in the Pakistan team. I heaved a sigh of relief when I heard of his decision to "take a break". Really, Mr. Khan, you have done nothing of note in recent times (apart from the triple century which must have been an aberration!). Please go back to playing domestic cricket - and if you have the opportunity, play in the Sheffield Shield in Australia as their season has just begun. If you can get back in the flow, there would be a place for you in the team (but hopefully as a player only and not a captain as you have no clue about captaincy, nor are you popular with the players). For now, Pakistan cricket is better off without you. Thank you for sparing us the agony of having to watch you fail each time you go to the crease. Having said that, the PCB must also find a good replacement as adhoc measures like Yousuf will not serve the country's interests. Last but not least, Ejaz Butt must also go. Only a modern era former star like Imran or Miandad should steer the ship.

  • satyam on November 12, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    This is entire non-sensical.No doubt younis' form has been indifferent but subconinental captains have a long legacy of that.Captaincy is one thing that should b a long term affair.Jus puttin the captain on constant scruntiny is never goin to help in the long run and also breads uncertainty.Pakistan reached the semi-finals of champions trophy,no mean feat while defeatin india on da way through.The recent setback was in a three match series and in such a short series 1 bad game can really put u in an irreversible situation.But at the same time to understand the dyanamics within the pakistani team can be no better than understandin einstein's postulates on relativity.So the steppin down or the sackin of younis cant b totally blamed to his failure as captain.There is lots beneath the surface than wot actually meets the eye.will the tym ever tell that?

  • Yasir on November 12, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    Whats the point of captaining if the team doesnt listen, throw away their wickets and no respect. I think younis has done the right thing.

  • Faisal Wahab on November 12, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    Younis Khan Statement that he has lost command over team shows that he can't captain the side anymore, he lacks leadership qualities. He should have taken out those players from the team who were making his life difficult. Look what Imran Khan did when he was given the job in 1982. He first Made Majid Khan his cousin to retire in 1983, sikandar bakht, Haroon Rasheed, Tahir Naqqash, Azeem Hafeez, Qasim Umer, Mudassar Nazar the list is very long, to just name a great cricketer of Pakistan Zaheer Abbas was shown the door in 1985, after Imran said i need boys not men, this is an insult to the great Zed. Imran virtually ruled Pak Cricket from 1982-1992. The 1992 World Cup team members minus Mushtaq Ahmed & Aqib Javed thought they have credentials to become captain. This musical chairs started in 1993 with W. Akram & ended with I.Haq in 2007. 9 players in 8 years getting the captains job very badly harmed pakistan cricket. S. Malik was captain after I.Haq instead of M.Yousuf, same old story.

  • Abdul K Hussain on November 12, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Integrity and sincerity of purpose are not normally traits that you associate with leaders in Pakistan. YK had these, unfortunately for him it was there very traits that got the better of his cricketing form and thats where he lost the battle. I can assure that had Imran Khan also had a run of performance like YK has had, players like Miandad, Sarfaraz etc., would have had the knives out. Having said all that I think YK cannot be captain as long as any of the current lot are still around. I think its best if we let Afridi Captain the ODI side and Moyo the test side, until Afridi decides to return to test cricket post 2011.

  • Kapil on November 12, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    You stupid Mr. Kamraan Abbasi this is whats called Jumping the gun, without knowing why and what must have happened before Younis took this step you declared the verdict that he's irresponsible and non-sensical. Now who to say that he is irresponsible for he to resign or for you to write something without knowing the crux of the matter. After coming to know that younis had resigned it occured to me something is more than wrong in the team that he's done like that then just playing the captaincy as a catching game. Better think before executing anything.

  • Adeel on November 12, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    Too All Guys,

    I know younis Bhai since from a very long time and I always respect him alot and i will do the same in the future, the decision he took is the right decision, according to my internal sources information, there are 4 major people who always against the younis khan in every time when they playing altogether, the name i am going to mentions is not shocking for you people, First Mr Shahid Afridi then his subordinate Mr Shoaib Malik, then the others 2 are Kamran Akmal and Misba ul Haq, guys younis is a very honest and respectable person, and he never be selfish at any time, this is the biggest problem of PCB that players powers always remain in the team rather then team interest. there is a large number of players who against younis khan which is lead by Mr Aloo(Inzi) who make a big beard and running politics in the team , very shameful and a disgrace to pakistani nation, I hate people like inzi, shahid, Shoaib who put their interest rather then country. PCB n CO :LOOSERS

  • Bis on November 12, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    younis TALKED a a good fight, he SOUNDED like he had the makings of a good captain but when push came to shove he failed to deliver. now he just finds it all too much and has given up.

    youssuf is BY MILES the best batsman in the side - let him be captain and see if he can do any better. I think there is a lot of sneering condescension about youssuf from the westernised elite elements in pakistan who don't like the idea of their country being represented by a bearded, devout man. But wait and see - he might surprise a few people!

  • Mustafa on November 12, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    On current form, Younis should not be in Pak team!

  • Farhan on November 12, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    i don't agree with u and i think Younus Khan is not as kind of player who plays in ODI or T20, he is a kind of player to play Test cricket only. his record proved my points. He never plays a vital role for Pakistan in ODI or T20. He shouldn't play in ODI.

  • Jeeva on November 12, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    I think Younis khan badly affected by some other issues. If you are playing for the country one should be steady in his mind but he is not. He should better retire from all forms of cricket.And currently the pakistan team is in the hands of Political background so, as long as this thing is there you cannot see positive signs in pakistan cricket

  • David Nicholas on November 12, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    GOOD Riddance Younis Khan! Captains are leaders and risk-takers. You don't win a game of cricket on functionality. Afridi is an excellent alternative as a captian for all forms of the game for the next five years.

  • Malik on November 12, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    He always demanded things and seems to have no command over the rquired skills. It always seems redicolous that a a team liability has occupied the permanent place. It was frustrating. I always feel shameful over his redicolous interviews where he is trying to hide his failures. I feel he should come back based on performance by competing the available batting stock back in the country

  • Sameer on November 12, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    Younis must have had eaten something ridiculous to ask for rest in the rest period of Pakistan cricket. I think the best would be to give Afridi control of the tests and ODIs as well. One thing for sure regarding Afridi is that he will be more open than Younis. and ofcourse he is still 29. so he can mould a young Pakistan into a good outfit.

  • Safdar syed on November 12, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    In my opinion PCB has made a right decision at this time because Younus Khan is a good Test batsman and not a good captain. Yousuf should remain captain for NZ and Australia series and after that PCB can decide considering Yousuf performance. PCB should also concentrate on team players that they should keep them away from team politics. For one day & 20-20 Afridi may be a good captain.

  • kirkutplayer on November 12, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    this team is as non united and disjointed as the country they play for is.God had blessed them with a great oppurtunity to show to their country men how to live work and achieve together but instead they carry thier petty cultural and social ethos and values into every aspect of thier life.they have never been able to rise above these small differences and have always let down thier country.unless they understand the true meaning of sportsmen,the spirit of a game and what it means to be playing for ones country this team is not going to behave any different.Most of these players come from lower strata of the society,they all have learnt on streets,they are brought up on abuses and humiliations,they havent even been to school.their is no real character building except to fight for survival.one big problem is that they are inducted into the team at very young age ,with raw talent.thier is no effort to build thier character worthy of a player representing his country.they need lot of help

  • Shahzad on November 12, 2009, 13:05 GMT

    Clearly shows how desparately Younis wants attention, without caring for the requisite perofrmance.... I say its good riddence... We sure need a huge make over to the team which presently lacks any performance based star presence. I just can't wait to see players like Wasim, Waqar, Saeed, Imran, Miandad, Inzi, etc, who once made our team a treat to watch playing regardless of the outcome... Buffons like Younis and Shoaib have done immeasurable damage to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Naveed on November 12, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    M.Y as captain? what a joke, hardly a guy you can look up to, oh yeh - there is one thing his athletic abilities, has done nothing all these years to improve - disgusting.

    As of Y.K he'll always be a DUMMY!!!

  • Fawad Akhtar on November 12, 2009, 12:59 GMT

    Younis is the best captain but the team players are against him for personal reasons. This is not good.

  • Usman on November 12, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    A good captain needs to have good management skills and be able to communicate with the other members of the team easily. Also be able to make quick decision. Analyse the oppositiona and find their weak points to target also know his own team members weaknesses and strength and bring out the best performance of each individual player. Being a good player does not mean you can become a good captain. If you dont posses the skills that a captain require rather that being a good player you should not be captain. Likes of Imran Khan did that stuff well and also Wasim Akram. Hope pakistan stick with their new captain before changing it shorlty again.

  • Wasim Bhatti on November 12, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Oo Balla, Balla, Ballaaa…This is a big blow for all other cricket teams that YK has decided to take break. Now the Pakistan Cricket Team has a good chance to become number 1st team in the International Cricket Ranking. Good Luck to Molwi Yousuf and his team…

  • Murtaza Makki on November 12, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    What happens if by some mircale Pakistan beats New Zealand in NZ in the forthcoming test series and someone selected in Younis Khan's place ie Misbah, Faisal Iqbal, Hasan Raza etc plays a key role in the series win??? How can Younis then justify 'reutning' from his break and desire to lead Pakistan again???

    P.S. I doubt PAK will do very well in NZ esp keeping in mind we couldn't beat them in conditions more friendly to us in UAE, hence holding hope against NZ on bouncy and seaming conditions is asking a little too much of this team!!!

  • oops on November 12, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Dr.Sahib, sorry to say that both the country and its cricket are being run by herd-mentality, cheerleading, out-of-control media-types. i wish bush had some like these when he was embarking on his mad misadventures. younus is another media-manipulator type self-promoter, like victoria beckham, madonna, diana, mick jagger, paris hilton, etc. you and samiuddin, good journalists normally, fell for his high-jinx antics. let's face it in pakistan cricket, you need imran, miandad types to regain control in order to attain the rankings it deserves. everybody knows afridi, with all his faults, is the only lion as far as the eye can see. the handwriting is on the wall. he will be captain of all forms ( even the silly outmoded test form) within two years time. it is an inevitability. please swallow the bitter pill and move on. he is the only one with the guts to want to keep on winning. who knows he will mature even more as he takes on the responsibilities. forget the cry-baby younus right now.

  • Sorcerer on November 12, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    However good YK may have been as a skipper, if he had lost the support of his teammmates to such a degree, then there was indeed no point in him carrying on as skipper. Main context is of the feeble command which our Board can exercise over players as opposed to their counterparts in say, Aus or India.

    The form point does not wash since there has never been an international skipper to my knowledge barring the amazing Imran Khan who did not suffer a dip in form at some point in his captaincy tenure. It's ironic that some like Inzi floated this notion who himself was embattled by the end. Imran's batting excelled when his bowling powers were waning and overall he was one of the prime performers in literally each and every Series he skippered Pak in. Anyhow, it has not been long since YK unfurled a triple ton and then led the team to WC glory. Sad fact is indeed some players have put personal interet ahead of nation's fortunes and damaged the team composition as well as performances.

  • rider on November 12, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    well he is a typical pakistani like u. u urself has repatedly changed ur stance on various issues......

  • Imran Khan on November 12, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    The way Malik, Afridi, Kamran, Razzak batted in last match against NZ, they should be thrown out of the team. Malik a 3rd grade cricketer, Afridi player with 0.01% chance of success, Kamran who is only good on flat, placid wickets are left in the team and Younis is shown the door, good bye to PAK cricket team. The future of PAK cricket is bleak, soon we'll see Salman and others out of team as they won't carry beards. The whole cricket team will look like a bunch TABLIGHI JAMA'AT. All this was setup by INZI sitting outside, God forbid if he becomes PAK team coach then.... In the last match all those who have thrown their wickets committed a high treason and they should be called before the National Assembly's sports committee like Younis was called. The team is given to YOUSAF who is a worshiper of money. he went to ICL in search of money and nothing else and when he was shown the door there, he came back crying and took 1 carore from PCB. How can such person be made skipper of team?

  • rider on November 12, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    well he is a typical pakistani like u. u urself has repatedly changed ur stance on various issues......

  • sadiq on November 12, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Realy good captaincy for Yunuskhan.But must be co operate in other batsman and bowler.The pakistan cricket board good selection for Mohammed Yusuf.He very good experience and knowledge.Any way best wishes for new captain.

  • shashi on November 12, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    Ultimately Younis is the best capatain for Pakistan. Unfortunately he was not getting support from his team members. His form also made him to sacrify the job. I know he is one of the best palyer in the world cricket. Unless until he gets the support from team members he can't be a good captain.I think yousuf will also have the same problem. They would have give Afridi a chance just like India did with Dhoni. Anyway good luck Yousuf !

  • ismial on November 12, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    what is happining into pakistan cricket we r losing series by series.i think its good decision taken by younis he should retired.and now its afridi only.afridi should made captain of pakistan team.he was captain in 1 odi match we win the match.he was captain in one t20 we win that also.then y younis.no younis.only afridi

  • raja raima on November 12, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    its a good decision kick out to younis from odi.he have no power to play in pakistan team.and salam butt should be cut from pakistan team.salman was a bad in odi

  • omer khadri on November 12, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    salam well i am very happy by hearing this news.bcoz younis was a bad captain he was not ferforming good since last series.younis was captain we has lost the series aganist austrila then after that we lost test & one day series aganist srilanka .we have played 2 series aganist srilanka we lsot it.then y younis only we r losing series by series.from here no yonuis.i think boom boom afridi made captian replacing younis.we has also lost champion trophy becoz of younis he had drop the catch.so no younis only afridi

  • raja tanvir on November 12, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    younis plzzzzzz dont come back odi coz u such a hurmful for ur pakistan cricket team in odi

  • Zubair Alam on November 12, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    Here we go again. Tableeghi Mafia has totally destroyed the Pakistan Cricket Team. We have a new captain who can not even decide if he wants to be a captain or not and have to ask Inzi before accepting this position. How is this guy going to make decisions in the field. Would he have Inzi on the phone while fielding or batting? What a joke.

  • satzcrazy1 on November 12, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Cum on Folks, forget about younis, every time dis guy hide from responsibilities and critics.Pls dude atleast you learn from your counterpart MS Dhoni,dat guy never lost his temperament even dey lost to aussies in their home backyard. India lost World T20 & CT, lot of blame game against MSD, He know dey will come back hard & Will gain winning momentum. Younis pls dont loose confidence on you & team, please dont let ur fans down.

  • Amyn on November 12, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    IT is about time that the interest of PAKISTAN is kept before anything else. Players specially Senior players have to play in the interest of Pakistan. If they have any personal conflict they should be man enough to face each other to resolve them. When will we learn? No player however their stardom be in "Indespensible". The PCB managment has to wake up and put things in perspective. It is not health to change Captain like we do. I believe Younis is a good leader and if the player have problems with him it should be settled with him on a one on one basis.

  • Umar Qadeer on November 12, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    If you see the record of Muhhammad Yousaf, you will come to know that he is simply the best in Pakistan's cricket team in any way. His batting avg in both test and ODIs is much better than all his team mates and better than a lot in all teams. He has played a lot of match winning innings for Pakistan and capable of winning macth for his team from anywhere. If you know all these factors, and you still say that its the poverty of the resources to make him the captain, what one can comment on it. He should be the first choice for the captaincy for Pakistan by any means rahter he should have been given the job much earlier than this.

  • Farhan Siddiqi on November 12, 2009, 10:46 GMT

    Some reasons Younus shouldn't be a captain:- 1. Leader is never a quiter.(Younus quit after 2007 world cup from captaincy, after champions trophy 2009 and now after this series). 2. Leader should be able to take critism. 3. Younus is a good test player but in one day i dont think so he ever performedon No. 3 position in tense situations. He performed very good on No. 5 or 6 position. 4. If he is a captain he should resolve the team matters in dressing room. Blaming the other players after the loss is not a good idea. 5. Younus is a very good test player so he should leave the one day cricket for the sake of new talent.

  • abdul rahim on November 12, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    I personally think that Youus should stay as Captain.

    Salman Butts performance has been the key reason for our defeat in this series , His game raise pressure on the partner playing with him. and they end up playing foolish strokes . for e.g. Shahid Afridi , Kamran Akmal and Latif in 2nd ODI.

    If we get rid of that guy , open with Imran Nazir and Younus or Kamran Akmal as openers we will win with Younus as captain even if Younus does not perform

  • Shan on November 12, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    While I am all for Younis's acquittal, I also think that the top players who intentionally performed like clubbies in the 3rd ODI against NL should be held accountable for that. The way they were giving away their wickets in a platter and the way they were reacting after that generosity, appeared to be pretty much pre-meditated. When you represent a nation on a play filed you have got no right to let it down for their personal interests. But then again some would say, it will divert the focus of the team. Well whatever things have gone terribly wrong with Pakistani cricket, and the persons responsibel should be taken to task.

  • Ali Zain on November 12, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    Younus is the best captain in the world he can deal in all pressure why he is doing this? Pakistan next month a tough tour and new captain will not surivive it.

  • naveed Abbasi on November 12, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    Right decision taken by younis khan on right time he want to do too many things in short period of time, things which he want to do are very good and impersive but first he should set platform for all these things through his performance and hold for launching these reforms but unluckly he lost his form and control over senior players. he should retire from one day and he should contineu his test cricket.

  • khan saudi arabia on November 12, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    well,,,,,,,, this is due to very strong pressure build up in the team and media also against younis khan.I think this is not the right way for a world class player to quit from the cricket due to form and his leadership. He should have made several meeting with his team mates and remove all the missunderstanding amoung seniour players.Get every body with him and show his positive attitude towards players and his own form.I am sure that in this way he would have beter time to lead team.Quality of good captain is to deliver and manage in the best possable way to game and the individual players. But any way done is done.Now we shall wish the whole team for their beter performance and good team work during forth comming series. Good luck to Yousaf and his team.

  • Hossain on November 12, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    What do you think about the next series of Pakistan? Its summer in New Zealand almost deadly for any team, mainly for the batsmen. There will be too much bounce and swing!!! Younis knows with his current form he wont be able to make good scores there and also it will be tough for Pakistan to win there. He knows that he will be axed after that series for sure! So, he just makes the right decision to keep his ego high.

  • Irfan Latif on November 12, 2009, 9:30 GMT

    Younas might be a good captain. But he is not a better batsman. With batting average of less than 20 in 2009, ha can not stand a chance. He got Salman Butt run out in 3rd ODI (which was a silly call) and then he was gone back to pavilion on very next ball. Muhammad Yousaf, Shoaib Malik and Umer Akmal are all better batsmen than Younas Khan.

    So, for me, its a great decision. Otherwise he should have been dropped.

  • sorab on November 12, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    i dont think he needs a break from cricket.he needs a break from captaincy.he's a great batsman and a good captain but looks like he cant do both jobs at once.ever since he became a captain he stopped performing.so i think it would be ok if he took a break from captaincy but not going to new zealand is a bad decision i would say.becaus we do need a batsman like him to win the test series from new zealand.

  • Suresh-Dubai on November 12, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    Pakistans basic problem lies with the fact that- they lack leaders as captain- evident post imran/wasim scenario. The establishment is yet to nuture and find shrewd individuals to lead Pak and this scenario wl prevail with current team members as allof them lacks leadership skills. Pls look for captains and not just players- like SA did to Smith viceversa. PCb to start talent captain search- who owns temperament/technique/diplomacy and plans to lead the team, likewise steve waugh/dravid/ponting/sangka/fleming/dhoni. YK acts on emotions as he is good at heart, but PCB note the fact- you built a good team but without a captain. Afridi 4 tests? Poor MY- captain at default- when no one is available..

  • Urshpreet on November 12, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    younis has gone the right way. A captain has no choice to rather leave when he knows that most of the players in his team are against him and not supportive. In such a situation captain cannot perform and is good for the team that he should leave.Moreover pakistan is such a team that always play with politics in the team and when it comes to supporting their players they have always been disappointing. younis is a great player and when pakistan will miss him then they will understand his importance.

  • Saad Aslam on November 12, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    I think its about time that PCB once for all decide whether they want Younis Khan as Captain or not, because everytime they do and Younis let down them and the whole fans again and again

  • Antony on November 12, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    I dont understand why everyone is slamming him for quitting. What would you do if you were the captain of an international team and you were in terrible form with the bat and 9 out of the squad refused to accept you as leader? Surely it's better for the team to have a united dressing room. I dont see how Pakistan could be successful with a leader that doesnt have the support of his own players.

  • JABBAR on November 12, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    An interesting thing about our journalists is that they are ignorant of the fact that a captain also has to perform apart from leading a side... Dhoni is a good example. One can't play every game just because he is a skipper... One has to prove his worth and i guess Younis in ODI is not worthy enough a player.

  • Shahzad Tirmizi on November 12, 2009, 7:46 GMT

    Though Younis told Cricinfo that some players were not supporting him but it would have been much better if he had also made the names of those players public.

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on November 12, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    It is a huge blow for Pakistan cricket. I wonder if there ever will be an end to the saga of miseries. People must not forget the marathon innings that Younis played against SL and India. After Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan is perhaps our best test batsman. The fashion of Shoaib Malik's shot-making especially during the last ODI is cynical. The board must act to dislodge the cult from the team instead of blaming Younis. Its Younis today, tomorrow might be some one else! I am sure Pakistan is rich with talent superior to that of Shoaib Malik or Kamran Akmal. Younis did his bit but unfortunately succumbed to players power. We have the talent but lack management skills or vision to channelized our favourite sports towards a successful path.

  • Hussan on November 12, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    Well ... i m really happy ... for this man i never found any space... think what is the role of a captain ... and players pick another guy, discuss with him and then he discusses with YK. he has a lot of communication gap and that means no one listens to him... a captain is someone who incourages a player when he is gettin punished by either batsman or bowler... why younis is not going to players to appriciate or lifting their morale up rather afridi is doing ... for a time lets consider afridi is doing for a showoff ... cant younis do this showoff so that we understand he is backing bowlers or batsman ... younis heard that sound when he came for presentation and when his name was announced and how much he was jeered... i must appriciate younis he took the right decision now... for ppl who think afridi is not upto the standards ... dont forget, that he is a bowler first ... and you should expect anything from bowlers when they come to bat...

  • Yasir Malik on November 12, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    In my opinion younis has lost his form in ODI and as well as T20 but i think he can gain his form back from the test cricket,i think so that M.Yousaf could not command the pak team becoz every one who watch the mathc kenly interest knows that on the ground he did not field in slip he always field in deep or thirdman in my opinion yousaf not proves himself a good fighting captain.For captancy in that team only KAMRAN AKMAL is suitable for that Tour.anyhow may allah gave victroy to our team

  • Atif Ranjha on November 12, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Open your eyes mr chairman look whats cooking shoaib dont have any good relationship with yousuf too he sidelined him when he was captain so i think its yousufs turn now plez open your eyes and get rid of these blacksheeps who admits that they under performs whenever they want younus is a true pakistani he is very gentle he take care of everyone in the team he is a fighter he fights for the icl players too yousuf and company know that. so many things people dont know about younus what he does for these players out of the way so what can he do when certain players under perform whenever they feel that they are not happy with the captain we have to get rid of them asap or things will be worse than this

    so get ready mr yousuf its your turn now

  • Rajesh on November 12, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    I guess one things clear: whether it was a right decision or the wrong one, this is going to significantly dent Paki cricket..when u look at the posts, there are just ppl who follow pak. cricket have posted them(99.999%), which most of them are paki /paki origin..no body is interested in them..this is a said part of the pak cricket..who were fierce competitors..hope good things turn up

  • Ali Memon on November 12, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    i think younis did the right decision because he is not performing well last couple of matches and other players do such as youngster, fawad Alam has good record in domestic, umer akmal is going well so those 2 players will help as middle order with yousuf and malik good decision by younus

  • Wajid Shah on November 12, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    Moulana sahab ki jay hoo, Team match jeetey na jeetey magar namaz porey time ki ada hogi =DD

  • Sajjad Kazmi on November 12, 2009, 7:08 GMT

    I think Younus has made the right choice, but may be timing is not that good. About the choice that board had as stand-in captain, Mohammad Yousuf, LAUGHABLE.That shows the dearth and poverty of available resources. I think it is reflected in our National Character aslo. Look who is at the helm of affairs and who is inwaiting for Pakistan. I feel salman butt would have been better choice.

  • jarrie on November 12, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    i partially agree with the ALI ABID , i m strongly against this joker's captaincy who always tends to smile for nothing , chewing gum even when he laid an egg ,i mean duck . he thinks he can be GREAT IMRAN KHAN , that's the biggest joke i have ever heard . a total disgrace to the Pakistan nation , he has done nothing , he lost every bilateral series so far , what has he won for us ? OK some say T20 WC , i will say that one was won by AFRIDI on his own , for removing Younis from one incident is enough and that one was in Sri Lanka series " he played reverse sweep to a waste height full toss on his leg side and lost his wicket , what a lost soul he is , such a disgrace " , he almost cost the T20 WC in semis as he gave the ball to the innocent fawad alam , if we lost fawad's carrier would have been over forever . i really wish that a guy who should not be in the team and still captain's the side , will never come back .

  • Shehryar on November 12, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    And player power wins again. What can a captain do when the whole team wants someone else leading the side. Malik, Misbah and Yousuf never got along with Younus as captain. Im not defending his poor form with the bat but the Board has to recognise that Yousuf is not a long-term option for the captaincy

  • Razi on November 12, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    A Pathan is always Pathan and Younis has proved it.

  • showkat raja on November 12, 2009, 6:45 GMT

    test is best for younis

  • Richard on November 12, 2009, 6:43 GMT

    He has made the decision a series to late. He should not have taken te captaincy for ODIs as he is a misfit in the current Pakistn ODI team. You cannot have to anchors in the team, it spoils the balance and Yousuf is a better bet than Younis.

    As for the Yousuf as a captain it is another BIG MISTAKE. Yousuf is not captainship material at all. You look at him and he looks so confused all the time how can he lead others. GOD HELP PAKISTAN.

  • showkat raja on November 12, 2009, 6:43 GMT

    as a opener t20 imran farhat,imran nazir,kamran,omorakmol,afridi,shoib,razzk,amer....

  • Farhan Tariq on November 12, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    Pakistan team doesn't need any captain, they all play for themselves. Don't like anyone to lead and instruct them. They will never listen. So its better to play without captain.

  • sheraz on November 12, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    A player who has an avg of 33 as a middle order doesn’t deserve to be in the team ...when he avg 15 against Australia and avg 29 against SA

  • Muhammad zee on November 12, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    i think younis made the right decision because of his current form and the situation in pakistani team's camp. Many of the players are not supporting younis to be the captain as he seemed arrogant and adamant in his attitude towards other players. I believe in the current situation shahid afridi wpuld be a favourable choice in ODI's and

  • sheraz on November 12, 2009, 6:32 GMT

    I believe he even doest deserve to be in the A team based on his performance...Capatain need to set standards like Ricky Ponting or Graham Smith ....Look at the their reocrds and checj=k out Younis Record...avg 15 against Aussiesss..avg 29 against SA...Whcih clearly states his impotense aginst the good bowling attack...he can only play goood against India or Sri lanks or may be Bangladesh...So he should be in the against these teams ONLY....When was the Last time he WON the MATCH for Pakistan????doesn any one remember?????may be not....

  • Rajit on November 12, 2009, 6:28 GMT

    Same old drama of Pakistan cricket...I think Younis Khan was anyways holding the PCB at Ransom and had secured his place for 2011 WC despite him being in poor form with the bat...All in all people do get entertained by such drama!!!

  • john gutner on November 12, 2009, 6:28 GMT

    good riddance, watching him bat in odis was torture!

  • Shaby Boy on November 12, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Really its a great news for me & for all Pakistnai nation that Younis Khan is no more captain. Actually he have no place in Pakistani Odi team we have much better youngster players in Pakistan. I dont think Younas Khan ODI record is pretty good so its a better for him also that he Played only test cricket.

  • zia on November 12, 2009, 6:25 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has sadly become victim to personality conflicts. Younus Khan skippered Pakistan to 20 20 WC but sadly his personal contribution was minimum. Someone like Abdul Razzaq could have been groomed to become captain of the side. But sadly leading Pakistan has never proved to be an easy task. In living memory only Imran Khan stands out as the captain under whom the team performed to its potential. But even his staunchest supporters will concede Imran played with a team of his choice. He had a say in the selection as well as absolute command on the field.He may have been a despot but maybe thats what we need to get our act together

  • Hammad Yunus on November 12, 2009, 6:24 GMT

    Younus khan is the only captain we have. The rest are just players. Not always the best player in the team is a good captain alo. PCB should have supported the captain. On the contrary, by hearing out players against the captain, they have sent negative vibes to Younis Khan. Infact. the erratic behaviour of Younis represent the erratic decision making by the PCB in the last 1 year. We now have the third captian along with sudden hiring and firing poilcies in PCB management. YK is a risk seeker, wants to win every game, can identify mistakes in the team, takes responsibility head on (always come one down, no matter what)and has Never Say Die approach.Inzamams and Maliks, well! its hard to imagine that they have once captain Pakistan. Younis is no Imran Khan, as of now. But who knows!! Younis Khan has all the qualities of the Leader. That, I think, what matters most!

  • showkat on November 12, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    younus should rest 5 years.i think younis out of order.

  • Jamil Raza on November 12, 2009, 6:18 GMT

    it is bad for Younis and bad for Pakistan Cricket, Even a player like Inzamam and Javed Miandad had gone through bad patches while they were captain, Sachin Tandulkar was out of form for about an year, Both Dravid and Ganguly were not performing while they were captain but all these captains were taking part in makings their teams win. Though we appreciate Younus's honesty that if he is not performing he should not be a part of Pakistan team, but he must understand that he could be a non playing captain of team......in my openion whether he plays or not he must tour New Zeeland with his colleagues and support them especially Mohamamd Yousuf.

  • haleema dheen on November 12, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    i agree with Ramizraja's talk in cricinfo.But the PCB should show the way to the rebel players as there are many young good players who can fit in. YK isthe best captain available. he should also be strong and not succumb to team pressure and public criticisms. Inzi,did he rest when out of form. the PCB should be changed appoint YK as captain and see that the troble makers in team who cannot cooperate with captain be sacked. there is talent and easy to take 5 to 6 players with experience. ARE THE PLAYERS PLAYING FOR THE COUNTRY OR FOR YK OR THEMSELVES. IF THEY ARE SINCERE THERE WILL BE NO INTERNAL FIGHTING . THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED. T20 and tests will bring out the truth. But Imran Khan, Wasim (although now sad loss of his wife) Ameer Shuhail Ramiz Raja and people intelligent thinking should come forward resolve. Inzi MY are Tableeq followers, with innovations in the Aqeeda should not mess up the sports and team. this is sad and someone please resolve and bring back YK.

  • mudassir on November 12, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    younus is no more deserve to lead pak side , he only wants powers , mind it he is captain in ground and not in field, he is not performing how he is droping players saying they are not performing

  • Amjad Irfan on November 12, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    No doubt Younus is best choice for captain but his attitude towards capataincy is so un-usual. He don't take it as challenge (which a good captain should).

  • Khurram Masood on November 12, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    Dear all, i tell u two things which nobody z sayin'. First, Younas Khan should play but not as a captain as there z no replacement for experience, sometimes he clicks even in big games. Second, the batting order should be set and both Akmal bros should open the innings for PAK. And Younas should go down to no. 4 or 5. I must say that Afridi should be captain in ODIs as well as he has surprisingly matured in playing his cricket. The players who are cerating probs in team should be axed from the team for a long time for their realization especially Shoaib Malik as he z d main culprit.

  • haleema dheen on November 12, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    i agree with Ramizraja's talk in cricinfo.But the PCB should show the way to the rebel players as there are many young good players who can fit in. YK isthe best captain available. he should also be strong and not succumb to team pressure and public criticisms. Inzi,did he rest when out of form. the PCB should be changed appoint YK as captain and see that the troble makers in team who cannot cooperate with captain be sacked. there is talent and easy to take 5 to 6 players with experience. ARE THE PLAYERS PLAYING FOR THE COUNTRY OR FOR YK OR THEMSELVES. IF THEY ARE SINCERE THERE WILL BE NO INTERNAL FIGHTING . THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED. T20 and tests will bring out the truth. But Imran Khan, Wasim (although now sad loss of his wife) Ameer Shuhail Ramiz Raja and people intelligent thinking should come forward resolve. Inzi MY are Tableeq followers, with innovations in the Aqeeda should not mess up the sports and team. this is sad and someone please resolve and bring back YK.

  • Shah Hussain on November 12, 2009, 6:04 GMT

    The upheaval in the Pakistani Cricket Team is not new as we have experienced in the past that players plotting agains the Captain and Coach.However,naming M.Yuosuf as Stand in Captain is not at all a bad choice as there are no better alternatives around. Besides , he is known for consistency, albeit lacks vigour to invigorate the team at critical junctures. Yousf should know leading the volatile team is not a cake walk and he should hold his nerve to unite the team and lead from the front. The fatherly figure for the youngsters are the positives for him. I hope players will put aside their personal grudges and perform to the best of their capabilities for the upcoming series.

  • Dino Raney on November 12, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    Lets end this debate and blame the British :) They are the ones who have not only divided us but added the insecurity that we have kept with ourselves along with our corrupt society. Its surprising how we always have players jealous of each other and looking to pull each other down before caring about the team or even the country. They rather throw in a punch that would boost their individual ego than our (or atleast India's) substandard match record.

  • Adnan Ahmad Khan on November 12, 2009, 5:58 GMT

    If Malik is responsible for this then shame on him. Nothing is bigger than Pakistan team, one must forgo all egoes while representing his country. Say no to player power. All players who are involved in this should be condemned to the fullest and axed. We can afford losing these players; more committed and loyal players are waiting for their chance. Younis Khan was indeed the best choice, he should highlight the problems he faced from other players so that those lobbyisits can be shown the exit door.InshAllah

  • Ifroze Ali on November 12, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    Pakistan's 'Poverty of resources' sums it all up in one go. I don't think it is fair to single out Younus for his actions in a simplistic manner. The entire team, management, recent political turmoil is an equal contributor to this state of mind and decision making process. It is the environment that nourishes or deteriorates a players state of mind. Well, off to play some cricket revolution ... for some proper cricket brain nourishment!

  • santhosh on November 12, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    i guess..younis prefers publiclity and media stunt..he likes to be an attention grabber..but he makes such stupid decisions that leaves people wonder..if he has something called 'brain' in his head..nyway gud luck to mohd younus

  • Shane Dudfield on November 12, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    On the plus side, this means New Zealand might have a chance at winning a test series! :P

  • chlorella on November 12, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    For those who blame YK, I request them to please watch Pak. batting's highlights of 3rd oneday (on youtube)and also listen to commentrators carefully. Most of these seniors players were trying to hit sixes by clearing the inner circle only! They were supposed to take single and keep wickets but rather they chose to play as if this a street match. It seems as if none of them wanted to win this match. Their intents were so obvious that YK was forced to call it a day. These bastards dont care of their country and fans. I wish all of them are dumped and new players are given a chance to play for their country and be proud of it.

  • Sanju on November 12, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    Its good.Everything happened from Pakistan lose their match in Champions trophy against Australia.They ddn't played well in that becoz, If they win that match, India will goes to Semi final.So they intentionally lose that match.. Younis ghan should get punish for this... He should give 100% every time on field..Its not happend.So he can go away...

  • Sanjay on November 12, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    Its good.Everything happened from Pakistan lose their match in Champions trophy against Australia.They ddn't played well in that becoz, If they win that match, India will goes to Semi final.So they intentionally lose that match.. Younis ghan should get punish for this... He should give 100% every time on field..Its not happend.So he can go away...

  • aafe on November 12, 2009, 5:34 GMT

    i think finally a good news for Pakistan cricket. i dont support M.Yousef as captain but atleast Younis Khan's dismissal is good. actually he dont deserve to be captain of cricket team, he can be a good choice if there is a team of international CLOWNS. my choice for a captian from present players is MISBAH UL HAQ. he is decent guy.

  • Ali Hassaan on November 12, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    Yonis ofcoarse because of his ill-temper no suited for captaincy post. But for sure there are grouping as you can clearly see with the performance of so called scoring players.

    Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik clearly throw away their wickets as if they were having no responsibility over team. Captain can choose his player but he cant make them play unless they themselves are devoted.

  • faisal on November 12, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    salam, First person who suppose to submit his regisnation should be MR Ejaz Butt and ofcourse Younis doesnt deserve at all to be a captain.After inzamam , the person who deserve to be a captain was Yousuf BUT again its a very wtong decision to appoint him as captain cause he left hardly couple of years left for his cricket life.Anyway PCB is the worst board as compare to any other cricket boards of the world.Its all based on political relationships as Musharraf appoint his JIGAR Mr Naseem Ashraf and now Mr Gilani appoint his favourite and it always happened in past as well. Anyway none of the current players in cricket team deserved to be a captain so whoever they choose is same crap.

  • nasir on November 12, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    Here we go again. Somethings will never change in Pakistani cricket. Younis should never have been made captain after his debacle few years ago. Yousuf will also fail and will be forced out after a few months. He is in the twilight years anyway. The same fate will befall Shahid Afridi as well since he is simply not good enough a player to command respect.

    As to who should be made captain, there is no one capable in the surrent set up. Captains have to be groomed and a culture set up to respect them. Unless that happens the captaincy will be a revolving seat.

    Just sit back and enjoy the fun, we are a comical team after all. Unfortunately, we never learn from our mistakes.

  • Amanzeb Khan on November 12, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    A few of our friends are making racist remarks on this blog. I suggest that they should stick to cricket and the moderators should not post such comments anyway.

  • Amanzeb Khan on November 12, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    It was obvious that some senior players were not happy with him and were not supporting him. That and all the external pressures had an impact on his batting form as well and not scoring runs also did not help. The manner in which some of the batsmen got out in the last one dayer was embarrassing and to me it looked that the intent to win was missing. And if any player did not give a 100% just to make their captain look bad they should be severely reprimanded. Yousuf was run out, Malik and Akmal played ugly shots, Afridi also did not look as if he wanted to stay on the wicket and Razzaq's run out was nonsensical. The board should take action against such blackmailing and politics.

  • john on November 12, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    Let's face it...Younis Khan thinks he's Imran Khan....The commonality is both are passionate leaders....the difference is Younis craves for acceptance, while Imran was stronger in mind to realize that to be leader is to accept the good with the bad

  • Ali Rizvi on November 12, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    I was shoked when i heard about this captaincy issue of pak team. Younis is the only player in the current pakistan side wh has the ability to lead his team,oterwise no other player is capable of handling this team.He is true performer in or off the field.And What is the sense of making Mohaamd Yousuf a captain??This clearly shows that pak team is lacking good player which are able to lead the team.Sorry mates, but i don't think tht Yousuf is right choice of captaincy.

  • Amir Tahir Khan on November 12, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Ahhhh...another set back...its all about player power...how long it will be...only God knows...best way to det form is to playing cricket..i think younis bhai is under pressure...some sort of encouragement is needed from the senior players is required which is not there...I think PCB must must take strong step against this Power Players MAFIA...Otherwise we will see very soon 4rth captain of the year...it is very surprising that the players which are involved against malik's captaincy..now the malik is with them...how disgusting...GOD BLESS OUR PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM...keep praying guys..

  • Shishir on November 12, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    Younis is good as a batsman. And he is one of the best choice to lead the side. But he has to respect the duty due on him. Normally other country's board play musical chair with captaincy. But in this case, Younis is playing the game! This should be enough. She should not be given chance anymore. Even, this is not something that will inspire positively to young players. The board should sack him permanently. This is not that if he does not lead the side, no one can lead pakistan. May be it would take a little time to settle down, but I think, Yousuf deserve the chance and he should continue it.

  • Shayan Z Ali Khan on November 12, 2009, 4:57 GMT

    It is indeed a sad news. I still beleive that younus is he best choice as a captain. Seniors players always playing for themselves. Unfortunately it has happened in the past ( with Miandad and Wasim Akram )as well that players lobby wins. If I am the PCB CHEIF I would certainly sack all ther players

  • Khem on November 12, 2009, 4:53 GMT

    It is not a new thing for Pakistan cricket. When country is unstable than how could cricket be stable.First of all you people have to think about after that cricket. I am a big fan of Pakistan talent. You people have very talented fast bowler but for what...........?????.

  • Vinod on November 12, 2009, 4:47 GMT

    Younus has not done anything insensible. He has resigned due to lack of co operation from some of his team mates plus his own poor form. I am really surprised to read the comments from many cricket lovers here. You cannot say that he has done dishonesty towards the team. His motivation tactics might not have worked nor was he able to keep everybody happy at the same time. But I don't remember seeing any of the inform players being pushed out of the team during his captaincy. Younus is a very sensitive person...I am not saying that he is a great captain but I will consider myself insane if I deny the fact - that he is a passionate cricketer, easily capable of winning matches against any opponent provided his form does not fail him. No matter what my friends say I wish Younus all the best....to regain his form and to get back to the team soon.

  • Muhammad Usman on November 12, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    Younis is never a first chice to even play in ODI or T20, I do Agree that he got good test player qualities. And that is the only form of cricket he should be in. Making a decsion to stay away from test and make a mess in ODI or T20 is a bit funny. He should have been in for test but should have made Such decision to Step down in ODI`s. Just like T20 world cup one day he says it is a game for fun nothing more then that and next day when the team combination is making towards victory it become a serious thing and it was the only thing we were here for (Altogether contradictory). At least he Should stay away from the ODI`s and T20.

  • sheikh danish mazhar on November 12, 2009, 4:40 GMT

    i was one of those who was supporting younis khan as captain after champions trophy semi final loss.i tell you why, one of the reason is his poor form,he's simply ordinary to say the least in batting.The other thing is since win of T20 worldcup younis started thinking of himself as a captain like imran khan,and that proved to be his downfall.I supported younis khan when he was struggling as a new comer in pakistan team on all discussion forums,at a time when people loved to bash him i used to back him.But now to be honest when i look at him he proves to be a big stupid person.Time and again he played with his captaincy status by either refusing to take it or leaving it in a matter of days.I think younis has good strong character as a player and maybe as a person but as a captain he lacks consistency and if he wants to prolong his career he now needs to think about his batting alone.

  • Moin Shah on November 12, 2009, 4:34 GMT

    I too was a fan of Younis when he was initially made the captain, however during his tenure he has shown to be a person who lacks imagination and strategic cricketing thinking completely. His whole tenure shows he just sticks to the plan that they made previous night and is not willing/capable to adapt his strategy according to the situation, be it the bolwing changes or the field placement or taking of the batting power-play. Great that he has stepped down.

  • Moin Shah on November 12, 2009, 4:34 GMT

    I too was a fan of Younis when he was initially made the captain, however during his tenure he has shown to be a person who lacks imagination and strategic cricketing thinking completely. His whole tenure shows he just sticks to the plan that they made previous night and is not willing/capable to adapt his strategy according to the situation, be it the bolwing changes or the field placement or taking of the batting power-play. Great that he has stepped down.

  • KC on November 12, 2009, 4:29 GMT

    I think Pakistan should appoint "Mr. Sits in an arm chair during practices" should be appointed as PCB head. After all he controls the players. Big Daddy.

  • Anshuman on November 12, 2009, 4:28 GMT

    I am sorry Mr Abbasi..Its only Younis who makes sense in this entire Pakistani set up.This team is doomed when u have players like Afridi and Malik.They have become too big for their shoes. Both of them are too egoistical....and are undermining pakistani cricket for their own personal ambitions.Brace up for a serious hiding down under.

  • Amir on November 12, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    I don't think that Younis Khan deserve any place in pakistani team he is totaly waste and demotivating the young players & he should not play anymore in pakistani team

  • Aziz Shariff on November 12, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    Younus Khan's comments "I wish all the best to Shahid and HIS team", at the end of the match had a lot hidden in it. A lot is cooking behind the scenes in Pakistan cricket. It seems like Malik is the root of it. The manner in which he gave away his wicket, spinning around like a belle dancer despite getting an opportunity on the previous delivery, is something to think about. In the end, it was really sad to see the look on Younus's face at the award ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

  • Chaz on November 12, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    im a sri lankan fan, and an admirer of pakistan cricket, but it sadens me tht theres such politics in cricket. esp in asian cricket. thts why asian cricket always suffers, because of administration and team politics.

  • Zaman on November 12, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    Pakistan can hire a captain from Australia.

  • Manmohan on November 12, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    I think Shahid Afridi would be a better choice for captain for all forms of cricket. He has good leading qualities. Afridi is very experienced player and playing from long time for his country. Selectors has to realise that he is a bowling allrounder and bowling really-really well.

  • mqi on November 12, 2009, 4:08 GMT

    Well, what I said in last few days, it happened. I said, 'Why not Yousuf, as captain?'. I said," younus should play test only, not 50/20 matches.'I said, " Afridi does not deserve to be captain-highly inconsistent". Now,it looks like, Kamran Abbasi, the blog writer and Inzamamul Haq are trying to appoint Captain. Then Why not make them part of the selection committee? I said,'Pakistan cricket is in a state of mess. The management needs to be sacked". Well, a poor management brings a poor team. Poor indeed, the way they nakedly lost the 3rd ODI against NZ,will haunt those criminal players in the history for a long time. What to do now? Sack those players who played dirty games. Bring others in the team including young players. It might take a while to win games, but it will make a team, not a bunch of circus players. Finally, a word for Younus Khan. Do not run away, play test cricket to prove that you are a good player indeed and earn your lost respect. Pak cricketers make bad history.

  • CSKP on November 12, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Its so funny to see the amount of off pitch incidents happening in Pak. Cricket in comparison to the lack of cricket happening in pakistan. GROW UP PCB, and THE PAK.TEAM. Stop making a fool of your selves in front of the creckting world.

  • Nadeem Shahzad on November 12, 2009, 3:52 GMT

    I am happy about this,I hope PCB learns the lesson and stays away from handing the captaincy to Younis Khan again. Reluctant leaders cannot control anything left alone the players he is leading. Give vice captaincy to younger players and get senior players to captain is a far better policy. I hope PCB sticks to this. From where I see it, too early to judge Yousaf's captaincy but Shoib Malik should lead the Test Squad, and Afridi should take over the ODI and T20 Captaincy. Younis is a great player but he has been wasting his talent with the burdens of captaincy.

  • Asadullah on November 12, 2009, 3:52 GMT

    As this has been the story of Pakistan cricket all the way through .. it should not be a surprise. But the big surprise is the selection of the Captain.... Yousaf had left all the pride for money and when things got worst he jumped back. The credibility is not there in him. And additionally Afridi has been the only standout constantly performing bowler in the limited versions.. why can't he be the part of the test team and also the Captain as well.... But again no surprises here too!!!

  • nasir on November 12, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    Reappointment of Younis was a mistake, and you Sir, Mr.Kamran should realize that mistake as well that supporting his captaincy was wrong. Our only choice is Shahid afridi, bring him back in test side and make him captain until worldcup, and groom men like Umar Akmal, Kamran akmal or Amir Khan for future.

  • Yasir on November 12, 2009, 3:44 GMT

    This is a very sad moment for Pakistan cricket. Afridi, an average of 24 and cannot be considered for a longer version of the game. Shoaib Malik, a suspected action off spinner turned into an inconsistent batsmen with a mediocre technique. Kamran, always notorious for dropping catches and turned into a useless make shift opener. Yousuf, while a good batsman for tests, has won Pakistan very few matches and is a role player at best. These players lead an uprising against the most honest player to represent Pakistan. Shame on them and the board for letting this happen. These players cannot dare make this move without a soft spot in the board for this movement. They should have been dropped a long time ago for not doing what they came in the team to do in the first place. I ask the Pakistani that how else are we going to solve the problem of opening players without playing specialist? Something has got to give and Shoaib and Yousuf were righly dropped. PCB you have destroyed sthng special

  • zaheer on November 12, 2009, 3:35 GMT

    Younis' decision is really a breaking new, however it was very evident decision under the circumstances. Only younis and 11 other players would know that how hard it was for Younis to continue that he has to come up with another decision which will give his critics another opportunity to say that's what Younis is all about. Having said that Younis should have taken a stronger step forward instead of leaving the ground open for culprits. Younis should also learn that it's not always 'my way or highway', sometimes you've to accomodate others as well. Just when there was a right time for Younis to get back in form by playing International Test Cricket, he instead chose to shoot in his foot. Zaheer from Toronto

  • ASHFORD ABBACY, FORT LEE, NJ on November 12, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    It all stems from the top whether it is cricket or politics. Cricket is a sample when Pakistan is a population. What we see in cricket is what we see in Pakistan. They both are on the brink. We are witnessing the beginning of the end of both. Do I sound pessimist? We had 38 years to learn from the fall of East Pakistan but we didn't and it is time to pay the price. We just didn't deserve it.

  • Munzir on November 12, 2009, 3:07 GMT

    Well great decision for Pakistani Cricket. Most Stupid guy I ever come across. No respect for Pakistan or Cricketer. Read his interview with Osman Samiuddin! He said he turned 34 last week and as per official record he is only 31...so he is telling the world that Pakistan & him cheated by putting him in under 19 and 21...he made his first ODI 100 after playing over 100 ODI against and guess against who! Hong Kong (Salman Butt has more centuries than him in less than half ODI). He never had any plans but stupid comments, match after match. Stupid reason to quit 20/20 cause he couldn't take the pressure. Again lost a serious quit the captaincy because he can't take the pressure. We shouldn't have captain who can't take the pressure. Knowing Pakistani culture Yousuf should be the first choice Captain for Pakistani team as senior. Also remember Bob Woolmer's words when Younus refused the captaincy during Champions trophy, "I would never choose Younus as captain again"!!!!!

  • Tanveer Malik on November 12, 2009, 3:00 GMT

    i think Younis should do a favor to Pakistan cricket, and should quite from oneday and t20 cricket.. talking sincerely, plz everybody thinks that if there is any place for younis in one day team? i think no... So Younis! plz keep playing the test cricket, but plz do destroy the pakistan cricket.

  • Shahid on November 12, 2009, 2:59 GMT

    100% correct....Younus as a Pathan should have fought like a lion and should not have quit like a jackal. First the complaint was ... we are not getting enough cricket to play.. now after few matches he is tired? PCB should learn from past, if they sense any conspiracy from any individual,tough action MUST be taken against the individual, these players get paid for playing and not for politics, I think we have enough politicians outside of cricket for headache.

  • Tanveer Malik on November 12, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    i think Younis should do a favor to Pakistan cricket, and should quite from oneday and t20 cricket.. talking sincerely, plz everybody thinks that if there is any place for younis in one day team? i think no... So Younis! plz keep playing the test cricket, but plz do destroy the pakistan cricket.

  • Amyn Habib on November 12, 2009, 2:31 GMT

    This is what makes Pakistan cricket so special. The recurrent intrigue, emotional drama,slimy politics, hysteria. One day you are out, the next day you are Captain. Did Younus Khan not resign very recently and then was persuaded to come back? Perhaps this is a plan to keep the public entertained. True, the team full of underperformers (especially the batting) is terrible and we lose to everybody, but we have great drama. I take exception to the comment that making Yousuf captain shows poverty of resources. Why? Why do you assume that Yousuf will not make a good captain? He is a great batsman. He could be a good leader. Perhaps you are disappointed that they did not make clown allrounder the Captain. Stay tuned for the next episode!!

  • Mohammad on November 12, 2009, 2:27 GMT

    Younis Khan made the right decision. I cannot even say for sure if he was the best choice or not because he never got a full run as a captain should get to get the team together but one thing is for sure a captain who cannot handle pressure cannot continue. Politics in Pakistan cricket is not anything new and he knew before he took captaincy. A person who keeps resigning after every series or tournament does not have leadership quality. It is making mockery of Pakistan cricket and the whole nation. Good decision on your part

  • AJ on November 12, 2009, 2:24 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf is a perfect choice for captain ship, he is best batsmen as well, Younis shoould have dropped earlier with no performance & losing to New zealand in champions trophy as well as in Abu dhabi series. We need players like Mohammed Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal etc. who can win matches for Pakistan not losers like Younis Khan!!

  • Emad on November 12, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    I think we need to have some sympathy for Younis. He is one of the only loyal and honest guys in the team, working hard, and the other guys who are having ego problems and want to have all the fame and glory are pulling his leg for their own sake. We need to view this from Younis' point of view aswell, he's had some stressful times because of the team. PCB needs to review what the rest of the team is doing. Have a serious discussion with them. My message to the team is: Play for Pakistan. Don't underperfom/lose matches to make others look bad. Play for the CAPTAIN, the TEAM, and PAKISTAN, if you have any problems, TALK to the BOARD/PERSON after the match.

  • sudhir on November 12, 2009, 2:21 GMT

    And here i thought BCCI had political issues...

    its fair enuough decision by Younis... Why would you want to be a leadr of a team when they don't follow you? He should come back as a batsman who lets his bat do the talking for him.

  • Noor on November 12, 2009, 2:07 GMT

    Younis Khan has done it again! The man can't make up his mind. He will only captain when things are going right, any bad results or poor form he is threatening to resign. Good riddance! Pakistan dont need a flip-flop for a captain.

    Good luck to Mohd Yousuf, I hope the team are 100% behind him and can lead the Pak against NZ with success.

  • Jock on November 12, 2009, 2:07 GMT

    Quite surprised Yousuf is Captain. I suppose if he was still a Christian, he would have never got the job. Too much politics in pakistan & India....Lots of Religious politics...

  • Nasar F on November 12, 2009, 1:42 GMT

    I honestly dont know whether to laugh or cry at the latest shamefull episode in Pakistan cricket.It seems every one has gone mad and in that mad state of mind, mindless decisions are being taken.What on earth has prompted Younis to quit so sooon after reversing his decision yet again.we are a laughing stock of the whole world, and not just the cricket world.Younis has behaved like a spoilt brat who keeps throwing his dummy out of the pram at every opportunity just to get more and more attention and supposedly respect.But i for one have lost all respect i had for him.A captain of a ship does not jump ship just bcoz its going through rough seas-he sticks with his ship and his crew and rides out the storm.But not Younis Khan-he is too immature and not tough enough mentally to handle the captaincy and the talented but mischievious players.The sum total is going to add up degrading and debasing already fragile Pakistan cricket which has once again shot itself in the foot-IDIOT RASHID LATIF

  • Nasar F on November 12, 2009, 1:39 GMT

    I honestly dont know whether to laugh or cry at the latest shamefull episode in Pakistan cricket.It seems every one has gone mad and in that mad state of mind, mindless decisions are being taken.What on earth has prompted Younis to quit so sooon after reversing his decision yet again.we are a laughing stock of the whole world, and not just the cricket world.Younis has behaved like a spoilt brat who keeps throwing his dummy out of the pram at every opportunity just to get more and more attention and supposedly respect.But i for one have lost all respect i had for him.A captain of a ship does not jump ship just bcoz its going through rough seas-he sticks with his ship and his crew and rides out the storm.But not Younis Khan-he is too immature and not tough enough mentally to handle the captaincy and the talented but mischievious players.The sum total is going to add up degrading and debasing already fragile Pakistan cricket which has once again shot itself in the foot-IDIOT RASHID LATIF

  • danish bilal on November 12, 2009, 1:37 GMT

    Corrupt nation, corrupt government, and corrupt sportsman. That should be a logo for Pakistan. What Pcb should do is take an action against those seven players who planned all this. Shoaib Malik, afridi, and both akmals should be ashamed of themselves for deliberately playing bad and should be axed for betraying Pakistan, that would teach a lesson to future generation. Our current team only play for themselves not for their country. All of these players especially Malik and Afridi are traitors.

  • Uzair on November 12, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    He makes Sense Sir. He does. If the whole Team is against you even when you support each and everyone of them, and even after your board backs off, It does make SENSE! I am not just a younus supporter, but what he has done for us makes me proud. Having a Captain who is not afraid to speak his mind and heart makes me Proud of him and I am sure the whole nation!

    To my brother Ghufran Ahmad, He did fight like a Lion and I am sure he will bounce back, BUT, when the rest of the animals are against you, trust me, there is no point of being called "The king of the Jungle."

    To younus....

    Wise Decision Yes...Correct Decision..NO !!

  • junaid Bashir on November 12, 2009, 1:26 GMT

    It is so pathetic that Pakistani cricket team is always surrounded by controversies. I strongly believe that Younis Khan is the victim in this latest eposide. The Afridi Gang has commited a heneious crime. Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kamaran Akmal and Abdur Razaq threw their wickets by purpose to put last nail in Younis khan’s coffin. The all lost their wickets and the game deliberately. They were successful in their shame full crime. The PCB has to wake up and smell the coffee. All of these criminals should be put behind bars for the crime they have committed against their motherland. They should be charged with treason. Shahid Afridi and his gang should never be allowed to play for Pakistan. This will be a lesson for the future players.

  • Nadeem Salik on November 12, 2009, 1:25 GMT

    most people are confusing Younus the batsman with Younus the captain. These are completely different trades. He is a good batsman, out of form at the moment, which is no big deal but he was never a good captain. Captaincy is a different skill that requires man management. In recent years we have seen only two people who passed this test in Pak cricket i.e. Imran Khan and Inzimam. Captaincy is all about respect and respect is never demanded but earned. Even miandad failed as a captain and that does not mean he is not a great batsman. So, don't confuse Younus the batsman with Younus the captain. As far as Yousuf is concerned there are no two opinions about his batting greatness but captaincy ? lets see.. a lots of people had doubts about Inzi also but wasn't he a great captain who was respected by all and sundry... even today

  • Musa Shah on November 12, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    I think winning or losing is not in anyone's hand, its a mixture of luck and dedication. We all know he is not in a good form as a batsman right now but he is doing a great job in captaincy and fielding there is no doubt about it. But his decision really let me down. If he won't go to Newzealand for the test series he should be replaced then. There is no point of resigning/dropping after every sereis and putting country's image down, we are allready suffering from no-home-series. All the best to M. Yousuf as a new/temporary captain and all the best to both teams for the test series and T20's. Let the best team win.

  • USINDIAN on November 12, 2009, 1:17 GMT

    Hi SAQIB IHSAN , Please check your spelling before even making a posting, go back and read your posting. Even though you thought of appreciating the young kids Aamir and Saeed, what you have written is wierd and feels awkward.

    As far as these drama's in pak cricket is concerned, its nothing new, groupism, politics etc, has been there for ever and more over the inflated ego's of players and the officials, the lack of education and above all the hero worship and adolation which they recieve has players believe they are demi gods and lack of proffessionalism. Pakistan has great players but the worst team.

  • Zia Matloob on November 12, 2009, 1:16 GMT

    I think Younis made the right choice under the circumstances. As mentioned in the new there were some senior players who were against his captaincy. All that politic was probably hurting his performance too. Had he continued and failed in one or two test aswell, he might have been drop for ever. He needs to take a break from all the head ache, clear his head get some practice in domestic cricket and come back a player to continue his legacy. This captaincy is risking his career and also had give Yousuf a lot of griefs. I don't see any problem if Yousuf consult with Inzi who prabably was his mentor being his ex-captain and senoir player. Yousuf had been mistreated in past and was announced captain once before only to be disgraced when the captaincy was taken away without even a game being played. That was the worst example in the history of test cricket. Remember everyone said Inzi was not suited for captaincy but he did well. I think the Yousuf deserve a chance to prove his captaincy.

  • Kamran Qureshi on November 12, 2009, 1:10 GMT

    younus,yousaf both are world class test batsmen but mediocre captains,although younus is a better captain.Younus was never a one day or t20 player.Under the circumstances he is still the best available captain to lead in test.Younus should have stuck and fought if his team members are causing problems.Its a disgrace if the batsmen are giving wickets for their personal agenda,in this case they should be all thrown out.I am a big fan of both inzi and yousuf but if they are playing games then shame on both and shame on pcb.May be its time to revamp the whole system including pcb/team.The question is who is going to do it when nobody is sincere from top to the bottom.

  • patriot on November 12, 2009, 1:10 GMT

    politics is destroying the team.... shoaib malik and afridi must be kicked out of the team... they just don understand that they re playing for PAKISTAN not for them selved damit... n they re just running for the seat.... thatz radiculous.

  • Humanoid on November 12, 2009, 1:01 GMT

    I guess Younis does not deserve it anymore! He is a good player, but he is not the dynamite like Miandad as a batting captain. As a Khan he is not the legendary Imran Khan. He ran away from captain ship after Inzi went, then made life a little hard for Malik to attain the captainship. Its as you sow so shall you reap! Yousaf as a batsman is solid, has records behind him, so the guys will respect him! Its Pakistan, seniority counts which hurted Malik! Good decision, he should improve his batting and cement is place now! Wise decision, the rule should be discard if u bark much like Shoiab Actor! Look they found Tanveer, Aamir Sohail Khan and many!

  • Kiran Muzammil on November 12, 2009, 0:57 GMT

    This is exactly what happens when you put a useless buddha like intikhab alam as coach. Whenever he becomes the coach, we always have groupings and revolts and player power at its worst. Whenever we had a foreign coach, there were no groupings in the team. The team was more disciplined. Now we have a bunch of beghairaats running around in Pakistan colors. If we had a proper coach, like the late Bob Woolmer or Geoff Lawson, they would have put a stop to the player power right away. Whiners like Shoaib Malik would have been dropped from the team. Same goes for Afridi for trying to campaign for the ODI captaincy. But instead, we have a loser like Ijaz grandpa Butt who is the most incompetent and useless PCB chairman to ever hold office. We all know he is the PCB chairman because his brother in law is a Federal Minister. This kind of politics has ruined Pakistan cricket. The PCB chairman needs to be someone like Majid Khan who will clean the team and the PCB of self serving matalabi losers

  • Khalid Massood on November 12, 2009, 0:50 GMT

    Yousef's post match interview after losing the first test to NZ:

    Q) Yousef..what are your feelings on the loss and yet another batting collapse?

    Yousef's answer: Bismillah-ir-rahman-ir-rahim, first of all..thanks to Allah. Boys tried hard. We were unlucky. Boys are working hard. Inshallah we will win next one. Boys are backing each other.

    What the hell? Thanks to Allah for losing? That comes right out of the Inzamam book of stupidity. Yousef and the tableegi jamaat will end up destroying whatever small part of the team Younis Khan, Intikhab Alam and Ijaz Butt have not destroyed thus far. God help the Pakistan team. We are in big trouble.

  • Kamran Qureshi on November 12, 2009, 0:48 GMT

    younus,yousaf both are world class test batsmen but mediocre captains,although younus is a better captain.Younus was never a one day or t20 player.Under the circumstances he is still the best available captain to lead in test.Younus should have stuck and fought if his team members are causing problems.Its a disgrace if the batsmen are giving wickets for their personal agenda,in this case they should be all thrown out.I am a big fan of both inzi and yousuf but if they are playing games then shame on both and shame on pcb.May be its time to revamp the whole system including pcb/team.The question is who is going to do it when nobody is sincere from top to the bottom.

  • Hassan Farooq on November 12, 2009, 0:45 GMT

    Yousaf is a good cricketer,good team man, extra ordinary batsman BUT he is not capable of Captaincy even he didn't lead his team in domestic competition.I also think that WC is just 13months away so policy of having new leader at this particular time could damage preparations for upcoming mega event.As far as current form of Younis is concerned,there's a old myth running in cricket terminology which i used to believe that form is temporary and class is permanent.

  • Salman Khan on November 12, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    cont- Kamaran an honest man can take it to a certain limit. It is not possible for him to keep fighting with his team management the foolish journalists and at a time the ex-players. Ex-players like Rameez Waqar and Inzamam should support him. Instead they were asking silly questions. Like why is Umar Akmal out. Why is Shoab malik out or why is Yousuf out. How many players can he play in a match? One has to sit out. Kamaran the journalists in Pakistan has made a mockery of everything. They control everything in the country. That should be stopped and I hope you will write about that too.

  • Salman Khan on November 12, 2009, 0:16 GMT

    Kamran we are really disapointed in the Pakistani team. It as not Younis it was the Shoab Malik group which should be out of the team, instead a great guy and a great captains has been sacrificed. Shaoab malik which is known for match fixing has done it again and again. Remember when he lost T20 match to Karachi. later we saw how his so called group played in Sri Lanka. It was visible that they were not playing for the country they were playing for their egos. They didn’t want Younis to succeed and Pakistan was losing matches. Players like Shoaib and the followers should be taught a lesson by kicking them out. Captain is responsible for the team, so captain has the choice who to play and who should be out. If we don’t allow him to take decisions then either we don’t need a captain or captain is only to calculate the overs. Kamaran an honest man can take it to a certain limit. cont--

  • arshad on November 12, 2009, 0:06 GMT

    Inzi as coach he did'nt knew about cricket rules and logic when he was playing, he could only hit the ball, can't feild or run dont think he has learned any more in TJ. Yousuf can't run btw the wickets either and also get others runout as well and he only makes run after he has failed five six times. He is never a reliable batsman. The board should sack the players that are making the groups we have enough talent in pakistan to replace these tall poppys but who will put the bell around the cats neck as all of us have our vested intrest, intikhab alam as a coach what he does.

  • Sandy Cooper on November 12, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    Here is what i think happened, after the last series, the PCB might have struck a deal with Younis, to say that if you return to form & the team wins's, like he suggested will happen if he has all the powers, then we go with your decisions, if it dosen't happen, then u get the sack or relinquish captaincy. Seeing that the second option was going to happen, he resigned & kind of dropped himself without having to go thru the humiliation of being sacked & dropped.

  • jamal on November 12, 2009, 0:03 GMT

    comon guys ...if the guy saying the players are outa his reach ..why do u even sit here and argue ...he must've thought about what he's doing ..and maybe made a right choice for him-self and for his team..and shame on those ...who doesnt back him up for his decision ...TALK IS CHEAP , AND EASY!!! GET THE REAL SIDE OF THE STORY!!

  • Samhouse on November 12, 2009, 0:02 GMT

    absurd...he should never regain the captaincy. I used to think he was atleast a technically sound captain. Now I just think he is a whiner. I say with the champions trophy over...forget him altogether. Move ahead and get someone new to bat in the middle order. The World Cup is in 2011...lots of time... \ right?

  • killerwhale on November 11, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    He sucks .... He cant be even in the team !! Pakistani people are horrible and in 2 years kenya will beat them

  • Mohsin Haq on November 11, 2009, 23:54 GMT

    " ITS NOT A BAD PATCH"- I think its in the best interest of the Pakistani cricket team and PCB to close the chapter of Younis Khan once and for all. The man lack leadership skills and He uses his resignation as a weapon to test his popularity again &again. We have all seen this enough of times now.--Frankly speaking, Younis khan at the current stage is very much comparable to ending days of "Surav Gangulay". Ganguly had public support but when everyone realized that He is much of a Liability then an Asset to the team. It was time for him to go. I base my judgment on three simple facts alone; a) He has a very below average, ODI figures. b) He has never contributed in playing a match winnings innings. c)Pakistan Vs Ireland world cup upto date I need to be reminded of one single good innings he has played for Pakistan. Pakistani domestic circuit is producing excellent and stable performers with tons of talent these days and People like Younis is wasting thier only chances.

  • sipahi on November 11, 2009, 23:39 GMT

    In the end, a player who is not performing at any level does not deserve to be captain of any team.

  • Wasim on November 11, 2009, 23:31 GMT

    It makes perfect sense YK was out of form and was not in a position to command to respect. Justice will only be served if Malik is dropped from the team. Pakistan cricket cannot be allowed to be held hostage by corrupt, rogue and selfish players. I am not saying that Younis did every thing right he made many mistakes but the rest of the players had no right to not give 100% to their captain. Younis was a Ceasar who had nine Brutus around him. The Inzamam mafia should not be allowed to make a return. People have forgotten that these ICL players dumped Pakistan when they were dropped after the 2007 WC loss they will continue to cause problems in the team if the rotation policy is continued. A fair and balanced selection policy is required which should maily focus on introducing new talent. We found Aamer and Ajmal there is no dearth of talent we should bring in more youngsters in the team at least they will give their 100%.

  • mustafa on November 11, 2009, 23:17 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is like Pakistan politics - no one wants to be lead and every one wants to lead thinking they have a better solution. Sounds like Shoaib Malik was the skunk this time, next time it would be some one else. Unless there is leadership ready to stick with its choices and crush dissent I am afraid we are in for years of the same. Get ready for a horrible tour of New Zealand and Autrailia.

  • subramanian on November 11, 2009, 23:12 GMT

    it is not a surprise, yunus getting relieved. I, as an admirer of the Pak cricket wish to place some facts which needs some thought. I had great admiration towards players like Majid, zaheer,javid,akram,inzy,yusuf and many. These players too, may be most of them,had to exit with great humiliation despite their immense contribution to pak. Needless to highlight their fighting spirit, when they were in their haydays. Many were let down by politics and sent out unceremoniously. It is sheer passion and madness of the cricket lovers of pak, who never digest loss which is part of the game, especially against India. Eversice the revival of cricket series with India, I had seen their domination and their way of approach to the game. I used to wonder their fighting quality till the last ball and their WILL to win the match. definitely, all the series played sofar had brought closeness between the two nations.In fact even the hockey has bridged the differences. I feel sorry for such developments

  • terminator on November 11, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    why dont all of you pakistani fans blames this on indian cricket board(bcci)because what you guys do the best blame whatever goes wrong with pakistan cricket its bcci fault anyways.lets see how we are gonna blame this on india maybe how the bcci bribed younis khan and told him he will has to quit captaincy.this sounds pretty good doesnt it

  • Murali on November 11, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    I think Younis does not have a steady mind... and he thinks that if says he doesnt want captancy or if he says he wants to take rest... PCB would fall at his feat. I think PCB should look for some youngster provide him captancy and groom him... See South africa even though they had several senior players.. they gave captancy to Smith.. and groomed him.. he is obviously doing a marvellous job... India is another example... they gave dhoni the captancy and is doing a reasonable job... Hope pakistan get a proper captain and become as strong as what they are when they are under imran khan and wasim....

  • tariq on November 11, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    The younis khan side show is now at an end. cue the implosion of pak cricket take 5. Tossers.

  • khurram on November 11, 2009, 23:01 GMT

    Younis never had credentials to be a good captain. In last few years how many times he was source of embarassment for Paksitan because of his childish behaviour. Captaincy is mainly the man management. Look at Inzi, his decision power was very poor & no one had never thought that he would have become captain. But once he was captain, he proved himself as a good captain, because of his good man management. Every player of his team was happy with him & was a fatherly figure. it is what we want in a captain. Yousuf may be not a good captain, but he can be like Inzi because of the respect he has for other players. Let's see

  • moonsharif on November 11, 2009, 22:58 GMT

    bad move on part of YOUNUS, but after a long time good decision on the part of PCB for making MUHAMMAD YUSUF captain.he is the best cricketing mind in cricket world today.

  • moneeb on November 11, 2009, 22:57 GMT

    well is misbah back i would love him to replace yunus the arrogant as a player

  • Shehzad Ali on November 11, 2009, 22:45 GMT

    I think it is the right decision. Younus has no cricket left in him. He has no clue what he is doing on the field. He has no sense of the game and lacks decision making at critical moments. Pakistan needs young fresh talent to get ready for 2012 world cup and they have to start building the team now. As a matter of fact, Shahid Afridi, Yousuf and Shoaib Malik need to go as well. They are done too.

  • adnan noor on November 11, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    I still consider YK as the best choice for capt,as he has the capability to gel and bring out the best from the team,but I am afraid jealous and badneeyat people (who themselves could not win a title for Pakistan like Inzimam and Shoaib malik were out to derail his progress as a good leader,look how bad were the remarks of Inzi about slump of form of his former colleague).In my opinion, till the time Shoaib Malik is there in the team, no one can settle as captain,as he has still not digested his ouster.Moreover, his performances( apart from one century against India in CT)has not been average even. He is the weak link in our batting line up and with emergence of Umar Akmal and Misbah,it is he who needs an axe, as things would settle only then. My best wishes for an early return to form and captaincy to YK as I dont find Yousuf to be a permanent solution to fill in the Captain's slot.

  • John Gill on November 11, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    Wow, Younas khan you done it again, you have proved that True Pathan is true to his words( Ek Zuban) Well How many times he has rejected the Captaincy of Pakistani think He takes no pride in leading the Cricket team that represent 170 million people. I have migrated to Australia and here people say there are only two most important jobs, first Prime minister and second Test cricket Captain. Obviously Younas Khan does not Value this post. And I don't think Yousaf either. I am still laughing about Yousaf contacting Inzi before saying Yes to PCB. Well PCB better arrange an invisible mobile phone for Yousaf to contact Inzi during the matches for Consultation. I was looking forward to see a strong Pakistani team on Aussie shores. I better cancel my Tickets to SCG to save the embarrassment. God bless Cricket and Pakistan.

  • Anonymous_Coward on November 11, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    How soon before a "foreign hand" is blamed for this nonsense?

  • adnan noor on November 11, 2009, 22:34 GMT

    I still consider YK as the best choice for capt,as he has the capability to gel and bring out the best from the team,but I am afraid jealous and badneeyat people (who themselves could not win a title for Pakistan like Inzimam and Shoaib malik were out to derail his progress as a good leader,look how bad were the remarks of Inzi about slump of form of his former colleague).In my opinion, till the time Shoaib Malik is there in the team, no one can settle as captain,as he has still not digested his ouster.Moreover, his performances( apart from one century against India in CT)has not been average even. He is the weak link in our batting line up and with emergence of Umar Akmal and Misbah,it is he who needs an axe, as things would settle only then. My best wishes for an early return to form and captaincy to YK as I dont find Yousuf to be a permanent solution to fill in the Captain's slot.

  • Saqib on November 11, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    Younis is an idiot... I belive this is now clear. He was never the right choise... He is whiney and true phatan (the no brain part) I say good riddence now that we have the team free of both Shoaib Akhtar and Younis... lets look ahead and rebuild. I belive Yousef needs to work hard and kind of learn the ropes but will make an exclent captain if given enough time and support. Remember when Inzi first became captain he was just as bad... so lets be patient with Yousef and you'll see results....

  • Fahd on November 11, 2009, 22:32 GMT

    Simple is that for captaincy more sense is needed than emotions.

  • Ayesha on November 11, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    I hope Malik is happy now - he can go celebrate with all the 'Muslims'. His conspiracy is no worse than my namesakes at Jamal - or the following one at Siffin. Pakistan is Islam - and history is nmerely repeating itself.

  • Bari on November 11, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    C'mon guys Mohammed Yousuf (or Yousuf Youhana) was waiting for this long to captain a Pak test team before retiring. After all this guy changed his religion long back to get the captaincy. Let's give him a chance and hope we win the test series.

  • Syed Akhter Naqi on November 11, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    Player power is damaging Pakistan cricket when seniors smells their probable axe from side they start politics against Captain who demands performance.We have seen End of career of some prolofic players due to player power and polictics likes of Hanif mohammad,Waqar younis etc.All drama created by Shoaib Malik & Company was to stop influx of fresh blood in the team.Why Pakistan cricket board don't punish cricketers for throwing last oneday match against Newzealand just to dethrone Younis.Revolt against Yousuf & Afridi isn't faraway.PCB has to curb player power otherwise Cricket of Pakistan would not Succumb.

  • kaglilsome on November 11, 2009, 22:24 GMT

    ok. younis is not an ODI player. tell me who is the ODI player in pakistan. Afridi, shoib malik,Yousuf etc. to be honest with you they are all suck! they would lose to Aus. because none of pak players can handle pressure. ok maybe Afridi why salman butt is still there? I think khalid latif is a good one. wht about Fawad alam. he is good one. he is a lot better than shoib malik. Razzaq is old what is he still doing there. maybe he wanna be capitan too.I can tell you one thing, he will be better than Inz. why people listen to him. this guy totally destroyed pak team. now he wanna be coach of pak team. can someone please tell him to shut up. I think he does not like younis cause Imran Khan said that younis is better caiptan than Inzi. well any way who cares it just cricket. a funny game. one day you hero and next day you zero.

  • Tariq Khan on November 11, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Younis Khan has already been give enough time to lead and perform. He, as a player, made 300 and there after, he has a noticeable jagged performance. His bat has not been scoring, he failed to build team spirit among players, appeared non-professional during media address at abroad and failed to address the issues both at team and board levels. I personally believe, it is right time for him to go and come again if he qualifies. Mohd. Yusuf, for the time being is not a bad choice. We, as fans, want to see the team spirit, a fighting win or loose but no politics and lame ducks. Enjoy your long vacations Younis Khan and let us enjoy Test matches in New Zealand. Thanks

  • Saud on November 11, 2009, 22:13 GMT

    There were definitely some better choices. Yousuf has experience but he is not a leader from anywhere.

  • Atif on November 11, 2009, 22:10 GMT

    Bring back Inzamam Ul Haq!

  • matrixrealoded on November 11, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    Great New, Younas shopuld regigned from Limited overs format, when Younas choose as a captain after first Resign I oops sorry (Whole nation) believe that he play a trick to nation emotions. For PCB, come to pakistani streets and conduct a survey about younas captaincy I bet PCB will get 95% votes against him and this is not the reaction of lost agianst NZ it had strat in T20 cup. In T20 afridi and Gull survived younas captaincy nor a younas, after T20 Lanka series proved that younas is not a good captain, then CT where pakistan lose by NZ his decision were the worst taken in the field and about dropped catch I balieve this is the part of cricket. Younas is a good man, as a nation we loved him but as a captain we hate him.

  • Ghufran Ahmad on November 11, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    It seems that Younus is consistent in adding to many Pathan jokes we already have in Pakistan. There have been many talks about Younus being a proud Pathan, egoistic etc. For a time it looked as if Pakistan has got the right man capable of eliminating nonsense from Pak cricket including management and plyars. I have been saying this to my friends that Pak performance reflects rift among players and conspiracy by Shoaib Malik and company against Younus. Its apparant now. But Younus as a Pathan should have fought like a lion and should not have quit like a jackal. I am glad PCB has made one right decission in many years by naming M. Yousuf as captain. He should have been named earlier instead of Younus the 2nd time around. Lets hope PCB gets stronger and get rid of the players who conspire against him or against Pakistan. There are many new faces in Pak which are raring to go.

  • AliABID on November 11, 2009, 21:39 GMT

    i dont agree with you although i support him as captian but see the results of his captiancy. Lost ODI from Aussies, Lost test series in SL,ODI lost, Lost of Champians trophy 2 matches (dont see only India match), Loss of series in Abu Dhabi now. r we just supporting him for t20 championship winning? remember we're the finalist in last t20 as well when he wasn't captian too. i feel he too much experimental and over confident. what's the sense of keeping Yousuf or Umer out? even ASIF in CT matches? he wants power like Imran Khan but does he has capabilities like Imran? He kept ShoibMalik on 1-down for 6 months and he wasn't scoring but when he started scoring, younus asked him to open.

  • Pakistani on November 11, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    I dont see any Leaders :(

  • aman on November 11, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    shoaib malik has to axed as well as kamran akmal. they deliberately got out, shoaib malik's history is so bad, he deliberately lost a ODI and then accepted that, he was also in the news for his scandals in hyderabad india

    it would be better to sack these bad players and have a young time to avoid all this in future.

  • Hassaan on November 11, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    Some of the players - Afridi, Malik, and Razzaq - lost their wickets deliberately. If you look at the way they got out, specially afridi, it would become obvious.

  • Azhar on November 11, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    i personaly never impressed with this player player but if we see what he did is not bad he play average cricket and i think players paly togather and he support the team and try his best when he was not cap and try his best. Yousaf is good player and give lots to pak team his performance he deserve this now after playing that long. last two matches younis play bad yes but this is cricket and cricket is by chance say good bye to him in good sense but i am happy we go a very good bowler and bat alsoi dont need to mension his name .....

  • Saeed Khan on November 11, 2009, 21:17 GMT

    Pakistan team needs education and with that will come mental toughness...there has to be some consistency and I think Shoaib Malik was the right person and we need to support him and also give him time .... we have to consistency in our selection process and keep shunting back and forth .... the whole process is flawed .... younger more educated people should be running the PCB and should have more progressive selection process...

  • ali asghar on November 11, 2009, 21:16 GMT

    Thanks God, they removed a "Black Mailer", who can black mail very well but can't play a ball.

  • Azmat Siddiqui on November 11, 2009, 21:15 GMT

    I hope that Yosuf doesn't call Inzimam after winning the toss to choose batting or bowling. He belongs to Punjab and ofcourse he will succeed.

  • kasher on November 11, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    In Pak Cricket you will find everything except merrit.No doubt we have world's most talented players but we have a system which promotes corruption and encourages it.These players think that everything should be run according to their choices and will. First PCB should have a chairman selected purely on merrit and then every player has to earn his place in the team.Some player are only playing in the team as they think there is no substitue. There is a need of change of culture. Players should have in their minds that if they don't perform, someone else is waiting to replace. And finally captain should be a player with power otherwise this chain of so called "baghawat" will continue.

  • Tony on November 11, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    I wish to say state all those who seems to be hard to Younis should examine his recent pass with Pak cricket. He was recently accused of throwing a game. The people believes it is almost impossible for some one to drop a catch. I respect his decision, no sense being part of a team that is segregated.

  • Bozado on November 11, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    finally yousuf gets the captainsy. this guy change his religion to get the captainsy. what a shame to humankind.

  • Mudassar Rana on November 11, 2009, 20:52 GMT

    i wonder what role malik had in all of this - the guy is a non performing player - minus the inning against india there is little to write home about. No matter what people say about his personal performance it was under YK we bought home the t20 - not many captains can say that. We lost the series against the kiwi's because the likes of malik and co didnt come to the party. they may not lack ability but the certainly lack the heart of mohammed amir.

    on a positive note the fighting ability of amir and ajmal are to be glorified. we need a team like this and we can definately beat the world.

  • faizullah khawaja on November 11, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    This has happened for the third or fourth time that younis has resigned from the captaincy. If I remember correctly no other captain has resigned. this is not a bad thing. it should be admired that he has that much self respect either because of his own poor form or lack of team support that he feels he should not lead the side.it is the captain's job to keep the team together and if he fails to do it then the team suffers. PCB has to make sure that what are the causes of poor team spirit. if any specific player has played dirty politics and ruined the team spirit that player should be thrown out.we have no way of knowing it but from the media reports shoaib malik seems to be one of the players leading the opposition.his role needs to be investigated fully and till it is sorted out he should be rested. the PCB should show the players that dirty politics will not be rewarded.

  • khalid Mirza From New York on November 11, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Look at the dilemma of Pak. Cricket players that in order to meet their evil desires they can even hurt Pakistan name. If I’d be the PCB chairman then I would have jailed those culprits who are messing around and not playing for Pakistan sake but playing for their evil desires. Can someone ask this basic question from these stooges; aren’t they getting paid to play for Pakistan or they rendering their service for free? They are making their pay Haram by acting unprofessionally at the field. Shoib and co should be taken out of the team who are indulging in conspiracy theory. Those who don’t respect Pakistan cannot respect any individuals. Appointing a new captain by keeping the same lot is not a solution. As Qadir (ex-chairman selection committee) also gave the idea to kick out Malik from the team, everything will be alright. He’s is the main culprit.

  • Mujahid Rasheed on November 11, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    Wow that is what I really want I am so glad to understand this news today. Absolutely, I don’t agree any of those who are agreeing and favoring of younis khan. Unfortunately he led down Pakistani team in most situations. He is just using Afridi talent there, can anyone look at his poor and rubbish performance. O on 3 balls, 19 on 37 balls, 3 on 16 balls respectively in each match. If any of his team mates are disagree they are damn right. He is not able to be in side how he can lead a team. He is also demotivate other guys by not performing. PCB made a very good decision to put forward Muhammad Yousaf, although he hasn’t got an experience but that is a way he will learn. He is mature professional and consistently performing. We always neglect him so do abdul razzak. I am so thankful for PCB and Cricinfo to breaking this news. All the best to Pakistani cricket team. InshaAllah we will perform exceptionally good as we have done in the past. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Ejaz Khokhar on November 11, 2009, 20:15 GMT

    Well it is not surprising to see Younis make this decision. Everyone can feel and see the tension in the air and a special meaningful smiles on the faces of players working behind the scene towards pushing Younis once again out of this. I hate to say that even someone like Inzamam was so vocal about kicking him out as a captain. I am sure they will be a big drama on the tour of New Zealand which awaits paksitan cricket team. Yousaf as usual will be a very unsuccessful captain. Been a good batsman and captian are two different things he brings nothing exicting to this job. Yousaf at best is a captian who is not proactive no offence to Yousaf. We have seen him lose a test match in Australia few years back as a stand in captian. Yousaf get ready for the ride for his life as a captain. Players who borught him here will be the ones who will take the chair from under him i.e. Shoaib Mailk, both ul haqs, Akmals and co. at the end I will say this "As you sow as shall you reap" Mr Yousaf & Co

  • Arsalan Khawarb on November 11, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    I dont think if there is anything wrong with the management PCB. Its the rift between the players in the playing 11. Everybody is trying to control each other.Aik doosray ko neecha dekhaney key liye ye sub aik doosray ke khilaaf saazishein ho rahi hein. Malik jaise laugon ko team se bahar kardiya jaye, team set ho jaye gi aur doosron ko bhe sabak ajayega. PLZ LEAVE THE POLITICS OUTSIDE THE STADIUM.

  • Faisal Syed on November 11, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    Shame on Pakistani batsmen to throw away the 3rd ODI against NZ due to infighting. Please put your country ahead of your personal issues. They portray that they are playing the country whereas it's personal goals that gets priority. How does Yousuf qualify for captanincy ? He's also going thru a lean patch. And did someone say Shahid Afridi as ODI captain ? Please excuse this fluke master.

  • john on November 11, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    younis khan should thank to GOD, as he has not been kicked out with full disgrace and humiliation (which was written on wall).

  • shoib diwan on November 11, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    i think the pcb should axe all the star players,when they not playing 4 the nation pride and just throwin their wicket to undermine the captain wht u expect from them in future.fire them all nd play team A in replacemnt.greedy players

  • Venkat on November 11, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Bring back Miandad. His regimentary approach will distract the players from lobbying against the captain...instead all players will get together and face Miandad in unison....way to create harmony and unity within Pakistan team.

  • Butt on November 11, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Malik is playing a role of Fitna.Kick him out.

  • Dawar on November 11, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Inzi is behind the scene. When he was captain he did not like any outside interfere. Now first he proposed Afridi for Captainship and now Yousuf got approval from him. All players who lost the match just to put down Younis Khan should be consider enemy of the Pakistan. It is not first time, they have done this b4. http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?125515 In past Imran & Miandad had many differences but Maindad never let Pakistan down under his Captainship. Imran was against to take him for 92 WC but he was the highest runs scorer.

  • Omar Ahsan on November 11, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    This is a political decision made by Younis, one that I did not expect even from him. Younis'form has been pathetic and a tour of NZ/Australia is never an easy one for Pakistani batsmen even in the best of forms. I think Younis has quit for a vested interest. In the current team it is only himself and Yousuf who have the technique and ability to succeed in trying NZ conditions with pace and bounce. With all the infighting in the team Younis would have had an awful tour of NZ especially with his own struggles. What he has done now is made his problems someone elses. Honestly I dont think we have a solid opening partnership to succeed in NZ, nor does Shoaib Malik have the technique to do well. Younis might even opt out of the Australian tour, a tour which even the best of the teams find challenging. Once Pakistan suffer a huge defeat (being in the process of rebuilding I think that is what will happen), he will be asked to return with his adversaries dropped for poor form.

  • IRFANULLAH on November 11, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    i think its a wrong decision of Younus khan, because he is strong sences man, he is brave. i request to younas bhai to reverse his decisoin and come to pakistani squad. he is more speciall in test cricket and speciall in Newzland as well.

  • imran on November 11, 2009, 19:44 GMT

    PCB should be hacked, and should be hired some professional pplz.

  • Chris on November 11, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    3 people. 1) Malik's tenure as captian was a failure, he struggled to command a place, unwillingness to bowl against strong teams, lossing to most decent teams. 2)Inzaman criticised Younis for to much influence/power when one of the features of his leadershp was ofsweeping powers and demmands. 3)Afridi an underperformer and annoyed that his own captiancy ambitions weren't meet.Inzaman, Afridi etc seemed to push Pakistian team more as a relgious grouping than a team who should perofrm. Youns cared for Pakistan Cricket and it's performances, and was not known for refencing relgion in his comments after games etc like some others did, you have to wonder if this also played a role in his down fall. I believe Pakistans environment of "in failure blame another so you're clean" lead to Younis being blammed. Younis, a man of great integrity and success (one win and one semi-final in the last two ICC Series) is undermined by a group with their own agendas, failures and scars. A sad day

  • Hassan Abbas on November 11, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    such a fascinating team... there is always a new drama waiting to happen... i have been eternally optimist about this team's fortunes and will continue to do so... such quirks make it only even more interesting to follow the proceedings... let's see how the team performs now

    if ever there was a team that should be captain-less, its this team - no single person, i repeat, no single person deserves to lead this team... a more innovative solution needs to be found: perhaps forming a central decision making "captain committee" comprising all players who have played a certain number of matches - lets say 100 ODIs or 30 tests... then players would focus on performing well to ensure they retain their place in the side and are ultimately elevated to the "captain committee"

  • Nif on November 11, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    Who cares about Pak cricket. Bunch of kids fighting over candy.

  • zaheer on November 11, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Younis' decision is really a breaking new, however it was very evident decision under the circumstances. Only younis and 11 other players would know that how hard it was for Younis to continue that he has to come up with another decision which will give his critics another opportunity to say that's what Younis is all about. Having said that Younis should have taken a stronger step forward instead of leaving the ground open for culprits. Younis should also learn that it's not always 'my way or highway', sometimes you've to accomodate others as well. Just when there was a right time for Younis to get back in form by playing International Test Cricket, he instead chose to shoot in his foot. Zaheer from Toronto

  • iftikhar on November 11, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    lead from the front younis, only 22runs in 3 games.

  • FORMER PAkistani FAN on November 11, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    After this decision of Younis Pakistan Cricket will go further downwards and i doubt that it will also lose die heart fan like me Good Bye Pakistan Cricket and FUCK MALIK SHahid and other Gays

  • Hasan on November 11, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    I am sure Afridi is behind all this, he should be banned as he is root of all drama, he do politics/grouping to be in team since he can't perform and he will do same to yousuf.

  • Sanjay M on November 11, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    What happens when Yousuf cannot perform, is he also going to ask for a break? This is politics at it's worse in Pak cricket. Pak Cricket cannot never reach any great standard as long as players play these egoistic games... Looks to me Pak will get soundly beaten in NZ...

  • Kashif Aziz on November 11, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    I think younis and pcb has made a sensible decision for the first time. younis has lost form and confidence and clearly needs a rest. and yousuf is the best choice for both tests and odis. i think this decision will prove to be a blessing in disguise for pakistan cricket inshallah.

  • Mohammad Imran on November 11, 2009, 19:20 GMT

    Younis does not want to be sacked as captain, that's why he is always one step ahead of PCB in making these decisions.... A captain has to be mentally strong, and can't keep making these dramatic decisions after every humiliating series loss! Younis should retire from one-day cricket too and just focus on test cricket... his limited stroke play has no place in Pakistan's one-day batting lineup. As for PCB, do they even know Pakistan's fans/media?, making Younis captain for such as long term (till 2011 WC) & just after one series loss, look at the backlash it has created! when will they learn !!!

  • Nouman NORE-1 on November 11, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    i am so happy to see that younus iz out ov de captaincy... i think he dun deserve captaincy.. he alwayz want fun in cricket.. if he really like fun den he shud hav to go to circus to have fun...!!! He shud resign from International cricket.. We dun wana see him in playing int. cricket...

    My humble request to the writer of dis blog that.. Plz enlight gud part of IMRAN NAZIR... the player We Demand.. The Player World Cricket Demand... The Player International teams demand..!! i can bet dat if he belongs to india, or aus or any oder country... no one can drop him from their squad.. He is a natural hitter and very stylish cricketer... Salman Butt iz nothing infront ov Imran Nazir in ODI and T20 cricket.. as far as test matches are concerned Salam shud be selected as an opener.. but Please for GOD sake not select him in T20 and ODIs .... if u hav noticed HIM... He doestnot play for His country... He only plays for his 50 and to remains in the team and thats it..!!!

  • Faiz Cheema on November 11, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    I think Younis Khan has no leadership qualities to begin with. Since Pakistan team has no good leader in the team after Inzamam's retirement, media & every one is trying to present Younis as a leader while infact he is not. One day he wants to be a captain & the next day he does not. He has done this many time, it shows that he has very poor impulse control. Person with poor impulse control can not be a good leader. Leader should lead from the front and be optimistic, determined, focused and be there when the team needs him. I think the PCB should move on and give some one else a chance to lead the team on a path of victory.

  • Zeeshan on November 11, 2009, 19:16 GMT

    MOHAMMAD AAMER OR AFRIDI FOR CAPTAIN!!!! If bowlers like Ajmal and Aamer are doing their part by bowling good and also having to bat good, I don't see what the meaning of a batsman is in PAKISTAN CRICKET???? If a captain like Younis Khan can't perform his self, I don't beleive there is place for him in the team. If Afridi isn't performing with bat, at least he is one of the best bowlers. If I am captain and I can't perform with bat or ball, I don't beleive I can be a leader and tell my team what to do and what not to. All of the bowlers are doing their part and if the batsman aren't going to support them, the bowlers will soon not want to perform either. My opinion: Kick Younis off the team. He didn't even contribute in the T20 WC. Remember when they could have lost with the stupid decision of giving unexperienced Fawad Alam an over to bowl!

  • Farooq on November 11, 2009, 19:16 GMT

    Younis makes no sense as a captain. Worse captain...... even he didnt deserve a place in the team. As far as captaincy is concerned, what about giving an over to Fawad Alam in the T20 world cup semifinal when fawad didnt bowl in the whole tournament ??? What about chasing tooooo slow in the 2nd ODI against NZL ??? What about dropping umar akmal and yousaf in important matches ??? in champions trophy , what about using power play when 7 or 8 batsmen are out ??? just nonsense captaincy..... what about demoting kamran to number 7 when he did v well as opener ?? Pak won T20 WC not due to younis's captaincy but due to some great bowling by afridi, ajmal and 2 special innings by Afridi..... See the performance of younis khan in last 2 or 3 years in ODIs , he didnt deserve a place in the team and he quits bcoz he dont want to be fired of the team :)

  • AtishG on November 11, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Rather than focus on Younis, I think the team should be investigated as a whole. Player politics seldom involve one player, and unfortunately it can work against any captain, since no captain can please everyone all the time. That's not his job. What was really the problem with Younis's leadership ? Why are the players unhappy ? Are there certain bad apples (maybe Shoaib Malik ?)who will always destabilise any team and undermine any captain ? One thing is for sure-the Pakistan team can't take too many of these episodes without losing its potency.

  • Nouman NORE-1 on November 11, 2009, 19:09 GMT

    i am so happy to see that younus iz out ov de captaincy... i think he dun deserve captaincy.. he alwayz want fun in cricket.. if he really like fun den he shud hav to go to circus to have fun...!!! He shud resign from International cricket.. We dun wana see him in playing int. cricket...

    My humble request to the writer of dis blog that.. Plz enlight gud part of IMRAN NAZIR... the player We Demand.. The Player World Cricket Demand... The Player International teams demand..!! i can bet dat if he belongs to india, or aus or any oder country... no one can drop him from their squad.. He is a natural hitter and very stylish cricketer... Salman Butt iz nothing infront ov Imran Nazir in ODI and T20 cricket.. as far as test matches are concerned Salam shud be selected as an opener.. but Please for GOD sake not select him in T20 and ODIs .... if u hav noticed HIM... He doestnot play for His country... He only plays for his 50 and to remains in the team and thats it..!!! He has no power in his hand to hit sixes...!!!

    My opner for ODI and T20 Imran nazir and Imran Farhat

    For test matches Imran Farhat and Salman butt...

  • Sheraz on November 11, 2009, 19:07 GMT

    He made the right decision. He is on poor form and when the captain is in poor form, the entire team feels demotivated. That goes for all professions not just cricket.

  • Indian on November 11, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    Younis should take a leaf from Dhoni's book - Dhoni was seen and photographed partying like mad after defeat in Hyderabad. Seriously though, I am disappointed to see him go this way. Hope Pakistan cricket will overcome all these troubles and thrive again.

  • Sumant Bhalla on November 11, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    So, what's new with the Paki cricket team? Nothing, same sorry story, just different characters!!

  • eric on November 11, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    it doesnt need a criciketing genius to know that younis is a very special batsmen when in form n still ahs to prove as a captain....but if the players are not backing their captain then we have a very big problem...give the players the captain they want...let him fail in their own eyes n let Younis play without the extra burden of captaincy...Pakistan cricketers should grow up and play for the team not terrorise captains they do not like...good for Ypunis to take a break...i would be at peace with him if he comes back and refuses to captain a bunch of clowns...

  • Arif on November 11, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    I think all the players need to realize that they are playing for their nation, they should leave their differences aside and play as one unit. This will be an ongoing issue, today is Yousuf tomorrow the players will demand someone else. The saddest part is that PCB looks helpless, they should take charge and prevent the mixing of religion, politics into the game. Why dont we see a similar issue in Australian cricket? Even a depleted side can take down a team like India. We should get rid of all these players who think they are bigger than the game and bring in new ones, we have a lot of talent in Pakistan waiting to flourish!

  • shahzad on November 11, 2009, 18:57 GMT

    Younis khan is never been good captain because he is not good player.Salman but and shoaib malik have no place in the team because they have never perform good.These all three players are greedy and not a good cricketer as they think.They always diappoint the nation and never feel guilty.younis khan wants his group who favour him but unfortunatly all player from his group are selfish and hv no cricket sense.younis khan is not good decision make and doesnot know the strength of his player

  • Rashid on November 11, 2009, 18:57 GMT

    What is wrong with Y Khan taking rest and most experienced Yousuf being captain. If people has problem with Yousuf's beard then first of all you are invading ones personal life. Amla have good chance to be South Africa's captain if he performs like Yousuf. If you dislike his beard then please change yours Muslim identity and do not be hypocrite. It is the haters that create havoc among human race not peaceful Yousuf.

  • M Mahboob Hossain on November 11, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    YK was never a great ODI player, certainly not at #3 & captain, just like Malik as Test player & Intikhab as Coach. Captain must be an automatic choice in respective format, no wonder, to understand that PCB took a decade more than ACB. YK didn’t help him also by going @3 in chase with this form, after very good starts, considering PAK standards. He could have saved his face by dropping @6, but he is too arrogant to accept situational demands. Probably, his antiques, just before the UAE trip instigated his decision, knowing PCB history, that he might even be sacked (Believe me; I thought he would resign during last presentation at UAE). MY is a temporary solution, for sure & YK should deservedly come back as Test captain only. He can play in ODI, but not as captain. One man will be very happy surely & rightly, whose career was being destroyed clinically to accommodate few seniors, Fawad Alam & yes, let’s hope Alam don’t accommodate Malik, costing Akmal or Fawad (MY won’t do it)

  • Aqeel Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 18:53 GMT

    I have never been impressed with Younis batting.In my opinion he is a good player of subcontinent wickets. Recall his failure even against Ireland match in 2007 World Cup. He is quite shaky 8 out of times in my opiniion. The problem in Pakistan cricket, however is not limited to Younis as a player, it has to do a lot more with selection. We have persistent B class players in Shoaib Malik,Misbahul Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi's (batting part) and even we have some C class players like Salman Butt who have consistently been given chances based on his parental connections. None of the players in current Pakistan team "except Mohammad Yusuf" match the likes of Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamumul Haq and Imran Khan.I think our bowling is the best among all test playing teams but we need "genuine" BATSMAN folks not just entertainers.

  • Karthik on November 11, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    Of all the people, I liked Younis Khan as a person in Pakistan. But I also guessed that the kind of person he is, it is difficult to find him continuing as captain for long. It seems he is lone ranger and think by heart. Establishment seems to have not getting the value of a captain and a person like Younis Khan.

  • Zeeshan on November 11, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    Younis Khan is a joke. He is a clown that I'm afraid we had to bear with for a long time. No matter what people say, He isnt a one day player at all. I think it was time he quit. Its not just the players that were against him, did you hear the crowd in the last ODi during presentation...they were chanting haye haye Younis and for once I supported them. Muhammad Yousuf isnt leadership material either!! Afridi has matured over time and his performance with the bowling has improved great deal and he seems to gel well with the players. And surprisingly he handles the interviews rather well. He seems to be the only reasonable choice to lead the ODI team. And I will say this as well, get rid of Shoaib Malik. The guy seems to be one trick pony...not good with the ball and not good with the bat and he aint no Johnty Rhodes either.

    Here's my take...bring Misbah back, promote Umer Akmal at 3, Yousuf at 4, Misbah at 5, Afridi at 6, Razzaq at 7. Open with Kamran Akmal and Butt/khalid Latif.

  • Fahad Siddiqui on November 11, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    He got so many opportunites, i believe atlast he took a right decision. He wants to compare himself like imran / wasim / waqar & inzimam....Guys keep in mind one more thing ... we haven't won any ODI series in 2009 .... Its a big shame for us .....In a current climate PCB need to think more smarter and should realize now Yousuf is the right choice for Test Cricket and Shahid Afridi should be the ODI/T20 captain

  • Achuyt Bal on November 11, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    I think Danish Kaneria should be made captain of Pak team.

  • IK on November 11, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    Some things never change with Pak Cricket team...in fact the whole country are bunch of losers...sometimes I wish I was not a Paki...

  • Rashid on November 11, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    What is wrong with Y Khan taking rest and most experienced Yousuf being captain. If people has problem with Yousuf's beard then first of all you are invading ones personal life. Amla have good chance to be South Africa's captain if he performs like Yousuf. If you dislike his beard then please change yours Muslim identity and do not be hypocrite. It is the haters that create havoc among human race not peaceful Yousuf.

  • Billoo on November 11, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    I am furious to read the reasons behind the defeat that it is shamefull for the Pakistani players who are so full of hot air that they were deliberately playing poorly their country. Damn on the players who have no pride in playing for their country. Any player who puts himself above their nation & cricket, has no pride of representing their country & should be booted from the team. It should be honor for the players that they are selected & are representing the Nation. Where did the professionalism gone of the Pakistani cricket team that they could not resolve their own petty disagreements as their action made the whole nation feel sick thru their stomach !!!

  • M Mahboob Hossain on November 11, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    YK was never a great ODI player, certainly not at #3 & captain, just like Malik as Test player & Intikhab as Coach. Captain must be an automatic choice in respective format, no wonder, to understand that PCB took a decade more than ACB. YK didn’t help him also by going @3 in chase with this form, after very good starts, considering PAK standards. He could have saved his face by dropping @6, but he is too arrogant to accept situational demands. Probably, his antiques, just before the UAE trip instigated his decision, knowing PCB history, that he might even be sacked (Believe me; I thought he would resign during last presentation at UAE). MY is a temporary solution, for sure & YK should deservedly come back as Test captain only. He can play in ODI, but not as captain. One man will be very happy surely & rightly, whose career was being destroyed clinically to accommodate few seniors, Fawad Alam & yes, let’s hope Alam don’t accommodate Malik, costing Akmal or Fawad (MY won’t do it)

  • Fahad Siddiqui on November 11, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    He got so many opportunites, i believe atlast he took a right decision. He wants to compare himself like imran / wasim / waqar & inzimam....Guys keep in mind one more thing ... we haven't won any ODI series in 2009 .... Its a big shame for us .....In a current climate PCB need to think more smarter and should realize now Yousuf is the right choice for Test Cricket and Shahid Afridi should be the ODI/T20 captain

  • mehedi on November 11, 2009, 18:41 GMT

    younis iz totally fake. he only knows laughing like a fool. the last game was totally spoiled by him. he iz a waste for pakistan odi. i love to se shoaib malik as captain once again n mesbah shld back. y. khan should not b come out of tests

  • khurram on November 11, 2009, 18:34 GMT

    the complexity of this decision is much more than it seems. i think we should have seen it coming. i would have resigned if i was in his place. you dont have command over team you are out of form why not to go outside and run a few laps in local circuits. but i think it was the time that kamran akmal should have been given a chance as a captain. i dont see much sense in being yousaf a captain. we all know how he is like as a captain but atleast we could have tried akmal. what team would do in tests is still a mystery. we can just hope for the best

  • Girish on November 11, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    Its right decision by Younis. He is the BEST candidate for Pak at the moment. But unfortunately he had to step away from it. The situation is not something he can solve as of now. Its more to do with the political team mates like Malik, Afridi, Yousuf. Drop them for few matches and get new blood into team. Younis is one of the best cricketer with good personality and attitude. Sad that he is mis-treated in a politically sick country!

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on November 11, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    We all comment against Younus Khan's present form, and some of us had also appreciated he should have been given chance.Yes,but agree or disagree, please give him few couple of months break to regain his form with mental psychologically advantages. We should respect Younus because he had much more contribution in test and One-day international arena. Don't forget after 1992 world cup victory by help of legendary Imran Khan, Younus was very next captain to capture a 20/20 world cup cricket tournament under his brilliant captaincy. After winning that trophy It was totally his misfortune to tour of failure Srilanka, now in recent days had failed to win the series against New-Zealand. Younus should realize what he has done furious errors, irresponsibilities with his poor batting performance. Younus must have to acquire or recover his talent with grand form by playing local domestic cricket. So, he needs totally rest in practice. Good luck.

  • Muzammil Saeed on November 11, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    I don't think Younis has enough support in the team, though i dont't doubt his abilities. At the end of worldcup 2007, i felt one of the following three all-rounders (they usually are best for the job just like Wasim Akram...i believe he was more a bowling all-rounder at times, who could bat as well) should be a captain provided they are fit and perofrm well 1. Shahid Afrid 2. Shoib Malik 3. Abdul Razzaq I think these kind of decision from Younis are paving the way for Shahid Afridi.

  • Naeem on November 11, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    The only best thing is that younis will not be in the Pakistan playing eleven. Its great releif for team and pak team lovers..

  • Abid Rizvi on November 11, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    Its a total failure on PCBs part. They have themselves let the player power win against younis. Younis is the best choice to lead this side period.

  • atif shaikh on November 11, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    i think pakistani players are doing well not against the oposition but against thier country.....well now younis should look to play domestic cricket and gain some form and back in the team quickly ... he is the best choice for captaincy....

  • shaukat shiwani on November 11, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    well he should have been sacked after dismal performance in Champions trophy. you cant ask some one to sit while you are underperformer yourself; moreover the comments he made after winning T20 that its FUN PLAY made all of us a laughing stock in front of the whole world.........

  • Umar on November 11, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    The people above who are talking rubbish about YK have no cricketing knowledge. Younis is the best Paki batsman in test cricket along with MoYo. These two are the only batsmen in Pakistan, who can score big hundreds. We should not judge his form by a few ODI performances. In tests, where you have time to play yourself in, he can easily return back to form. Now our batting looks thin bare with Bond and Vettori looming and the tough tour of Australia coming up. We need our best batsmen to face these attacks in test cricket.

    Its a shame that YK has to go if some players are not cooperating with him. All those 9 players revolting should be kicked out actually to lay a precedence. It should serve Pakistan better if Shoaib Malik and Akmal ( with their poor techniques, are kicked out instead.

  • M Mahboob Hossain on November 11, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    YK was never a great ODI player, certainly not at #3 & captain, just like Malik as Test player & Intikhab as Coach. Captain must be an automatic choice in respective format, no wonder, to understand that PCB took a decade more than ACB. YK didn’t help him also by going @3 in chase with this form, after very good starts, considering PAK standards. He could have saved his face by dropping @6, but he is too arrogant to accept situational demands. Probably, his antiques, just before the UAE trip instigated his decision, knowing PCB history, that he might even be sacked (Believe me; I thought he would resign during last presentation at UAE). MY is a temporary solution, for sure & YK should deservedly come back as Test captain only. He can play in ODI, but not as captain. One man will be very happy surely & rightly, whose career was being destroyed clinically to accommodate few seniors, Fawad Alam & yes, let’s hope Alam don’t accommodate Malik, costing Akmal or Fawad (MY won’t do it)

  • rishi.. on November 11, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    kaamran sahab summed it up really well.. bt i thnk if younis himself isnt feeling like leading the side. thn its gud 4 him nd the pakistan team tht he has taken a back seat.. As far as naming yusuf as caption is concerned. ITS AS BAZZARE DECISON U CAN GET.. He really dont hav it in him to b a caption.. i thnk its time nw wen UMAR GUL shud b given the charge.. Hez a nicely mentally balaced cricketr.. Gud blend of aggression & intelignc.. I thnk pakistan can get a gud leader in UMAR GUL.

  • Kashif on November 11, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    I have had a little too much of him. He is completely destroyinh the team with these antics. If I am in the board/selection committee, I would just drop him altogether because of the nonsense in-today-out-tomorrow behavior of his. He is a good batsman and a good leader but he is neither Miandad nor Imran.....so stop giving him that much importance.

  • SanjuBaba on November 11, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    Younis khan is not a good cricketer, he just wants to stay on media somthing for nothing. let him quit, he thinks without him pak team is nothing but he is wrong. have youngster in team. why PCB is running behind him?... make no sense.

  • Rehan Ali on November 11, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    i think its a great deceision....i totally agree with this captaincy decision....bcoz yousuf is a very good batsman and senior also....but younus is totally flop batsman...and he is not good for one day and t20 matches...i think younus is just for test match player....

  • AC on November 11, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    Pakistan makes no sense. PCB is full of 'errorists' (pun intended)!

  • Syed Zaidi on November 11, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    It is okay to me to let Younus have rest. The way how Shahid Afridi and Shoab Malik played it is insult to our nation. They deliberately played the shots to get out. They should be banned and we owe an apology from them. They let down whole nation for their personal differences. Down to them.

  • Cricketeer on November 11, 2009, 18:08 GMT

    Failed state...failed cricket team...what else do u expect? Seriously, forget cricket; give these fools some education first. Let them be educated first, the rest will follow.

  • Sana on November 11, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    Mr. Osman, why only younis make no sense. Atleast he is no cheaters like afridi and akmal who lost their wickets on purpose just to sack younis. Now that younis is out, afridi and akmal will again play somehow sensibly. I would call for sacking of Afridi and Akmal from the team as well. we dont need useless pathetic players like afridi and akmal in the team , they are not only useless and sifarshi, but they are cheaters, backstabbers, unfaithful as well to the team.

  • ZeeLarka on November 11, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    I personally watched all the auh ODI's near the players pavilion and everyone sat in groups and not even person had the heart to cheer or even pump any1.it seems all they wanted was to go shopping.younis has no say, and till malik's there team stands no chance. Afridi would never take responsibility, if he could, he would be a better batsman.he wanted to whack every ball knowing that he needs to stay in the wicket.if umar is good,get him to be the captain,he is young and like smith can be good for the team.yousaf is not captaincy material.kamran is a good choice for v.captaincy as he seemed to be playing with heart.

  • cric_lover on November 11, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Younis Khan must go. Non performing asset of the team. Yousuf Youhana oh! I mean Mohammed Yousuf deserves to be the leader. He is a solid player, level headed and besides the poor guy has done everything he can, done well on the field, quit his religion, grew a beard, just to appease his fans who will never understand that cricket and Islamic fundamentalism are two different things.

  • Umair on November 11, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    When is PCB going to understand that seniority itself does not classify one to captaincy.

  • sheharyar on November 11, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    yes it cant get more stupid.what is the problem with younis khan..he behaves like women folk..getting upset over everything..he must understand that criticism and difficulties come with the job and status..after all in pakistan being the national team captain earns you a status of demigod.for pete's sake younis if u cant handle it stop sulking

  • Azim on November 11, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    If we are not naive than Yousuf being captain is a regional issue. On any given day Yousuf is a better Imam than a cricket captain. In order for Younus to be captain he needs to wait till literacy rate of our so called great province increases; which will take for ever i.e. Leave Cricket to the people who likes to play Kabiddi and Malakhrra.

  • Umair on November 11, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    I don't believe this..... just when you think that things can't get worse..... you have a need bomb being exploded in a very surprising manner. And PCB just can't get it right at all..... bunch of incompetant idiots admitted and running the show. Yousuf is in no way captiancy material. Not only is doing injustice with the team but with Yousuf himself because the responsibility of captiancy adds additional pressure on player and the form of the player suffers (with Yousuf already struggling with form since making a comeback from ICL). God save Pakistan cricket...... certianly the board is doing everything to ruin it.

  • M IRFAN SARWAR on November 11, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    soooooooooooooo beautiful dicison from pak captin it is one of joyfull day for cricket lovers. i think. he is the wich having no place in ODI and T20 team.we patiently bear this person in ODI team. its too much now.i salute to PAK captin M YOusaf.he is one of great player.and a mature player.if a person he is just a cricket lover can realize every situation then why should PCB not? Afridi is best choise for ODI captin and yousf for test.and for GOD sake this person never back in ODI and T20. thanks alot younus.

  • cricketmind on November 11, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    My best bet is to make kamran akmal the captain.. he is a good player and has been controlling some stuff from behind

  • kamran saeed on November 11, 2009, 17:52 GMT

    SHAME ON YOU SHOAIB MALIK AND KAMRAAN AKMAL. Justice have not been served to Younis Khan, a great captain. This is a classic example of Shoaib Malik taking a grudge out on Younis Khan. His own Jackass wicket keeper was part of the conspiracy

  • karamat hussain on November 11, 2009, 17:48 GMT

    I am amazed people still think Younis is Captain material and why they ever thought he was in the 1st place baffles me. He seems to be a a very weak character who cannot handle criticism, he is not very articulate, in fact his speaking abilities are below average. He has not contributed much to the team, especially since being appointed captain, in fact he has been a BIG liability costing the team matches thru poor fielding,batting,runnouts,etc For example, playing in Semi-final of champions trophy with a broken finger defies all logic. A dropped catch at crucial stage cost the team a place in the final. Mohammed Yousaf as Captain is an excellent choice, its a pity the captaincy was taken off him in the 1st place. Shoaib Malik should be re-enstated as vice-captain and appointed captain in future. Appointing a character as excitable and unreliable as Afridi would be almost a bad choice as Younis.

  • Dr Dona on November 11, 2009, 17:48 GMT

    Hi guys this is Dona from California, I am a big fan of cricket, I love to watch matches of Pakistan, India and England. I had never missed a single odi match of these countries from last 20 years. I write articles for 50 cricket forums and post everyday on 200 cricket forums, my sweetie hates cricket so much, she doesn't know anything about cricket, she loves baseball. She wants me to stop watching cricket and go with her to watch baseball matches. Guys just think what time I have to wake up to watch cricket because of huge time difference..Midnight! I have been watching Younis since his first series against SL and after watching that Series my word for him were "he is very poor odi player" and now after watching almost his 200 matches and my words are changed for him that "he is a worst odi player especially at one down position" he kills the match in the field restricted overs wasting so many deliveries, his batting technique doesn't suit against fast bowlers in the circle overs.

  • Irfan on November 11, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    I have written blog entries on Younis and his captaincy issues, supported him like millions of Pakistanis and what did he do? Cut and run like a coyote with his tail tucked between his legs. I stuck with him despite his flip flops thinking he is responding in kind to the politics he is facing but little did I know that that was Younis way of dealing with situations. So you know what! I want him gone and with him I want Malik gone too. I believe that Younis may still have something to offer but Malik, he has nothing left to offer but to induce chaos by means of dirty politics and polarization. Old man Butt should resign and do a favor to the nation and ax Malik on his way out. We cannot get any worst then this. This is the best time to deal away the deadwood like Nazir, Farhat, Butt, Razzak and completely revamp the team with fresh blood. What is the worst that could happen? Trust me not much. You still will have two years to prepare for the world cup.

  • Gokul on November 11, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    There's an article on Cricbuzz that says he was forced to quit due to a player revolt. So perhaps there's more to this incident than is obvious.

  • Hayat Muhammad Khan on November 11, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Shame. This guy is making decisions for himself, without considering the situation. With those kind of acts he is losing his respect. This is dangerous for the stability of the team. One of friend has a view that he should opt for rest, during the ODI's, in order that he could get proper match practice and form in the Quaid Azam Trophy.

  • Imran Syed on November 11, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    We no need for y khan

  • Wasim on November 11, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    Younis has finally been given total control over team affairs and has amassed huge good will from the Pakistani public. If he felt he was being undermined by a players block in the team then he shouldve dropped those players and built the team as he wouldve liked. He has missed a trick here - should've dropped the Maliks, Akmal and Afridi and promoted other players who were more interested in playing for their country then any power struggles.

    As someone who supported Younis for some time - i am disappointed in the direction he has taken.

  • J Khokhar on November 11, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    Younis wanted to establish team at his own terms and conditions. He was failed to establish rateral relationships (Misbah, Afridi, Yousuf, and Shoaib Malik). His was rlying on verticals, like Aamir, Saeed , new openers etc. Due to his poor judgments, leadership he ended up damaging players like Misbah, Yousaf and himself. He was left with only one choice to "let go". Player's power us ultimate in Pakistani cricket. If it is about principals, Afridi, Shoib Malik and Kamran Akmal should have been terminated because they are the clear cut "rebels".

    Younis, just kept over committing.

    And yes, Kamran Akmal knew he would be a benefeciary if Pak, loses last game. these brothers under played.

    Pakistan never won a series there. In past Inzi chickened out (with back pain after being dismissed at 0 & 1 in test and 0&1 representing Int'l eleven). Inzi saved his captaincy by with drawing from playing - in Australia, is Younis doing the same ?? by having Yousaf lead and fail again

  • kashif on November 11, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    its not gud decision at all! it shows the poor administration of PCB. younis is the best available captain fpr pakistani team1 i think players should support him and stand with him tht's the only way for his improvement in batting.

  • Intikhab Khan on November 11, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    Its Good for team m Yousaf as captain i think boys r not happy with younas & younas is not serious as captain he more to enjoy cricket rather than play for country any way good luck for M yousaf as captain Best Regards kHAN

  • shaheen khan on November 11, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    I think Yunus is of the best captains that Pakistan has produced. There is lobby in the team who wants to sideline yuns.this lobby is backed by some of ex-crickters and some journalists. Although there is a problem with form of Yunus khan but most importantly he was provided with enormous pressure through media , Media played a negative role by giving chances to speak only to opposers of YK.these players included Inzamam, abdul qadir ..At last they have succeded they aim to destroy pakistan cricket..

  • Faisal Wahab on November 11, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    1974 Eng Tour & 1974-75 Season saw Inti Alam again as captain. At last in 1976-77 Mushtaq was made captain and the glorious period of Pak Cricket. 1979-80 season saw Asif Iqbal as captain, whereas Mushtaq should have been the captain as Asif never deserved the captaincy. Sarfraz refuse to tour becos of Asif Iqbal both did not see eye to eye. Same was the case in 1983-84 when Zaheer Went to India as captain and A. Qadir refuse to tour becos he had differences with Zaheer. On the 1984-85 tour of NZ Qadir was sent back becos of disciplinary action by touring management. Saeed Ahmed had also some problems with Inti Alam on the 72-73 Aus, NZ Tour, and he was sent back, his hotel expenses were also not paid by the Touring Management. There were two player revolts 1981-82 vs Javed, and in 1993-94 vs Wasim Akram. this time there was no revolt, the captain himself made unavailable for the NZ Tour. Players having played 25 Test & 80 Oneday thinks that he should become the captain of Team.

  • Rao Rizwan on November 11, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    I think Yousaf , Afridi and Abdul Razak are best options as a captain.

  • Ariful Islam on November 11, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi... wrote, " Younis makes no sense “??? Why???

    I think the PCB has done the right thing. The exact thing. Bravo!!

    Historically, (past 5 yrs) Pakistan has been struggling to find the right man who is performing consistently. However, the record shows Yousuf the most consistent in the bunch. May be not in the recent series.

    Like I said earlier, Pakistan hasn’t really been consistent in terms of greatness in the recent era. The 20-20was a gift and I give due respect and pride to the players and the fans of Pakistan. But when you talk about the grammar and mathematics of the game, Pakistan has been really shaky in the recent years. Hard to blame them, a lot happening in that country.

    Any professional team playing any sports plays for their audiences. And who are the audiences?? Not the board, critics or the commentators. It’s the general people who spend money and time from their own pocket to watch their respective team win or loose but perform. So when a man call himself a leader and not performing, I think its better to give him a break and give a fair chance to a new guy until a ‘Ponting, Dhoni, Smith or Sangakara’ is discovered.

  • Asad on November 11, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Well, its understandable, if Yusuf is not given rest,he starts interviews and Younus is responsible.if Malik is given rest,he starts interviews and Younus is responsible.if umer Akmal is not playing,The media starts criticizing the Captian. There are only one place for the 3 players,they should stop weeping. Even in Bad form,these players won't say no to play. Younus did the right thing.He is not in form himself, so let someone else do it. But i don't think so,that Yusuf could do even an OK captian.He just a batsman.

  • anwar yunus on November 11, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Mohammad yousuf is the right person because after legendary Jawed Miadad he is the only genuine batsman produced by Pakistan in fact due to favourasim earlier he was denied the capatancy of Pakistan becaseue there was certain lobby played hidden role to keep him out from race of capatincy I am sure he will now perform in his best form as a batsman and as a captain. Mohammad Yousuf is the batsman who can play at his ease at any ground against any pace / spin attack. I wish him all the best and i am confident our patriot pakistani circket team member will support him whole heartly so that paksitan will come back from New Zealand victiorious. Even on last tour of same country Great Inzi and Yousuf have played big role in the success of pakistan over there. It was sad ending for Great Inzi that certain lobby ousted him from pakistan after debacle of world cup in West Indies where everyone failed and that was not his falt at all. Another player who is denied to represent pakistan is M.Sami.

  • syed on November 11, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    I guess he did not have any choice. Better withdraw than be dropped. With his current form, poor captaincy he should be out of the team anyway. He is far from being a good captain. History speaks, he has not helped Pakistan win any significant series, one day or test, shear by his performance. His withdrawal from cricket proves all the uproar in the country on his frequent threats to resign as captain, was utterly unjustified.

  • Fasih Muhammad on November 11, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    It is one of the many stupid/emotional decisions by Younis - the ultimate drama queen.

    If his batting form is bad, he can drop himself out and then the vice captain would take over. Why create all this drama!!!

  • syed on November 11, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    I guess he did not have any choice. Better withdraw than be dropped. With his current form, poor captaincy he should be out of the team anyway. He is far from being a good captain. History speaks, he has not helped Pakistan win any significant series, one day or test, shear by his performance. His withdrawal from cricket proves all the uproar in the country on his frequent threats to resign as captain, was utterly unjustified.

  • Abdulqayum Akbani on November 11, 2009, 17:25 GMT

    younis has his choice and why he lost the confidence which he knows better. PCB should have thought for 3 ODI's in Abu Dhabi that Salman Butt and Khalid was the wrong choice as openers. Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal was the best combination. One day is a fast scoring game and world cup 2011 is approaching and they should stick, under all circumstances, the pair of Imran nazir and Kamran Akmal as openers in one day game. Hope they do.

  • Khan on November 11, 2009, 17:24 GMT

    3rd One day , he came at crucial position, when team needed a captain innings, first cause of him salman butt ran out and than he gave his wicket, 2nd One day , he shuffle the batting order making no senses why he did that and messed up the match.

  • Deepak on November 11, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    Hi All,

    I think Younis Khan has taken a step backward when the team wanted needed him most.He has not been among the runs in the recent tournament and I think he has been thinking ahead of the NZ tour where he is sure it will be difficult for even the best batting line up to stand for a day.He made a wise but a 'NON PATHAN'ICAL move by avoiding the situations.He knew that in his absence either Yousuf (being the senior most member) or Afridi will be taking over and coz NZ tour will not give them the chance as a captain his job will be a lot easier.

  • Faisal Wahab on November 11, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    Younis Khan reluctance to tour NZ as captain has once again opened a chequered history of Pakistan Cricket Captains story. I believe there is no reason taking a break, basically he is not seeing eye to eye with some players, he wants to rule like Imran Khan which is not possible. Younis should have gone to NZ, this is not good for Pak Cricket. Captaincy has remained an issue since 1967 when Hanif Mohd was removed as captain and Saeed Ahmed was made captain for 68-69 series, 1969-70 season saw a new captain Intikhab Alam. Inti Alam never deserved the captaincy but he was superseded over Saeed & Mushtaq. In the middle of 1972-73 Season Majid was made captain for the Eng Series, he also never deserved the captaincy. According to Phil Wilkins Majid's behaviour in Sydney was most strange for he adopted an inattentive attitude and occasionally sat down between deliveries at first slip. At times he was responsible for some splendid batting, on other occasions he was distinctly lack-lustre.

  • Sheikh Zaki Shafqat on November 11, 2009, 17:20 GMT

    Younis Khan was the right choice in Test matches and an average batsmen in ODIs. He should have rested after the test series or only from ODIs. resting in Test matches mean we are lacking one more reliable test batsmen in our squad. Poor decision by Younis at wrong time. I don't mind if he had elected to take rest in ODIs but not in tests

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    Great men prove their detractors wrong... but what to say about someone who proves his supporters wrong.

    I see it as a very selfish decision, which will force Pakistani cricket into further turmoil. Younis Khan's pride attracted a lot of fans... but it is now turning out to be more of an ego problem.

    Losing the series was sad... but it was only one series. Teams take time to settle.... and patience was crucial for Younis, his supporters and detractors. Bottom line.... gutless decision!

  • Fareed Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    I think Yousuf will be announced asa captain once Pakistan come back from Newzeland regardless if they win or loss. Younis has failed to manage senior players. Captain is not someone who has a great talent as a batsmen or bowler. He is someone who has extra ordinary skills to handle players, perform in difficuly situations and abel to speak clearly and keep consistant communication with all the players and management.Younis repeatedly had a history of making hasty decissions and continuously spoke against other players. I think he should play in the domestic cricket to gain his form and play for Pakistan and forget about leading the team because he doesn't have the skillset to be the Captain of Pakistan Team.

  • Javed Afsar on November 11, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    I am glad we wont see younus in Pak team. For once PCB have made the right decision. Younus was trying to copy Imran Khan in Arrogance however he lacked the charisma and performanc. I never liked him despite that he is a pathan like me. I met him couple of times during T20 world cup and he was just a stupid arrogance peace of s..t.

  • nabeel on November 11, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    Finally. Younis Khan was a poor choice as a captain and he was a bad captain. But, I don't think Yousuf is going to fare any better.

  • Durrab Aslam on November 11, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    I don't think that he is good captain, the last decisions he made in finals to rest the mohammad yousaf was big mistake.

    i don't even think thats he deserve the place in pakistan team. for heaven sake the he play and the way he try run out his partners.

    remember the T20 final 2007 he was responsible of imran nazir runout.Believe me or not i was expecting this decision from him.

    Every captain of the world of cricket has something special what he got can any body tell me? no offence agianst him but every true pakistani cricket fan has something to ask him. how easy he gave away his wicket in crucial times. what i think he played a lot of international cricket now he dont even care about winning or loosing.

  • Umair on November 11, 2009, 17:12 GMT

    Well, i really appreciate the step taken by Y khan and i will also appreciates him more if he take retirement from the cricket and watch matches on the T.V.

  • Khalid Mehmood from Saskatoon Canada on November 11, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    A team of Deers is more feard led by a Lion(AFRIDI)than a team of Lions led by a Dear(YOUSUF).Most probebly the DEER(Leader)will be eaten by Lions(Team)....N just one Deer has been consumed by the team of Lions....No offense to Mohd.Yousuf best player n should be in the team.

  • muzz on November 11, 2009, 17:05 GMT

    I think mentally yunis is tired/he has cleared his name/regained captaincy/lost agian/poor form/I think he made a right decision to take rest but...........he needs to prove his worth now as a palyer/batsman before taking up captaincy again - the worst problem in a game is automatic slot without performance - new player might take time to settle but will have time and potential to learn. Yusuf needs to see his previous games videos ---- not to get out in silly fashion - he will be agood captain.

  • Aziz Shariff on November 11, 2009, 17:05 GMT

    I totally respect Younus's decision. He has put his team and his country first. I can just imagine how bitter that pill must be that he had to swallow by making this decision but, it takes only a totally unselfish human being (very rare in Pakistan cricket) to make such a bold decision. Younus Khan is undoubtly the best captain that Pakistan has had since Imran Khan, but, the MAN understands that he is totally out of form and unlike Inzi who carried the end of his carreer with a pathetic run, Younus wants to come back in form and come back strong. And I strongly believe he will.

  • Asim on November 11, 2009, 17:04 GMT

    With reference to Shezad Khan's meesage...are you suggesting that there is groupism and regionalism in this team in the lines of players from Lahore/Punjab and Pathan players. In the past, it used to be Lahore vs Karachi, and now this. If this is true, it is just tragic and backwards and goes on to show that our ppl and team lack unity and patriotism

  • Aziz Shariff on November 11, 2009, 17:04 GMT

    I totally respect Younus's decision. He has put his team and his country first. I can just imagine how bitter that pill must be that he had to swallow by making this decision but, it takes only a totally unselfish human being (very rare in Pakistan cricket) to make such a bold decision. Younus Khan is undoubtly the best captain that Pakistan has had since Imran Khan, but, the MAN understands that he is totally out of form and unlike Inzi who carried the end of his carreer with a pathetic run, Younus wants to come back in form and come back strong. And I strongly believe he will.

  • Faisal Rehman on November 11, 2009, 17:03 GMT

    I think Younis khan did the right decision to take rest and come back as a captain AND he MUST fight against this Mafia group in Pakistani cricket

  • desihungama on November 11, 2009, 17:02 GMT

    It is evident that current player do not want to play for Younus Khan. Though they are failing to comtemplate the fact that it is Pakistan they are representig. With that, I think it is also due to the way Younus likes to handle things. He wants to badly imulate Imran Khan with his behaviour when he is fogetting it was 20 years ago, the current lot is not the same as the one in 90's to take Imran' abuse. Please check with former players how abusive and discriminative Imran used to be as he even felt embarrased to walk aside with some of his "Dehaati" players when stepping onto the field. I know why. It is the Aitchison syndrome he carried all his life.

  • Pradeep on November 11, 2009, 17:02 GMT

    I guess Younis knew in the back of his mind that there was pressure mounting on him to quit the captaincy and he very well knew that it will not be easy defeating NZ in tests in their backyard. o, he has cleverly taken a break so that people will only be happy to welcome him back. I seriously hope that Pak win under Yousuf's captaincy

  • Pakorachai on November 11, 2009, 17:02 GMT

    It is all as crazy as the country itself. In any case, Yousuf converted to his new religion to get the captaincy. Now he can revert back to his original religion having succeeded in his dream of captaining this rudderless ship.

  • Mohammed Padela on November 11, 2009, 17:02 GMT

    younis should have rested for the one day series and asked afridi to lead the side.He can only improve his form in test cricket. What do you think guys???

  • Pradeep on November 11, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    I guess Younis knew in the back of his mind that there was pressure mounting on him to quit the captaincy and he very well knew that it will not be easy defeating NZ in tests in their backyard. o, he has cleverly taken a break so that people will only be happy to welcome him back. I seriously hope that Pak win under Yousuf's captaincy

  • billy on November 11, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    I never liked Younis Khan and his ego and attitude even after winning the T20. Frankly, he is not a good captain and he thinks Pakistan cricket will die if he is not at the helm. I dont think he deserves a spot in T20, ODI maybe Tests but not the captain. He hasnt been scoring runs and it the end someone else has to pay for their spot in the team bcz Younis Khan is playing i.e Umar Akmal and Mohd Yousaf. Younis seriously has issues. I would think that he has a Bipolar disorder and we dont need someone with extreme personalities to lead the team.

    Lets get Afridi the captaincy of ODIs and T20s and prepare the team for the next two worldcups.

    Note: It was funny when Younis Khan hinted to come back in to the T20s bcz he dunt belong there either. The man doesnt have a style and dont keep his word and yet he calls himself a Pashtun....He is the next Rahul Dravid in making. India dumped him bcz he cant play ODIs and T20s.

  • Naveed Riasat on November 11, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    @ Muhammad Ahmed

    Yusuf is a world class test batsman, but I doubt his credentials as a captain. Does he have leadership qualities? Can you see him galvanising the team and encoraging them when things are not going well. Will he lead by example in the field? The captain needs to be someone special and Yusuf has none of those qualities

  • Shahid Isa on November 11, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    Good to see the coment section on "Cricinfo". I was looking forward to that after Pakistan's defeat to NZ in the Semi's and wanted to drop some lines. Realistically speaking, we lost the Semi because of Younus, wheather he fixed that game or not, he was for sure not playing like a captain. It was very obvious with his poor and irresponsible batting followed with a very crucial catch drop, which by the way, was a very simple one. The 3rd ODI lost to NZ @ UAE was also due to his careless and nonsense performance. He ran for an impossible single and made Salman run- out, thinking he was running away from problems. The next delivery, he made him self as well. That was very critical point in that match. Even before and after he was made captain of our team, I have never seen him performing at all like some of his counter part players in the rest of the cricket world. Look at some other captains like Ponting, Dhoni, Smith, Vettori and others in the meantime. Most of the time they did good.

  • Shahid on November 11, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    I think he is not a good leader. Leader should not leave team on way. He is too much talkative and out put is nthing. Whenever he is captain, what pakistan team did? lost Sri Lanka, Lost Champion trophy in India in 2006, lost this champion trophy, lost Australia in Abu Dhabi and now NZ. Everbody says he is a good leader but I think he is not. He has no decision power in ground. See this NZ one days, See in sri lanka when he said that Omer Akmal is too young to play in first one day. When he said " I can not remove Misbah as he is vice to him although He was poor performance" Remember when he said " I can not ask Shoab Malik to sit out even he is ut of form because people will think that its due to because I took captaincy from him. What is this. He is only talking good language but not agood captain. Think about Afridi, Shoab Malik or other young. Give time to batsmen to perform.

  • Amir (USA) on November 11, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    Not only, Younis was wasting a crucial #3 batting slot with his unstable batting, but his poor captaincy was evident in most games: dropping Asif is Champions trophy's semi-final, selecting useless good for nothing Salman Butt over Imran Nazir for NZ series , and then not selecting Umar Akmal for the 2nd ODI against NZ. So, no batting and no captaincy, what is he good for, the only thing he’s is good for is making a joke of himself by speaking nonsense fast English that no one can understand . Make Afridi the captain for ODI and 20/20 and it doesn’t matter who the captain is for test matches, actually we don’t even need a captain for test matches, let the manger make all the calls, manger’s decisions can be communicated to the team by a senior player or wicketkeeper, it’s not like they need to make very quick decisions in test matches

  • Mudasser on November 11, 2009, 16:52 GMT

    He resigned because of the team politics and player power. Afridi, Kamran akmal and Malik gave away their wicket in the last odi against new Zealand. Which clearly states that they were not interested in winning under Younas khan. He was forced to resign. And his poor form added more misery

  • Khalid Mehmood on November 11, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    "Jaisa doodh waisi malai"jaisy hum waisy hamarey leader...professionalism is still a light year away from us..good luck 2 YK..let him go if he does not understand senstivity(crictical juncture)for time Pak country

  • Asad on November 11, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    No doubt, Younis Khan is good Captain but now Yousuf, this is your opportunity to prove your leadership. Build a better team take off the players who are not in the form including Shoaib Malik, bring new talent.

  • Farooq Afzal on November 11, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    I think Mr. Kamran Abbasi is getting prejudiced with Muhammad Yousaf. He is a great player and he should have been given captaincy right after Inzmam's retirement. I am sure that teams position would have been much better than now. There is no doubt that Y Khan is a very talented player but I believe that he is not a good leader otherwise there would have not been grouping in the team. Y Khan should have dropped himself in the last ODI for the sake of the team and country but he rather dropped Yousaf who is in form. Anyways, we all should support Yousaf to enable him to make our team a complete unit.

  • Imran Cheema on November 11, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    I am not sure why everyone is stressing upon Younis being a #1 choice.Fine he is in bad form let him sit out to set an example in a corrupt political and social pak system.Something that needs to be discussed is who comes next.I have no idea where the stupid management gets those ideas of choosing the next person.Yusuf is a great batsman no doubt but he is not a captian,he just created for that.but hey this is our country,most ironic and corrupt decessions in the world are made in pak every day.Hey look who is running the country what more do you want to see to believe.I think Afridi though not a stable test choice but surely with leadership qualities...Sacrifice a place may be in test for him as we have done all along for one or the other.but who is listening...I dont know why the criteria of being in management is being more corrupt with bigger bellies.Sally Harami poora mulk baich kai khaa jaine gaye sharam naam kee to chees hee nahin banti wahan.

  • asad on November 11, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    Pakistani cricketers are the biggest set of jokers I've ever seen,and younis khan must be at the top of the pile.I first saw younis khan in the west indies in 2000 when wasim was the captain,I was not impress with him then and i'm definitely not impress with him now.He may be a decent bloke and all of that,but that does not make someone a good captain or batsman.If younis khan is the best captain pakistan can find then things must be really bad in pakistan.I've been looking at pakistani cricketer for years and I've always contended that they lack intelligence,i'm not talking about common sense I mean intelligence.One only has to look at the final odi against NZ,where their top order batsmen played as thou they were in a sunday afternoon fete match.Younis khan giving up the captaincy could be a blessing in disguise for pakistan.

  • syed imran on November 11, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    I am totally agreed PCB decision,he need some rest and go to domestic circuit recover his form, i suggest that PCB must appoint two different Captain for 2 different format of game like Afridi for 20 and ODI and Younus for Test Cricket Afridi is continuous showing sensible, aggressive cricket and leading on front.

  • Fahad Jalil on November 11, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    Atleast he has the decency to take time off when needed, though, at a time when we need him the most. Thats the story of pakistan cricket, what can one say?! I would really like to see him play against australia though...

  • SherKhalil on November 11, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    Younis is runiing away from the field he is best at. We all know he is a great test player and when time comes for test crickt, he has no time! funny! any way i think Pakistan should move forward and appoint Amir as new leader of team. This move should be same as SA took long while ago with smith

  • Ali raza on November 11, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    i think he have some mental disorder issue im seeing him in the ground for some time and i saw some time he laugh and talk himself he suppose to be stay away from cricket for some time and best choice to replace him is afridi he is just like a street fighter and be a captian for odis and ttwenty and for test cricket they need to put a yong guy like umar akmal or imran farhat as his deputy for the future but yonis did realy a good descision this time with best wishes for afridi and yousuf for the future.

  • Hassan on November 11, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    Another one of those STUPID decisions from Younus. I think he deserves a place in Pakistan's Test team but I dont think he is mentally fit to lead the side in any format of the game. People like YK who take playing for Pakistan for granted should be kickedout of the side one and for all !!!!

  • Muhammad Zulfiqar on November 11, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    Well i feel that younis does'nt make any sense staying in the team anymore. Just look what his performance has been in the series against Nzl and now he wants to be back in T-20s that's insane. More over by he is simply a lamb disguised as lion. He says "I want rest". trying to show he cares about team and nation, he only cares about himself. otherwise he would not have let us down by dropping in-form players.

  • yours only on November 11, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    Younis made right choice and we must respect him more for recognizing his own problems. We need a captain, not an ENGLISH SPEAKER. If we win matches under a NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING captain, it is as good as winning under a captain who has exceptional ENGLISH SPEAKING skills.

  • SA on November 11, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    I have always admired Y Khan. He is a fighter and a determined player. 3-5 games span is not enough time to gauge a player's form. This is the same guy who has won us numerous matches and scored a triple century earlier this year. He also played amazingly well in the T20 WC. He is without a shadow of doubt Pakistan's best test batsman in the current team. There is obviously team politics that has forced him to announce this decision. I can only hope that he returns for the Australian tour. The series against NZ was lost because Malik/Afridi/Akmal/Razzaq threw away their wickets in the last ODI.Admittedly Younis has to take the heat for being captain but we need to be fair. Yousuf was given a chance as captain and lets face it he does not have what it takes.

  • Aslam khan on November 11, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    I think younis khan was lucky to have got so many chances as a captain and as a batsman, he is out of form for so long. He always puts pressure on middle order after getting out cheaply and stupidly. Same goes with Shoaib Malik, Pakistan needs to move on with Young players like Umer akmal and fawad alam. For captaincy, i think Shahid afridi is the right choice. Mohammad yousuf should never be dropped from pakistani team as he is one of the best pakistani batsman ever. Umar gul is not consistent and he should be given break as well. (Only good for T20). I hope selectors make some tough and right decisions for the Pakistan Cricket.

  • Saeed Ehsan on November 11, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    aoa.it is very good for pakistan cricket.younis has no capability of capitancy.he should be only in test team.afridi is best choice for one day captain now

  • Ali Karman on November 11, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    I dont understand why everyone is so puzzled.Its pretty clear that Mr .Younis Khan like always is only thinking about himself.He is enjoying the attention he is getting and not realizing that it can and will backfire. A time where he could become a legend from a hero he decides to take an uncalled for break.can someone remind me how much cricket Pakistan has played to be taking a break...................Its high time we get rid of any such sportsmen who think about themselves ahead of the country. SHAME ON YOU YOUNIS!!! This is a time to be making an example and not committing the same mistakes we have always made.Younis khan should be out of the team till he proves he is fit more mentally then physically.

  • fahad khan on November 11, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    He needs to take a permanent break from ODIs not Test matches. 19 ODIs this year, 420 runs, an avg. of 22. 2 meaningless half centuries in the 4th and 5th ODIs against Srilanka when Pakistan already lost the series. Struggling to cross double figures and when he did cross it he was wasting so many devliveries then it was putting pressure on rest of the team. He should simply focus on Test Matches for the remaining part of his career. If he or anyone else cannot see the way he is struggling in ODI then then I have nothing to say to them. Having said all that,taking a break even from Test Matches is not a wise decision at all. I am sick n tired of Younis and his flip flopping.

  • Nitro on November 11, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    The only reason YK was captain is because of Imran Khan was such a big supporter of him. Younis is not a one day player. I think he should go back to domestic cricket and earn his spot in the team again and then he should only be allowed to play test cricket. In order to be a good leader you have to perform first and he has let us all down during this series against New Zealand. He got all the credit for leading the team to 20/20 world cup when we won the cup because of Kamran, Afridi, Ajmal, Aamir and Gul.

  • Khaled on November 11, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    Finally, pak selectors are showing some good cricket knowledge. Yousuf should have been appointed captain right after Inzi's departure. Had Yousuf been playing for any other country rather than pakistan he would been the captain now. Of course, now the selectors are out of options.

    Congratulations Yousuf! You have worked hard and rightfully deserved it.

  • Abdullah Khan on November 11, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    It is allover for Younis Khan like Mecheal Vaughan.

    Younis Khan was unfit for the ODI captaincy from the day one but he is a good test player. His record speaks itself. In 63 test he scored 16 centuries and 21 half centuries with an average of 50.09. In contrast in 197 ODIs he played 191 innings and scored just 6 centuries and 37 half centuries with an average of 33.12. Time is over now for batsman captains or bowler captains. Master of one particular field may fail like Younis Khan while an all-rounder like Vetori or Dhooni can provide more chances to perform. For me Shahid Afridi should be a captain of all three forms of games. Dont think he is not a test player . His records show he is a better test player rather than ODIs. Give him his right. Yousaf is a good batsman but he lacks leadership abilities which are God given. Afridi has everything for Pakistan cricket for next 4 to 5 years. For me yonis is a matter of past like Micheal vaughan.

  • Rauf on November 11, 2009, 16:06 GMT

    The whole issue can be boiled down to one thing.

    CONSISTENCY

    This is what Pakistan team lacks. Younis has talent so does all the other players in the team. On any given day and that day is anyone's guess, Pakistan can beat any other team. Our geniuses in the PCB don't help the matter either as they like to make changes to the team more often than an average person changes underwear.

    I hate to say this but we must learn from the best. Ricky Ponting has been captain through wins and losses. He endured strong critcism after Ashes defeat and came back to win the CT2009 and now Ind tour with a depleted team. CA rarely makes any changes on the outcome of a single match or even a series. Pound for pound, Aus has the same talented players as the rest of us but what they have which no other team has is consistency and mental toughness.

    Enough said.

  • Khwaja on November 11, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    It is baffling. This is Younis' personality, no firmness, no stability, no depth. He is cavalier about his responsibilities--almost flighty, considering his comments during the T-20 tournament and in what has followed. Yes, it was irresponsible public theater when jokers of the National Assembly summoned him on charges of match-fixing. But his resignation in response was equally theatrical and irresponsible. As if not satisfied with his posture of dignified offense, he then played a backstreet hand by indicating he was willing to return if his captaincy was confirmed until the next World Cup! Was that logical? Morally justified? Self-respecting? As often before, it is a person's own arrogance that brings him down. In the recent drama, after bending the PCB to cut out every one who may be perceived as a potential threat, he made some of the silliest selection decisions and showed no spark in the field. Forget the NA, neither Younis nor PCB come out clean here. Team spirit, anyone?

  • Fahad on November 11, 2009, 15:59 GMT

    I understand why Younis make this decision he is not in the good form he is not feeling well and that is the one reason that he is not able to lead the team in a good manner in a manner he wants to lead but failing. I have firm believe in younis that he is a courageous and brave cricketer, to announce that he is not going to New Zealand is not an easy thing to do but that shows how brave he is. Bad form is a part of cricket and this is the thing which every cricketer has to face several times in his career so younis is going through the same sort of faze but I hope he will soon come out of it and will perform even better. For me he is still the best man for the job

  • Bilal on November 11, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Looks like he realized that playing the tactic of "I quit" will now be too boring and useless, so he took the route of " I need rest". Physically, he looks OK, I guess he is talking about mental rest, which he sure does need. Chalo thik hai. One more of his demand was honored by PCB. We all need vacation. I wont oppose his return after getting back into good form but NOT as a captain. Never again !!!

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 11, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Younis makes perfect sense. He is not Imran Khan who clinged to the power despite being unfit with pulled muscle, unable to bowl and unable to field. Younis is a true Pashtoon Pathan from "Ilaqa Ghair", not from Mianwali.

  • Bilal on November 11, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    Looks like he realized that playing the tactic of "I quit" will now be too boring and useless, so he took the route of " I need rest". Physically, he looks OK, I guess he is talking about mental rest, which he sure does need. Chalo thik hai. One more of his demand was honored by PCB. He should go back to his gaown, sit under a tree, put some naswaar in an look after the cattle. We all need vacation. I wont oppose his return after getting back into good form but NOT as a captain. Never again !!!

  • me2 on November 11, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    Way to go Younis .... now you should retire from the cricket all together ...that would be very helpful...please for the country sake ... announce your retirement from the international cricket in all forms (ODI, Test, T20)....

  • Sohail Aziz on November 11, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    what break ??? Pakistani team is having break for long time ??? break rubbish

  • me2 on November 11, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Way to go Younis .... now you should retire from the cricket all together ...that would be very helpful...please for the country sake ... announce your retirement from the international cricket in all forms (ODI, Test, T20)....

  • Faisal khan on November 11, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    No doubt Younus is best Pakistani batsman and captain but only in test cricket. Younus should retire from ODI , look at his career as ODI playerin in last one year. I am happy , PCB appoint Yousuf as a captain, he is No. 1 contender as a test team captain. Younus can play as batsman not as captain.

  • Chinara on November 11, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    Well, after not playing cricket for so long at the highest level a leader of Younis's caliber should be hungry to play on! In my mind, Younis the batsman is a flat track bully, the batsman in him is not ready for the challenge in NZ!

    As a leader, he doesn't foresee good results for us in NZ and hence he is a big fat chcken!!

  • Tariq on November 11, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    Well well well, the man who wanted the captaincy on his own conditions and got it after a stormy two weeks of pakistan cricket is showing his true color. What do u expect from a leader, of course, to lead from front. so does it mean that team should follow his footsteps and take a break from NZ tour.

  • deen on November 11, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    Which planet r u aliens from. Those who say he made the wrong decision by taking a break obviously haven't been keeping an eye on his performance. Its true even the best batsman struggle and get back in form. But he's been struggling 4 so long. Take a look at his performance in champions trophy and series against NZ. The 2nd match in ABU Zabhi,Chasing 304 openers gave us a descent start.At 92 for 1 in about 20 overs.He comes in and takes about 40 balls to score only about 13 runs. Mohammad Yousuf should have come in instead of him. 3rd match Mohammad Yousuf is dropped from team. Absolutly unbelievable. It is clear Younis should have been dropped. He scored 3 of 16 balls. But he made the right descion at the wrong time. He is an excellent test player. And would been a valuable asset to the team.

  • Nauman Rupani on November 11, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    PCB should never have appointed him captain till 2011.His form has been bad for over a year now. In the end,I think it works out right for the team as I am very sure the selectors were having tough time reasoning him in the playing XI.I wish they had guts to say that Younis "should earn" his place back on form, just like they did for Misbah.The unfortunate truth is that someone will fill in his shoes and match or exceed Younis' current form(i.e. averaging in 20s),yet lose their place once he comes back. Not sure if Yousuf is captaincy material either,his form since comeback from ICL has been below par.I think this was a good chance to relaunch Afridi's test career and make him the captain,I think he has matured as a player,as much as he can.Seriously Yousuf has a lot to sort out on his own form right now. On a side note,Kamran can you please write a column in praise of Aamir's efforts, may be we can replace him for useless Razzaq/Rana/Tanvir/Yasir Arafat spot and play a better bowler.

  • Imran on November 11, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf is the right choice for the Pakistani team at the moment. Younis is a good captain but one thing we should keep in our mind, that captain should lead from the front like ricky ponting. You can trust your captain for series or two but if he performs consistently bad then he should be rested and we hav to find out alternative. I have an idea, that there would be three captains for the three formats of the game. For test Yonis, for ODI Yousaf or Afridi and for T20 Afridi. Allah bless us all. Ameen

  • Kool Kat on November 11, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    YK is crazy. He is a great Test match player. He would have discovered his form in NZ. Earlier this year all the Indian batters fared well - Gambhir, Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman. YK would have sparkled. Pakistan fans, I am afraid, have just killed his spirit.

  • Syed Jaffery on November 11, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    Younis Khan's emotional decission is not surprising. The shameful manner they lost these two matches, it is good for him to take some rest out of the game and try to get back into form. Afridi truely pointed out that they played like club cricketers but sadly there is no great batting and bowling talent available in the country today. Gone are the days when we were producing cricketers like Anwar, Aamir, Inzi, Yousuf and Razzaq. Even Bowling is nothing compared to Wasim, Waqar and company. But still no one was expecting this kind of poor showing on flat pitches in front of home crowd and against such a weak bowling attack. Maybe the ball doing a little bit more for Newzealand bowlers. Remember Vettori accused Umer Gul of tempering with the ball after losing the match at T20 world cup.

  • Rehan on November 11, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    YK was not performing but Yusuf has not been a good captain.Rest will do a world of good for YK but he is reaping what he did to Shoaib Malik

  • Abdul Samad on November 11, 2009, 15:41 GMT

    Y.Khan is not good choice for Pakistan Cricket as i think. His ODI record shows that he is not a player of ODI cricket. Shahid Afridi is the right choice for captain Of Pakistan Cricket team.he improving his batting,bowling & Fielding too.

  • Emad on November 11, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    Not being sarcastic or annoyed…..I think, Younis needs a psychiatric consultation. He has a serious immaturity issue. As a captain, one has to be consistant on your acts and behvior, if not the form. There is politics in every organisation and professional activity. Leader, supervisors, captain, leads, CFO's, Directors.... you name it, they are all politicians on way or another. He cannot concentrate on present game and forget about the outer world, past and future. You can’t just quit whenever you feel pressure or unhappy with some issue. You can't get everything worked out the way you want. I think Younis cant face challenges. He might have a potential of a fighter, but his actions are way to kiddish… its like ‘jao hum nahi kheltey’.. common dude… you are running the most profitable in the country. You can’t apply your street cricket behavior… bring some professionalism. I wish he has more composed inner side as his outer side… I wish was he was more mature as a man…

  • Rizwan on November 11, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    Another drama by YK, as he knew that with a poor performance in NZ test series he would go on a long leave without pay, so he opted for a short leave with pay. On the top of that, a very good, belated decision.

  • Gohar on November 11, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    Extremely shocking news to hear that he went on rest. God knows when we will get red of the inzimam that he is controlling other players like kamran, shoaib malik and shahid afridi, and in my point of veiw these players brought younus to this position as he has no support from his team mates. God bless Pakistan cricket and save it from these beasts...

  • f khan on November 11, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    I think its a good decission to make yousaf captain as he deserves it .it was pcb fault to make younis capton in the first place how can you force someone to be a captain as he himself does not want the captaincy , to be a capton of a national team its an honour it cannot be enforce if you look at the performance of yuonis during his captaincy it was shameful both his own performances and his captaincy .he looked baffled in the field and his batting was poor and most of all his team selection was rediclious. but he should have stayed with the team as batsman during newzealand tour .

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 11, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    Deja vu! This was bound to happen. In your previous blog I noted after first ODI that Younus should rest himself from the series, otherwise tantrum awaits. Too little too late! He is not mentally tough, which affected his performance. He also appeared to be a egoistic and a control freak. After dropping Afridi from the tour selection committee, he made stupid decisions of dropping Malik, Umer Akmal, and nail in the coffin was dropping of Mohammad Yousuf. I do not know how he slept through nights after making those decisions. Captaincy got to YK's head. Though after Yousuf he still is the best batman.

    For captaincy we need LEADERSHIP skills like:

    -Lead from front -Encourage team-mates -Vision -Avoid arguments -Good listeners -Create good atmosphere

    Younus failed to apply any of the above. Selection of these kind of leaders only create caos. He isn't street smart as Miandad or educated as the great Khan. We need to create leaders from the grass root level.

  • khurram on November 11, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    emotionally unstable. cannot make timely decisions. and if he manages to make them, can't stand by the consequences.

  • Asim Raza on November 11, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    I think Younis should wait for 6 months now. He should come back as test player, there is no room for him to play in ODI's or T20. Afridi must be given Captaincy in both ODI's and T20. Yousuf is not a bad choice for Test i believe. Looking at his career record his years of experience and considering the fact you have lot of time to think and made decision in Test match unlike ODI's T20 where sharp and fast tactics are required. With Younis's omission ODI team will be on course for sure. And i would love to see PCB chief being sacked and Logical/Professional/Educated/Experienced person takes this position.

    What is this old Intikhab Alam doing by the way?? he is on World tour?? or PCB forgot to handover Job Description to him? what is his deal?

    I hope with Big headlines Media shakes the PCB and over the period of one year things will be much better. INSHALLAH!

  • Ajith Kumar on November 11, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    This is plain ridiculous, he don't deserve a place in the pak team. From the lofty standards of the 90s, today pak look like a third rated team. Imagine days with sohail, anwar, ijaz, inzamam, wasim and waquar. All these guys were captaincy material. Apart from sohail all had won matches single handedly.. They could lead by example, today i find the paki spirit in only two guys that is afridi and the new kid ameer. I would rather give the captaincy to afridi or the new kid ameer rather than jokers like younis and yusuf (even this guy is unstable like younis, he joined icl, then quit it joined ipl, and then again quit it to rejoin icl, then quit it to don the pak color and by no means he can be a good captain)

  • tombaan on November 11, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    By the time they play world cup, Aamer would be the captain....such drama queens

  • Zaheer Aslam on November 11, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Well i will say that its worst decision made by the board. I think younas is best captain.Yousaf is an aged player.he cant play for more than a year.secondly Younas is best test batsman after Yousaf in test line up.Bad patches comes on great players and i have seen tendulakar who had a bad run form.I think its all due to the internal politics in pakistan team.The team is divided in three groups.1)Younas khans group 2)malik or afridis group 3)and neutral group which includes all youngsters,Kamran akmal etc and that group has shown their performance.Its not only the captain but All the old players have shown bad performance. Yousaf is good batsman and their is no doubt about it.but he is a poor runner and poor fielder.on 79 occansions he himself get ran out or the other partner get run out.He loses about 20 odd runs by slow running between the wickets similarly he gives a away runs in fielding so his 43 ODI batting average cant benefit pakistan.only suitable for test cricket as batsman.

  • Amer on November 11, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Although its a wrong decision at this stage but it should be taken as blessing in disguise for Pak cricket and he should not be given a chance to come back as captain as he is not at all capable of this post.

  • Irfan Khan on November 11, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    i think we should go with younis & see what is his strategy behind his decision. it might be some teammates are not accepting him as captain. so lets wait & see.

  • Madhu Ranganat on November 11, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    Bring back IMRAN KHAN!!!!!!!!!!! I dont see any current Pakistani Player good enough to be captain of Pakistan cricket team!!!!!!! KicK the weaklings and match fixers outta the team and build afresh!

  • Nadir on November 11, 2009, 15:24 GMT

    Damn it !!!! Younas Khan is a better test player they only way he could have been back in form was scoring runs in test cricket !! He should retire now from cricket, and M.YOUSUF As captain ???? Sorry !!! M.Aamir can do better than him

  • Osamah on November 11, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Pakistani fans are very critical, can't even drop a catch and be hounded. I think Younis' decision has a lot to do with fan zealousy. On the captain note, Pak has had trouble producing a smart, talented, charismatic, articulate captain like Imran, or Sangakarra, or Darren Ganga.

    On that note, MISBAH FOR CAPTAIN!

  • Omar Ansari on November 11, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    I would suggest a complete overhaul of this Pak team with Aamer as a captain and Saeed Ajmal his vice.

  • SAQIB IHSAN on November 11, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    First of all a GAND SALUTE (both of them deserve alot more then that) To MUHAMMAD AAMER & SAEED AJMAL for there great effort in last ODI. What i think its agood move from PCB. Yousaf deserve as a captain for long time before. it is late decision for him but i like it. Cricket is not about luck only but also a mental game. As a captain u have to lead from front. This is not bases on NZ tour only someone can see for last 2-3 years back. The best example of captancy is Ponting in India Tour even with almost B team (only 3 regular players were playing) he seal the series. Cricket is about performance / fitness if you are fine then its great & if not then you should take some rest. Just think (all players) that u r representing not only your self but a country (PAKISTAN). BEST OF LUCK.

  • Frustrated Pakistani fan on November 11, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    I think, the "Y" in Younis name stands for Yoyo.

    For the people, who don't know what Yoyo is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo-yo

  • Syes Shah on November 11, 2009, 15:17 GMT

    It is the universal law and sensible decision, if any product or person not producing any benefit, it is better to discard it. Younis and the management has lack of understanding and wisdom. The question is, why Imran Nazir , when not producing, keep sending him as an opener. On the other hand, Series Winner Abdul Razzak, kept out, and Pakistan lost the series. Yes, there is a friction and conflict liking and disliking in the team, which results non-cooperation among the players. Younis should play tests only and not one days or 20/20. Priority should be given on merit basis only. No matter who, whoever delivers should be in the team and not to keep testing a failure again and again and deprive other genuine player. If any player does not perform in three consecutive tries, should leave voluntarily in case the management does not use brain.

  • Mujahid on November 11, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    I could not understand that he wants the captainship or not, it makes no sense from Younis specialy when the hard tour is coming. This is not the first time he took the decision in a sudden. May be some of players didn't want the Younis as captain even though he can step down but remain with the team as a player. Now he should be retire from International cricket and give way for younger player or PCB should not be taken him back. In my openion Afridi or Shoaib Malik the ideal candidates for the same instead of Yousuf because they have time to settle.

  • Anes Azeez on November 11, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    I think its the right choice to appoint Yousuf as a captain of the team and i wish him all the best and i dont feel Shahid Afridi as a captain for the pak team becos he doent have the patient and when any body watch the last match can see apparenly.

  • Anwar Wali on November 11, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    Kudos to Younus Khan for his courageous decision. May be he is emulating Rahul Dravid........eventually he may lose his place as a player in the long run. We hope him to come back strongly after lifting his performance & self esteem by playing in Domestic Cricket. Congratulate Mohammad Yousuf on being appointed full time Captain. The team should support him and show character to win the series against New Zealand and lift their morale high.

  • Wasim Bhatti on November 11, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    Y. Khan has made right decision on right time. Who says he has no sense. Thanks Younus Bhai… We know that you are good man but Cricket is Cricket. Mohammed Yousuf should stand up now to lead the Pak team from front and he should come for batting on number three for long innings and big scores. If he gets our support like Tendulkar getting from his people then M.Yousuf can break all the records. Wish u all the best Yousuf Bhai…Barri Duain Ki Hain Aap Ka Liya…please lead from font. (Wasim Bhatti from Bahrain).

  • Asad Sadick on November 11, 2009, 15:12 GMT

    I feel there is more to Younus seeking a break. He is totally confused and the rumours of some players not in his favour is surfacing. But Yousuf over Younus is disaster again. Just watch. Afridi would have been the right choice. He has the killer instinct, that Imran Khan had.

  • RBS on November 11, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    What happened to Younis should have happened a LOONG time ago. He cannot play in limited overs cricket. (ODI and T20s) He should not play in such matches at all. He's a test match player. And like the T20 captaincy, the ODI captaincy should also be handed over to an aggressive, bold and passionate captain like Afridi. Im surprised he wasnt kicked out of the team and that he opted to go. Im sure there is something fishy and Ejaz Butt ordered him to take a break at gun point. But you know what? He did the right thing. Sad thing is that he realized too late and cost his Country the series and the champions trophy. The T20 world cup was not his miracle. It was afridi who made us win with his brilliant performance int he semis and final. Younis is like a hyena. A scavenger. Hes not a match winner. Hes just the opposite. He took away all the glory with afridi made possible. He had nothing to contribute to it. He Should nottt come back in the ODI team. He sucks as a captain. Good riddance

  • Mohamed Z. Rahaman on November 11, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abassi should know that captaining Pakistan is like no other. The stress and pressure from ex players with oversized egos makes one age 5 times faster as a Pak captain. Just recently Inzy was calling for Afridi to replace Younis. Did anyone tell Inzy to shut his trap? Younis was also accused by many in Pak cricket of match fixing against NZ in the Champions trophy. My point is it's not only the matches that brings on stress - it's also all the bacchanal (as we say in the West Indies) that goes on around it. Younis in my humble opinion did the right thing. I am sure that ex players like Miandad, Inzy, et al, are already salivating for the first sign that Yousuf falters.

  • Syed Manzar Ali on November 11, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    Very good and late decision .Younis is simply not a team man he is a selfish cricketer he never performs consistently so need to drop him from the side .

  • Shahab N on November 11, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    I think Pakitan should get rid off Younus, he is not a cricketer, he is a politician and should go into politics, he will definitely do better in politics than Imran Khan but don't even try to compare Younis with Imran as Cricketer. Imran in my view is the best all-rounder that ever. Younis is not even rated amonf the top batsman of pakistan ans that is why he couldn't find place in ODI squad in late 90's early 2000.

    Omar Gul! It's also time to bring Asif back give some shack to Omar Gull. He has performed in T20 for Pakistan but in Tests and ODI he has been underperforming consistently. We should sit him down and ask him to look at his Test and ODI perdormances. He is a good bowler but not Wasim and Waqar who can't be dropped, Pakistan have enough talent to take his place.

    Also, why can't we have different Teams in T20 and ODI's. If Afridi did well in T20 doesn't mean that we start playing him in Tests and make him Test and ODI Captain. PCB mamanagement must take charge.

  • Qamar on November 11, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    Y Khan is a good test player and he should be the member of the squad touring Newziland. Pithes there are not batsmen friendly and pakistan team needs experience palyer like him. Y khan and Yousaf in the middle order are capable of handling pressure. Every man has some weak points but we shold look on the strong points and should encourge our team to do its best

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on November 11, 2009, 15:01 GMT

    Agreed, there is a poverty of resources. But it is the lack of resources in the Management. Most of the blog readers are agreed that once YK has refused to become the captain, he should be approached to lead the team. It was reflected at that point of time that we lack resources. However, there is no dearth of talen the Pak cricket but it is petty politics not only on the field but outside, which is damaging the pak cricket. Personal interest has more importance rather than team interest. I remember that Imran Khan has lead the team when he was not match fit. He was greatest of the great and had put total commitment. Something we find in this current bench is only with Shahid Afridi but rest..questionable...Still there is no end of this road, if we make amend and be patient it is will be good for cricket. Modern cricket needs strategy, communication, patience, management and over all good approach.

  • RBS on November 11, 2009, 15:00 GMT

    What happened to Younis should have happened a LOONG time ago. He cannot play in limited overs cricket. (ODI and T20s) He should not play in such matches at all. He's a test match player. And like the T20 captaincy, the ODI captaincy should also be handed over to an aggressive, bold and passionate captain like Afridi. Im surprised he wasnt kicked out of the team and that he opted to go. Im sure there is something fishy and Ejaz Butt ordered him to take a break at gun point. But you know what? He did the right thing. Sad thing is that he realized too late and cost his Country the series and the champions trophy. The T20 world cup was not his miracle. It was afridi who made us win with his brilliant performance int he semis and final. Younis is like a hyena. A scavenger. Hes not a match winner. Hes just the opposite. He took away all the glory with afridi made possible. He had nothing to contribute to it. He Should nottt come back in the ODI team. He sucks as a captain. Good riddance

  • Aamir Arman on November 11, 2009, 15:00 GMT

    In my view, Y Khan at present not in good form & that would be one reason because inside the team players, so many points has been raised about the selection. He hasn't performed well & everyone pointed the reason why he has been selected? He know himself too & also there are so many rift going on which is not good for pakistan team. As talking about BREAK / REST, thats not be a reason because how much cricket they have played during last 2 years? Also it is the right time to build a new line-up in light for upcoming T20 World Cup and Main World Cup. Also there are expectation that the Test World Cup will be start soon according to ICC. You also have to recalled urself that Inzi given a hint that Shahid Afradi should take over becoz he knows what is going on inside the team management and NZ current tour was the chance for Y Khan to retain as a Captain as he failed again.

  • aftab on November 11, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Yousuf should have been made captain looong time ago. He should not have to change his religion or gotten Inzi's approval. Of all the Pakistani players I have seen on TV he makes the most sense. He is one Pakistani cricketer who has a non-mercurial personality.

  • Naveed Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Thank you very much Younis Khan..Actualy i was expecting this by the time when he was going back to dressing room after he got out.I feel sorry for all those who support Younis as captain.No doubt he is Pak # test batsmen at the moment but he realy lakes the temprament,atitude and qyality of a good captain.Ever since hehas changed his personality on the field over mass critisism that he is laughing in the field he has been a total failur as far as relation with the team mates is concerend.And once this happens to a captain it effect his own performance too. and that is what has happened to Younis Khan.I think losing last oneday to Newzealand was a blessing in disguise to Pakistan.Now all the best to Yousaf and company and i think Yousaf should have offered Captaincy when Inzmam left the cricket scene.

  • ali on November 11, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    I totally agree and back Younis's decision. This cricket team is not worth playing for, i will be very disappointed if one fine morning he turns up again in PCB colors. Cricket team unfortunately is true representative of the chaotic country itself; where there is no place for honest people. I was really unhappy when Younis took back his resignation, rather he never really meant it in the first place. Any organization or group where individuals can prevail over systems destruction is inevitable. Be it Wasims, Shoaibs, Maliks or Yusufs they all were and are towering enough to overthrow a complete system and legitimate incumbents. Real shame for PCB and for us as a nation..For Younis, my advice will be to try his luck somewhere else, he has IPL, English and Australian domestic and the venues are not new for him. Abbasi, I am surprised to see you writings so much about your disappointment regarding Younis but never writing anything about thugs in the team.

  • Mazhar on November 11, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    The first thing is that younis khan should only be in the test side. So, to make a guy captain of a side in which his own place is at stake is rubbish. The blunder commited by the management was to drop Yousaf from T20 side. I dont know how the hell they can make such decisions. Did SA ever dropped Kallis and believe me Yousaf is a better striker than Kallis. Misbah was no replacement of him. But anyways, the decision made by Younis is disappointing but that shows one thing that atleast he has got some moral courage.

  • Rashed Rash on November 11, 2009, 14:55 GMT

    I am a crazy supporter of pak cricket team.I cant do anything when there is a match of pak.When i watch the match in tv from bangladesh i become frustated by following the match plan of yunus.he is not feet for the captain as well as player of pak T-20 &ODI.He is not intelligent.I think now pak has the best players in the world.But beacause of lack of good captaincy pak cant successfull.I think Shahid Afridi will be best captain for ODI &T-20.Inshallah pak will win next T-20 & ODI world cup if Shahid Afridi will lead the team.

  • Nadir Shah on November 11, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    This is simply childish... PCBs should not have given a blank check of captaincy to anyone for any duration of time. This is a result of poor policies and whimsical decision. Think Ponting or Vettori taking sabbatical from cricket (unthinkable right!). If Younis is out of form, then spend 18 hours a day in the nets. That is the only way one can show merit to his selection not by shying away from the game. Ridiculous!

  • Mahmood Ahmad on November 11, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    I think this decision was come after selection was not done on 3rd odi, instead of Y. Khan we shoud get rid off selection members and couch,

  • Nabeel Khan on November 11, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is the best. he should be captain.

  • Ravi on November 11, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    Younis is betraying the country which had so faith on him. He is as whimsical as any other bad captain the country had had so far. One T20 victory should not make him so self-centered

  • zee on November 11, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    thank you.. yunis khan.. i ws there iN all three matches pak played at abu dhabi and going to watch there match tomorw as wel in dubai.. wen younis came to bat in3rd ODI, ppl were chanting salogans like..out..out..out.. hare ga pakistan hare ga..all the credit goes to yuni bhai..atleast m happy he is nt there in tomorows match to Spoil the scene AND UPSET us..i sersly thnk him for his pitiness on T20.. i hv a qs if smeonecan help me out..is'nt there any law in PCB constituition abt dropping a captain frm the squad due to consistently performing bad..or jst bczz he is signed for captaincy ..board has to abide by and stand out and watch all ths

  • shiraz on November 11, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    I know younis khan is out of form but thats not the reason he asked for a break. There is just too much politics in PCB and the team and you can see that clearly in the last oneday. I think all the seniors are the one causing the issue. Everyone should be kickout of the team and it should be a completly new team. Afridi is also bedind the rift in the team creating another group again younis khan. No body ever talks about afridi but i think he is the biggest politician in the team. He is always creating problems. Does anybody remember the asif and akhtar saga!!!

  • A Khan on November 11, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    Any person who is so impulsive in taking and leaving a job like Captaincy of Pakistan Cricket team should not be given the opportunity. One should understand and value his position. Younis Khan, I don't think is the right person for the job since he started throwing the towel whenever he feels like it. There are going to be bad weathers, just be firm and go through them but here we are again one day he says that Pakiustan is playing badly because we have not played enough cricket and the next day he needs rest from cricket. Don't think he is mature enough to do the job. PCB should give it to someone who is willing to do it and would not run away from it after few bad results or comments. I also don't understand the decision of PCB, the only team in my view younis should be in is Test team. Dont think he was ever a very good One day player. I know its tough but they should make Shahid Afridi as one day and 2020 captain and ask Younis to keep captaining the Test side.

  • Asif on November 11, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    i think he should retire now,becauze he is wasting the young talent by occuping a space in team with not performing at all.

  • Shahab N on November 11, 2009, 14:49 GMT

    Thank God! It's about time that Pakistan took right decision since Inzamam left. Yousuf should have given the captaincy after Inzamam. Pakistan's captain was only team captain in the world of Cricket that didn't even deserve a place in the squad and but was made captain of the Team. A Captian of the team should be someone who can lead from the front by performing consistantly and Yousuf is definitely the only batsman in the Pakistan who performs consistently and won games for Pakistan. When was the last time Younus won a game for Pakistan. Shahid Afridi is playing better but don't forget that he was given too many chances, Afridi have played alomost 300 ODI's and more ODI's than Yousuf and he is still not reliable, Leave him as 20 Captain. We should make Yousuf captain until world cup and groom Akmal or Malik. Yousuf will probably retire after after WC and Afridi will be gone after World Cup as his real age as evryone knows is nor 28. He is 33 or 34 years of age, I know when he was 12.

  • Another Brick on November 11, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    Feel sorry for Pakistan. They don't seem to find any stability what so ever in their team composition. I think they are in this state ever since Wasim Akram left. Hope they recover from this, rather, stupid decision by their captain. And I really think former players in that country should shut up and mind their business. They act as if they were saints during their time. It is hard enough for the team as it is to concentrate on cricket given the amount of politics that is played with in the team. Last thing they need is former players shooting non sense from the corner of their mouths. I like Younis Khan and if he is inspiring enough then that is a good enough reason for him to play - remember Sourav Ganguly !!?? But is Younis inspiring enough ?

  • abdurrazaaq on November 11, 2009, 14:47 GMT

    i feel younus khan should resign from captaincy as a whole an retire from ODI's and just be a test batsman. Afridi or Yousuf should captain the side permanently

  • Hibs on November 11, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    You are right Kamran the appointment of Yusuf speaks volumes about the 'wealth' of resources Pakistan has. Yunus Khan's exit really makes no sense whatsoever.True Yunus has not done well lately but so is true about the rest, its a 'FEEBLE' in character Pakistan team with the worst coach one can imagine. Its time to bring new blood in, we may go down further in rankings but then hopefully it will emerge strong.

  • SalmanShahid00 on November 11, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    True Pathan. Most things he does are senseless. Its got to his head, which didnt have anything else than emotion in it.

    SHould have fought against the odds and pulled his team out of the hole they have dug themselves in under him.

    Easy to take a holiday and forget about the worries.

  • Sheikh Asfandyar on November 11, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    i m not surprised by this decision of younas khan as he would have been droped anyway with his shocking performance where he cant score a run ...players have been thru this in past but younas took the easy way ..n e ways wish pakistan all the best for the upcoming tour of newzeland ..

  • Ahmad Saeed on November 11, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    Dear, i think the problem started when umar akmal was dropped to play shoaib malik, and the very next match yousaf was dropped to play akmal. That was a silly decision by younas. winning combination should not be changed. And we lost the series in result. now He wants rest. so bad.. Dear younas dont run away like that. you are a great player we all know. but just look what mistakes you make. Pakistan needs you i think.

  • Prophet on November 11, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    Younis Khan is a sook.....he's mentally not fit to lead a national team.

  • roomi on November 11, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    There is more to it than meets the eye. There is talk of non-coperation by players as Pakistan miidle order succumbed meekly to Kiwis on a placid wicket. There are suggestions of player power muscling in on an out form of captain and it seems Yunis's hand was forced. He should have stuck his ground but there is a whole lobby working against him. He is the natural captain to the Test side. He may be out of form in 20-20 and ODI's but every good player has gone thorugh that in the history. This is just in fighting between Pakistan players as had happened when shoib was removed and is going to continue. I feel sad for Yunis. He should have led in the test series but it seems not all is well in pak cricket and PCB as always has mishandled it. Yunis may be out of form and may have made mistakes but still is the best captain and is an experienced Batsman who needs one innings to get back in the groove.

  • Yasir on November 11, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Salaam to every1! common people younis khan is a good player and i think he might have some personal reason thats why he is taking the break.. im sorry to say Pakistani team is just rubbish.. look at them they won the T20 world cup and they think we are the best...i can think of one good player in pakistan team i only rate good players when they play good under pressure. i dont think no1 have this abilty as yet... pakistan need really good captan like imran khan... one day they play tiger wood and an other day they play like billy bowden:-)jokers... we have so many good young players... i just wana knw where they hiding? i think its time now for player like Salman butt need to go.. i cant beleive pakistan could nt find two decent oppeners since Saeed Anwer and Aamir Sohal left pakistani team...

  • Emad Kirmani on November 11, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    I've ALWAYS complained that Younis is a bad ODI player and should retire from ODI's, but was an AMAZING TEST player, and that he should stick to tests. We haven't won a test series in 3 bloody years and test matches have come very scarecely over the last 2 yrs, this was a very bad time to take a break, especially considering we've only had a light schedule over the last couple of months.

  • f khan on November 11, 2009, 14:39 GMT

    I think its a good decission to make yousaf captain as he deserves it .it was pcb fault to make younis capton in the first place how can you force someone to be a captain as he himself does not want the captaincy , to be a capton of a national team its an honour it cannot be enforce if you look at the performance of yuonis during his captaincy it was shameful both his own performances and his captaincy .he looked baffled in the field and his batting was poor and most of all his team selection was rediclious. but he should have stayed with the team as batsman during newzealand tour .

  • khurram on November 11, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    its blessing in disguiiz...pak has to kick out 2/3 seniors to become a better side. younis as a captain is like a mad man flying a plane. you could sense this through his trumbled words, his actions and his disturbed smile that he isnt in charge and he isnt going to the right direction. he tried his best but he wasnt a captain material. now hope we get more dimal performances in nzand aus so that we can kick out the existing senior rubbish and management.

  • Omair on November 11, 2009, 14:33 GMT

    I think its a step backwards for Pakistan Cricket. We needed some stability and continuity in captaincy. Yes Younis was disappointing in the recent 1-day arena, but his test match performance was not at all bad. More importantly, we need to discipline our senior players. They revolted against Malik, now they revolted against Younis, no guarantee that they will not do the same again. Younis needed time to grow in the job. I guess the reason for his decision are more political than personal. Being a fighter that he is, in normal circumstances, he would have tried to find his form while playing and facing the challenge. With this decision, I think he has sealed his fate. For me, he is finished as a captain as this is too serious a job to be given up so easily and so frequently. I also find it difficult for him to return as a player. But most importanly, it throws Pakistan Cricket back to the depths of obscurity. I am utterly disappointed!

  • Master philosopher on November 11, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    O.K. The real problem is Khan's low self esteem. He is very low in self confidence. Because of few failures, He lost courage to face other senior players. So, he is quitting. Every time he or country fails, he quits. He is a quitter. He just does not have quality of a leader. He loves to escape. Every time somebody challenges him or Pakistan loses, insted of facing tough situatios, He resigns. He is CHICKEN. He just does not have courage to face adversity. Drop him as a captain and as a player. He resigns all the time and try to get sympathy of others. Thats the only qualification he has is, resign and take the responsibility. Captain should be strong personality like Afridi. Without him, Pakistan is far better team. Sionara Younis Khan.

  • Ali on November 11, 2009, 14:31 GMT

    I think Younis Khan has made a right decision. I would've done the same thing if I were him.

  • Sadiq on November 11, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    During the 2nd ODI when Macullum was destroying Pak bowling, he top edged a ball which flew to 3rd man. There was no possibility of a catch by anyone including the WK. The camera panned to YK after the shot and it caught him ridiculing Kamran Akmal's stationary position after the shot. YK was gesticilating that Kamran should have run after the ball instead of looking at it and the ridicule in his actions were evident and directed towards somebody not too endearing to YK. When animosity gets so evident and conspicuous, alarm bells should ring loud. In that one action of YK I realised that the captain had lost it and even if he was the best strategist in the team, without a team to follow him, its of no use. With every other problem facing Pakistan, is this captaincy drama necessary????? I dont think so and it leaves me to believe that the team is in for a lot of strife in the future and a thrashing is in the offing in NZ. BRACE YOURSELVES PAKI SUPPORTERS.

  • hussain on November 11, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    y kha did not deserve to be as acaptain as he is totally out of form and whenever pak need a captain's innings from him he totally failed to do so. secondly, he was doing alot of shuffling in the team as well as batting order which results in our defeat , he was also taking part in some other activities like team management & selection which is not a captaain's work.

  • chudhary on November 11, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    Yousuf is the most suitable choice to lead the team in Test cricket - Younis should be part of the team though ...

    Btw the only evr serie we won against South Africa was when Yousuf was leading the team :)

  • Rashid Khan on November 11, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    salam, this is my first e-mail to any site and i m a big lover of pakistani cricket,this desecion suppose to come ealier,i don't know what kind of captain he was that he don't know when to control the things his captaincy was a formula without know his strength. I don't know why Mr.Butt want him as a captain????????? Afridi is a good choice for one day and T20 because all of us can see his attitude and involment during the match with his players,that is called a captain. so pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee Mr.Butt don't appoint Younis once again for pakistani team i don't know about you but I LOVE my nation and my team and i want them to be no 1

  • Zubyer on November 11, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    I think Younis Khan should only be playing test cricket.His record in ODIs has been dismal and i think we should give more chances to new comers as Umar Akaml and Mohammad Amer have proved it. Nothing against Younis but i feel he is not suitable as a ODI player.

  • Masood on November 11, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    Thank God atlast we got rid of that idiot. Inshaalah his cricket carrier is over & we will not ever see him again in Green shirts.

  • Rashid Khan on November 11, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    salam, this is my first e-mail to any site and i m a big lover of pakistani cricket,this desecion suppose to come ealier,i don't know what kind of captain he was that he don't know when to control the things his captaincy was a formula without know his strength. I don't know why Mr.Butt want him as a captain????????? Afridi is a good choice for one day and T20 because all of us can see his attitude and involment during the match with his players,that is called a captain. so pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee Mr.Butt don't appoint Younis once again for pakistani team i don't know about you but I LOVE my nation and my team and i want them to be no 1

  • saleem awan on November 11, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    I think this mess has been created by the indecisiveness of the PCB who are political appointees and wants to stay in the power by pleasing the so called senior players. Younis has let everyone down on numerous occassions. Everyone supported him with his last resignations but here he is responsible for another turmoil news from the Pakistan Cricket which is the only sports that is keeping the Nations united. The captaincy needs to be given to a person who cherishes it and who is proud to lead rather then forced to lead and ask for advices from spent forces like Inzi. The best and bold choice would have been Shahid Afridi as he not only cherishes the captaincy but also leads from the front and is always proud for playing for Pakistan. What a shame as I can not see Yousaf lasting for long as the captain of the team and we will ultimately have to go to Shahid then why not decide now. The PCB should be abolished for such perposterous decisions.

  • Kamran Mirza on November 11, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    A sportsman needing a break? I think the word you are looking for, Younis, is 'Retirement'

  • Suhail on November 11, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    YK did not want to work within the system and did not possess the leadership quality of bring the best out of the team. We cannot afford to have middle order batsman to be out of form for three outings. His constant threat of resignation, desire to control team selection, revolt of players, wanting captaincy guaranty until WC and tring to form a players union, all played part in PCB decision to dump him. He has no character, as he took back his resignation from 20/20, he will wiggle back into the team for money alone. He is about the most non-patriotic, selfish and self destructive player I have seen.

  • muhammad malik on November 11, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    it is a good decesion from younas to take some rest..infact he should have been resign right after the 20-20 w/cup..that was the best time..i think he has to sacrifice himself for the youngsters and we still have a lot of time for the coming w/cup to make a good team with combination of experiance & young blood...give some chances to youngsters so they can get some experiance...so they can make a good combinaion for the coming w/cup under the cataincy of affridi

  • sabby on November 11, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    muhammad amir for captaincy they guy can bat and bowl its exactly what pakistan needs a 19 year old captain :)

  • A Khan on November 11, 2009, 14:21 GMT

    Any person who is so impulsive in taking and leaving a job like Captaincy of Pakistan Cricket team should not be given the opportunity. One should understand and value his position. Younis Khan, I don't think is the right person for the job since he started throwing the towel whenever he feels like it. There are going to be bad weathers, just be firm and go through them but here we are again one day he says that Pakiustan is playing badly because we have not played enough cricket and the next day he needs rest from cricket. Don't think he is mature enough to do the job. PCB should give it to someone who is willing to do it and would not run away from it after few bad results or comments. I also don't understand the decision of PCB, the only team in my view younis should be in is Test team. Dont think he was ever a very good One day player. I know its tough but they should make Shahid Afridi as one day and 2020 captain and ask Younis to keep captaining the Test side.

  • Morfi on November 11, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    As much as I am a great fan of Younis and was supportive of him against the estb. this decision is mind-boggling anddisappointing!! He should have owned up to the decisions he made in the ODIs and stuck to his task - taken the players on board and resisted another upheavel. It seems he cannot take criticism and that is essential for being a successful leader. So there, he has let me and all his supproters down. On the dropping of players I might still have been with him as he would have had to drop one opener to accommodate all mid-orders and that would have brought more criticism about experimenting with openers. Still, Younis Khan - you have disappointed heavily. Im not sure if there is a way back for you, or even for Pakistan Test cricket for some time. Yousuf is a bad choice as captain. I would have gone with Kamran Akmal. But why, oh why has Younis put us through this in the first place???? Sad.....

  • Imran on November 11, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    err i guess for tests they can bring Misbah back, even he tries to prove his worth.... YK should step down from captain.... Afridi can take over Onedayers and as well as T20's.... We need more young blood inside the team.... that utter terrible performance of the top order against NZ is not acceptable again. They are making these kinda cheap headlines often. god bless Pakistan cricket

  • Qaiser on November 11, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    Younis Khan is only a Test Player just a normal player. He does not fit into one day or T20, neither does he have the skills of captaincy for these games. There is a difference between an average player and a great player. An average player always gets out on a bad shot and a great player gets out on a good ball. Seeing history of Yunus, he always gets out on a bad short. It is time that Pakistan look for someone mentally strong person with a good knowledge of game. Unfortunately they have none.Afridi would be good but he does not fit into a test team. Mohammad Yusuf could be a stop gap arrangement but needs to be there for 2 years. None of the others have experience at even domestic level for captaincy. Remember Greame smith was captain at a young age but had his place in the team as a key player as well. An average captain with a coach like Javed Miandad could the best solution. Captain needs a knowledge of modern aspects that no one at present has, meaning yusuf is right option.

  • Umair on November 11, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    How on earth can you make sweeping statements like that, Kamran? How can you assume that all Pakistanis think like you? Younis did what no Pakistani cricketer has the guts to do: stand down when not in form. So he'll return to domestic cricket, iron out his flaws and return stronger. What's wrong with that?

  • Amjad on November 11, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    Very true and well said. In my opinion Younis is trying to make an escape from the current situation by making someone else an escape goat. This is a trait of a coward and he should not be part of the national team anymore. Captains lead from the front and set an example for the team mates and here our "Awaami" captain is behaving like an ostrich.

  • Ghulam Haider Vajid on November 11, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    Bad news for Pakistan Cricket, Younus is honest and simple person, I think Yousuf is not the right choice to be a captain of Test eleven, more youngsters should be brought in, but Younus should rethink, come on Younus its not the end of the world, after all India also lost to Australia in India.

  • ron on November 11, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    good for mohammad yusuf..the man converted from his religion for this day...let him captain..

  • Maqsood on November 11, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    I didn't know younis have fans as well? This guy is immature, can any one expect decision like this from a test cricketer? He is basically a test cricketer.. so he should stick with it and give up the captaincy from ODIs as well. Shame on Younis.... he proved enough that he is a goof

  • 3meR on November 11, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    At last yousuf got his share of captaincy. He deserved to be the captain of Pakistan team for a looong time but the politics hindered that.And about younus.... us k baaray mai aur kya kahain batting toh aate hee nahin. he's not even a one day player. he's a test player and he wants break from test matches? wt has he done 2 years before?hasn;t he rested then? i'm sorry to say younus, but u and i think most of the prople would agreee YOU SHOULD RETIRE FROM CRICKET ! ! ! !

  • vivek on November 11, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    how come Afridi wasn't made captain. He was the one that masterminded it all, and blackmailed younis to step down.

  • Himayun Mirza on November 11, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    Younis, failed as captain, batsman, and a fielder. It was evident that anybody can be dropped from the team except the chosen few. Now for the first time not the PCB but Younis did an honorable thing and opted out. This is the best cricketing decision he has taken in recent times.

    Yousuf has been the lone star of Pakistan batting in the last few years. His numbers alone speak for him. Long ago, he was appointed vice captain of the team, but went out of favor. It is about time he is given his due share. Yousuf has served Pakistan with integrity and without any match-fixing allegations. He can bring the best out of the brittle Pakistani batting.

    The selection of each player should only be on merit. Their lifetime average and the most recent averages be the only criteria for selection. Just like a merit list for a professional college admission. This is the only way to make it transparent. Once a player is selected only then the best leader be appointed as captain.

  • Asim on November 11, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    i think he made a good decision and yousuf is the best choice for test cricket and for ODI and T20's Captain should be Shahid Afridi. Dont waste Shahid anymore please.

  • sohel on November 11, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    You know im glad we lost the last 1 dayer because it showed the flaws which would have been brushed under the carpet if we had fluked a win maybe it is good for a guy tolook at himself and try to improve his game and if that guy wants to call it "taking a rest "then so be it if he feels it is better for his pride.

    1 person it is not the team mybe we need to give him time to reflect and get his game back.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on November 11, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    Y Khan is good player but as captain he is not performing well. Captain should leed from the front for his team thats make other moral high. He loses his confidence day by day and in the end this eventually happen. I think his decision is good but still there is no senior player who is consistent enough to lead the team. He should take rest and concentrate on his batting and then again join team with boasted moral. From now an onwards we will looking for the long term Mr. Consistant. Board have no choice other than Yousuf to become captain. Afridi, akmal and Razzak again no consistensy. I don't think for any other choice................ May Allah bless Pakistan!!!!

  • Mehr on November 11, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    Don't forget Younis refused captaincy in the past as well. When he remained vice captain for couple of years and when he was required to take responsibility he ran away. Its a stupid decision. If you are out of form you pray for chances to prove yourself. I think he should be axed from the team not because of his performance but for his childish attitude.

  • ali on November 11, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    Don't conclude yet! let the full story come out then comment on it approprately.

    If Yunis has opted for rest because of the critisism then this is not right!

    If it is some kind of rift between the players or some kind of pressure from PCB that has prmpted him to take this decision, in that case we need to evaluate and then comment if the decision is right or wrong!

  • Asim on November 11, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    i think he made a good decision and yousuf is the best choice for test cricket and for ODI and T20's Captain should be Shahid Afridi. Dont waste Shahid anymore please.

  • Javed Zarif Canada on November 11, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    I hope and paray that Yousuf performs well as captain and pakistan get rid of this "looser" once and for all. YK's rise to captaincy speaks of Pakistan's problems in this area. I cannot undrstand how he shamefully talks about "Country First". He refused to take captaincy twice in the past,resigned once and now needs break. Give me a break! he should simply undestand that he does not possess the toughness and civility to be a part of an international side.He had enough of it and let a yonster take his position. He tries to be tough on guys without being an expamle for them.This does not work anywhere in any department.

  • sambaba hyderabad on November 11, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    I totally agree with woah. U never know what's going on with his personal life. Especially these days when everything is going wrong in the province where he belongs, I think he has got a good excuse for the same. May be the selectors might not have shahid afridi in their mind because of the refusal to play test cricket as they are going to follow up with the australian tour after the kiwis.

  • Yassar Altaf on November 11, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    I think the time has come for Younis Khan to relinquish the captaincy and just focus as a player. I think he was the best man to lead the team but he seems too tempramental. I think the PCB should take a brave decision and appoint Afridi captain for all formats. I believe in the last few years Afridi has developed as a fantastic legspinner. I think Afridi can justify his position within the team in all formats purely on his bowling ability. His batting should be viewed as a bonus. I also believe captaincy will bring more responsibility to Afridi's game. Something he has shown in the T20's. If you look at his test statistics then one will see that they are far better than his limited overs stats.

    As for Yousuf..he is a wonderful player and should be in the team for both ODI and Tests. BUT i am not sure captaincy is his fortay, though i think he would cherish it more than Younis has done. Younis seems to think Pakistan cricket will not survive without his captaincy skills.

  • atif shaikh on November 11, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    i think it is the right decision by younis but now he should play domestic cricket rather than rest to regain his form quickly and come back in the team coz the team badly needed him..he is no:1 choce for captaincy.....

  • liaqat on November 11, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    i think younas's desicion is a joke, if he cant handle the team the he shouldnt lead it, his selection in the last 3 odi's cost pak the series, is yousaf the right man i doubt, but this is pakistan where nothing is consistant and right,

  • asim qureshi on November 11, 2009, 14:00 GMT

    i think first time in his life he make right decison i agree with give and even in team his place is question mark he should go for retirement his crickets comes to end asim qureshi

  • khalil on November 11, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    i totally agree with oman n that yousaf is a right choice for captain but as far as younis is concerned he i dont want to blame got some mental problems i think that he has got in his mind that he is one of the best captain and player in pakistani cricket but i am afraid he is not i can only say he needs to respect the selectors the players and there is no need to speak english if u dont know how to speak take examples from china ,japan and iran as there presidents dont speak english bu tthey prefer there mother co8untrylanguage.

  • Khusro on November 11, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    Okay. First of all, Younis Khan hasn't performed at all in the series. A duck, 19 and 3. Compare that to the third ODI. He gets the settled opener, Salman Butt, out. Next, his leadership does NOT bring the team together, if the team is together when more than 5 wickets fall for 18 runs, I would think the team is in danger. Younis Khan made huge mistakes. He kicked Umar Akmal out in the second ODI. Would any of us be able to perform under the pressure of not playing an International again? He is not in form, and he brings the team nothing at No. 3 in the batting side. He lost us to NZ with a drop catch, which I forgive. But after I stood by him, he looks like "Okay I'm captain, I don't care how I perform". Two years ago, he denied the captaincy, when his form was good. He does this now

  • Shahzad Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    Its just childish and immature decision from Younas Khan. He is playing "with" cricket. Its not just a game its a matter of honour and grace. He who dictated his own terms to remain the captain and all his terms were agreed with, now he doesn't have any excuse to save his face. Well!!! I will not say that this is the good decision but this is the right decision from a Khan... There was just 1 Imran Khan and no body can be like him. He was a fighter, Wasim, and Inzi were also fighter. All of them fought for their teams and the Nation. But Younus Khan Fight for HIS honor. Country men and team has no importance for him.

  • haseeb on November 11, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    aaah atlast younis made a right decision he dont deserves to be the captain he is arrogant and proud man Shoaib Malik was and still he is the best choice as a captain

  • Syed on November 11, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    Fact is that Younis Khan is not captaincy material. He do not have thinking mind, has little brain (many times could not even do simple calculation so that to adjust bowlers in limited over matches), is too emotional, too temperamental, uncertain at most times, and worst is that he is filled with ego. These drawbacks he has is such that even one of them in a person should make that person unfit for captaincy. His condition is so obvious that to me, those who chose him as Captain of team in first place are also incapable of making sound judgment and are thus unfit to hold decision making responsibility.

    In my opinion, Pakistan should have different team and captain for Test, ODI and 20-20. My recommendation for ODI and 20-20 Captaincy is Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Yousuf for Test Captaincy. As for Younis Khan, he does not deserve a place in any form of limited cricket, be that 20-20 or ODI. Anyhow, Younis Khan deserves a place in the team as Test batsman.

  • km on November 11, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    Younis should bid farewell to captaincy for ever now. He has taken it for granted and quits it whenever he feels. This clearly shows he is a quitter and paki fans dont want to see a quitter leading the side. PCB has supported him more than enough and should not offer him the position again. The team is losing matches now and they appoint an inexperienced captain, the team might keep on losing, so what is the difference. Younis Khan should be told that he will get one farewell test in the future ( like Inzamam) and bid farewell to pakistan cricket

  • Rizwan Asghar on November 11, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    Kamran you remember when Kim Hughes, Graig Chappel, Graig Richi, Graham Wood, Rodney Marsh, Dennis Lillee, Jeoff Thomson left the Australian team simultaneously in mid-80s, Cricket Australia handed over a new/fresh/young team to Allan Border, which consisted of Geoff Marsh, David Boon, Dean Jones, Steve Waugh, Graig McDermott, Bruce Reed etc. That team struggled for couple of years and then won the World Cup in 1987. Rest about Aussies is history.

    Similarly, Pakistan Cricket Board should make a very brave decision. All culprits should be kicked out of the team and Younas Khan should be given a new young team, which he will turn into a winning team, I am sure.

  • Nagesh Addapa on November 11, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    I think Pak Board doesnt Take decisions but wait on issues on die its own death .As nobody wants to take a blame on any decision.I think Pak cricket doesnt require a captain they should make intiquab alam as captian and coach

  • vinmon on November 11, 2009, 13:54 GMT

    kyun ham in politics mein padkar apna time waste kar rahe hain..pakistan needs its youth to use their mind in thinking about taking pakistan out of trouble from problems of terrorism..ye cricket ke aaka log aise hi bevkufana harkate karte rehte hain..aur ham log is par discussion kare apna keemti waqt zaya karte rehte hain..waise bhi aaj zaroorat hai..ki ham dusre sports ko promote karein..jaise dehshatgardi ne pak ko dabaa rakha hai..vaise hi cricket ne baaki khelon..maslan hockey..ko aage aane ka rasta band kar rakha hai..i think we should noe boycott cricket for some yeras so that other sports can come up..in cricketers ka kya hai..inhe paisa aur glamour to jee bhar ke mil raha hai..hame kya mil raha hai..mere navjawano ye time pakistan ki behtari ke liye lagao..'AUR BHI GAM HAI ZAMANE MEIN CRICKET KE SIWA.'' 'PROUD TO BE A CICKET MANIA FREE PAKISTANI'

  • AfridiFan on November 11, 2009, 13:54 GMT

    Afridi is the best choice as captain for the ODI side. he has a good record as captain and captaincy always brings out the best in him. On the field he encourages the youngsters a lot more than YK who continues to smile in defeat or in victory. I also think Kamran as one of the senior players should also be given a chance as captain. he is a player who encourages team mates and has a good attitude on field.

  • Shafaqat Ali on November 11, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    Younas is a very good player and Captain, i think he can do this job both ODI nd Tests....... he must continue he job.... Afridi is good for t20 Leader.......... he neeeeds some Learnings for ODI leadership.........

  • Syed Anwarullah Hussain on November 11, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    I had my doubts with Younis being the captain from day one, I have met him a few times and he's is probably one of the nicest guy I have ever come across. It's a shame to see him go like this, I love playing and watching cricket and it's really sad to see Pakistan Cricket becoming a joke. What's next after yousuf? Why make Akmal his deputy? Yousuf was dropped for the last one day against NewZealand and now he's the Captain. Please this current Pakistan Cricket Board should all leave with Younis. But that will never happen, so let's all just pray for a miracle, as thats what we really need!!!!

  • Raza Durrani on November 11, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    Yousaf is a good choice we need someone who is respected by his team, captain alone cannt help u win the games its the teamwork that is needed under his guidance yousaf is well respected and he deserves this honour to be bestowed upon him Younis's decision of withdrawing from the series is the right call both for his own career and Pakistan cricket as out of sorts younis was only bringing down the morale of the team and individual heroics like the ones we saw from aamer and ajmal in the last ODI are not always enough to win the games ... younis is a good captain agreed but he has lost support because of his own wrong doings and I think he is more usefull to us as a player who performs I went through a comment about yousaf asking inzamam for his opinion before agreeing all i have to say to that is its always advisable to discuss big decissions with the ppl you trust and respect and Inzamam is yousaf's mentor so there is no harm in his consultancy we always have afridi to guide the team

  • Tafseer on November 11, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    i think Muhammad Yousaf is right choice because he is a expereince person and most of time his batting is more consistant then any other team member...also as per my experience Younas captency was not creative i hope this move will be positive of Pakistani team inshallah...After this i am sure Afridi should be the captin....

  • Aman Ullah Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:50 GMT

    Thanks God his daily resignations came to an end. He was not justfying selection as captain and even as batsman. Too much was being bestowed on him.A smilar case is Shahid Afridi.If he has clicked in 20 international,so what? He is duty bound to perform alike. Where is his progress as batsman? what is his Average. The management must see consistant performance and none and none else. The chairman along Captain must finish this feeling among the players that they are playing for the sake of captain.every time the team looses it comes in the press that there was conflict among the players. what this nonsense is? turn out any of such element from the time once for ever. Yousaf is the best choice. he will inshahallah prove his worth.

  • AfridiFan on November 11, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    I dont think Younis Khan should even be in the ODI team let alone the captaincy. His lack of form has caused many batting collapses this year, not to mention what happened in the previous ODI where he ran out Salman Butt who was going along steadily and then he gets himself out the next ball. Of course this is going to create pressure for the rest of the batsmen. Even Mohammad Ammer and Saeed Ajmal pakistans opening baller and spinner have scored more runs in 1 match than Younis Khan has scored in the whole series

  • Jibran Baig on November 11, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    The drama never ends in Pakistan, does it? Perhaps that is why with all the talent in the world, we will never ever become a consistent top side. Calling Salman Butt back was a right decision, he was off form in Sri Lanka, but still he is the only opener we got. There was no need to introduce Khalid Latif just now, Kamran Akmal has been successful as an opener. To get back in Form Younis could have just dropped himself to five or six and let Yousuf take the one down spot with Malik on Four. But...

  • ajah on November 11, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Correct decision from Younis, its just hard luck for him that he lost his form at this moment.Cricket lovers specially PAK fans should try to find the reason of these latest developments. Inzi said once for Malik, captain who dosn't deserve to be in playing eleven and recently criticized younis for taking omer akmal against malik in playing eleven. Finally blast when yousuf droped for Omar Akmal.As Younis has gone now for his break from cricket,Inzi's new subject should be the coach of team Mr Alam. yousuf accepted captaincy as per Inzi's advised, so no wonder he will ask PCB to have Inzi his official advisor and new coach of PAK team. I am sure in younis absence omer gul,yousuf and malik will back in form quickly. For younis i would say to find a county contract and play his remaining cricket because his kind of a man totally not acceptable in pakistani sports politics,he take advantage of his vacation and join or develop a strong political sports party or start calling Inzi often

  • Usman Ali Alvi on November 11, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Although I agree with the writer that Pakistan Cricket needs consistency yet I am perplexed as to his objection on Yousaf's nomination as leader of the Green Blazers. People who know him would apprecaite this fact that he is a very hardworking, docile and non controversial person who is respected by his peers (one of the most important ingredients that a Pakistani captain needs). He is not much different from Inzamam who was one of the few captains that were able to keep the Pakistan team united. He is the need of the hour and beleive me his shyness and mellowness would persih with the exposure. Have Faith

  • Syed Murtaza on November 11, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Agreed that Younis decision is entirely irresponsible and unreasonable.But choosing Yousuf as test captain doesn't seem so comprehensive because of his lack of presence on the field. On the other hand Misbah ul-haq (the cool head) would be a better choice for captaincy as he seems to be more thoughtful and experienced in captaincy department. It also was evident that the opening with two regular openers backfired exposing the middle order. If Akmal opens the batting in ODi's and misbah replaces Younis this adds more depth to the middle order. Also RAzzak should be replaced by Rana or wait till Asif comes back. This Pakistan team is an exciting prospect in world cricket they just need to search for the "right" balance.

  • Ahmad Zubairi on November 11, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Unfortunately Younus appears to me another a Miandad. A genius mind,aggressive,smart fighting captain with poor people management skills.He should work on learning to work with others or dont take captaincy again. Yousuf will be lousy as captain and for our future we should start to look towards one of our bowlers.Maybe Gul

  • Arshad Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    Kamran, what else can you expect from Younis after hearing Younis Khan Murdabad from the crowd at Sheikh Zayed stadium. The problem lies not with Younis but with the ungrateful nation that is called Pakistani. Amazing how quickly they turn heroes into zeroes. And as far as Yousuf's appointment as captain is concerned, everybody in Pakistan knows the kind of conspirator that Yousuf is (one could see him sitting glued to Salman Butt and whispering at the stadium). Everything will be just fine, only if someone from the power corridor could stand up and take the courageous decision of throwing out the rotten apples namely Yousuf, Malik and Salman Butt.

  • F Tahir on November 11, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    Non-sense cricket from Pakistan on field and out of field, no joy for fans any more. I used to be the biggest fan of Cricket but I don't watch Pakistani Cricket any more. Younis is a good Cricketer but not a good captain as he never take captaincy seriously as he said many times in the past 'He plays Cricket as fun', which is not a good joke from a professional sportsman. anyway I think Yousuf is better choice, but need to see if all the players in the team think this way.

    Pakistani Cricket need more time to adjust for the combination and need more support from fans.

    So best of Luck to Pakistan, may be its the time to look forward and left the past behind.

  • ARsalan on November 11, 2009, 13:43 GMT

    i think younis is pathetic player how many 50s or 100s he has done against strong oppostions??? and if he is not performing from past 1 year now how can he tell players to perform i hops he doesnt comes back because he is waste player he is only good on sub continent pitches but as current situation of pakistan no matches would be held there so its better if he just go away

  • Ahmer Salahuddin on November 11, 2009, 13:43 GMT

    Australian team & their captain Ponting is a live example of determination & how a team of man can achive the best even if it seems impossible. They lost quality players in their recent tour to India but still Ponting & company deliver their best to acheive an improbable victory. So Younus & Pak players must learnt to cope up with the situations & learn ti fight back (which once was Pak mark of identification) rather just go for sudden changes & innovations. Professionals should have confidence to live up during unwanted situations. Again I'll refer Australian side which is an example for all the teams in the world.

  • X2 on November 11, 2009, 13:42 GMT

    hahaha hehehehe huhuhuhu take rest until 2011 WC den cum and play after WC for 2015 WC

  • abid on November 11, 2009, 13:42 GMT

    Well that is one the best news that Younis has given up himself. He should not be a member of the team , let alone be the captain....He is a better player for the test Series only I think,, that too with Luck,,, there are people like Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Khalid latif, umar akmal who can be very good alternatives to Younis,,, non performers dont need to be staying in the teama nd now there are many many alternatives.His performance has been appauling and he needs to get into form first to be a member of the team.....only....

  • Feroz Sharief on November 11, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    In my opinion Younis did the right thing by opting out cos there is some really dirty politics / lobbying going in the team these days. I think PCB should do something to curb these issues may they should make Afridi the captain for limited overs (50/50 & 20/20) and Younis the captain for Test matches. On numerous occasion many ex-cricketers said that Afridi has potential to be a good captain but at that time his place was not guaranteed in the team but now Pak playing 11 is not complete without Afridi in limited over, hence he should be the captain.

  • SHAh on November 11, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    I think Younis has made right decision but for wrong format of cricket.He is a remarkable test player and currently present at 7th test batsman in world of test cricket.But he should leave one day cricket as he is not a good one day performer as he has'nt score a ODI centuary against world class team like Australia,Newzealand even against Srilanka although he has spent more than ten years in ODI.So how can he beneficial for pak in ODI.He should quit ODI permanently not temporary.

  • Muhammad Jawwad on November 11, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    I must appriciates YK's Decission, I suggest him for the sake of country please take retirement bcoz you are totally bull shittttttttt

  • Shahzad on November 11, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    Younis Khan a wonderful player of test cricket but does not deserve place in one-day cricket. Self assessment is a great quality which he completely lack. After getting recent support from people against baseless allegation by an idiot pliticain, Younis started consedering himself equivalent to Imran Khan without self assessing his performance. Yousaf is the only senior player who deserves place in both type of cricket. Younis' best decision would have been retiring from one-days but continue to tour New Zealand for tests. When Inzi was made captain, most of cricket fan had doubt about his leadership potencial but he came up as one of the best leader. This is the best decision of PCB to make Yousaf captain who should have been made two years ago.

  • Naved Akhter on November 11, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    Younus has been behaving in an unprofessional manner right after he was made captain. Every ‎now and then he threatens to quit. Though he has not been able to score in one-day cricket, ‎he still is one of the finest test batsmen Pakistan has. I think real fault lies with Pakistan Cricket ‎Board who succumb to Younous’s different demands including making him skipper of Pakistan ‎cricket till 2011 though is he is very short on form. Even he is not an automatic choice for ‎selection for a one day squad. I think bad cricket infrastructure, incapable board management ‎and lack of international cricket has hurt Pakistan badly so much so that we are left with the ‎likes of Younuses and Butts to include in the one day side. ‎ Yousuf’s appointment is another disaster in the offing. Pakistan cricket team captain should ‎not only be good a good player, he should a leader as well. In Yousuf’s case, he is hardly a ‎leader stuff. His fielding and fitness also leaves also much to be desired.‎

  • Bala on November 11, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    Younus Khan is a bit of joke. I had a lot of respect for him. But not anymore. He seems to decide when he wants captaincy, when he does not want, when he wants to play and when he does not want to play? He is pretty much dictating terms to the Pakistan board. I think they would be better off without him as a captain so that there is some continuity.

  • Rizwan Asghar on November 11, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    So once again "Mir Jaffars" and "Mir Sadiqs" of Pakistani cricket team (Lahori Group) have succedded in their conspiracies against such a brilliant player/leader "Youni". For the last few months Younas Khan is under immense stress because of them.

    I must say that education plays a vital role in professional upbringing of a person. You can expect such acts from these uneducated cricketers, i.e. the greed for power & leadership, hunger for wealth, and disobedience (this refers to if captain wants some player to bat at a particular number in batting order) etc. People like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Muhammad Yousaf, Abdur Razzaq & Kamran Akmal have really shown their true faces and the perverted social class they belong to.

    I ask the honest people from Pakistani Media and Pakistanis, who are associated with Cricinfo, to please expose the culprits like Inzamam-ul-Haq (the worst ever captain of Pakistani Cricket), who is the master mind of the entire current episode.

  • Amjad A on November 11, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    Should I? Should I not? They love me, they love me not? who said that? Why are they wispering? They love me, they love me not ? - just a quick snaphot into the brain of Younis and the perpetual battle with insecurity.

    Seriously though, this is getting beyond a joke. You either want to be captain and put up with all that entails, or you do not. This constant uncertainty is of no use to anyone.

    I look forward to the day that the pre-match press conference is given by one person, the team announced by someone else, the toss called by someone else, and the post match apology issued by someone else - Hang on, some of this already happens (particularly the pre and post match press conferences) - but this is the future of pakistani cricket.

    Maybe Younis has been paying too much attention to the John Buchanan theory of "multiple" captaincy, and whilst everyone else laughed it down, maybe Younis and the PCB are recognising the revolutionary thinking and trying to implement this.

  • cricpolitics on November 11, 2009, 13:36 GMT

    I liked Younis Khan but always knew that he was not stable and will flip flop in the future after he took the captaincy from Shoaib Malik. It's good that he is resting and should come back to play test cricket only and that is also as a player and not a captain. His form miserably goes down whenever he is a captain.

  • Rashid on November 11, 2009, 13:36 GMT

    I think its an excellent decision. Replace Younus by anybody.

  • Pathan on November 11, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    I dont declare myself a prophet of Pakistan Cricket but I said on a BBC 606 thread when Pakistan lost the final ODI that it seemed as though the defeat was a ploy devised by Younis himself so he could find a way to extricate himself from the Captaincy and quit ODIs.

    I may be a conspiracy theorist but I am also baffled by Younis Khan's decision. I feel it is the unecessary pressure created by former Captains such as Inzamam calling for Younis' sacking, constant infighting, politics, accusations, threats and God only knows what else comes with captaincy of Pakistan...

    Younis Khan is a great player but I dont think his heart is in the game any longer....

  • Zameer Uddin on November 11, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    These players are playing for themselves and not for the country, during third one day in their effort to fail Younas, they foregot one thing, its Pakistan who lost the match and not Younas Khan and that is what the cricket record books shows. I realise one thing that we are biggest fools here who always get excited on or two victories and foreget what these players did to us in the past. At last I just want to say one thing “A worst defeat one can get is get defeated by himself rather than by the opponent”.

    Zameer Uddin (Bahrain)

  • km on November 11, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    I am really amazed that Younis Khan gets no support from the Pakistani media when things are not going well. Agreed, Younis is a little fickle and emotional and cannot handle the media pressure that well, but that does not mean he is not committed to his game or does not know how to bat. He is just a bit out of form. When Inzi made the comment that Younis should have stayed out for the sake of the team, tell me one incident when Inzi himself did that for the team. Lets face it, when Pakistani cricket was in Doldrums, this guy took over as a captain and sailed them through the 20-20 tournament. Look at what happened in the India - Australia tie, lost two very close matches, which they could have won. Nobody is blaming only Dhoni for it. Dhoni also shuffled things around between Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma , Jadeja etc, the topshots of the Indian cricket who are also media savvy, always supported him. Hope the likes of Kamran Abbassi, Inzi and PCB officials can do the same.

  • Haseeb Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    Does Younus think Pakistan cricket is a joke? Such erratic display is bound to further crash Pakistan cricket's reputation. I thought he would look at test cricket as opportunity to make a come back in form.

  • Rehan on November 11, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    I think board should have made Afridi ODI&YK test capt for kiwi series,resting YK from ODI for now.YK must have got sarcastic remarks to suddenly abstain from tests.He should have proved himself.His 300 is still new.Now good for him to rest.Present skipper and deputy are just interim.Let sommeone be a permanent member to claim captaincy.I think YK will be soon back as capt as MY is a horrible capt though an outstanding bat

  • Momin Indian on November 11, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    I think Pakistan cricket team is one of the best team in the limited form of the game. Even after Younis' latest HIT, they'll b able to bounce back.

    But problem is that Pakistan is going to NZ for Test Series, which without Younis or experience campaigners will be like watching Mohan Bagan Vs Man Utd. @ old Trafford.

  • Shahid on November 11, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    I think younis has had his chances to captain the side and he failed to organise. It may not be a fault of his own but then he didn't perform for the last 1½ year. I think captaincy and the intern disputes have a major hand in younis' performances. And it will be a qualified to say that his non-performances joined with the problems with opners, are the real cause of pakistan not winning a single ODI series in last one year. So I sugest, Kamran Akmal be made captain of Test side and Afridi should take over ODI side.

  • umairn on November 11, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    to the comment: "Yousaf should be given captaincy as he is the most experienced out of the lot and rarely loses his head."... what planet have you been living in?!!!!!!??!

  • Canadian Guy on November 11, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Younis has been playing the public for years. Another attention-grabber for him. But he's symbolic of Pak cricket. Total mess.

  • Martin Taylor on November 11, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Hi all you critics, I think the Pakistan cricket team has some severe underlying issues there is no quick fix for the team it needs a major overhall. The board needs to brinf competent former players and leaders in to the establishment the likes ok Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and so on. I dont think Afridi is the long term captaincy answer he doesnt suite the test match format and he is inconsistent at the best of times whilst in the shorter format of the game. I would suggest by removing so much politics and player power from the team that Pakistan may one day be a cricketing powerhouse but untill that day I think Pakistan fans should get used inconsistent performances.

  • Abrar on November 11, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    As a pakistani cricket fan to be honest i really dunt care who is captain of test team but the ODI and T20 captain should be Afridi (he is much more consistent in last 18+ months and we dunt have any other choice as well) Full Stop :D

  • Swami on November 11, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Did NZ really win the 3rd ODI or did the rebel players revolt against Younis.

  • Arshad on November 11, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    Abbasi saheb, I disagree.

    IMHO this is a stroke of genius. Even though Younis's personal form is not great at the moment, he is definitely the best choice for captain. So, he hasn't resigned, he is taking a break, which calms the critics and also leaves the door open for him to come back.

  • Khalid Nabeel Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    He always think himself out of this world. Always use the word "me" in every conversation. I dont think he even deserve to be in the team.

  • rasheed khan on November 11, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    Good news,but salman,malik shouaib,kamran akmal,afridi,shold also go on winter vication and give chance to youngsters as all of them are disappointing us for last 3 years and no improvment they all come back on domestic performance,they made double centuries but in international cricket they cant make more then 30,shame to calle them a worldclass betsman they can only play on flat wicket,if ball starts moving they cant do any thing

  • umairn on November 11, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    Just when you thought it couldn't get worse... we have Yousuf as captain. Where's the logic in that? Why not someone like Afridi who was the deputy for Younis? Why not Misbah for tests? Yousuf has loads of talents, but if his captaincy is like his running decisions, then we are in for another series of loss against the Kiwis. With regards to Younis' decision, for once he ought to have thought instead of wearing his heart on his sleeve. Disgraceful.

  • waqas mushaf on November 11, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    A step towards the betterment of situation. As country was expecting more from him, rather delivering it he backed off in a fashion that no one could sense about. Had it been a captain drops himself in a headline, its better worth saying hes took a break !!

  • Suleman Piracha on November 11, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    I agree with Kamran that Younas does not make sense. He has been doing this for years-first he declined the offer of captaincy, then he wanted it so badly. Recently, he resigned then took back his resignation and even wanted to return to 20-20. A captain's job is to take pressure off the players, but he brought every body under extreme pressure in the second and third ODIs. In the second ODI, he did not use Shoaib Malik as a bowler and changed the batting order; in the third ODI, he brought the run rate so down and even made Salman run out.

  • Saif Qazi on November 11, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    i totally understand the frustration of the writer n i agree Pakistan team has hardly broken sweat in recent past.. bt the off-field controversies r no less than playin a cricket match, literally. v can neva know the atmosphere of the dressin room, how supportive (or hostile) r the team members..?? there more qs..

    howeva Yousuf is no new to captaincy, he's done a commendable job in the past n the replacement doesnt bother me, bt the timing of it.. Younis askin for break surely does raise alot of qs in a cricket-lovers' mind!!

  • Adnan on November 11, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    Younis have no performance at all. I don't understand why he is still captain. he is not good performer as ODI or T20. only Test series he is eligibal.

  • Arshed on November 11, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    I think then Pointing need rest twice a year.Captain should be solid and strong.If younis can't do it then let Afridi or Akmal to do the job.

  • Saber Noor on November 11, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    All i wanna say the final good bye, hoping him to stick with his decision. Enough already from him. One thing i wanna clear out that pplz who supported him just because there wasnt any better choice at the moment, otherwise, i dont think lot of pplz like him as a super great batsman. i personally never thought him a good odi batsman anyway.

  • shaggy on November 11, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    yes i agree with the junaid.for god sake plz stop giving younis credit he did nothing in t20 cup victory as well.it was evry one's effort except him.he take retirement frm t20 becoz he knew he can do nothing in future that's why he take retirement frm t20 waooo wat a smart thinking by younis g he was just lucky becoz team performs not he himself.we want to see our team as world class team and do a comparision of younis khan with the other captans of the teams.I have hardly saw him hitting a sixes he has no sense of batting.today cricket is become very fast and almost every captans are very gud batsman except our captan.He should only play test matches. He is a complete waste of a one player in a one day and cummng numbr at 3 position which is consider to be the back bone n most imp position hahahah i can only laugh about this.

  • Adnan on November 11, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    I think ytunis khan take correct decision in correct time. At the moment his form is very poor and he is also made some wrong decision as captain.

  • S. A. Idrees on November 11, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    Well its a sad story revised thousands times. Younis - believe it or not , when judges that he can not play a certain good in form bowler - he will 'runsout' himself. Dont believe; check records. Last time he tried to get himself runout but BUTT was unfortunate to lose the wicket. AND then next ball Yunus was gone playing a very silly shot. His body language , his attitude is not serious. Some young lad - alrounder should be chosen for the captaincy. He should not be called again - neither as captain, nor to play short games. Test cricket may be but not as captain.He doesnt fit in this short version of game. All teams leave out bad or out of form players but we, die for the few oldies and pick them time and again. Getting old no problem. non performing , "mafi Mushkila'. All graet players retire. but we have no schedule. Very unfortunte. However, I decided to quit watching any form of cricket now on till... Any way when is the next Pakistan Game... Ha Ha Ha. We are crazy people!

  • Adil on November 11, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    Younis is the biggest cry baby of all times. Oh I don't want captaincy, oh I resign, oh I want to retire from T20, oh I want to come back. When will PCB get some sense and kick him out. He is as destructive to team tempo and moral as Shoaib Akhtar was. He hasnt performed in any major event for a long time, cant decide if he wants to play to win or for fun, and best of all just cant speak without repeating the same sentence 20 times 'Oh aisay nahi hona cahiya'.

  • Sohaib Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    In my opinion, it's a tactic. As, other team mates are looking for the captaincy sport and the recent issues are related to that. So, he just give up the chance to the one who suppose to be the captain for the test side IF Younis Khan resigns. And, the strategy is simple: If Pakistan will fail against the Kiwis in the upcoming test series - Non-sense critics against Younis Khan will have no value & those who're looking as next captain will automatically surrender.

  • Muhammad Faisal on November 11, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    Younis was the best choice for captaincy but the saitans of our cricket have once again won. I am very disappointed with this news. But knowing Younis he is a strong man and will make a comeback very soon. As for the new captains, i bet after 6 to 9 months we will be hearing same rumors again of changing the captains. They won't be spared too. After all Dr. evil of Pakistan cricket will hunt them down too. This is what has been happening all along and will keep on so untill we get rid of all the people from Cricket Board including the past superstars and bring some one as dignified as Imran Khan. For the Qaima Committee, come on folks first you MEND yourselves and the Parliament and then try correcting cricket. God save our country and sports.

  • Ahsan on November 11, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    I think the whole Pakistani cricket is extremely corrupt, totally controlled by the Punjab mafia. Most of the time there is not a single player from Karachi or Sind, although there are brilliant players there rotting away. No captain or team can perform in such corruption and bias system. We are getting what we deserve, all Muslim countries are at the world’s top corruption list, the results speak for itself. It is time for all of us to look inwards. The system needs a massive overhaul, not just a new captain.

  • Adam on November 11, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    I am amazed Mr Kamran on what basis you are supporting Younis khan. He is not even good enough to be in Pakistan cricket team. What he did in Abu Dhabi against Australia and then in Sri lanka. He won the T20 world cup but he wasn’t special “as a captain” may be you didn’t notice Afridi was the main man in semi-final and then in final shoaib malik and Afridi and obviously Saeed Ajmal as well”. In 2007 world cup If Misbah could have score few more runs Shoaib malik would get the same respect as he did. I thought he will bring unity in the team but he was hopeless by dropping inform players in all 3 games In This Abu Dhabi series 1st he dropped Shoaib malik who scored 150 against India then in 2nd game Umer Akmal and in 3rd game M-yousaf????????. How you can win the trust of a player by dropping them like that. I love cricket and I have nothing against him but he is not a right choice as a captain and I don’t think yousaf as a good captain either he is too soft. Afridi is the man he wasn’t mature enough before but it’s his time now and he deserves captaincy.

  • ABDULLAH on November 11, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    Firstly It's a great news for pakistan cricket and its fans. Younus Khan doesn't know how to Bat,Field and he doesn't have leadership skills and strategy for any match.I feel irritated when i see younus came to bat as he can't defense, can't play big shots but just waste lot of balls and at the time of fielding..forget about taking catches he can't stop a ball which is directly coming to him.Anyhow atleast for now he is not in a team(Allah ka Shukar hai).Secondly i don't want to see Salman Butt anymore in pakistan team.If a player is not performing well then give chance to others why trying and losing matches after matches because of him our team is not getting good start and pressure builts on the middle and lower order batsman. I hope Salman butt will take a rest and IF he's good enough to play as an opener then only he should come back or else give a path to others.

  • bishart on November 11, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    i think its a big relief for Yousaf Yousaf is a good player and he deserve the capitancy and its a brave decision from younis khan.. i suggest younis that he should concentrate on his form in spare time;

  • hamid on November 11, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Younis Khan was never a gud player... he didnt made a century until he had played about 120 matches even though he comes at number 3... is there any captain who criticizes his own players like YK did to shoaib malik in BKBH show of geo. Come on all the players are against him for a reason that is that YK hasnt performed himself then y shud the others perform... captain is an example and an average of 23 in the last year is nt a gud example.. though he is gud in tests and shud havent done this... i knw he did this coz he is expecting yusaf to fail which will make YKs prestige rise and in the end he wud be welcomed bak... but this is surely nt going to happen.

  • Kamran on November 11, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Thanks God, finally he has gone. Based on his performance as a batsman, fielder and as a captain, there was no place for him in the team.

  • alagappan on November 11, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    it doesnt matter whoever becomes the captain of pakistan team,as long as these guys have personal grudge,groupings and internal politics,they will bite the dust time and again.....it will do a world of good if someone tries to sort out these issues and rebuild the team.....i feel pity for pak fans....

  • Omer on November 11, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    Lets be prepared for a 3-0 hammering in NZ followed by another 3-0 hammering in Australia. Its better for pakistan to not play test cricket as these players don't have the fitness or temperament for longer version of the game ( which is real cricket). It was sad to see that Pakistan lost one day serious against NZ and that too in UAE where conditions were tailor made for Pakistani players but the real test will be in the upcoming 6 tests and with Younis not in the team and captaincy handed over to Yousuf ( who is no longer the player which he used to be few years back), Pakistan batting will struggle big time againt bouncy tracks. What can we expect from Shoaib Malik( who still doesn't know how to duck a bouncer), openers ( both are young and unattractive), Fawad Alam ( basic prbs with his technique). So the only batsman to look forward is Umar Akmal and he is yet to make his debut...so Younis should better thnk about some other profession as he is mentally unfit to play cricket.

  • imran on November 11, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    this is a good news for pakistan but not good enough because yousaf is not a good caption.younas should play test but not ODI.THIS FORM OF YOUNAS makes a doit in mind of seclcetor

  • aman on November 11, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    This is all dirty politics, punjabi lobby wants a punkabi captain

  • osman aftab ahmed on November 11, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Younis Khan is consistently not performing with the bat - he is simply not delivering any stability to Pakistani batting. In the last two matches I found it barking mad to omit Umar Akmal and then Mohammed Yousaf! A captain has to lead from the front, and with the poor run in form I think Younas has done the right thing. The timings are not ideal, however. Yousaf as a captain should do well, as he is one of the senior players and commands the respect of the youngsters. Lastly, I hope that Afridi is somehow included in the test squad, he should be the vice captain and a future contender to become captain of the national side. They guy is delivering in every form of the game, and he is key for Pakistan's success in the test arena as well!

  • Haroon Rashid on November 11, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I am very happy with this news. I don't believe that he has the desired guts to be a successfull player in one day or T20 form of this game. Being a captain you need to lead from the front, only than you can have positive influence on the guys working under your leadership. In my opinion Younins Khan not only lack leadership qualitites but is not a sound batsman as well. However, I think Shahid Afridi would have been a better choice for captain.

  • Saad on November 11, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    Management/Leadership never has been and never will the USP of this otherwise immensely talented cricket team (imran khan being an exception). I guess we, the fans and this team, will have to live with that and wait for moments of magic like the t20 world cup win and the road to the champions trophy semi-final. My advice to others like me, hang in there and look for the positives.

  • Daniyal on November 11, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    This is proof that Younis is feeble minded and the wrong man for the job. I can't understand how one can revel in the adulation but start crying foul when criticised. Praise and criticism come with the job get with the program.

  • Rehan on November 11, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    After making such bad decisions during recent ODI series against NZ how you can say that Younis is best choice for captaincy? He made one after another bad decisions in team selection and batting order shuffling that costed pakistan the series. Also his recent form is really really bad. I think Yousuf in Tests (at least) is best choice.

  • Omar N on November 11, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    Y Khan has been given his chance and mentally I don't think he is up for it. Yousaf should be given captaincy as he is the most experienced out of the lot and rarely loses his head. Speaking English should not be a prerequiste of becoming captain.

  • Amin Rayani on November 11, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    I really think there is some analysis gap in this matter. analyzing closely, younis did not only under performed but also was the main cause of losses to kiwis. in both of the last two matches, he came at key position and dried up runs and getting out at crucial point leaving the team in trouble.

    I think he should go back and learn to play proper cricket first and then think of leading it.

  • Faakhir on November 11, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    Now that Younus is not available for selection, Misbah can be brought back to reinforce the middle order for much needed stability! As far as the captaincy issue is concerned, these players will also make Yousuf's life difficult on the tour because the menace of player power and politics that plagues Pakistani cricket has turned into a full blown CANCER. PCB’s decisions are based on adhoc-ism, quick fixes and shortsightedness hence it will never be able to root out the actual problem! I dread a clean sweep by New Zealand in the test series let alone what happens in Australia is anyone’s guess!

  • Abdul Ali Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    Another disappointment for Pakistan cricket. Younus having a break at the crucial time once again shows his character and non-serious approach. He is not a player such as Imran Khan who is his mentor. Younus is a better player of Test Match cricket rather then One day or T20. He should resign from One day international. PCB has once again made a mistake by making Yousuf captain as he is not a captaincy type; he is a fabulous batsman but cannot be a good captain.

  • Kamran Hashmi on November 11, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    Like always, another BS from Younis Khan. This time PCB should take good measures. Sacking him would be harsh but well deserved. He was guilty of repeating the biggest blunders one after the other and still he didnt recognize the wrong in doing that. And then when we needed him to be brave enough to lead, he opted to rest. So coward of him. Such people dont deserve a place, spare captaincy.

    I hope we will have good series.

  • vathsa on November 11, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    at any cost i cannot agree this the above comment because it is yk who has some courage he might laugh on the field but he who is responsible for pakistans progress where was afridi since last 10 years every dog has its own day so people have to wait for yk's return there is lot left in him

  • Fazeel Mahmood Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    I really like the Younis decision. He is in poor form off late. When you cannot lead by example just sticking to captaincy doesnot make any sense. I wish him return in cricket with good form.

  • Zill on November 11, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    Well, if Younis has quit captaincy then its Not a good decision. But taking some time out to refocus his energies on his lack of form is not an abnormal thing. Many players do it; Ricky Ponting has done it recently. So no big deal. He clearly looked under pressure at the post match ceremony of the 3rd ODI against NZ. He is a sensitive man who is very sincere with Pakistan cricket and obviously would get hurt if everyone starts doubting his sincerety or skills. Like all people with conscience, he thought of moving out of sight for sometime to concentrate on his batting faults/form and also to think about his priorities.

  • Muhammad Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    @Naveed Riasat

    M Yusuf never got chance to captain Pakistan for a long run. he was captaining Pakistan in Australia 4 years back when Inzi got injured after 1st test. Y captained next 2 tests and I remember he scored a superb hundred in 2nd test as a captain. Though Pakistan lost the series 3-0 as expected but it was very inexpereinced Paki side facing Full powered Aussie team

  • Yea baby on November 11, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    SO FAR BEST NEWS FOR PAKISTAN TEAM...his place in the team is not justified itself...and with him out of the way we can actually play the deserving 11. All the younus khan fans ...please look at his performances as captain...he is a failure!

  • Tanweer on November 11, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    I personally feel Younis, despite his experience and record, should have been dropped from the Pakistani team when he first walk away from the job, a day before Pakistan was to leave for India. After that he should never have been offered the job, job should have gone to Mohammad Yousuf. I strongly believed Younis should be stripped off captaincy and shown the door. I do not believe he has the temperament to handle pressure situations. I remember, in a test match against India, where Pakistan required senior batsman to come out in the morning and try to save the match by soaking the pressure and play proper cricket. Younis, I felt could not take the pressure and charged the first ball he faced and got stamped. He is simply a weak person who was entrusted with a position of great pressure that he could not cope with. Team selection is this series was very poor and unsettling, first to drop Malik, and then Umar and then Yousuf, Yousuf and Umar should have have played all three game

  • Abrar on November 11, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    Younis don't deserve a place in One days and specially for No. 3 position. his poor form really effected the team.Personally the writer can be a big fan of Younus Khan but he should not forget the fact that a leader must lead from the front.

  • Farooq Butt on November 11, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    I am really disappointed with Younis Khan, he is a sensible guy but let his emotion get over him. He should not have played in the third oneday against newzealand but now he altogether obting out of the test series. The test is Younis khan's strength. Having said that Mohammed Yousaf is got choice. Atleast that will assure his place in the team which should never be in doubt.

    Now PCB should get rid off old fat Intikham Alam. Who made a stupid decision of sending Afridi and Akmal over Yousaf and Shoaib in the second Onedayer.

    I hope Pakistan does wonderfully well against the test series in Newzealand and then Yousaf is maintained as a captain for Australian series for Test and oneday Captaincy should be given to Shahid Afridi. In my opinion Shahid should play in the Test matches too. We will have 5 batsment 1 wictkeeper 1 allrounder and 4 bowler. The same way England have there team. Good Luck to Pakistan for coming 6 months I hope Pakistan beat Australia in Australia

  • Farrukh hanif awan on November 11, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    So people think afridi is captaincy material? I don't think so at all. All great captains had a trait that none of the lot playing for pakistan have. Grit and character. Just because out of his numerous appearances for pakistan, afridi won us two games, just doesn't justify him for the job. Endless times he has let us all down. As far as younis seems, has anyone ever seen imran khan joking around his teammates? Ricky ponting sharing jokes with people around him? No, they have a zeal and know how of how to handle cricketers. Imran did, iron fist or not he brought the best out of them. Pakistani fans, growing up is now required.

  • Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    This confirms his non seriousness and immature attitude.. this is 3rd time he has left captaiancy of national side... he does not deserve to be made captain again.... surley he was the sole person responsible for the recent ODI series defeat in Kiwis due to constant changes in batting order and he himself is n horrible batting form.. I suggest give Yusuf full time captaincy in Test matches and AFridi for limited overs

  • Mudassir on November 11, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    What break! is he planning to join the hockey team. Dear younas rather giving threats of retirements it would be much better for u to bow out with honor

  • Imran Iqbal on November 11, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    Some times it is felt as if there is no sane person left to propogate the right. Younis Khan by no means a great player in ODIs and there were some super bad decisions involved in his strategy that caused Pakistan games. In addition to that he never seems to be a person with a sustained attitude. So let him go, Plz Let him go. I bet things will be much better without him.

  • Hayat Muhammad Khan on November 11, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    Shame. This guy is making decisions for himself, without considering the situation. With those kind of acts he is losing his respect. This is dangerous for the stability of the team. One of friend has a view that he should opt for rest, during the ODI's, in order that he could get proper match practice and form in the Quaid Azam Trophy.

  • NaumanM on November 11, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    I guess Younis is not in good form and wants to rest a bit. Frankly, he doesn't deserve a position in playing 11 with his current form.

  • Abrar on November 11, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    Younis don't deserve a place in One days and specially for No. 3 position. his poor form really effected the team.Personally the writer can be a big fan of Younus Khan but he should not forget the fact that a leader must lead from the front.

  • Murtaza on November 11, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    I believe its a right thing to do, Younis has not shown any good performance in last few matches and he just keep throwing statements, last he said he need to perform 200% for the team, however we all know his performance against NZ, Pakistan Team is very good at the moment and full of talent they all need grooming and appreciation what i believe, rather than moving their positions and by removing them from squad. Team need better management and more secure ness to young players so, that they can perform well rather then play to make sure they will play next match, I think in Pakistan you can’t be sure for any player that he will be in next match or not how can you predict and plan big events. I love cricket and I love Pakistan! Younis should learn something from, Dhoni, Vettori & Ponting.

  • fawad on November 11, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    I think Younis is not a good captain at all, bcoz he wants to copy great Imran Khan without performing one percent of what Imran Khan performed for Pakistan for over 15 years consistently. Younis want to have control over the team as Imran used to have, but Younis have to notice Imaran always lead the from the front, not like Younis who has not played a quality knock in the last past year or so. Younis have to take the blame for losses against NewZealand in champions trophy and in UAE. Pakistan has always performed reasonably well when ever it's captain has performed consistently (look at team performance in the leadership of Wasim and Inzimam). What is happening with Younis Khan has happened to Shoaib Malik also when he was made the leader of the team. In case of Mohammed Yousuf, I think he has played for Pakistan well over 10 years consistently well and also he is the arguably best test crickter in Pakistan team at the moment, as he is at the end of his career he is the right choice

  • Imran on November 11, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    I think younis should resigne from cricket,becouse i think he can,t even kept his place in the team.and he should give a new player chance.

  • Naveed on November 11, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    It's understandable, with seniors in the team not supporting him and ex-cricketers climbing on his back, Younis Khan was frustrated. And to add to the injury he's going through an awful form of his career. It will be interesting to see how the PCB handles the situation once Younis decides to comeback into the team and if Yousuf does a reasonable job in New Zealand, then PCB will have more than handful of problems.

  • kashif on November 11, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    young blood should b given the leadership.stop experimenting vid old horses.yusif,s selection is much more worst than yunis...plzzzz try malik r go with the new talent such as umer akmal.gream amith was chosen by africans and he grabed that oppurtunities with both hands..who knows umer will turn it on 4 pak flip flop performances..all the pak high officals pllllzzzzzz stop xperimenting and 4 the nation......stop hoping 4 real joy from their team they ll colapse every now and then..they cant make nation delight...their contracts shoud b affiliated 2 their performance...otherwise put these blacksheeps off.let them 2 earn livinghoods if they r not giving their ent percent......

  • Musstanser Tinauli on November 11, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    Guys! I loved when he fought for the right reason but if you really see on how he has been playing for last few months. He really needed a break, there is just no other way to drop a captain. Even though he usually plays better in tests.

    Regarding captaincy, you never know. Yousaf might just surprise every one. He had been waiting for this since ever (my perspective).

  • asif on November 11, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Pretty obvious pakistan cricket is an absolute circus full of entertainers for personal gain only. Younis has just slapped the very nation who backed him all the way, just does not make sense.Its the usual senior players pulling strings and the pcb so weak to make decisions for the good of the country going forward. Yousuf who was more interested in icl / ipl payoffs than his country , as captain , please do not offend the public. Real issue is pcb so weak cannot control player power. This is the reason pakistan players do not want foreign coach who will make them work hard and not listen to the politics of the team. Whatever you see in pakistan at the moment ( government, society etc ) is being played out in pakistan cricket, i.e. weak management lacking discipline of its key players, no forward plan, etc

    Pakistan fans do not deserve this pleas.

  • Zeeshan Ali on November 11, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Poor decision to appoint Yousuf. Should have given it to Afridi who is doing a good job. If there is a rift in the team for captaincy, let me advise all players to seek guidance from 'as you sow so shall you reap'. Tomorrow someone will do similar stuff to Malik, Akmal or any such player & then they will realize. Let me remind no one is bigger then the game itself. Our Pakistani players should take lesson from Sachin. On Inzamam & Sarfaraz well everyone knows they themselves were not good leaders & always lack in fitness.

  • waqas on November 11, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    Some rest may prove positive for Younis Khan and the team.

  • sam on November 11, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    I loved & followed Pak cricket from 1967 tour of England, and this kind news does not surprise me any more. Only time stability was when The Great Imran was incharge. He was man of steal who took responsibility, cheered victory and got back from defeats. We all supported for Younis for abilities but I suppose her personal form was factor in his decision, he should not have taken escape but must have fought back. It is sad he missed good opportunity. Kamran Saab do you think usual politics in PCB could be a factor? Greeting from Canada

  • Sheheryar on November 11, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    Mr Kamran,like Younus Khan, I don't understand your philosophy. Why are you criticising Younus for this decision n(this is entirely his private one)?

    When a captain is not leading from the front and not performing, he should consider this as an omen rather than sidelining senior players. Today I must agree that Younus have made a brave decision and realized that as he was not performing, he should rest and find some form and come back again. This is infact a very applaudable decision and also good for the fellow players as they will realize that our captain is great and very realistic. As he is not performing so he has decided to go out of the team and not playing and definitely putting the team and country over himself. And indeed, this is a sweet slap to all those critics as well who were demanding Younus to get out of the team. This man is really great, as Geoff Boycott so often says, he's pulled himself out of the team!

    I pray he make a strong comeback in the Australian tour

  • Muhammad Yasin on November 11, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    first of all I thanks the board to change caption as the previous mistake done by Board has fallen the pakistani team into irreparable loss. Now, they have jerk their decision and decided the matter on merits. Inshallah Muhammad Yousaf will produce good result as he is sensible. whereas younas is concerned he was senselss, the reason behind this that just imagine a crickter whose average is 44 is out of team and a crickter whose average is about 32 he is in as a caption. So now the board has taken right decision and should be strict.

  • Ahtram on November 11, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    sorry but younis was rubbish as a player and as a captain. just because he scored 300 doesnt mean that HE is the ONE? No he is not. Someone should question the way he played in the last 5 matches and how he threw his wicket and dropped so many "HALWA" catches. The fact is that no1 in the Pakistan team is strong enough to become a good captain. Why didnt Shoaib Malik or even Shahid Afridi become a captain? Because they are afraid of responsibilities. PCB is just like Pakistan itself i.e it is in a MESS they dont know what to do. Why for gods sake is not Wasim Akram the bowling coach for example??

    When there are new young faces in PCB then we will have a stable cricket team.

    by the way PCB should have given a reward to Ammir and Ajmal for the way they played and for the way they didnt give up till the end. But the fact is PCB won't because they dont feel such rewards even though pakistan lost is a BIG deal. Trust me its a big deal for young players like Aamir.

  • sam on November 11, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    I loved & followed Pak cricket from 1967 tour of England, and this kind news does not surprise me any more. Only time stability was when The Great Imran was incharge. He was man of steal who took responsibility, cheered victory and got back from defeats. We all supported for Younis for abilities but I suppose her personal form was factor in his decision, he should not have taken escape but must have fought back. It is sad he missed good opportunity. Kamran Saab do you think usual politics in PCB could be a factor? Greeting from Canada

  • Azhar on November 11, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Couldn't agree more.But I have a feeling that NZ tour could be Yosuf's last as well if Pak loses.Call me conspiracy theorist but Yosuf's appointment nags me to skin.If at all they needed to appoint someone it had to be Afridi.I knw he has opted not to play tests but man he's an employee of PCB and if the job at hand demands reubttal of his decision so be it.Sorry to say but we are back to square one after a very short purple patch and things appear to be in a mess, one that seems not to go away easily.

  • Rashid Ansari on November 11, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    The problem of Yunis Khan is that he is not performing well in any form of the game. In order to show his importance, he keeps on resigning, long or short break from cricket to hide his failure. PCB keeps on chasing him to become captain and he knows that very well that it will happen again. I think he should only be allowed to play cricket on merits. If he is not performing well, he should be dropped from the side. PCB should learn lessons from Australian cricket and see the examples of Mathew Hadden, Michael Bevan, Justin Lager and so on. They gracefully retired from all forms of cricket for the sake of the game and reputation and pride for Australian cricket. In my opinion, Younis Khan has failed as a captain as well as he is not perfoming at test level or any other form of cricket at this moment and should consider his retirement seriously or improve his game by playing domestic cricket. Best wishes, Dr. Rashid Ansari

  • Gulb on November 11, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    U are right but what I felt from the Dubai one-day series there are some thing wrong between players. After loosing the second ODI our senior (retired players) and media start to talk against captain. Which causes extra pressure on him for the third ODI and we lost the series to a team which is null in my veiw. If in this situation Younas continues and go for the coming tour the pressure may spoil his future so it is good decision from him. Further it seems that inside in the team most of the players are against him and in his presence the performance of the team will degrade. Our official should take strong action against the players who are creating problem and try to replace them as we have alternatives. I feel that unity is important which is not there in our team. Until we bring unity to the team we will even face defeat to Ireland. It is the duty of team management to bring the player closer and to let them play as team. Thanks

  • Saeed Ahmad on November 11, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    You just get the impression from Younis that he is not up to the rigors of captaincy. He is a good guy to have in your team and when the chips are down and your backs are against the wall he is the man to fight. But just recently you get the impression that as captain he is fragile and ready to hit the eject button at any instance.

    This cannot be good for the team overall. hence I think the board need to decide and Younis needs to decide if he actually wants the job or not. If not then let's move on and give it to Afridi who will hopefully get the team behind him (including a fully focussed Younis) and get on with the job at hand of winning some cricket matches and defending the world T20 crown!

  • Sherali on November 11, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Younis lacked captain's skills. He did not know when to take PowerPlay. His comments to the media exposed his abilty as what not to talk. He defended his injured finger to his dropping a crucial catch. He did not know the difference between playing a test match and an ODI.He was a good batsman for test matches.He should have taken a better exit making room for new comers.

  • Asif Iqubal on November 11, 2009, 12:50 GMT

    Yunus doesnt deserve a place in the ODI team(11),how can he be captain.He is playing for his place only,nothing more.If PDB is listening fans please drop Yunus from the ODI team.Pleaseeeeeeeeee

  • Murtaza on November 11, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    I believe its a right thing to do, Younis has not shown any good performance in last few matches and he just keep throwing statements, last he said he need to perform 200% for the team, however we all know his performance against NZ, Pakistan Team is very good at the moment and full of talent they all need grooming and appreciation what i believe, rather than moving their positions and by removing them from squad. Team need better management and more secure ness to young players so, that they can perform well rather then play to make sure they will play next match, I think in Pakistan you can’t be sure for any player that he will be in next match or not how can you predict and plan big events. I love cricket and I love Pakistan! Younis should learn something from, Dhoni, Vettori & Ponting.

  • Salman Tariq on November 11, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Younis pulls off another Younis..

  • Muhammad A. Dalvi on November 11, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Younis needs to work on his performance. I think taking the break is right choice but at wrong time as we are heading fastly towards Australia series. Younus should also stop comparing himself with Imran Khan as he has miles to go. Also PCB should think in long term as South Africa had done in past by appointing Graeme Smith as captain. We should pick one promising youngster, groom him & teach him the leadership skills & should give him the ruins of Pakistan cricket.

  • Hassaan Bin Haider on November 11, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    I think it is too late for YK to take a rest. He should have taken rest in ODI series in which we had plenty of options, which were better than him, at least at this point of time. We need players like him in the test match, but his emotions overtook him. He proved to be a fearful captain and a quitter. If Pakistan's win was important to him than his inclusion in the team then Yousuf would have replaced him in the last match.

  • cheema amir on November 11, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    Pcb did suport Y Khan but he is not Imran.Yousaf is good for test.Now Pcb made another mistake naming Kamran as V C.Pcb should be run by the profficnal addmins not some x crickters.Need a real pro system to run the game in country.Reuslt will come by it self.

  • Sam on November 11, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    They Say that "Success is not handled by some ppl"..Same applies to Pakistan Cricket.it all started after Pakistan won T20 world cup.

  • Zameer Uddin on November 11, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    What else you expect from younas if substantial numbers of team players not ready support him and his batting form makes it even more worse for him. Its lot better for him, not to play in coming series rather than waiting for more batting collapses from Pakistan batting. Here again the vilon is Pakistan cricket board who failed to perform its role in rectifying differences among the players, such incompitancy is delima of our nation in all fields of life . I am watching Pakistan cricket for many years I know our batting is always fragile but this is much more than just batting fragility, any one can sense that there is something cooking inside the team. Cricket is a team game and it can not succeed with individual performance, no mater how brilliant they are, unforetunatly we have lots of players but no team, so our gloray days are still a deam. These players are playing for themselves and not for the country, during third one day in their effort to fail Younas, they foregot one th

  • Sting on November 11, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    This is not an attempt to crack a joke. But is it possible that Younis is Schizophrenic? His behavior ever since the last world cup has been very Schizophrenic like.

  • chkhurram on November 11, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    I don't really agree with Kamran here. Younis is completely out of batting form and being a batsman it is important for him to get the confidence. In Pakistan people think that if you are not in good form you should not take the burden of captaincy. So he was under pressure and it was wise decision from him to take rest and then come back. Younis is not the best captain around but he is the only one capable in Pakistan squad to lead the team. So it is important to make a plan and act on it. This plan of giving him rest to get the batting form back is something that we have already seen with Tendulkar, Ponting and many other great batsmen. In short I am fine with Younis decision of taking a rest and coming back with fresh, determined mind to lead the team.

  • Mudassar Siddiq on November 11, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN This is to certify that Mr Younas Khan, who has served as captain of the Pakistan Cricket time, for a period longer than he deserves,has resigned from his services at his own accord. Under his STRANGE leadership, Pakistan has won T-20 world cup and at the same time lost so many others which could have been won very easily. We wish all the success in his future endeavours (other than playing cricket for Pakistan). God bless him.

    Best Regards, Mudassar Siddiq A-disappointed-but-now-relieved cricket fan

  • Ali Imran on November 11, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    I think this is a blessing in disguise. Just get rid of him as he is no more than a club cricketer. get rid, as well, the likes of Malik, Afridi and Salman Butt. Groom youngsters as Umar Akmal, Aamir showed what difference youths can make. Stop glorifying this team which lacks even a single international standard cricketer barring Yusuf (Test cricket only).

  • Syed Sabir Shah on November 11, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    no need to sound so disappointed, if Younis chose to stay out of NZ tour. Let him regroup his thoughts and get over the shame he feels after faring so poorly against NZ, both as a batsman and a captain. I think until now Mohammed Yousuf has been sidelined for no apparent reason, hence this is a chance for him to prove his detractors wrong by winning bounties for Pakistan. Who knows he might surprise everyone by his hidden talent of a true leader as a cricket captain. I would say, give him a chance. By making him a captain PCB finally done something right.

  • zulfiqar on November 11, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    typical pakistani way of doing things.highly unprdictiable and sensational.will do no good to pakistan cricket. it is actually a step backward.god bless pakistan and more so its cricket.

  • Omar on November 11, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    I don't understand what persuaded PCB to make Mohammed Yousuf as the new captain in the absense of Younis Khan. He is not interactive at all, needless to say very slow in the field. Although Kamran Akmal has got as little experience as Yousuf in leadership, I believe that a younger person should have been given an opportunity. The reason for this move could be not to upset Yousuf as he would be Pakistan's most experienced player on the New Zealand tour.

  • Faraz Rizvi on November 11, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Just a hysterical situation ! Younis Khan has shown time and again that he can't handle criticism very well, He takes things to hurt like a 10 year old kid, all is well till everyone is praising him but he FLIPS as soon as someone critizes his role as a captain. I had high hopes from him as a captain a while back but he has let me down everytime.

  • Ashraf on November 11, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Younis never was or is ever going to be a captaincy material. He can’t lead a herd never mind a cricket team. He looked like a baffled individual during the Newzeland Series and doesn’t even deserve a spot in the Pakistan ODI squad. It is the best that he is gone and should not be allowed back in the ODI team. He is a test player and should be considered as a player only on merit in the test team and nothing more. The fact is that the closest thing to being a captain in the current lot is Shoaib Malik who was let go in hast. Also PCB chairman and Coach Intikhab Alam should retire and that will be the biggest service they will do to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Tariq on November 11, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Why not Shahid Afridi?????????????

  • oops on November 11, 2009, 12:41 GMT

    dear dr. abbasi

    sorry to have to say that: you, osman samiuddin and the rest of the cricketing and non-cricketing media were DUPED by younus. you were DUPED.

    yousuf, silly beard and all, is at least a world class batsman. nobody can take that from him.

  • Saad Tariq on November 11, 2009, 12:41 GMT

    Younis's decision demonstrates his mental weakness let alone his poor form. Anyways good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Mohammed Munir on November 11, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    Younis Khan, no matter how good a player or not, never took pride in being the Captain of the Country's Cricket Team.

    The guy have tried to resigned, what, like three times and now he needs 'break' from cricket.

    Mohammed Yousaf, in spite of being a superb player and one of the world's best Test batsmen, is, unfortunately, NOT a captaincy material.

  • mazher zuberi on November 11, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    I think Younus decision to withdraw from the NZ tour is a good decision, he does not seem to be a very stable person, a captain should have vision, leadership capabilities and should be able to command respect from his colleagues, I think younus lacks what it takes to be a visionary and match winning captain representing a cricket crazy nation.The poverty of resources does not come only from Yusufs appointment as captain but on the insistance to force Younus to take the job.Let us go ahead and take a decision the way South Africa took when they appointed Graeme Smith as captain in preference to several senior options. Do we have any captain material in our team ?

  • Fahad on November 11, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    Like yourself, I too 'was' a supporter of Younis Khan being the best available candidate for captain but off late he has only made me regret my reliance on him....and no, it is not because of defeats. Firstly, he has not been performing and secondly his team selection is very very poor, if not pathetic! To try Butt AGAIN after placing some hope on Imran Nazir and to drop Mohd Yousuf to make room for Umar Akmal (my take is both U Akmal and M Yousuf should have played) are the sort of 'illogical' decisions he has made.

    I am pleased that he has taken some time off. This will give him time to relax a little and rethink his strategy.

  • hahaha on November 11, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    younis khan is the best captain in world

  • B Sridhar on November 11, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Sorry, but this is becoming nonsensical. The image of Pakistan cricket had got a major boost after the 20/20 world cup win. Pakistani fans and some Indian fans like me were rather hoping that this would be the start of an upward trend. I am a big fan of Younis khan and his refreshing candour, but this is absolute rubbish. He seems to lack a stable mind and doesn't seem to have the stuff that leadership requires. Perhaps he feels that they would do badly in NZ and has taken the cowardly way out. I rather hope that Pak does well and they don't need Younis Khan anymore after that.

  • Nipun on November 11, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Younus Khan is an emotional person.I guess his wretched form has left him mentally jaded & exhausted,that's why he requested for a break.

  • hahaha on November 11, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    younis khan is the best captain in world

  • Ali on November 11, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Mr. Kammran Abbasi,

    It was written all over the wall. Perhaps, you you should spare a thought or two before you start typing your mindless analysis every now and then.

  • afzal on November 11, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    Hallo every cricketfan, i think this is a good decision to apoint yousaf as captain.He can score and show a sample for youn cricketers.Younas is probably gone for ever.I have never seen him as a winning Batsman.His past in last 20 matches is complet disaster for him and Pakistani Team.He should be thankful for Afridi and co that they make him as a winner captain of T20 world cup.His way op playing could bring him more in disatrous situation on new zeeland;s wickets.He has made a good decision.Asien Wickets r good for him but only in test cricket.I hope team can show better performance when new captain lead from front with good innings.

  • Prakash on November 11, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    The Non Ending Tamasha of Pakistan Cricket and its Leaders... Beats Tom and Jerry Seriously

  • oops on November 11, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    dear dr. abbasi

    sorry to have to say that: you, osman samiuddin and the rest of the cricketing and non-cricketing media were DUPED by younus. you were DUPED.

    yousuf, silly beard and all, is at least a world class batsman. nobody can take that from him.

  • Zia on November 11, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    I don't think Younis made the wrong decision. Australian, England teams and even Indian players asked for rest in the past. Why thinking negatively. Maybe it would be good for Pakistan cricket!

  • Zeeshan Abedi on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    I agree with you but what you will do when senior players like Yousuf, Malik, Afridi don't want to play at number 3. His poor performance could be better with in team if he drops his number down after Yousuf & Malik but they do not want to play @ 3rd. I believe he made better decision. Other wise Inzamam type retired person makes it sure that he will leave the team. Before he was cursing Malik and want Younis, now it’s Younis for Afridi. Inzamam is no doubt a great player but I am sorry he is one of the controversial players in Pakistan cricketing history. He looks quite but his history tells that he made decision with heart not with brain. I am still backing Younis and I want Yousuf to play at 3rd so that he can realize what he was doing with Malik and Younis in past.

  • Idrees on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    I think younis has not proved himself as a brillient leader. he should leave Pakistan criket in peace by disappearing from the scene completely. in my openion this time the best person to lead the team will be either Amer or Saeed Ajmal same like Smith of SA a new talented person should be given this job for a long term basis . no more gurghas to play with the management and the nation.

  • Raheel on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    What Younis is trying to do? It is not understandable Yonis have lost his temprament and consistently doing taking wrong decision. While Yousuf deserve captency.

  • Ahmed Ali on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    This is a true decision for temporary baises because we should maintain 3 diff captains for diffrent formates and Yousuf is a big player we cant leave him out from the team as we did in final, we hope that Yousuf will recover his form.

  • zeeshan on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    I think Younis Khan wants to gain people's sympathy by dropping him self and he is trying to hide his faults which he committed during the Champions Trophy and UAE series against NZ.I perosnally don't consider him as a great batsman. He only performs on subcontinental flat (no swing)pitches. I can't believe he wanted to come back to join 20/20. whats going on? A good cricket captain is the one who knows his teammates well, can handle pressure and has leadership qualities to lead the team. To be honest we just got lucky in 20/20 world cup.

  • IKKI on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    It really seems as if Younis has lost cnfidence in himself lately, which is sad.What is the team psychiatrist doing to help him in gaining back his confidence and what is the team management doing in supporting him and putting the players behind him?

  • Naveed Riasat on November 11, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    I agree it makes no sense from Younis, but Yousuf as captain is much worse. Both the Y's are good test players, but neither of them are good 1 day or 20-20 players.

    Pakistan should just be brave and appoint a young captain. Someone like Aamir or Umar Akmal, people who are good at all forms of the game.

  • woah on November 11, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    Lets not rush to conclusions and give him the benefit of doubt. we do not know what his personal life is like and he is coming from an area of pakistan that is getting blasted. so until he explains himself lets just relax, i think he has done enough as a captain to deserve that.

  • Shariq on November 11, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    I totally agree with this article

  • naeem muhammad on November 11, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    I think its good for Pakistani cricket that he leaves; it was expected to be happening at any time better it came early. He felt very proud that even though he does not want to captain the team people of pakistan want him to captain. He should be excluded from all forms of cricket (test, odi and t20). Look at his odi average its around 34, we can replace him with a young blood i hope new players can score 34 in odis.

  • Junaid on November 11, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    atleast something happend GOOD 4 PAKISTAN. plz dont give credit of t20 worldcup to younis khan as its afridi who wins both games 4 PAKISTAN. you need to look at the srilanka tour and now newzealand tour,both are those teams against which Pakistan has very good record in every form, but when YK take the captaincy we lost those two series after a decade.i even can't imagine that we have lost the test and ODI series.i hope that PCB might reconsider his decision abt captaincy of ARRIDI as inzi has said in the interview abt that.we have seen him in t20 and he is not performing bad either,why not to give him some sort of series instead of YK, YK has the old habit of refusing and rejecting the post and his attitude is still the same, he is never going to listen anybody.he is getting out in the same manner in which as he used to be get out earlier. so he is no no where near learning the things

  • Usman on November 11, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    Hahahah, not a surprise. Again i would say cricket is no more a big issue in country considering worse security situation.

    I would request fans not to loose their sleep for cricket.

  • Umair Butt on November 11, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    Yousuf should lead the team on regular basis because there is no place available in any form of game so Mr Younus Khan plz quit urself rathar than u will embarassed.

  • Zeeshan Godil on November 11, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    Good decision though. As far as the last match is concerned, no one including afridi, shoaib malik etc are serious enough to give this responsibility. Yousuf is the best as I think he is not fully involved in current grouping of team members.

  • shan on November 11, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    For me Younis has rarely made any sense. He has a long history of on field as well as off the field twaddles, so given this kind of background his decision, if it is really his decision at all, hasn't come to me as a surprise. He might have been forced, and rightly so in my view, by the management to quit. After his disastrous moves including so called rotation policy to avenge the by passing by some players who directly approached the management to convey their grievences. Look at his recent record and you would knwo why he has been such a failure. Even Win in T20 World Cup can not be really attributed to his captaincy. It was rather Afridi and Gul heroics that led to the victory. The player who can not even secure a place in the team based on his performance, how can he be the captain. Younis was lucky to get the public sentiment turned into his favour after baseless allegation by an unpopular legislator, Dasti. But for the anti Dasti sentiment, younis would be nowhere in the pic.

  • Bilqees Begum on November 11, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    Kamran, you are as insightful as my dinner table. Word of advice; don't leave your day job, whatever it is that you do.

  • Ismail on November 11, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    I think if the team is not supporting him it is better to take a break. Otherwise we will face the same kind of embarrassment.

  • Malik abdullah on November 11, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    what a decision by pcb .man who hardly find his place in team becom captain,afridi is the 1000 time better option then mr mohammad yousuf.. i have no words to say anything here i would just say good luck pak in future.. this man dont know the language how he will survive in english land ???????/

    good luck

  • Vikas on November 11, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    Maybe Younis needed rest after all the struggle he had to go through to secure the captaincy. He doesn't have any new strategies left to implement. He needs rest and break to come back with a fresh mind to face a fresh challenge

  • Nisar on November 11, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Whar is going on with our cricket team?. Really shocked to see such a response from YK, i have no doubt in my mind that there are players within the team who are against YK and to be honest they would be quite happy with this decision of Younis. Why doesnt the PCB just put its foot down & give a dressing down to these so called players. Also dissapointing to see Former senior players wanting Afridi as captain. No doubt Afridi has performed exceptionally well with the ball but still is he good enough to shoulder the responsibility as a batsman?. Unfortunately, i am sure all of us would reply in negative. After a long time we were able to find a leader in the name of Younis Khan but sadly selfish attitude and high ego of some of our players have turned him into what he is at the moment. I am sadly but surely loosing my passion for pakistan cricket team.

  • Ashar Hakim on November 11, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    So he essentially did what he didn't want to do a couple weeks before.

    How can the team be consistent when the captain is not consistent enough to be in the team moreover winning in general.

  • Nisar on November 11, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Whar is going on with our cricket team?. Really shocked to see such a response from YK, i have no doubt in my mind that there are players within the team who are against YK and to be honest they would be quite happy with this decision of Younis. Why doesnt the PCB just put its foot down & give a dressing down to these so called players. Also dissapointing to see Former senior players wanting Afridi as captain. No doubt Afridi has performed exceptionally well with the ball but still is he good enough to shoulder the responsibility as a batsman?. Unfortunately, i am sure all of us would reply in negative. After a long time we were able to find a leader in the name of Younis Khan but sadly selfish attitude and high ego of some of our players have turned him into what he is at the moment. I am sadly but surely loosing my passion for pakistan cricket team.

  • afzal on November 11, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Hallo every cricketfan, i think this is a good decision to apoint yousaf as captain.He can score and show a sample for youn cricketers.Younas is probably gone for ever.I have never seen him as a winning Batsman.His past in last 20 matches is complet disaster for him and Pakistani Team.He should be thankful for Afridi and co that they make him as a winner captain of T20 world cup.His way op playing could bring him more in disatrous situation on new zeeland;s wickets.He has made a good decision.Asien Wickets r good for him but only in test cricket.I hope team can show better performance when new captain lead from front with good innings.

  • Cricketer on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    This is hilarious..he wants to pick and play...and still wants to be captain till 2011 WC - just doesn't make any sense. He might have felt that with his poor run of form, it can't improve any on the seamy NZ wickets...and to avoid further debate over his poor batting form, Younis decided to take a break. Everyone feels he's a dictator in PAK cricket...they badly need Imran Khan back from retirement!!

  • Shahzaib Quraishi on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    As much as I love Younis Khan for his captaincy, he needs to make a decision and stick to it... The decision to retire from T20s was made in haste too, and I'm sure he's aching to come back to that as well... I think his form in the ODIs has a lot to do with this recent decision. Not that NZ will be walkovers, but the tour would have been a perfect chance to acclimatize and get some form in before the tough tour of Australia. Not only does this affect the team's rhythm, but it also robs the team of a very valuable middle order batsman. I see Misbah coming in to replace Younis the batsman. And Younis needs to check in with a psychiatrist for his attention deficit disorder :-p

  • Umer Farooq on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    This is really not rightly done by Younus. He really broke the confidence that Pakistani people gave him a few days before. Stepping down makes no sense at all. How can younus khan expect to recover for Australia series without getting his and Pakistan teams confidence back in the series against New Zealand. Its like hiding from the inevitable. Sorry to say but very bad decision by him. And one more thing to say, the defeat from new zealand team is a lot less than this decision by Younus.

  • idrees on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    i really think and believe younis shouldnt be even considered for selection , check his batting perfomance and you named him as capatain very honestly he should go back to his domestic team and should learn and sort out basics for batting . pakistan should named afridi to take over and keep him captain as he showed metal and tactics both in short format of game . Younis khan should not only be keptout of game till he showed some , I repeat atleast some form , come on guys you are talking about captain and how can you expext team to fight when every time your captain coming out of ground without even troubling scoreboard crew . ridiculous thi is .

  • Kumar on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    Pakistani players suck. They have no responsibility or accountability towards their fans. Yousuf, Afridi - it is all going to be the same. Anyway I fear this is the end of Younis. He has pissed off too many of his own team members. And just put on a charade to the media that he has the support of the entire world.

  • Irfan Mayani on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Once again i think there is a case of truth not being told. Why on earth a Pakistani Cricketer already hungry for some international cricket would ned rest. its not that they have played 15 tests and 40 ODIs in the last 12 months. They have barely completed a full test series duing the last 2 years. A team that look settled after the T20 victory and semi finals at the CT'09 , is unsettled again de to prblems related to selections. I wish someone can for once handle these talented cricketers better and run the system in a better way. You pick the squad for ODIs with a great middle order , only to drop them one by one for a match to accomodate players like butt and latif. For God's sake teams around the world send there best and inform player upfront and we had 3 guys out of form at numbers 1 , 2 and 3 in the entire series, and that too at the expense of umar Akmal , Yousuf and Malik. Who have all performed well recently

  • Marghoob on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    well i dont agree with you. i think that its good that he himself has decided. also he was acting more like a dictator rather than cricket captain on the ground. i am happy with the fact that he will not lead the side.

  • Amin ur Rehman on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi's frustration is understandable. I am also an ardent supporter of Younis Khan as Captain but if you analyse the situation thoroughly its not as simple as it looks. Players revolted against Shoaib Malik and he was replaced with Younis who tried to gel the team but Malik group or Lahore players including Moulana Yousaf, Kamran Akman,Salman Butt,Shoaib Malik and even Razzaq never accepted Younis as Captain. Shoaib continued to create a rift in the team and succeeded in forcing Younis's exit as Captain. Yousaf is a poor choice as Captain(remember his captaincy in Australia). I think all these players deliberately played badly to throw the match and forced Ijaz Butt to remove Younis as Captain. A bad bad day for Pakistan cricket indeed as we not only lost a quality player but an able leader. I think all these players should be shown the exit door and a new team comprising so many talented players who are being wasted should be formed immediately. Take a word from West Indies..

  • Ibraheem Khan on November 11, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    I was one of the biggest fans of Younis Khan. But he has let down me & many of diehard fans like me. Really disappointed.

  • haleema Dheen on November 11, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    i agree with the writer., he should never have taken a break. I cant understand people like Inzamam, Sarfraz criticing. Inzamam remember had a wreched world cup although we all know he is the best batsman in the world or one of the best.its a shame in pakistan, people dont let you take time, what can Younis do if the 5 batsmen after him played like that. Is it possible they dont like him.? the whole of pakistan more or less wanted him to be captain and now he lets people down. someone like Imran khan or Wasim Akram should talk to him. maybe even Ramiz Raja. it is sad when i just read the news. sometimes peole go out of form ,does not mean he does not know his responsibilities. Please someone talk to him or is it too late. He is the suitable one, good fielder, and batsmen too. Pakistan peo-ple and even the ex so called masters of cricket are very unfair, in saying he dropped this one and that one, its his choice along with selector and coach decides. May Allah bring Younis back

  • Khalil on November 11, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    You just get the impression from Younis that he is not up to the rigors of captaincy. He is a good guy to have in your team and when the chips are down and your backs are against the wall he is the man to fight. But just recently you get the impression that as captain he is fragile and ready to hit the eject button at any instance.

    This cannot be good for the team overall. hence I think the board need to decide and Younis needs to decide if he actually wants the job or not. If not then let's move on and give it to Afridi who will hopefully get the team behind him (including a fully focussed Younis) and get on with the job at hand of winning some cricket matches and defending the world T20 crown!

  • Hammad on November 11, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    Younis dont have da gutz to face dese situations...hes just changing his stance every other day...yeah dere is some hug indifferences among the team member which were quite visible...younis should not have taken the break..i think younis wants all da power but dats not rite..he should take da team along wid him

  • Syed Yeasef Akbar on November 11, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    I am a die heart pak fan from Bangladesh, like thousand others here... I have been following the Pakistan team ever since I was a kid of 5. I also believe that Pakistan Cricket Team should stick on to a single captaincy for a certain period of time. I also believe that Younus might have been struggling from his form, but there were no problem with his captaincy. I have no idea about the role of media in Pakistan regarding this issue, but media must also support a captain. Even a captain needs time to adjust and develop. This is true that Pakistan team has faced recent defeats in some of the series under Younus's captaincy, but we must not forget, it was him who brought the T-20 world cup home.

  • zohaib ali on November 11, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    I can't agree more on this. Why can't Pakistan team agree to the loss, and why they blame only the team or the captain for the loss. Can't they even think that NZ team is a good team themselves, and so if they have won that's because of their efforts. Changing captaincy after one small series is just stupid, and Younis shouldn't had taken a break, he could have done much better in the days to come. he is a real test player so there was no need of him opting for a rest from Cricket! Pakistan needs him more than ever.....poor decision, but I am sure its not only the form and the rest & there is more to the dressing-room happenings..

  • ANIS UR REHMAN on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    That is the news i was awaitied for many months. How can a player be captain if he doesnt deserve a place in the team. With such poor performance and too much arrogant attitude no one can lead a team as Younis Khan was doing. In the present circumstances, it is a wise decision to appoint M.Yousaf as a captain.

  • pavs on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    I think Younis has severe case of ADD. I have this feeling this he thinks too much or put too much importance on himself. He never looked like a natural leader to me. Most people seems to forget that captaincy is only one part of the equation. While there are certain aspect of the game where a captains decision can cause the team to loose the game; more often than not all 11 players including coaching stuff and selectors and admin should share equal responsibility for the losses. The final game that pakistan lost to NZ, younis had nothing to do with it. The only aspect of the game where he had direct influence (bowling changes and field settings) he got it right. He batted bad, he is going through a bad patch I understand that. But what happened to the rest of the top order batsmen?

    Pakistan is going through all kind of nonsense in last couple of years and it really is a sad state of affairs. Last thing you need is a captain who is so full of himself and changes his mind every week.

  • Sohail on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    Yes I agree with Mr Kamran that Younis is the right choice for Captain. We always blame Captain for any defeat we never look towards another side of the picture i.e what other senior members did in the series. Yousuf is MISS FIT in the International Cricket arena as he cant field nor speak. The body gesture play a big part in team confidence and we all know Yousuf. So i think that is another BIG MISTAKE by PCB

  • Nadeem on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    younis khan has no place in ODIs and i am surprised to hear that he is thinking to return to 20-20s. he has become proudy after wining 20-20 WC in which i did not see any personal effort from him. it was all about the team work and thakfully afridi............

  • Gurdev singh on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    Md. yousouf is amongst the greatest of batmen of Pakistan,solid, consistent and a treat to watch. Richly deserved captaincy even at the expense of younis khan. Not a great move to exclude him from third one day against Newzeland since there was left no solid batsman who could play some over patiently. One day game is not a game of hitters only but it requires batsman like Md. youssof to give solidity to the team. A welcome step to acknowledge the services rendered by this great batsman whose single minded concentration on the game of cricket is great.

  • imran chaudary on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    Assalau Alikum Bhai Kamran, Wow I am totally flabbergasted at this news today, after a totally poor performance in the final ODI against a not too much of a special New Zealand side, Younis now wants to give up being captain again, I am so upset by this that I feel Younis should not be given another chance at being captian, we need some stability in the team and need a strong leader who will show some leadership and also be a role model for the younger players in the team, we also have another World cup around the corner. I was really dissapionted with Younis Khans performances in the ODi series against NZ, he batted so poorly and even though he has so much skill rarely showed any positive signs on making runs and instead limpped to 3 off 16 balls in the final match, I feel gutted at this after such a hoo haa about resigning and then being persuaded by the public response and also being persuaded by Ijaz Butt, I say forget Younis and move on with some new talent, put Umer in at 3

  • imran chaudary on November 11, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    Assalau Alikum Bhai Kamran, Wow I am totally flabbergasted at this news today, after a totally poor performance in the final ODI against a not too much of a special New Zealand side, Younis now wants to give up being captain again, I am so upset by this that I feel Younis should not be given another chance at being captian, we need some stability in the team and need a strong leader who will show some leadership and also be a role model for the younger players in the team, we also have another World cup around the corner. I was really dissapionted with Younis Khans performances in the ODi series against NZ, he batted so poorly and even though he has so much skill rarely showed any positive signs on making runs and instead limpped to 3 off 16 balls in the final match, I feel gutted at this after such a hoo haa about resigning and then being persuaded by the public response and also being persuaded by Ijaz Butt, I say forget Younis and move on with some new talent, put Umer in at 3

  • ahmed on November 11, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    i am not bemused i know this is going to happen. As far as performance is concerned he shouldn't be on tour.

  • FM on November 11, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    Quit or Take a break .. a perfect example set by MYK for youngsters. PAK players r not mentally tough enuff & i agree MYK makes no sense

  • shakir akhtar on November 11, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    one name SHAHID AFRIDI!

  • Ahmed Abrar on November 11, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    I am not a biggest fan of Younus, but however he should not gave up like this. He should keep himself part of the team in test cricket and try to retrieve his batting form. He could get himself down the order to bat. What will happen if Pakistan wins in this test series under yousuf's leadership? then will he be remain eligible to lead Pakistan? Pakistan team is in trouble and captain should lead it from the front... rather than with drawn himself...

  • Hammad on November 11, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Younis dont have da guts to face da situation..hes just changing his stance every other other...what do he wants now????

  • Alnawaz on November 11, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Very well put Abbas. Younis is playing with pak cricket and is running from his responsibility after the loss. That doesnt send a good message to the world. He is playing with the emotions of the people who supported him. Afridi is the best choice for the captain for long term.

  • Shafiq on November 11, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    It is the greatest joke, Younis can & should play only test crikcet, and he is not playing it. A good test captain, though due to his insecure position in ODI cricket, he made baffling decision in middle order, and paid the price of series, and another soap opera in Pakistan cricket. Pakistan cricket is like Star Plus Drama.

  • Ganessin on November 11, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in Yousuf being captain. He should have been appointed as Captain after the 2007 WC. Unfortunately he is not recognised by PCB. Hope he continues as Pak captain.

  • Ahmad on November 11, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Younis and I think that becuase of his performance, every senior player was getting unrested.

  • ain on November 11, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    I am fully with this artical that this is totallyy nonsence by Yonis Khan withdrowing onesmore. I thing it ok that ones in wile in a cicketers life there is bad patches, but dose not mean that you show your back to the team at that time. I am deeply disapointed.

  • Akamaka on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    Younis is again letting Pakistan cricket down. He can't give up every time someone criticises him. He should stay as captain through thick and thin. If he can't handle it because it is affecting his batting form then he should hand it over to Shahid Afridi. As Afridi is someone who doesn't back away from his responsibilities or challenges. The turmoil in Pakistan cricket continues.

  • Aziz ur Rehman on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    Well its about time now, i think the nation has had enough of Younis and his antics.... its time we move forward.... just hand the captaincy to some reasonable guy ... and stick to him.... and for God Sake somebody stop this grouping within the team and the people who manage it ... this is as bad as Pakistan Cricket can get .......

  • Naif on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    What Can he do in this politically rich team ....Shoib Malik needs to be zxed from al forms....look at the 1st ODI against NZ..how was the pakis body language and spirits...but as soon as he comes in the team....all lost...there is serious political interference esp from maliks!!!! Will Still back Younis Khan...he may be low on Spirits/form etc...but he can Gel the boys 2gether..in a TEAM!!!!

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! ballaiy ballaiy, dahee pallaiy. meri jan, this is Pakistan, land of uncertainitiess, 2 numbri is a genetic syndrome back home. I would not have offered Younas captaincy after his first denial, he aint stable. You see if you choose to be in Pakistan and want to make a difference then you have to work through all these 2 numbris. Or then just find your way out of that corrupt system like many of us do. In my last comment I wrote that Younas is bringing his end closer, not performing himself and dropping important players at crictical times. Now its Yousufs turn, I feel sorry for the poor fella. O yar 10 jamat pass dictaors can ---- the country and you cant just run a cricket team?I think Afridi should be the choice, with Younas sacked for good. This will happen sooner or later anyways. A stable head to represent pakistan. Younas´s mood switches take me to my biology lessons of mood switching relating to hormnoal imbalance, o sorry! he is a male. Peace

  • Khair ul Alam on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    I have long felt that Younus has some personality issues. Ever since his drama "I won't be a dummy captain" I felt he dwelled too much on his ego. Having said that, I suppose most Pak players suffer from personality issues. And the lack of professionalism in Pakistan cricket doesn't help either. Just when there was some hope of getting cricket back on track it appears that the circus which is Pakistan cricket has no end in sight.

  • Shehzad Khan on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    The bottom line is that Younis does not merit a selection in Pakistan ODI or T20 teams. He would have been better off if he had rested himself for the ODI and T20 series and played the test series. On top of this he has a very low IQ compared to what is required for cricket captain today, think negatively and is jealous of his performing colleagues. Since they day he has over thrown Malik as captain with the help of his under performing cronies like Umar Gul etc, he is trying to throw out Malik and other players he (Younis) thinks are closer to Malik including Akmal, Butt, Tanwir, Razzaq, Rao, etc. Pakistan needs a captain who has the country's interest before his personal agenda and Younis has clearly failed on this benchmark. Whats so wrong with Yousuf as captain?

  • Mustansir on November 11, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    I think we have to agree that Younis is the only choice we have/had to be the captain....his nonsensical and immature approach towards this responsibility does not give positive vibes to the nation which is starved for Cricket, good results and top quality players.

    I think we as a nation have to realize that it will take us about 2 years to come out of this hole. What the management needs to do is overhaul this player power, drop the players involved in dividing the players and bring in fresh blood. The results and the dramatic collapses cant be more different than the ones which our current 'experienced' players have been demonstrating!

  • Milan on November 11, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    what on earth is Younis doing? He can't run away like this when he is so badly needed. I just can't believe it. Many top players suffers slump in their form but they do not fade away. I remember when Pak tour to India at 2005 and in the 1st test match Younis was out in both the innings without troubling much to the scoreboard but later he said it was not my batting he is worrying but two drop catches he let go. Then he scores 100+ and 250+ in the next 2 test to regain his batting form. NZ series is ideal one to him ot prove that he is one of the best batsman of all time but what a shame!! Younis! you really made your fans down, shame on you

  • K4Mi on November 11, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    nothing goin good for pakistani team i think younis khan was good choice 4 pakistani team peple dont think up n down its all about games if u have good day u won if u hava bad day u lose its all about luck. the PCB makes no sense i dont understand PCB

  • Farhan khan on November 11, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    its all politics, when PCB asks yousuf to be captain of Pakistan he calls inzimam for advice to be captain or not he said yes and yousuf says PCB yes. so its all clear who controls the matters of Pakistan cricket team.

  • omer on November 11, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    what happening in Pakistan cricket....??? we dont know...honestly younis is best choice as captain i think..

  • Gugu on November 11, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    I think he has done the right thing. Please appreciate that he must have understood the laughing stock his latest decision is going to make of him but yet he has probably accepted that with this batting form he can't be in the team and so has chosen to stand down, play domestic and return on the performance. Please see the logic behind the scene.

  • riz on November 11, 2009, 12:17 GMT

    I think it's a waste to comment on a totally wate decision :) So no comment!

  • Asad on November 11, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    well i don t agree wid u.....infact i believe younis has made a right decision which i think should be made in the 3rd ODI. No doubt he is the best choice as a captain but he can t drop players around him if they r scoring & he is not....best chance for him to get in form by playing ongoing domestic matches.!!

  • Eesa on November 11, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    Mind boggling! What planet is Younis Khan on? Have Pakistan not had a 2 year break?

    Utter nonsense.

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  • Eesa on November 11, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    Mind boggling! What planet is Younis Khan on? Have Pakistan not had a 2 year break?

    Utter nonsense.

  • Asad on November 11, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    well i don t agree wid u.....infact i believe younis has made a right decision which i think should be made in the 3rd ODI. No doubt he is the best choice as a captain but he can t drop players around him if they r scoring & he is not....best chance for him to get in form by playing ongoing domestic matches.!!

  • riz on November 11, 2009, 12:17 GMT

    I think it's a waste to comment on a totally wate decision :) So no comment!

  • Gugu on November 11, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    I think he has done the right thing. Please appreciate that he must have understood the laughing stock his latest decision is going to make of him but yet he has probably accepted that with this batting form he can't be in the team and so has chosen to stand down, play domestic and return on the performance. Please see the logic behind the scene.

  • omer on November 11, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    what happening in Pakistan cricket....??? we dont know...honestly younis is best choice as captain i think..

  • Farhan khan on November 11, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    its all politics, when PCB asks yousuf to be captain of Pakistan he calls inzimam for advice to be captain or not he said yes and yousuf says PCB yes. so its all clear who controls the matters of Pakistan cricket team.

  • K4Mi on November 11, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    nothing goin good for pakistani team i think younis khan was good choice 4 pakistani team peple dont think up n down its all about games if u have good day u won if u hava bad day u lose its all about luck. the PCB makes no sense i dont understand PCB

  • Milan on November 11, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    what on earth is Younis doing? He can't run away like this when he is so badly needed. I just can't believe it. Many top players suffers slump in their form but they do not fade away. I remember when Pak tour to India at 2005 and in the 1st test match Younis was out in both the innings without troubling much to the scoreboard but later he said it was not my batting he is worrying but two drop catches he let go. Then he scores 100+ and 250+ in the next 2 test to regain his batting form. NZ series is ideal one to him ot prove that he is one of the best batsman of all time but what a shame!! Younis! you really made your fans down, shame on you

  • Mustansir on November 11, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    I think we have to agree that Younis is the only choice we have/had to be the captain....his nonsensical and immature approach towards this responsibility does not give positive vibes to the nation which is starved for Cricket, good results and top quality players.

    I think we as a nation have to realize that it will take us about 2 years to come out of this hole. What the management needs to do is overhaul this player power, drop the players involved in dividing the players and bring in fresh blood. The results and the dramatic collapses cant be more different than the ones which our current 'experienced' players have been demonstrating!

  • Shehzad Khan on November 11, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    The bottom line is that Younis does not merit a selection in Pakistan ODI or T20 teams. He would have been better off if he had rested himself for the ODI and T20 series and played the test series. On top of this he has a very low IQ compared to what is required for cricket captain today, think negatively and is jealous of his performing colleagues. Since they day he has over thrown Malik as captain with the help of his under performing cronies like Umar Gul etc, he is trying to throw out Malik and other players he (Younis) thinks are closer to Malik including Akmal, Butt, Tanwir, Razzaq, Rao, etc. Pakistan needs a captain who has the country's interest before his personal agenda and Younis has clearly failed on this benchmark. Whats so wrong with Yousuf as captain?