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November 11, 2009

Age of Khan

Younis makes no sense

Kamran Abbasi


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Younis Khan has withdrawn from the tour of New Zealand requesting a break from cricket.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

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Posted by 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...

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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 !!!

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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