Age of Khan November 23, 2009

I've never been more worried about Pakistan cricket

Mohammad Yousuf will lead the team in conditions that will severely test his batsmen -- and to many eyes the captain himself is the only credible Test batsman in the squad
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Younis Khan remains the best man for the captaincy role, and it is a bitter disappointment that he has withdrawn from the tour to New Zealand © Associated Press
 

Pakistan cricket is on the 'critical' list. Mohammad Yousuf will lead the team in conditions that will severely test his batsmen -- and to many eyes the captain himself is the only credible Test batsman in the squad. Younis Khan's withdrawal has depleted the reserves of proper batsmen by 50%. The fault lies partly with the paucity of cricket that Pakistan have played recently but mainly with the PCB's inability to develop batsmen over the last decade.

Unfortunately, a sequence of Test series in New Zealand, Australia, and England is an inhospitable agenda for players with inexperience or technical frailties. Pakistan have many batsmen in both categories. This situation is a shame for Pakistan's blossoming bowling attack. The gulf between the two major arts of cricket has become wider than at almost any time in Pakistan's history.

A bigger concern, however, remains the leadership. It is hard to see Yousuf possessing the attributes that are required. Already, nervousness about the batting conditions in New Zealand and talk of decision-making by committee are causes for concern. Only strong leadership can pull Pakistan out of this hole. We need Pakistan to grow over the next months and arrive in Australia and then in England ready for battle. Next summer, and what it means for the survival of Pakistan cricket in particular, demands a strong showing.

Which brings us back to the Younis saga. He remains the best man for the job, and it is a bitter disappointment that he has withdrawn from this tour. Younis is disillusioned with the captaincy, his poor form could have been accomodated if his fellows had supported him. This partybazi [groupism], player muscle-flexing is a root of Pakistan's ills.

Worryingly, Ijaz Butt and the PCB failed to stub out the dissent in the team. They failed in their governance role. Once Younis was awarded the captaincy, any player unwilling to play under him should have been dropped however big his ego or reputation. The PCB must accept responsibility for not managing this crisis properly. The whole future of Pakistan cricket is plunged back into jeopardy.

The New Zealand tour may already be a lost cause -- just look at the batsmen in the squad -- but by the time Pakistan arrive in Australia the captaincy issue must be settled. And that means Younis in charge with a team made up of players willing to play under him, at least in Test cricket. At a push, Shahid Afridi could manage both one-day formats. But Test cricket, the blue ribbon event, requires Younis. He should be urged to build for Pakistan's future and given the right backing by his cricket board.

I've never been more worried about Pakistan cricket. This is a make-or-break year and disastrous decisions by the PCB, such as choosing the wrong captain, could destroy any chance of Pakistan's revival as a cricketing force. Pakistan fans will always support their team, whoever leads and whoever plays, but it is the habitual mismanagement that we cannot tolerate.

Mr Butt and his fellow board members must recognise the danger that Pakistan cricket is in and act.

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

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  • Vina on December 23, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    This is way more helupfl than anything else I've looked at.

  • asad on December 22, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    dear abbasi, let me remind you of shoaib malik period of captaincy, he was only dismissed from captaincy due to his poor batting form, first of all yunis is a batsman after that he is a captain,

  • kamran J. S. on December 21, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    As a batsman I have lots of respect for Muhammad Yousuf. When it comes to captaining a fielding side I am afraid he lacks clutch time leadership which separates a captain from first-rated captain. 4th inning of Napier test shows all that. Target of above 200 runs should have been fought for winning the series. 90 for 0 in nineteen overs and 120 more needed from 43 overs seemed to be a CAKE for feeble kiwis batting against Pakistani batting demolishers. From fielding side there was no body language or aggression which is very much needed to make opponent change their approach. Well, Rain changed that course making 1-1 series tie. Series are won from the front, and I hope that Yousuf step up and get to the next level while captaining against Australians.

  • viki on December 16, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    good point kamran sb. i think shoaib mailk should be replaced. so far yousuf is playing and pakistan need him. bring back Hassan raza he secored 33 hundreds at home. poor selectors only gave hassan raza only 7 tests in his whole career. and faisal iqbal is gifted with 24 coz his uncle's name is behind him. WOW

  • mohammad bishrat on December 16, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    Team lead should set examples to other team members. younis own performance is ?. he should learn how to deal with pplz. shoaib mailk should be reserved for subcontinent piches. bring back some alrounders in test. i think afridi can be very helpful for pakistan in test. have mercy on mohammad amir, send him in nca for some physical training coz plying to much cricket with this body will ruined his career. Pakistan team one young bating/feilding and one bowling coach.

  • Furqan on December 8, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    I couldn't disagree more. As somebody has already said, such a drama-queen should be banned from cricketing fields, but only that he has been preforming well in Test matches (emphasis Test matches), I won't mind his inclusion in the team as a player but definitely not as a Captain. I wonder why people don't pay attention to his record in one-dayers and claim that he forms the backbone of Pakistan batting line up. This is due to players like him, we think Shoaib Malik is a better one-day batsman (proven by his numbers at No. 3). Gone are the days when A H Kardar or Imran Khan could deal with the team issues by bullying the players. Even had they not been good performers, their reigns would have been much shorter. It would be a sheer disappointment if Younis is once again named Captain of Pakistan team.

  • waterbuffalo on November 27, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    well well, 8 wickets down and Pakistan might have to chase 260 to win a test match in Dunedin. Seems like Yousuf's captaincy has been fine at least in the second innings, he also looks serious and acts like he knows what he is doing. Does Dhoni smile? Vettori? Graeme Smith? So why is Younis Khan constantly smiling? One look at Yousuf tells you this guy must be respected, the same cannot be said of 'nice guy' YK. Misbah is also on the way, as requested by yousuf, hopefully at the expense of the useless Shoaib Malik, who can't bat, can't bowl and can't catch yet wears his collar up thinking he is Mark Waugh. The difference is Mark Waugh could bowl, bat like a champion and field like a genius. We have teenagers who could become superstars, I have no time for cry babies like Younis Khan or show offs like Shoaib Malik. Even if we lose this Test, at least Pakistan showed some quality and character, and this is great preparation for Australia. I cannot wait for the Boxing Day Test Match.

  • Saad on November 26, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    Wow, how primitive minded are people here? Granted, Younis hasn't perform well recently and his position in the team can be questioned because of his recent form, but to suddenly start bashing him for everything is ridiculous. If anything, Younis showed maturity by giving up captaincy when he didn't have the support of his players. Unlike in the past where power-hungry captains have sought to maintain their position at the expense of the team. Clearly there is something wrong with the dressing room culture of the Pakistani team, given that time and again captains have lacked support form their team members. I would therefore agree with Mr. Abbasi that what is required is to choose a captain and then ensure that he has a team that supports him. If players don't support him you either take them out of the team, or you change your captain. But when a captain is initially selected the team should certainly be built around him, because I think a good captain is essential.

  • zaid_sl on November 26, 2009, 17:24 GMT

    i agree.younis is the man for the job.drop any player who is not willing to be under him

  • Ejaz Khokhar on November 25, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    I am really not surprised but sad at what kind of ethnic colour this cricketing blog has taken. It gives the world good picture of how much we are divided such a shame. Espeically the coments about regionalism i.e. Punjabi, Pathan, Karachi all this is bad. But I must say onething that Younus Khan is the best person to lead the team regardless of where he comes from, he has done a damn good job of it.

    Like my earlier blog only time will tell that bites and peices criketer will be brushed aside by new talent. To all of my fellow cricket lover friends. Please rise above your personal & regionalism. No one is perfect and never will be in this world. As I said earlier Blog playing for pakistan is an hounour not right as of of these egoistic player thing they have & those players need to go NOW. PCB have to wake up & make a tough call on this issue.PLAYER ARE NOT BIGGER THAN CRICKET PLZ MAKE THE RIGHT DESISION. it hould be put in every players mind that play foe the TEAM not himself.

  • Vina on December 23, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    This is way more helupfl than anything else I've looked at.

  • asad on December 22, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    dear abbasi, let me remind you of shoaib malik period of captaincy, he was only dismissed from captaincy due to his poor batting form, first of all yunis is a batsman after that he is a captain,

  • kamran J. S. on December 21, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    As a batsman I have lots of respect for Muhammad Yousuf. When it comes to captaining a fielding side I am afraid he lacks clutch time leadership which separates a captain from first-rated captain. 4th inning of Napier test shows all that. Target of above 200 runs should have been fought for winning the series. 90 for 0 in nineteen overs and 120 more needed from 43 overs seemed to be a CAKE for feeble kiwis batting against Pakistani batting demolishers. From fielding side there was no body language or aggression which is very much needed to make opponent change their approach. Well, Rain changed that course making 1-1 series tie. Series are won from the front, and I hope that Yousuf step up and get to the next level while captaining against Australians.

  • viki on December 16, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    good point kamran sb. i think shoaib mailk should be replaced. so far yousuf is playing and pakistan need him. bring back Hassan raza he secored 33 hundreds at home. poor selectors only gave hassan raza only 7 tests in his whole career. and faisal iqbal is gifted with 24 coz his uncle's name is behind him. WOW

  • mohammad bishrat on December 16, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    Team lead should set examples to other team members. younis own performance is ?. he should learn how to deal with pplz. shoaib mailk should be reserved for subcontinent piches. bring back some alrounders in test. i think afridi can be very helpful for pakistan in test. have mercy on mohammad amir, send him in nca for some physical training coz plying to much cricket with this body will ruined his career. Pakistan team one young bating/feilding and one bowling coach.

  • Furqan on December 8, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    I couldn't disagree more. As somebody has already said, such a drama-queen should be banned from cricketing fields, but only that he has been preforming well in Test matches (emphasis Test matches), I won't mind his inclusion in the team as a player but definitely not as a Captain. I wonder why people don't pay attention to his record in one-dayers and claim that he forms the backbone of Pakistan batting line up. This is due to players like him, we think Shoaib Malik is a better one-day batsman (proven by his numbers at No. 3). Gone are the days when A H Kardar or Imran Khan could deal with the team issues by bullying the players. Even had they not been good performers, their reigns would have been much shorter. It would be a sheer disappointment if Younis is once again named Captain of Pakistan team.

  • waterbuffalo on November 27, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    well well, 8 wickets down and Pakistan might have to chase 260 to win a test match in Dunedin. Seems like Yousuf's captaincy has been fine at least in the second innings, he also looks serious and acts like he knows what he is doing. Does Dhoni smile? Vettori? Graeme Smith? So why is Younis Khan constantly smiling? One look at Yousuf tells you this guy must be respected, the same cannot be said of 'nice guy' YK. Misbah is also on the way, as requested by yousuf, hopefully at the expense of the useless Shoaib Malik, who can't bat, can't bowl and can't catch yet wears his collar up thinking he is Mark Waugh. The difference is Mark Waugh could bowl, bat like a champion and field like a genius. We have teenagers who could become superstars, I have no time for cry babies like Younis Khan or show offs like Shoaib Malik. Even if we lose this Test, at least Pakistan showed some quality and character, and this is great preparation for Australia. I cannot wait for the Boxing Day Test Match.

  • Saad on November 26, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    Wow, how primitive minded are people here? Granted, Younis hasn't perform well recently and his position in the team can be questioned because of his recent form, but to suddenly start bashing him for everything is ridiculous. If anything, Younis showed maturity by giving up captaincy when he didn't have the support of his players. Unlike in the past where power-hungry captains have sought to maintain their position at the expense of the team. Clearly there is something wrong with the dressing room culture of the Pakistani team, given that time and again captains have lacked support form their team members. I would therefore agree with Mr. Abbasi that what is required is to choose a captain and then ensure that he has a team that supports him. If players don't support him you either take them out of the team, or you change your captain. But when a captain is initially selected the team should certainly be built around him, because I think a good captain is essential.

  • zaid_sl on November 26, 2009, 17:24 GMT

    i agree.younis is the man for the job.drop any player who is not willing to be under him

  • Ejaz Khokhar on November 25, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    I am really not surprised but sad at what kind of ethnic colour this cricketing blog has taken. It gives the world good picture of how much we are divided such a shame. Espeically the coments about regionalism i.e. Punjabi, Pathan, Karachi all this is bad. But I must say onething that Younus Khan is the best person to lead the team regardless of where he comes from, he has done a damn good job of it.

    Like my earlier blog only time will tell that bites and peices criketer will be brushed aside by new talent. To all of my fellow cricket lover friends. Please rise above your personal & regionalism. No one is perfect and never will be in this world. As I said earlier Blog playing for pakistan is an hounour not right as of of these egoistic player thing they have & those players need to go NOW. PCB have to wake up & make a tough call on this issue.PLAYER ARE NOT BIGGER THAN CRICKET PLZ MAKE THE RIGHT DESISION. it hould be put in every players mind that play foe the TEAM not himself.

  • real pathan on November 25, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    Wasim

    Imran Khan is not pathan, I dunno who told you that. he is called lion of punjab and his roots are in mianwali, theres nothing pathan about him. every khan is a pathan then, if imran is one.

  • Irfan on November 25, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    Some show of emotions! Kamran you are completely entitled to your opinion. You are pushing for YK which is fine but if any body has shot himself in the foot it is YK himself. The overwhelming support he received after Jamshed Dasti incident, he should have stayed fast in his place and not indulge into his famous flip flops. I was thoroughly disgusted by that. However I do agree about the player power. I have been saying this and will say it again that Malik should have been out a long time ago. Lo and behold he has managed dragged every one down with him. Why do we have to win every match. Teams who are in a building process can afford to loose matches. Our talent pool is over flowing and all they need is somebody to guide them. You are not helping at this time by upsetting Yousuf. Whatever his shortcoming may be but he is a batsman beyond match in Pak team. He can guide the youngsters and give them confidence. Let's just wait and see what happens next.

  • wahidkhan on November 25, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    i fully agree with you.i have read some comments and i m very sad to know that these people are not getting the point you want to prove. for those who underestimate younis khan abilities i want that they should know that younis khan is the batsman that have made more runs in new zealand, asutralia, england pitches. you should goes through muhammad yousaf and younis khan records abroad then you will c the difference. first study and then through your comments

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 25, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: I've never been more worried about YOU!!! This posting is obviously written to get as many comments as possible. This is pathetic.

    How could you think that Younus is still the best man for the job, when he himself conceded that he LOST the command. It is the same mentality by the board and people like YOU that keeps this *SAGA* (as you put it) to continue. You yourself mentioned that Younus is *disillusioned by captaincy*, so please enlighten me how could YOU want this circus and flip-flop to continue?

    For one reason or another Younus has been doing that from the beginning. Threatening to walk away like kid. There are sane ways to resolve the situations. He is NO Khan, Imran Khan that is, and he never will be. Everybody should get this straight.

    One thing I will still say though, after M. Yousuf he still is the great batsman and an automatic choice. But no player is bigger than cricket.

    So *move-on* and don't write just for the sake of writting.

  • Kats on November 25, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    It would be interesting to have the statistics of how many captains Pakistan have had over the recent times. Say the last decade and a half or so. Given the typical fanatic approach, this not only leads to extreme rigidity to follow a new head after a self fall, but also gives rise to scheming to avoid giving success to the leader. Individual performances are fine, but its the team work that matters mate, to get to that extra yard of attaining exceptional results.

  • yaya khan on November 25, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    A good batsmen never means a good captain.Had it been the case Sachin would have been the best of all. We need a good manager to manage the pak team, but yet he should be a performer.We are always better off with a bolowing captian....I think Afridi should be given the task for all forms of the game!

  • Amir on November 25, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    @Aamir Akhund Stupid man... what about Afridi, your thoonko, was doing in that particular match

  • Owais on November 25, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    A lot of people are missing the point here. The saddest part of this story is "group bazi". We have been suffering terribly due to this group bazi since 1992 world cup. My heart cries when I notice that someone was not playing at his 100% just because he has an issue with te captain. THIS JUST CANNOT BE CONDONED. Make an example out of Shoaib Malik and his purchee (personal favourite) Kamran Akmal - if they are responsible for this episode. I dont think Afridi is involved because he is not even in the test team, plus his clarifiations along with his body language give me an impression that he is a positive cricketer. We can survive without many bits and pieces cricketers whose ego is 100 times bigger than their game.

  • Jawad on November 25, 2009, 11:46 GMT

    mr abbasi.. why do you hate Yousuf?

  • Kats on November 25, 2009, 11:13 GMT

    Sad story with history repeating itself for the umpteenth occasion. Come to think of it, each individual in Pakistan is worth aplenty given their talent and producing results. If only they stick together as a team, and play as a single unit, there would be no stopping them. And the world can vouch for that. The biggest letdown is in most of the players having the experience as captaining the side one time or the other. Difficult with the typical mindset, to be led at a later stage by another player, leading to individualistic approach and pulling down the other. This is even substantiated today by naming a new vice captain, who for sure will get an opportunity to lead in no time. Its high time to think big having an approach with someone at the helm consistently, even if it calls for sternly knocking off the attitude and mentality mainly of individuals and plan the future plan ahead with multiple calm heads.

  • Rehman on November 25, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    I think PCB need to take the charge and all those dirty politicians in cricket like Malik, akmal etc need to be dumped. it is right time and younis also need to take the charge of affairs. coptaincy is in no way a compromise on team selection or rotation-

  • Maarif Sohail on November 25, 2009, 7:31 GMT

    Yunus Khan has serious issues. He is mentally unstable.Not in a position to play the game of cricket let alone leading the national side. As for people voicing concerns about his ouster. They should see, Yunus's track record at the domestic level. He has failed to lead the talented Peshawar side to any tournament victory. And since his victory at 2009 20/20 is being misinterpreted. His dubious ways of getting himself runout or his partner at crucial junctures have led to team losing matches. Recall final of 20/20 2007,when he got an Injured Imran Nazir to run for a single which was not there, had him runout, then played a maiden over or two, and finally threw his own wicket. He is not reliable and has more ego than skills to command respect from his own team or from the opposition. He can score runs on placid and dull wickets but not in crunch matches. His tactics on the field as well as off the field have invited questions from ICC. He has been quizzed for betting and match fixing.

  • papa indian on November 25, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    a non punjabi captain???. yes ladies and gentlemen its the conspiracy aginst all the non punjabis, oh my god what are you going to do. simple 1.go to stats. 2. check one day centuries of shoaib malik and younis khan. 3. compare the test centuries. 4. take out the centuries against minnows. 5. reach to your conclusion.

    PS.if younis khan is on the weaker side than its all fault of punjabis, if younis khan is on the stronger side then its all due to non punjabi mentality he has.

    AND FOR GOD SAKE STOP COMPARING YOUNIS WITH YOUSAF , ITS JUST LIKE COMPARING ETHOPIA WITH USA, LITERALY.

  • Wasim on November 25, 2009, 1:42 GMT

    Amir Akhund

    I wanted to say " Ghaas Kha gaya hai kya?" but probably it is an over dose of Niswaar which has killed your brain cells. Get your facts straight dude, We won against India because of Malik and Yousaf, we won the T20 Wc because of Afridi, Akmal and Aamer. Younis as a player has been a complete burden on the team during this year.

  • Wasim on November 24, 2009, 23:05 GMT

    Other than being pathan there was nothing in common between Younis Khan and Imran Khan. As a player Younis Khan sucks, as a leader he was emotionally unstable and made too many blunders and picked too many fights, he was the weakest link in Pakistan team so nobody is missing him. So please don't try to put life back in the dead issue of captaincy. Your criticism of Yousaf is premature.The doom and gloom situation is also not there for Pakistan cricket, Our bowling has been strengthened and the two out of form players Misbah and Younis have been replaced by young inform players like Fawad and Umar Akmal. Let the young players establish themselves and let YK and Misbah regain their form. Meanwhile everybody should support the team.

  • Ahmad on November 24, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    Oh please let me quote another report that came after the fourth ODI against India (in Inida):

    "Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik blamed his pace attack`s below-par show for the loss against India in the fourth and penultimate one-dayer here.

    "Dew was not that big a factor but we gave a bit too many runs with new ball. We gave around 100 runs in some 17 overs," he said.

    On his decision to bat first after winning the toss, Malik said he relied on the outcome of last three matches when teams batting first won.

    "I had asked for scorecards of the last three matches played here. The teams batting first had won so I decided to bat first," he said."

    LOL...tactician. The man decides to bat or bowl based on previous scorecards instead of the pitches and conditions. He is clever enough to take his best bowlers off once they start creating problems for the opposition. He is just too good a tactician for the likes of me to be able to understand his tactics. Good one Gaya.

  • Ahmad on November 24, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    @ Gaya: My apologies for insulting the greatest tactician of the century, Mr Malik. You are right about his talents, he initially impressed me with his great ability to read wickets; "We looked at our last three day-night matches' record. And we saw that we were winning while batting first. I didn't take the dew factor too much into consideration.", a lesser tactician like Dhoni thought it was surprising on a ground that always had dew at night(Gwalior, Nov 16). Malik's talent with the bat; he certainly plays that swat-pull-thingy better than granny, she was an accomplished swatter herself. I am just relieved he is IN form because he has scored 410 runs (17 games) this year in ODIs, next to Younis's 420 (19 games). Won't mention how 128 of those 410 runs came in one inn. Won't mention how Malik could have buried the team even then because he was 36 from 72 balls at one time. His turtle approach was bound to succeed once in this ‘janum’…the law of averages. Will it ever strike again?

  • Mujib Rehman on November 24, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    Aamir Akhund thinks Pakistan won the world cup and now Pakistan team should now sit and its OK to loose for another 8-9 years to whichever team till they win another major ICC event and whole process starts all over. Other team wish to win each and every series, here's Amir who is happy that Pakistan won one major event after 17 years. Great teams strive for best not wait to things happen.

  • mqi on November 24, 2009, 21:31 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in deep trouble for years just like the country is in big trouble for many years. There is no system to make a leader. There is no administration in PCB, selection committee, so do we beat about the bush only? Just see how many comments in this blog compared to others in crcinfo. No one reads and cares. There should have been an explanation called from the batsmen after the 3rd one day. Yousuf's captaincy has not been tested well and before that Kamran Abbasi comes up with all the negatives before the game. How does his remarks help the team in the middle of the game? Can you explain Mr. Abbasi. I think, Mesbah should replace Malik and that will give the team better coherence. A trouble maker must be removed, period. If administration and selection committee do not have that guts, cricket in Pakistan will parallel its national mess up (sorry for this comment) and will disappoint the supporters all over the world.

  • me2 on November 24, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Aamir Akhund - you suggested on the post about Malik and his sick Punjabi mentality and praises YK for winning t20 and going into ICC semi final. A - by suggesting one persons actions to name every Punjabi mentality makes you what? B- YK is no hero in winning the T20 and going to semi in ICC - look at his record and hopefully it opens your eyes. YK has not done much to keep his position in the team...He should resigned from all form of cricket.

    Kamran - I am sorry to say but comments like Aamir Akhund make me wonder what kind of scrutiny is done before comments are allowed to be posted. From Your Posting guidelines: The following are not allowed under any circumstances:

    * racism and accusations of racism * comments about bias by officials against specific teams or players * comments accusing any player, team or official of match-fixing or of any performance being influenced by betting

    To me Aamir Akhund clearly violets your guidelines. Please remove his comments!

  • Hassan on November 24, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    I think one should also blame Younus for his poor spirit. Every time before the series he makes these stupid decisions and one should take that into account. YES Younis deserves a place in the side but ONLY the Test side. By the way Yousuf is not bad a captain though. We have a habit of liking captains who chew chewing gums like goats and keep jumping around the field like monkeys. I think a captain should be a strategist and my apologies I dont see that in Younis too. He deserves a place in the Test side but he must realize that he is not an Indian film hero and the Pakistan cricket is not his heroine !!!!

  • me2 on November 24, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    Aamir Akhund - you suggested on the post about Malik and his sick Punjabi mentality and praises YK for winning t20 and going into ICC semi final. A - by suggesting one persons actions to name every Punjabi mentality makes you what? B- YK is no hero in winning the T20 and going to semi in ICC - look at his record and hopefully it opens your eyes. YK has not done much to keep his position in the team...He should resigned from all form of cricket.

    Kamran - I am sorry to say but comments like Aamir Akhund make me wonder what kind of scrutiny is done before comments are allowed to be posted. From Your Posting guidelines: The following are not allowed under any circumstances:

    * racism and accusations of racism * comments about bias by officials against specific teams or players * comments accusing any player, team or official of match-fixing or of any performance being influenced by betting

    To me Aamir Akhund clearly violets your guidelines. Please remove his comments!

  • Omer on November 24, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    Younis was let down my his team mates. It was clearly shown on his face...the dissapointment. I agree with Kamran....his teammates should have supported him in his bad form with the bat. It was only a matter of time before he got his good from back. I remember in India he was going through a same phase in tests. He came back into forn strongly with a double century against India. The test series in New Zealand could have been the series where he'd got his form back. I dont think there is anyone better than him to lead the side in Test. Afridi can take care of the one day team ! As Kamran said... anyone not happy playing under his captaincy should have been dropped but it seems that he didnt even have support from the management. I hope Pakistan does well in New Zealand.

  • Tanvir Ahmad on November 24, 2009, 15:08 GMT

    Kamran, I appreciate your comments but please explain how Younis is the right man for the job when most of the team have lost respect, faith and confidence in him? Is it more important for the team to back him or the PCB,media or public?? PCB would be foolish to even consider him for captaincy again regardless of how Yousuf performs against NZ. Afridi should be captain in both one-day formats whilst the young team are likely to perform with more enthusiasm,confidence and freedom under Yousuf and hence it should compensate for some of his shortcomings as a Test captain.Younis has failed to lead from the front like Inzi, T20 success should be attributed to Afridis brilliance. It's obvious that nobody wants to play under Younis so why take a break from the game and hope that if Yousuf fails then the door will open again for him. He has admitted that he no longer has control of the team so why not resign all together and let the country move on from this saga? Younis can never be Imran

  • Junaid on November 24, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    @Aamir Akhund: You are sick and full of hate my non-punjabi friend. YK is a loser and he had no role in 20/20 worldcup or champions trophy. 20/20 was won by Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Akmal and Amer. In champions trophy Pakistan porceeded to semis just due to the brilliance of Shoaib and Yousaf against India. If Malik and Akmal played bad shots than what the hell YK was doing? He ran out Salman Butt with a stupid call and than got out playing a stupid half hearted shot. I will call it match fixing by YK if you want to blame others (Punjabi players)for playing bad shots. Pakistan needs a leader who can face the challenges and not a loser like YK who can't perform himself but keeps on blaming other senior players for underperforming. He is just a politician and we can all easily understand this political agenda by YK.

  • Ashraf Khan on November 24, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    dr Kamran! You absolutely are rite. you have pinpointed the major desease that PCB should back the captain irrespective of whom it is weather Younis or any one.I think that there is no better option than him. how a cricket board can not handle a player that is spreading indifferences in a team. the worst is when your team-mate plays an irresponsible shot to let you down i specifically mean Shoiab Malik. he can't stand having a Pushtoon leading a team and better than himself. Infact why does'nt he think that letting Younis down means letting the whole nation down and above all he is letting himself down as when your body language say that you have deliberately let yourself OUT, so what the other people will think of YOU. I think the BEST cure for this Desease is to TERMINATE the players from CENTRAL CONTRACT if some is found to be doing so.

  • oops on November 24, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    dear dr. abbasi so sorry to see you've lost it. completely lost it. as has samiuddin. hope you both get it back soon enough. the sooner the better.

  • nain tara on November 24, 2009, 12:05 GMT

    wel wot i knw is that WE WANT YOUNUS KHAN BACK ,please pcb just wake up and take the right decision. Bring back younus khan with power so that if any1 z reluctant playing uder him can pack his bag and go home cuz its not some 1 z personel team its PAKISTAN Z national side. And i think at this time younus got to be the ultimate and best choice ... he has matured through time cant any 1 see it.... huh i knw there z no place for deserving and loyal people in pakistan.

  • Rizwan on November 24, 2009, 10:38 GMT

    younis khan by no means deserves to be the captain of Pakistan team, if he wants control over the team like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram than he is living in fantasy world, the man has no personality and game to ask for so much from the board and the palyers. he has got no caliber and his batting average in one day is less than Salman Butt for God's Sake how smart one has to be to figure out that Younis is a burden on Pak cricket, leave alone the captaincy he does not even qualify to be in thte team. he has lost more matches for pak due to his lame batting than any batsman has ever done. Mohammed Yousif on the other side is not just a great batsman but he is a very spiritual person, i dont know why he wasnt given captaincy when Inzmama left. MOhammed Yousif has got all the talent one needs to captain the side, my best wishes are with him and Inshallah he will prove to be a better captain than most people give him credit for. Good Luck to Mohammed yousif and pak cricket.

  • Irfan Rizvi on November 24, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    For Pakistan the problem is not Younis, but Malik and Co(Kamran Akmal, Misbah). Malik should be dropped from all forms of the cricket, Afridi must be in the test team his batting and bowling skills are far better then Malik.

    But one has to admit that Younis also has a history of dramatics and he has to overcome it, He has to learn to take pressure and stand tall when things gets tough. This is what leaders do, If he learns this then definitely he is the best man for the job.

    But overall the situation is not as bad as this article has made it look. We were in far worse situations and had came out of it

  • papa indian on November 24, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    **** younis khan, **** the indians who agree with you.

  • Ahmed on November 24, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    I dont agree with you at all, I think Younes is not worth a batsman. As a captain we have all seen his performance. He likes to be called Imran Khan and thinks himself like him, but you have to lead from front. He was making a lot of noises on performance and if others fail in batting and fielding he should have done something that could be remembered. But I couldn't think of any spectacular batting or fielding performance of Younes as a captain. Let Yousef be given a fair chance. We know that he is very humble like Inzimam, but Inzi did a good job and hope Yousef will also do a good job. Please somebody explain me why Yousef is so much targeted even though he performs most of the time. Unfortunately it is our history that we have never given our greats the position and level they deserve. Apart from Imran Khan it happened with Javed Miandad, Salim Malik, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younes, Saqlain Mushtaq and Inzimam. Let us learn from our mistakes.

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 24, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    Assalmaolikum! kami bhaii! Your worries are ok but please give me the liberation to say that this problem shall persist until we have neat and clean Pakistan. The connection is badmash ruling elite incluing many mullas, military, the bureaucracy etc. Direct Military involvement in the govt (dictatirships of Ayub, Yahya, Zia and Busharraf) and indierct during the dummy democratic govts. Meaning there is no rule of law from A-Z. PCB is just a small part of it, its a very minor sickness. There are no set boundries for no body, that is WHO IS WHO?Pakistan is number 47 on the list of corrupted nations for some reason. We have to change oursleves inside out to bring a change. Only then we can stop worrying about Pakistan or the dummy institutes like PCB. Believe me Pakistan and Pakistanis deserve much better and inshallah its not far. Peace

  • Shoaib Haroon on November 24, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    I am Sorry....I totaly Disagree with you Mr Osman. No matter how good a captain a player might be or how good a leader he might be, when 10 people in a team of 11 dont want to play under him, he cant lead. Simple. Even if PCB and Younis himself intervened and he stayed on, the team just wouldnt have performed. So its a useless excercise. In my view the biggest mistake by Younis which led this whole scenario was when he stayed in the team and kicked Yousuf out in the second one day. He knew he wasnt playing well and was not in form. He should have taken a rest and went on to play domestic for a few weeks. Agreed that he is the best captain around for Pakistan but he simply doesnt have a team that treats or wants him to be their Captain. Secondly, a captain leads by example. If he isnt batting well, maybe he should try harder in the field. But NO...our dear Younis just had to go on dropping dolly catches. And the Worst part is he keeps laughing and smiling when he loses cheaply. SAD..

  • Aamir Akhund on November 24, 2009, 9:48 GMT

    Kamran im suprised to see how many idiots actually write stupid comments on your blog. I cant understand what Yonus has to do to prove that he is the best choice to lead Pakistan. Winning the worldcup was surely not enough for these stupid people. Then beating India in an ICC event and taking us to the semi finals was not enough also. Common people, show some respect to the man. He deserves every ounce of our support but no. We as a nation have become so pathetic that we can't even think straight for a minute.

    And we all saw what happened to our middle order in the third match against the kiwis in UAE. Malik and Kamran got out playing shots which will haunt me for the rest of my life. Yonus is not saying it but let me put it here, Shoib Malik is a sick man, with a sick punjabi mentality. He cant stand that a non punjabi captain is doing good for our team.

  • Daniyal on November 24, 2009, 9:45 GMT

    Pakistani cricket comemtators (journalists) have to be the stupidest bunch in the history of the game. On the one hand they claim strong leadership is required to pull us out of this proverbial "hole" yet they keep insisting that Younis Khan is the man for the job. A man who by now has left no doubt that he is mentally weak, lacks imagination, authority, patience and is as whimsical as a two year old.

  • Irfan on November 24, 2009, 9:38 GMT

    The thing is doc that I dont understand y we under estimate Yousuf? I think in test he can be a good captain, some1 our new batsmen like umar can look up to. And in ODIs besides the fact that Younas didnt score he wasnt a good captain either. A good captain should know when to make small changes if things arent going according to the plan. First leaving Umar Akmal out and then in a crucial match leaving as u said the other 50% of your batting isnt good captaincy. and by the way in that series the other 50% of the batting strength wasnt Younas it was Umar in my opinion. Ok so he didnt play them and he couldnt sit because he was too good captain to sit even if he wasnt batting... tell me doc how many captain do you know in modern cricket who will not give ball to a 6th bowler if one of ur bowler is getting hit(let alone all 5!),in our 2nd last game every1 was getting hit but our captain either didnt know or for some personal reason didnt give the ball to Malik.I am happy that he is gone.

  • Farooq on November 24, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    There is no big crises as such. Pakistan has never performed well in Newzealand and Australia test series. Abt Captaincy issue it doesnt matter much in test cricket. Its better younis is out it give chances to the young fawad alam etc.... but why Imran Farjhat is in the tem he is tried and tested already and is a failure. He is there because his father in law is in the selection committee.

  • Muhammad Usman on November 24, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    As a test batsman no Question About his Ability. Agree on that but as a captain he is not the best choice with his childish behaviour on T20 & captancy issue. Yousaf is a good chioce as a captain with his calm temprament specially when there is no other option available. For this they should try Afridi in test as a player as he is getting matured with his performance. If he can continue on better performance in Test As well he could be the best choice. Also that is another strange and childish behaviour as if kids Are fighting that i dont like him so he should not be allowed. Entry to team depends on performance and problems should be solved within team not by taking one person out and taking Another one in u like.

    And totally Agree with junaid here

  • shiraz on November 24, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    i am duly agreed with you but the question is to relief pakistani team from groupism problem why they are doing this.our team do not think about their fans but them self.they are there because of us and the country but their groupism problems is telling us that they are selfish people and they should be replaced,they are thinking that without them pakistan not going to survive and we all know they are wrong so lets remove them and make a non groupism team.this will be a good lesson for our selfish heroes.

  • Yawar Saeed Khan on November 24, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    If Younis were a true leader, how come he couldn't cope with the the team problems and had to leave? I think he is emotional and immature. He has done the same thing in the past as well. You cannot pick and chose the conditions that suits you if you are a true leader. It was his job to get the team together and work as a unit.

  • shiraz on November 24, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    i am duly agreed with you but the question is to relief pakistani team from groupism problem why they are doing this.our team do not think about their fans but them self.they are there because of us and the country but their groupism problems is telling us that they are selfish people and they should be replaced,they are thinking that without them pakistan not going to survive and we all know they are wrong so lets remove them and make a non groupism team.this will be a good lesson for our selfish heroes.

  • Moin on November 24, 2009, 8:39 GMT

    I wonder what people have seen in Younis Khan's ability as a leader... there is nothing & I mean absolutely nothing in him in terms of leadership or creativity in terms of captaincy & that is apparent from the results under his captaincy. Pakistan cricket is here because of so-called cricket experts like you. Stop being naive and start accepting realities.

  • Ali on November 24, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    Kamran after reading above I am actually worried about you rather than Pakistan Cricket. Below are few masterpieces you managed to produce.

    (1) Younis Khan's withdrawal has depleted the reserves of proper batsmen by 50%. Response: Wowers... How have calculated this reserve to be 50% (with worst form of Younis).

    (2) The gulf between the two major arts of cricket has become wider than at almost any time in Pakistan's history.

    Response: Wrong... its batting that caused us more than 70% of our cricketing defeats.

    (3) Once Younis was awarded the captaincy, any player unwilling to play under him should have been dropped however big his ego or reputation. Response: Way to go... again.

    (4) This is a make-or-break year and disastrous decisions by the PCB, such as choosing the wrong captain, could destroy any chance of Pakistan's revival as a cricketing force..

    Response: Agreed. Younis was the wrong captain.

  • Farrukh on November 24, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum All In short i would say that there is no place for Younis Khan in team as a batsmen. Dont even think about him being captain. Some body like Faisal Iqbal or Misbah ul Haq or Asim Kamal or any other cool minded fresh blood should be given a chance instead of him to have some one as a good and trustworthy test batsmen. Then after a while if Younis proved his form he should be given a chance as a batsmen but not at all as a captain.

  • dr.sarfraz hussain on November 24, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is run on the basis of adhocism.I hold Inzamam responsible for the present crisis.he did not leave behind any legacy.he did not give us any batsman or a bowler .what he gave us is tableeghi jamat like zia ul haq.so we are in crisis. thanks

  • Girish Kulkarni on November 24, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    I totally agree with your points Mr. Abbasi. Root cause is PCB and best man to lead Pak in tests is Younis, no doubt in that. Yousuf is not captain material and he will heavily depend upon other seniors to help him. If Pak does well ( I don't think so) under him, it will be because of talent of cricketers and not because of him!

    Best thing to do is : let Younis lead, push Malik out and bring Afridi in for test team and Pak team looks perfect!

  • Assad on November 24, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    Come On...! fellows... i must here that younus is not a rude skipper.. The fact is that the PCB management and selection must be loyal to Pakistani Cricket.. Ijaz Butt and his men are merely unsuitable for this job.

  • malik_usa on November 24, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    hELLO I LIKE THIS TEAM.i hate younus as CAPTAIN. HE DON'T KNOW ANY ABOUT CAPTAINCY we all pakistani happy.

  • hitman57 on November 24, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    As much as I'm annoyed with Younis's recent melodramatics and shows of over-emotions, he still remains the only guy who deserve to captain the test side. It's simple, Yousuf, A. Razzaq and Co. deserted us and sold us to the ICL so they can't be preferred over Younis. As for Yousuf being a better batsman, we all know how, when and where he scores. Pakistan needs Younis the Captain and Younis the Batsman back before Australia Tour.

  • Khurram on November 24, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    I read your blog often and at times it makes me laugh and at times like this it irritates me. You just won't stop pleading Younus Khan, would ya ? He is a scared , manipulative person,let alone a good leader. A good leader is someone who possess the ability of keeping things and his men together.A lot rifts were known when Imran Khan was around also , but he was a leader on and off the field. What I feel is that Younus demands that respect and place when he doesn't deserve it. If you were to give 197 chances to any first class top middle order batsman in pakistan's domestic cricket arena , most likely they would return better results than averaging 33 in the ODIs .That's what your most fav. captain has acheived , Mr.Younus Khan.Talking about a lobby ,Doc I am convinced that your are lobbying and have been lobbying for Younus Khan and against Mohammed Yousuf for the longest time now.Enough cries for Younus,what he does best is manipulate.I wonder what would he do if he was a better bat

  • Ray on November 24, 2009, 7:08 GMT

    Yunus is a mediocre cricket brain at best - its better that he is out for a while. He should focus on his batting and play in tests as a batsman only. I am surprised why you are so against Yusuf, despite that he has not had a real chance to lead? Is it the beard? Its not necessary that leaders are those who are seeing running around, humble men like Yusuf can do an amazing job provided the team supports them. Give him a chance and then comment. I liked the comments of Rex above - very logical approach by the Australians I'd say. I hope Farhat is dropped and never brought back, for Gods sake, look at his record someone!! Why and how he is in the team is what Mr Abbasi should be questioning. And leaving our Kaneria is another blunder.

  • Mudassar Rana on November 24, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    Even without being privy to the dressing room it is blatant for anybody to see that malik is behaving like a spoilt brat. his performances in the 20/20 barring the catch of kallis wasnt anything spectacular. i only mention the catch because we dont expect our cricketers to catch so buy holding onto one - for us its a bit spectacular. but malik isnt anything special and should be replaced forthwith. umar akmal being the replacement especially for the test team.

    God has blessed pakistan with undoubtedly the most talented cricketers in the world but unfortunately we dont have the leadership in any sphere whether it be cricket or politics. give us good leadership and then watch the results. inshallah.

  • Shahriar Hoque on November 24, 2009, 6:47 GMT

    Why not have rotating captains? Like this every one will be happy. Other than this or bringing back Imran Khan, I see no solution. What a talent this PAK side is and what a waste!!!!!

  • Danish on November 24, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    I agree with him completely. Yousuf already looked nervous in the field. Younis was a relaxed character. Pakistani batting order is the weakest in a long time and the New Zealand Bowling Attack are going to have fun. The only difficulty they will be faced with is figuring out which way to get them out as they will get out anyways.

  • Fiaz Ali on November 24, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    I think only the best performer in the side deserve captaincy, who can lead from the front. Like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Inzi. Just see the current captains of the test teams Ponting for austrailia, Struass won Ashes for England, Smith the man with steal nerves, Vettori, Dhoni, Sangakara. These are enough examples, they are leading from front. Compare them to younus who can attract at press conference but not in cricket ground. On a cricket field performance speaks for itself. Yousuf is the best batsman in the side, he can lead from the front. Inzamam was also short of leadership skills but he had proved himself as a best performer. For me the best performer of the side is better captain then the one who has the leadership skills but is not performing. Yousuf has only captained in 2 test matches and I think 2 matches are really not enough to judge his captainship. Give yousuf some time. I am sure he will come good.

  • Ali on November 24, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    Very well written article!!

    I totally agree with the author. Future is in danger. We may win this series but the Leadership crises may destroy the future of cricket in Pakistan.

    Kamran, Thank you for opening the eyes of many cricket follower. I hope PCB open their eyes as well.

  • chachaa the great on November 24, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    I wonder why yousuf did not use shoab malik as a 5th. bowler ?? what is happenning ? what`s wrong with these fellows ? looks they the captain is not very msart !!

  • Arshad Khan on November 24, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    @ Hasan, it's interesting when you write in favor of Yousuf: "He is not glamorous like Afridi or energetic like Younus or young like Malik but man is playing cricket at top level and knows it pretty well.I wish him best of luck." Woudl be nice if you added one one more fact and that is: He is not as sincere to Pakistan Cricket as Imran Khan was:-)

  • Abdul on November 24, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    PCB must take take responsibility for the mess and I wonder if anyone would do anything to fix the inept administration. Group politics within the team must be addressed and eliminated. Younis was given the responsibility to lead the team but he decided to go away at the time of need. This is not a good sign of a strong leader. I think the team will better without a person like Younis.

  • ADNAN HAFEEZ on November 24, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    sir, with due respect, We have had enough of mr younas khan resignations and conferences. I fail to understand what he tells to himself when he looks back at his 2008 ODI career as captain. He averages around 17 as captain and this is not a short period of time. we have had enough of him in ODIs. ya i would love to see him in tests, even as captain too. but if his return is coupled with ODI inclusion and captaincy too, i would better request him to stay out of even tests.

  • Irfan on November 24, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    Muhammad yousaf is more like Inzimam and less like imran khan. But then its too early to say anything give him time and support. He is far better batsman then younas khan

  • Cinder on November 24, 2009, 5:05 GMT

    Kamram, I respect your all posts but sometimes I differ with you. And today is that day. Yonis is a seasonal batsman, who loves to play on dead pitches. His records shows it all. We need to find another classy player like Inzamam or Miandad, who can be a backbone to our inconsistent batting line up. If selectors can find Muhammad Aamer, Sohail Tanvir then they can also find another Zaheer Abbas or Majid Khan. Keep faith on your youngsters. Fawad & Umer Akmal are promising players, but we still need to find more talent.

    Again, Pak Cricket should not rely only on Yonis' abilities. Shoaib Akhtar was good, he is history now. It is Yonis' turn.

  • Arshad on November 24, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    With Abdul Qadir's words in hindsight, Mohammad Yousuf could very well be a proxy captain for the actual "player" Shoaib Malik. Only time will tell.

  • Ali Bin Sarwar on November 24, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    I disagree with you. Younis khan did he job quite well. There are no doubts about his ability to lead side as a captain, but the fact remains same he is out of form and he cannot lead side when his own form is poor. Media will keep on disgracing him if he is not performing well enough as a batsmen and that thing will for sure stay in his mind and will effect his captaincy. Muhammad Yousuf is the best replacement for Younis Khan, Yousuf was willing to be a captain in the past also and I am sure he will perform extremely well as a captain. We are going through tough time, in Pakistan international Cricket is almost finished. A couple of huge wins can bring back everything to our country.

    I think Yousuf got this ability to win a series. Although he is new for this job but experience and practice make things perfect.

    I am sure positive results will come under Muhammad Yousuf and Hopefully Pakistan will wind this series.

  • G. Rasul on November 24, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    Just give Yousuf bhai a chance man...before he started you predicting his loss...I mean this kind of mentality has to change. Younis is a cry baby...Yousuf is far better batsmen then Younis ever will be. Just give the man a chance.

  • MJ_374 on November 24, 2009, 3:15 GMT

    It appears that Abbasi is using his regular column on Cricininfo to extend his agenda against the current Pakistani cricket administration. Abbasi claims the next 12 months are are pivotal, but fails to explain why. Poor administration and leadership is hardly a new thing in South Asian cricket, but as long as passion for the game remains, the three elite level teams will be competitive.

  • Mohd on November 24, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    I detest the way Pakistan are playing the drug addict - Asif, just in case you justifiably felt I was referring to the entire team, when there is so much raw, clean (pun intended) talent available.

  • Akif on November 24, 2009, 2:52 GMT

    Salman Butt will stay my friend. It is one thing we all Pakistani cricket lovers should accept (don't ask for reasons). Apart from that, Pakistan wins only with divine help and when they want to. So don't worry, relax and enjoy the total unpredictability of Pakistani team. You may be disappointed or top of the world. No guarantees. I don't know why Kamran Abbasi is "worried". If that's the case, I am worried for last 15 years.

  • papa colo on November 24, 2009, 2:41 GMT

    Abbasi, Your comments have gone from miserable to pathetic, really. Why don't you get it, it is called team and if team doesn't want Younis, so be it. So let me see, you have two choices, either keep Younis and bring in completely new blood or keep the rest of the members and get rid of Younis. I will go with the latter.

  • Prem Bodagala on November 24, 2009, 2:38 GMT

    Kamran:

    I have always been a big fan of Younis Khan and like you believe that he is excellent captaincy material, who for whatever reason is not supported by his team and board. I feel that Yousuf's appointment will have a polarizing effect on the Pakistani team considering his association with the Tablighi Jamat and we might see Pakistan under Inzamam Part II with Yousuf at the helm.

    I wish Younis a speedy recovery from whatever it is that ails him and for PCB to stop shooting itself in the foot by alienating its best players.

  • Waqas on November 24, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    I think this article sucks big time. No wonder it's not the first time you're writing against yousuf. He may not be a good captain but he is a wonderful batsmen and I believe he will produce the best of him and motivate others. Again YOU will have to tell us you were wrong in your opinion.

  • kaiser Mukhtar on November 24, 2009, 2:04 GMT

    I question Mr.Abbasi? Can Ricky Ponting,Strauss, MS Dhoni, Sangakara leave their teams in a mire and take an unwarranted leave like Younis took to make an already struggling team look like bunch buffoons. Is it called loyalty to a team and country, which gave him name and fame and world wide recognition and a name in the history annals as one of Pakistan's test players, like many are yearning to earn a call to the test team but never got a chance to appear in whites and baggy green. How unfair to support a guy who demands respect and never respects feelings and warmth of millions of fans who supported him through thick and thin despite his many wrong doings as a player and captain. Can the other captains i mentioned get another chance if they do the same to their national teams. KP did a small mistake while being abroad he commanded something which wasn't bad enough for the team but he stripped off his job.(obviously he didn't like the coach). Please think about it as well. Thanks.

  • Mujib Rehman on November 24, 2009, 2:01 GMT

    Younis Khan never was a good captain. He somehow luckily won T20 where good teams like AUS/INDIA got knocked out early. There was nothing special in his captainship it was mainly due to brilliance of Umar Gul and unusual but some sensible batting of Shahid Afridi and few others. He got another break when India lost to Pak due to few injured Indian batsmen in Champions trophy other than that he didnt do anything in Champions Trophy. He was made the SARTAJ of Pak cricket just because he was there at right place/right time when things happened for PAK after 6 years. YK has mental problems. He should be out. He wont even qualify as a batsmen in 80's pakistan team. Leave him alone. Pakistan should move forward without him.f

  • Masaood Yunus on November 24, 2009, 1:56 GMT

    YK has been endorsed by all Pakistan Coaches as a leading Captaincy candidate due to his hard work, discipline and easy going nature. Talent is cheap but determination is priceless. An honest man in Pakistan will always be a reluctant leader.In Pakistan, this is a rare find. We ought to jump to conclusion without reading too much into the history. YK is really sincere with Cricket and PCB has failed to support him by discipling the players under him. Once a Captain is declared, you follow your leader and provide him support that he expects and at times himself need. Unfortunately, We don't value leadership and each player himself is a leader ! People like Shoaib Malik are on record throwing away matches and claiming revenge. Is that not immaturity ? But, when YK gives an honest light hearted comment, thats immaturity. People like YK are rare and should be respected.PCB and coaching all need review.

    Reluctant Captain ? YES, for obvious reasons.

  • habiba zaman on November 24, 2009, 1:54 GMT

    salamalaikum : i think all overseas fans of pakistan cricket think now ; because of the situation : 1) now IMZAMAM-ULHAQ should be appointed as a coach & manager with full power 2) younis khan should stay as test captain . 3) shahid afridi as a captain of one-day also 20/20 games . 4) if after the decision any player doesn`t agree with the verdict he should be be told good-bye .

    this all hanki-panki should be finished for ever .

    khuda-hafiz.

    habiba zaman from MONTREAL

  • Amir Masood (Sydney, Australia) on November 24, 2009, 1:25 GMT

    I disagree with you Kamran and I am surprised to see this article from you. YK has proved he is a failure as a leader and a medicre batsman in general scoring runs on flat pitches against weak opponents,resign and comeback again and again is like spit and lick.In all if he deserves something is a place in test side only.PCB a mess as always and agree with you they should have sacked any player who grouped against the captain and intentionally performs bad regardless who the captain was. Their aren't anyway any superstars in the team except Yousuf that you can worry for if you want to. As far as captaincy what is wrong with Yousuf except his fielding.Inzi was the same but proved to be a reasonable leader with strong performance and you cannot compare or question yousuf as a honest and star performer in all forms of the game(just ignore his fielding) he is the only worldclass and one of the best in the world.

  • desihungama on November 24, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    Anxiously looking forward to the day when players will stage a similar coup against Sharid Afridi in the future.

  • Ali Afshar on November 24, 2009, 0:45 GMT

    Its a very clear to find the reason why some players especially Shoaib Malik is causing so much trouble for Yunis and eventually turned other against him that caused an Embarassing lose to NZ in both Champions Trophy and then UAE series...because Yunis is a Pathan and Shoaib is a Panjabi....this could have happened to Imran Khan too, but Imram Khan had a very strong Personality that most players feared him as Yunis is a Soft guy not as strong as Imran so he could not control the Players' Groupism (lack of control from PCB did not help either) rather he became a Victom of this Racism... I feel for him and it is a sad thing for a Muslim team to let Racism take over their Pride of winning for their Country...I am not Pakistani, but even then I feel sorry for this team... Shame on you Racists....!!!

  • cricket lover on November 24, 2009, 0:44 GMT

    I agree with Mr Abbasi, too much politics in pakistani cricket while there should be none. Anyone involved in politics while in PCB should be banned from having anything to do with cricket once and for all ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. As for the debate over who is the best man to lead Pakistani team as captain,in all fairness, I would give Yousuf a chance until the end of this test series and then compare him to Younis and see who is better to lead pakistani team. No doubt Muhammad Yousaf is a world class batsman but he has been lazy when it comes to fielding, he has been run out MANY, MANY times yet he has not learned. We need someone who is best in every department so younger players learn from him. As for Shoaib Malik, if he is the cause of rifts in Pakistani team then he should be dropped from Pakistani team, we need someone who helps team unite and not devide.

  • AM on November 24, 2009, 0:41 GMT

    I agree with most of what Mr Abbasi writes especially the concern for the authority of the cricket captain. Often it seems to me that mediocre or bits and pieces players, instead of trying to build their own performances and leaving a lasting legacy are more concerned with settling personal scores. While I back Younus for the captaincy, if Muhammad Yousaf wins the series in New Zealand I am not sure if it would be in the best interest of Pakistan's cricket to snatch the captaincy back from him for the tour of Australia.

    Also, much as I support Younus, I think if Malik is his main antagonist, then the roots of this antagonism can be found in the fact that when Malik was captain of Pakistan's cricket team, more than once Younus expressed his desire to be the captain after turning his back on it (also more than once). So Younus himself also bears some responsibility for not showing much tact. However I think Malik should never have been preferred over Saqlain Mushtaq as an off spinner.

  • niaz on November 24, 2009, 0:35 GMT

    There is too much talent in the pak-cricket. Anyone would be afraid to face Asif, Aamir, Afridi, Saeed, Gul. We cannot ignore a batting line that would include Yusouf, Younis, Fawad, etc. PCB has to find a way to make it work. If top-talent is not making any trouble, they all should play. For some reason Pakstan cricket has always revolved around one player like Imran or Inzamam. Lets recognize that Imran was only successful when he had great players around him. The whole batting line-up should be questioned when a batting failure happens. Captain's job is to do bowling changes and field setup. If he does not take advice from other senior players, so be it and he should be responsible when the opponent piles up runs. Yousuf may not be a great captain but if players are united this team can scare many other teams. When you have 4 or 5 world class bowlers any bowling change could be argued a good one, unless you are trying to get too many overs from a fast bowler.

  • Adnan Gul from Portugal on November 24, 2009, 0:17 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi Please do not creat a panic here, if Younus can not keep all his team mates join as a group then he has no right to lead even if he was the best option. I like younu being so sincere with the game but in the end it is a team game you have to put behind your dirrences with the players and carry them all. Leaving captaincy may setisfy Younus inner soul but it puts Pakistan cricket in disare, I say to all the players first they play for Pakistan and then for themself. We can take the example from Javed Miandad & Imran Khan having differences off the field but on the field they were like a wall in front of defeat and we need those heroes.

  • remo77 on November 24, 2009, 0:10 GMT

    Ohh, am i missing something here? Younus Khan had made so many blunders during his captaincy and in the end he has totally lost his form. I think Pakistan is not a country where captains are tolerated for not performing in any kind of cricket. Younus Khan has no courage to withstand stress and difficulty, so please move ahead. He should gain some form and then he should play as a normal player. The biggest mistake that PCB can do now is to offer him captaincy again.

  • abdel mohammed on November 23, 2009, 23:42 GMT

    I am a keen follower of Pakistan cricket and would always remain one,they are the most naturally taented cricketers in the world,they an surprise the best and have done so on a regular basis.I am a West Indian and its the only time I dont give them 100% support.It is qite possible that they would beat NZ even with a weakened team.When I first saw them in Trinidad I just could not believe how brilliant they were,go on Pakistan show them.

  • razzie on November 23, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    i do agree with Kamran talking abt captaincy. i think we need to replace mr inti bec ander his coaching pakistan has not improved anything. look at our batting is getting worse by day our fielding is poor. Get someone who can help our youngsters to improve batting and fielding.

  • junaid Aziz on November 23, 2009, 23:18 GMT

    Hit the nail on the head Kamran, its a fact that a self respecting, committed individual such as Younis Khan is not tolerable for the petty individuals in the cricket team nor undedrstood by the cricket watching public in the country, as apparent from the ludicrous statements by the likes of Aftab and Oops etc. These people have clearly never sat through a test match nor have any comprehension what are the pre requisite qualities of a cricketer, a big reason why Pakistan cricket as a product is where it is might also be a function of the consumers' lack of knowledge.

  • Junaid on November 23, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    Come on not again. Stop this endless support to a loser like Younis Khan. YK is just a drama. " I want to be a captain like Imran Khan" come on he can't even qualify as a batsman in the team and he wants to become a leader like Imran Khan. No doubt YK is playing tricks as he knows that series in Aus and NZ will be tough both as captain and batsman so he wants to sit out and see others fail. Than he will announce his comeback asking complete authority and removal of all other senior players so he can become a god father of pakistan team. Inshallah Mohammad Yousaf will perform well as batsman and captain and I hope Misbah will be given a chance in this series as well.

  • mohammed Ayub on November 23, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    Kamran,

    As ever you express your views very eloquently. However I do think you have exagerated the importance of the captain. The main failing of the Pakistan team over recent years have been their batting. I therefore cannot undersatnd why a proper batting coach has never been appointed.

    Once you iron out the technical defiences of the batsmen, get them to focus better, the captains job becomes much easier.

    There are other problems in the pakistan team for example fielding, but I would suggest you start with the biggest problem and then take it from there.

  • Syed k on November 23, 2009, 22:49 GMT

    I agree with the article, it is truely a testing time for our team and only time will tell how we fare. I do agree the pakistan board should have SEVERELY deal't with anyone not supporting Younis Khan, but at the same time for Younis to step down at a crucial stage in our cricketing time is not right either. He should have made clear demands, explaining the conduct of the players who weren't supporting him, and demanded their ouster instead of stepping down himself. He might have done it, and if then the board did nothing then seriously Shame on our board, they will not acheive anything moving forward. Yousuf is a good guy, the best batsman we probably ever had, but he is being thrown to the wolves here, and may effect his career too. It's unfair to throw him unprepared in our first major outing in recent years. The batting looks extremely weak. Farhat, Umar, Butt, Fawad, have played not played test cricket recently. Who else is left besides Yousuf. Malik? Akmal? no can do. Lets Pray

  • Asif on November 23, 2009, 22:45 GMT

    Crisis? What crisis?Younis is not a one day or a T20 player in the first place, let alone the captaincy.He is a very good Test player though.He should come back in the test team and Afridi should lead in ODIs and T20s.Younis has made a mockery of himself and the Pakistan team by throwing away captaincy over and over again. Was he born and brought up in Australia? Doesn't he know that politics is everywhere in Pakistan. The moment you step up, people start pulling you down. Hence,once he accepted captaincy, he should been prepared for politics and conspiracies. Ofcourse it was not going to be a roller coaster ride for him.He should have fought like a leader and not given up like a loser. A captain gains "command" over his team by performing well and not by keeping a player like Mohammad Yousuf out of the ODI squad because he feels insecure. We should take good care of our future players like Umer Akmal & Fawad Alam and forget about Younis Khan. My Grandma has a better ODI average.

  • Aftab Qureshi on November 23, 2009, 22:29 GMT

    Dear readers: I ask you look at this abysmal scenario my way. Players corner contracts with PCB, getting entitled to fat fixed salraies, not to talk of the sponsorship income on the side, and go unpunished for divisive wrangling and politicking in the team. They destroy the team's morale and face defeat after defeat without evensaying sorry or feeling ashamed. This ugly monster of player power needs to be tackled. Players must be made to observe discipline and they must be motivated, by both reward and punishment, to play to their potential. The captain must be made to respect team mates and promote collegiality. We have had enough of player intrigues,hot heads and knee-jerk reactions. Are the PCB and its Chairman listening?

  • J. Khokhar on November 23, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    Younis, the best batsman Pakistani batsman of this decade, brought himself to a dead end as a Captain. I think he did the best thing to take a break from cricket. One of the few attributes a Leadership, are having a cool head (with ambitions to win), intelligent decision making, strong relationships, Lateral / Verticals / Support by Cricket board and very strong communication skills. Younis was failed to build lateral relationships. Although he brought the best out of youngsters, but was obviously not able to manage players like, Misbah, Kamran, Afridi, even Shoaib Malik. All he could do was to get rid of Misbah. Considering Younis' desperation to lead team (why he has become so desparate?). I am under the impression, he wants to stay away from leading team in Australia. We have never won a series there. I think it is the same tactic which Inzi used after making 0,1, 1,0 in two tests in Australia - decided to leave team claiming back pain. Yousaf then ended up leading team.

  • Ghufran Ahmad on November 23, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    Younis cannot be termed as the right person for this job, as he could be labelled as quitter. He was given full authority for selection as well. He was most poweful captain for Pakistan since Imran. He could have used this power to make it clear that anyone not giving 100% OR not happy with him will not be selected. He should have made such elements leave the team rather than quit himself. If made captain again, he might ditch the team at the point of crises. He should have realised if we have to loose with senior players in the side and no co o[perating why not go with new faces and dump the unwanted players. Someone somewhere have to stand up. Yousuf could prove to be a good captain. He is senior and should make sure everyone performs or else leave the team. We have lot of talent in the country. We should go back to the streets of Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar to find hidden new Jawed Miandad, Waseem Akram and likes. Academies can only produce players which are prectible.

  • marzuk afgan on November 23, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    who the hell is this guy? does he really any idea about pakistani cricket? I doubt. How he makes this kind of comment? dire consequences of dropping Mr. Yunis? The beauty of cricket is uncertainty. Pakistan do exercise that theme in everything.

    I doubt whether this guy followed pakistan cricket in his life. This guy should spend some times just before last pair of games of both 92 world cup and 2009 t20 cup. In every team there should be some player who would be the labourer, like yunis. But that guy shudn't lead the team. why? He dont possess the glamor that a pakistani captain requires. Any one on anyday can save a match, can win a match, thats pakistani team. There were never a balanced and organized team and appropriate success. Dont believe me? look at the team at 99 world cup. Best captain, ballers and batsmen in best form under one of the best coach. so what?

    that's pakistani team. This guy should lose his right to write about pakistani cricket. Pakistan cricket

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on November 23, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    Childishness has no place in any game, least of all CRICKET. A Captain is expected to lead by example. Younis is at best unpredictable like Pakistan Cricket. PCB has graciously offered Younis several opportunities to lead the Pakistan Team and in return Younis has let down the PCB, giving up the assignment, letting down his fans without proper explanation. Younis lacks temperament to lead and his personal performance as Captain is not even close to what he has achieved as a player.Pakistan Team needs a mature leader, who can play all forms of Cricket and perform admirably,both on and off the field. A very talented but weak individual like Younis, lacking the quality to overcome the stress of leadership, can't unite the team or inspire his mates to elevate their game, and turn the team into a winning combination. The outcome of the series in Newzealand, Australia & England may'nt be favorable for Pakistani fans unless,against prevailing odds, Yousuf leads his young underdogs to victory.

  • Ejaz Khokhar on November 23, 2009, 22:13 GMT

    Pak Team affairs & politics have never been so low in Pakistan Cricket Team in the past 25 year as much is it stooped right now. Every knows players who are not willing to play under a STRONG CAPTIAN likes of Shoaib Mailk, Moyo, Mishab. I wish Pakistan team all the best, but been in NZ I can only say it will be one hard trip at this time of the year. Yousaf is best at what he does best Batting, but he is not capitan materail at all. He should realize it & leave leading part someone who has the natural leader. Even someone like Shoiab doesn't have the leadership abilities at all at best he is a player who should have fight for his place in the team. PCB needs a clean up this kind of politics. Playing for Pakistan team is honour not a right which some of these player think they have. Well best of luck to the tour. We will see infighting again as one or two players are gunning for captians job wait & see. Such a shame so much talent and nothing to show in results what a pitty. Good luck

  • gaya on November 23, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    Ahmed dude, seriously u need to look at the facts and have cricket knowledge. I've followed every single match that Younis has led in. There is no way he is a better tactician than Shoaib Malik. I mean come on, he was laughing when Gul dropped a catch in the twenty20 warm ups but was scolding Aamer for not getting behind the stumps in a match they were gonna go on to win. Honestly that's hypocrisy or just plain favouritism for his fellow Pathans. Either way, he had double standards. And on slow starts, do u seriously think Younis deserves the no. 3 position in the team? I mean this guy has trouble clearing the boundary and his running between the wickets is equally poor. He plays out more dot balls than anyone else in the team. Malik and Yousaf both have good strike rates and either one them would do much better for Pakistan's aggression in the no.3 position.

  • Nayyar Mazhar on November 23, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    Imagine if Younis had taken his bad-patch with him to NZ. That would have been truely a disaster. Its good that Yousaf, after everything he has done for cricket in Pakistan, is getting recognised. My gut feeling is that he would do well both as captain and with the bat. If this doesnt work out then we have Younis to fall back on after the NZ series and hopefully this rest would give Younis time to reflect and come up with a new strategy both in terms of improving his captaincy and his batting. Its not all gloom and doom. Pakistan is going through a difficult time but in the end we would be OK.

  • test_cric_fan on November 23, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    In-fighting amongst Pak cricketers, "so what else is new?" It is precisely at times like these that Pak cricket can be at its more dangerous. Anyone remember NZ tour of 94? Wasim was ousted just before that tour under similar circumstances, although, unlike Younis, he did go on the tour and did brilliantly.

    I do not care about the batters, I just want to see Asif, Gul and Aamir bowl on some helpful tracks. In fact, I say put Yasir in as well. Go for it, hell we are already expected to lose, why not go down all guns blazing. We know that, win or lose, the crisis in Pak cricket will remain. It is pointless to talk about what should be done, could be done. The problems are systemic and cannot be resolved by one individual.

    P.S. The best thing about this series is that it starts at the perfect time for US East coast, i.e. 6 pm, right after work :). And with Thanksgiving holiday coming, I am getting ready for some good solid test cricket viewing, hope the rain stays away.

  • Rex Woods on November 23, 2009, 21:59 GMT

    Interesting comments. One thing that has not been discussed is how the captain is selected. Basically, the Australian version is to select the strongest team, and then choose someone from that squad who is judged to have the best cricketing brain as captain. The English version used to be to select someone (generally an amateur) who was supposed to have the best cricketing brain and then choose the rest of the team. While this method of selection was in practice, England used to lose regularly to the Australians; the fact that the English team had 10 good players and a passenger (the captain) cannot have helped them to match a team that had 11 good players. The question is: which way should Pakistan go? On his present form, Younis was a passenger. Moreover, his cricketing acumen is hardly in the Imran Khan league (leaving out Umar Akmal and then dropping Yousuf for the key games against New Zealand are not examples of cricketing perspicuity. Let's leave him out until he regains form.

  • Tauseef on November 23, 2009, 21:55 GMT

    Plus i don't understand why everyone is bashing shoaib malik for. Dunno y ppl hate him, he has been committed to Pakistan cricket 100% and leads from the front. even as captain he was coming out as a runner for other batsmen. That Mr. Abbasi is REAL commitment, not just having press conferences and telling the nation that "I" (like if cricket wasn't a team game) brought the twenty20 cup home (u'all know who i'm referring to). Shoaib Malik to some maybe a yday's hero, but to some of us who don't just jump on any popular bandwagon, he's still a hero today.

  • Adeel on November 23, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Valid points but missed one most critical thing. The captainship is not just about cricketing sense, but also require people's skills. Younis is certainly deficient in it.

    Wasim Akram case has many lessons but Younis didn't learn anything. On his return, Wasim improved his people's skill. And team gets united within three months.

    The conclusion is that Younis Khan is also a part of the problem. He should be restored to captaincy, but need serious improvement in his people's skills.

  • Tauseef on November 23, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Wrong again Mr. Abbasi. Seriously dude quit writing your fricken opinion pieces and once in a while write a factual article. Well you can only do that if u spend time researching and putting time into your article. I'm tired of u coming out with last minute articles that address a bygone topic. Quit writing articles just cause u have to, please put the effort in them that made ur blog so popular in the first place. As someone said above, younis was a weak link in Pakistan. To make a hero out of a fool like him discredits our entire team. He wasn't a good enough captain and wasn't able to lead from the front not to mention that he lives in his own world and is out of sync with the rest of the team. I think shoaib Malik should be given another chance as the first time around pcb didn't let him complete his tenure. He leads from the front, gets along with all the youngsters and unlike nakhrebaaz younis, he actually wants the job.

  • syed on November 23, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    scanning the responses, it is getting apparent that our cricket is again being divided into two groups. Study of successful captain shows that their success largely depends upon the cooperation and contribution of the senior members in the side. When Mushtaq Mohammed was captain Asif Iqbal was his vice captain, but when Asif Iqbal (a proven manager and leader)the next senior players did not offerred cooperation and performance and result was desastor. Things got worse when Miandad became captain though nobody came forward when he was being made captain as the times were tough but they (Imran) rebelled and succeeded a year later. Since that day until mid nineties pakistan cricket (even fans) were divided. Only recently we were coming out of it, I can see that now that whole thing is starting all over again. Among many good things Imran & co has left this legacy of using the player power which is very bad in the long run for the system to function.

  • Shanza on November 23, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    Are you Younis Khan friend or what. Come on Pakistan team is not in any great crisis and InshAllah Yousuf is going to lead team in far better manner then Younis. Younis thinks that he is Imran Khan. Imran khan was great bowler and batsman. He was always giving 100% if is expect 100%. How Younis thinks his team is going to back him when he is playing like an immature batsman. Fault is in him. First he should prove his place in team and then think of becoming a great captain. Thanks God he is no more in team. All the best luck to Yousaf and his team. InshAllah Pakistan will win.

  • muzz on November 23, 2009, 21:35 GMT

    Yes on paper YK is a good player, but over the last 12 months - drppoed catch in cahmpions trophy/ fatal reverse sweep in SL test match/running partners out/lack of concentration/poor interview in 20/20 cup in England/unilateral decision to retire then take a break/--------- how far the nation or team can tolerate ------------ winners are remembered loosers are history so leave him alone and he can decide whether he is a looser or a winner. Best of luck to Pak team.

  • Ahmad on November 23, 2009, 21:34 GMT

    @ Ali Siddiqui: the weakest link in an ODI are batsmen like Malik and Yousuf who take ages to get started. Their technique of playing 50 odd balls for the first 20 runs pays off only if they get to 80-90 runs, otherwise they leave the team with too much to get in the last few overs even if the initial total set by the other team wasn't even close to challenging in terms of run rate.

    I'd prefer Yousuf in the side to Malik in the side any day though, at least Yousuf has a batting technique. As tacticians, both Malik and Yousuf have had their time in the sun and both failed as captains because they don't use their heads as often as a leader has to, or maybe they were just too defensive. Pakistan team, even today, can never win games with a negative captain at the helm. The effort needed to be spent on the opposition teams was spent by Inzi/Malik and Yousuf in the past to curb their own team's aggression and so our bowling felt blunt, our batting has never really done us any good overseas

  • Syed Rizvi on November 23, 2009, 21:28 GMT

    Anyone who keeps threatening to quit at every other series should not be considered for captaincy ever. With such acts he keeps the administration at a disadvantage. No matter how good he is, he should not be allowed to captain. May be that is why he has lost respect/ control of the players. He behaves like a spoiled child who gets his way with the parents by crying his lungs out or making such a fuss that they have no choice but to agree with him. Unfortunately, the history of Pakistan Cricket has set a precedent for such behaviours. If an administrator plays tough, that administration is disolved soon. In the current team, the emphasis should be on convincing Afridi to unretire from the Tests and lead.

  • Ahmad on November 23, 2009, 21:13 GMT

    I agree completely on Younis being the best man for the captaincy role. He leads from the front and a bad run in 5-10 matches was made out to be too much by the media, he is not the first man on earth to be out of form but with Pakistan cricket everything has to be a big deal and so here we are. Having said that, I am still hoping for something out of the NZ tour, its not the first time we have the wrong guy at the helm, after Imran, only Wasim, Rashid Latif and Aamer Sohail have had some sort of captaincy mettle...the rest have scrapped around, lived on help from mates and when they have pulled off one feat they have been exposed badly when the source of the confidence was removed. I remember Rashid Latif guiding Saeed Anwar through his initial captaincy days, Saeed looked good only until Rashid was in his ear. Yousuf though has never come close to being a good captain, its a shame I would be rooting for Pakistan tonight, but not for Yousuf.

  • IKB on November 23, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Abbasi. The board has failed Pakistan cricket for years, and it continues to do so, despite all the talented players coming through. If we expect professionalism form our team, we need to expect the same from the board as well. It is sad to see that groupism has brought down another captain. What will happen, if M. Yousuf fails as a captain/batsman, will he be sacrificed as well?

  • Ali Siddiqui on November 23, 2009, 21:01 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi, open your eyes, Younis Khan seems to be a person who does not respect others. As far as his form is concerned, look at the last 3 lost one dayers, our WEAKEST link was YOUNIS KHAN.

    Forget YOUNIS KHAN. Pakistan ZINDABAD.

  • Salman on November 23, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    Rightly said, Mr. Kamran! Yousef does not possess the ability to lead a test side that too in such testing conditions. As it is, he is finding it hard to come back to his normal batting form after the brief ICL stunt. I too would blame it on the PCB for not managing the affairs properly. Whatever the reason may be, Younus should have been leading the side in New Zealand.

  • Imran Essani NY on November 23, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    No doubt Younus is the 1st choice as Test Captain but Pakistan's current side has a potential to win this series. In Test matches main thing is the bowling attack that can take 20 wickets. If batmen just stays at the crease and dont throw away their wickets bowlers win the test. GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

  • Javaid Abbasi on November 23, 2009, 20:53 GMT

    I agree with Kamran - anyone who was trying to cause ill-feelings, and create groups, against Younis Khan should have been immediately dropped from the team. I think it is pretty obvious who the main culprit is - it is Shoaib Malik. He has failed as a captain and as a player and is known, in the past, to have caused other problems too. He lacks integrity and courage. A few times in the past when Pakistan lost a match, he did not even have the decency to show up for post-match interview. What a morale-buster for the team! He is like a cancer that is growing from inside and causing the rest of the team to weaken and affecting other honest, hard-working and new emerging players. Even Mohammad Yousuf had complaints about him at one time. Yousuf firmly believed that Malik was behind his ouster from the team. Kamran is exactly right when he talks about the party-bazzi in the team. It is not present just in the Pakistan Cricket team but is prevalent in all walks of life in Pakistan. Sad!

  • Dawood Akram on November 23, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    sir u r absolutely right...i dnt knw whts going on with the pakiksatn cricket..one day younis is saying tht he will be more responsible and will be committed 200% and the next day he withdrew from the captaincy...whts this?? the most important phase of pakistan cricket is about to start...two full length test series in the countries where batting conditions a bit more difficult and we r still caught up in the player saga...i think for them country has no meaning...their ego, their pride is everything...nothing can come between them,... take the example of our captain...he just gave up...on the contrary a good captain is the one who leads his team in the toughest of scenarios and competitions, thts not what younus khan is...whoever capatain is we damn care now...we gave our full support to him and look what he has does...i was the true follower of cricket but now due to such types of ego's & player power maybe its the end of cricket for me... thnx long live pakistan...

  • Steve C on November 23, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    Completely agree. Any dissention against the appointed captain must be removed. Better 11 mediocre players fighting for a cause, than a team of stars divided.

  • Malik on November 23, 2009, 20:46 GMT

    Dear Kamran, your concerns are valid. I do however question supporting Younis Khan as captain. While a leader should be good performer in his area of expertise, however key requirement for Captain is respect of others, vision and ability to lead from the front. In recent days Younis has failed his fellow cricketers and the cricket loving people (who at present get good news from cricket only). We have to look at future and groom player and leader who will have strong command in 2011 and beyond. 2011 WC holds huge importance for Pakistanis as we have lost the rights to have game at our grounds, winning the WC will send a strong very positive message to the world. For future captain we have M. Amir, U. Akmal, M. Asif (he can keep himself in the game), F. Alam. If people are not happy with Yousaf we can give K. Akmal a lead role for Test sides and let Afridi lead ODI and T20.

    P.S. Always enjoy your column.

  • E Ahmad on November 23, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    Well said Kamran, If these player had no pride in playing for there country then this is the best solution, the PCB had decided about the captain, no matter what people say about Younis, there is no one better equiped to be the captain of Pakistan. If shoaib & Co got a problem playing under him then they can sit out, remember Asim Kamal, he is far much better player then Shoaib malik in Test, and Umer Akmal can easyly take his place in ODI.

    PCB, all cricket Fans of Pakistan are looking at you to sort this mess out, Australia series is very important, and for once we have actually got a chance to beat them. Do the right thing for Pakistan Cricket and NOT the players, remember they are what they are because of PAKISTAN and no the other way around.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Sameer on November 23, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    I just don't get it. How can there be such utter mismanagement in Pakistan? The current Pakistani "team" is an insult to the word "team". The obvious factions and infighting is appalling. I am Indian and wholeheartedly support my team. That said, I am an admirer of good cricket. Cricket is a team game - individual brilliance cannot cut it.

    I think the batting will let Pakistan down this series. I recall the glory days when Raja, Miandad, Salim Malik, Ijaz, Imran et al batted for Pakistan. Where are the YOUNG batting stars? Where are Pakistani equivalents of Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina? I hope Umar Akmal comes good. Cricket desperately need a young batting star from Pakistan. Yet, I suspect the batting will let the team down in New Zealand.

    Pakistan need to present a united front. The odd individual brilliance and only get it so far. Without Younis Khan, the pressure on Mohammad Yousuf to deliver will be tremendous. The rest need to rally around the new captain.

  • Arif on November 23, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    Well written! Neither Yusuf nor Shoaib has the leadership qualities. It's never too late to come back to the basics and start working on the minds...

  • Maarif Sohail on November 23, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    I dont know why we fail to analyze the root cause of all problems. Shutting out all those who dont deserve to be there. Bring in Majid Khan as Chief of Operations and Asif Iqbal as Chief of Marketing. Forget about this feeble board set up of a handpicked weak old cricketer with political backing like Ijaz Butt or some greedy general ( list too long to write a single name) or an uninviting stiff loser bureacrat or above all american sundies like naseem ashraf. The two board positions should also weed about b graders like Amir Sohail and ever money hungry miandads. Lets have people who can bring cricket back to Pakistan. How can a board sit on a generous effort of Dean Jones and Tony Greig for a World Eleven visiting Pakistan. These revolts would keep on happening unless we have a board which has respect in the eyes of the players and love in the eyes of the nation. Why not have an online refrendum to get Asif and Majid back. The last players Majid picked are still playing for Pakistan.

  • Shehzad Khan on November 23, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    I fail to understand your prejudice against Yousuf and his captaincy. Could you please describe why you are so much against him being capatin. Younis has miserably failed his supporters, his team, his country and people like you but you still keep drubbing the same dhol. May I know why? Kindly drag yourself out from this personality worship and start looking forward. Give Yousuf time and support and he will prove that we need a united and focussed team instead of a leader who never would have been selected in an ODI or T20 team on merit. Younis tried to create politics in the team and to ouster Malik and few others using negative politics. Even after the ICC Trophy only his dramatic antics to gain public sympathy saved his skin otherwise he should have been dropped from the NZ ODI series in UAE straight away.

  • Ayaz Siddiqui on November 23, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    Never been more excited by Pakistani cricket!

    Unlike Mr Abbasi, I have never been more excited about Pakistan cricket. Remember what defines the essence of a Pakistani fan - we support our team through World Cup win in Australia, to the loss to Ireland in the West Indies, to the wonderful and joyous celebration at Lords T20 World Cup, to the loss against expectations vs New Zealand in South Africa to the latest loss / win against the same opponent in the UAE. We love Pakistan cricket precisely because of all the unpredictability, the politics, the scheming, the young stars, the old egos, the never ending search for the elusive opener, the never ending speculation about whether a result was real or fixed etc. We will put up with Afridi getting out 10 times for a low score trying to hit a six in return for the one innings that wins us the World T20. We will forever recount Imran's "cornered tiger" speech and use it to motivate ourselves when all is lost. Go - Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shahzad on November 23, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    A very good article, underlining the basic problems Pakistan is facing on the field (batting) and off the field (poor management by PCB). I agree PCB should had booted any player who wasn't willing to play under Younis to show them who's the daddy but instead they gave in too easily. I admire Yousaf as a player and its good to see him accepting the role when team is in crisis and this is not the first time he's done this. On Younis part, I'm really disappointed with him. It seems as if he can't accept criticism and sorry but he's not the right man to lead the team anymore.

  • Omer on November 23, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    Younis was let down my his team mates. It was clearly shown on his face...the dissapointment. I agree with Kamran....his teammates should have supported him in his bad form with the bat. It was only a matter of time before he got his good from back. I remember in India he was going through a same phase in tests. He came back into forn strongly with a double century against India. The test series in New Zealand could have been the series where he'd got his form back. I dont think there is anyone better than him to lead the side in Test. Afridi can take care of the one day team ! As Kamran said... anyone not happy playing under his captaincy should have been dropped but it seems that he didnt even have support from the management. I hope Pakistan does well in New Zealand.

  • Ayush on November 23, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, I don't quite agree with you on the Younis issue. The leader of a group must be able to handle or quell any factions within the group. Imran Khan had to deal with factions all the time, at one point of time being up against the best batsman in the team - Javed Miandad. But he had the courage, and the fierce determination to succeed at all costs.

    Younis has been offered the captaincy umpteen number of times, and I'd rather have an inept but focused leader than an unmotivated one. True, he is a born leader, but the real question is : Does he want it enough?

  • Arshad Khan on November 23, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Where have those two boys namely Shahzaib Hassan and Ahmed Shahzad gone? Whose backing does Khurram Manzoor have in securing a place in Pak team and that too, in the opening role considering the man has some serious technical issues. Why was Latif not included despite having a solid technique and temprament? One can easily predict that Yousuf, Shoaib and Khurram Manzoor are going to be the biggest failures in New Zealand. Fly in Younis and Latif if Pakistan wants to lose respecfully!! Piece of advice to Yousuf in advance: Stop blaming cold weather and inapproriate cricket kit for you toothless performance!!

  • Usman Zia on November 23, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    Cannot agree with you more. There shouldnt be a place in the team for players like Shoib Malik. He does not even warrant a place in the team on pure merit. We need sincere players like Younis Khan who might not be as talented as YOusuf, but will give 100% to his team. He did not leave the team to join ICL for money. I think Younus and Afridi are the only two sincere players in the team. Remove Malik from the team and things will be ok. Shadow of Shoib Malik is Kamran Akmal. He hardly deserves a place in the team but was in the headlines against Younus. What rubbish and non sense is that. Bring Younus back and kick out anyone who does not want to play under him.

  • Noaman on November 23, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    You are right Kamran, Younis should have stayed on and not leave Pakistan team and cricket in such a termoil situation. And this clearly shows PCB's powerless approach infront of so-called player power. If there is any groupism in the team it should be dealt with strong hand. To undermine Younis, if there is a who intentionaly played poor cricket in the recent one-day series he should be kicked out of the team. For those kind of player Country or team has no importance. I believe there quite few who threw their wickets just to put pressure on Younis Khan. And these players should have no place in the team at all. Unless they get their act togather

  • Hasan on November 23, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    I partly agree with writer. Younus is the best choice for the captaincy but he had opted out so this is not the time to discuss him. He has to prove his form now in domestic cricket because he did not go with team as his form is lost. I am just wondering what will happen if he failed to regain his form in domestic too:)). Any way he is good player and hope he is back. As far as Yousuf is concerned, why every body think that he will not be a good captain. Same reasons were proposed when Inzi was made captain but he came good. Give man a chance and then criticise.The limited opportunity he got, he did decent job. He is glamorous like Afridi or energetic like Younus or young like Malik but man is playing cricket at top level and knows it pretty well.I wish him best of luck.

  • Hameed on November 23, 2009, 19:43 GMT

    Spot on Mr Abbasi can't agee will return we Mr Cricket back to lead in Australia

  • Noaman on November 23, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    You are right Kamran, Younis should have stayed on and not leave Pakistan team and cricket in such a termoil situation. And this clearly shows PCB's powerless approach infront of so-called player power. If there is any groupism in the team it should be dealt with strong hand. To undermine Younis, if there is a who intentionaly played poor cricket in the recent one-day series he should be kicked out of the team. For those kind of player Country or team has no importance. I believe there quite few who threw their wickets just to put pressure on Younis Khan. And these players should have no place in the team at all. Unless they get their act togather

  • Rameez on November 23, 2009, 19:22 GMT

    It is a make or break year for Pakistan cricket. I really hope that we play as a team and if our batsmen deliver, we have enough fire power to in our bawling department to rattle the kiwis. Moving to the bigger picture the majority of cricket pundits and fans agree on the point that Younis Khan should be our test captain, so its about time for the PCB to put its foot down and take necessary steps to finish the partybazi in the team and unify it under the leadership of Younis Khan.

  • Najam on November 23, 2009, 19:14 GMT

    This is a joke of an article. You can't give up the job every two weeks and expect to still be given a fourth (fifth ? sixth ? ) chance. It is an honour and a privilege to captain the Pakistani cricket team. It is not a job for everyone, and clearly Younis cannot deal with the pressure. It's not like Younis` captaincy has been Imran Khan-esque. The poor field placings and constant shuffling of the batting order doesn't do a whole lot to inspire confidence. He is not uniting the team - Inzamam wasn't a supreme tactician either (infact, he was a pretty bad one) but the players who played under him believed in him and it worked. The only thing we should be worried about is being held hostage to the whims of one individual. No one individual is more important than the team.

  • Sameer on November 23, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    I gotta agree with this analysis,

    I have no faith in a bunch of youngsters without proper leadership.

    this team can excel due to sheer talent but it will not be a real pack of wolves hunting together until the partyism ends.

    Groupbaazi is so saad, i mean these guys play at a national level and still fight room to let crybabyness destroy their game~!

  • Sameer on November 23, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    I gotta agree with this analysis,

    I have no faith in a bunch of youngsters without proper leadership.

    this team can excel due to sheer talent but it will not be a real pack of wolves hunting together until the partyism ends.

    Groupbaazi is so saad, i mean these guys play at a national level and still fight room to let crybabyness destroy their game~!

  • Emm on November 23, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    The players - like the forces, should take an oath. Pledge to PAKISTAN -heart, body and soul. After all you represent your country not your captain. A weak united team will beat a strong one that is not, New Zealand just proved it. Australia keeps winning because they are PROUD to represent AUS. Just what exactly is the matter with our people? They are just so selfish... It just make me sick... We rarely used to lose to NZ or Sri Lanka... Imran Khan where are you????

  • Faisal Jaan on November 23, 2009, 19:09 GMT

    The best test team in my opinion for Pakistan is: 1-2 Any two of Farhat, Butt, Khurram. 3. Younis (Captain) 4. Yousaf 5. Fawad Alam 6. Omer Akmal 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shahid Afridi as a legspinner and batsman 9. Asif 10. Aamir 11. Gul or Ajmal depending on the pitch

  • Yasir Irfat on November 23, 2009, 19:09 GMT

    Hello Kamran,

    It has been really disappointing that you have put Younis Khan as 50% of all batting line up and more importantly better than Yousaf. Surely Younis was out of form for last few months and very good test and ODI player but I think it is not his form that counted against him. It is the attitude such as demanding protocol as Imran, you don't have to demand such things they come by accordingly. Everyone can see how much he cares about Pakistan Cricket, why cant he play under Yousaf. Way too lame excuses have been made and how could you imagine public support when you see such steps by Younis. He has publicly left Pakistan cricket twice based on his demand, he did left captaincy one etc..

  • Dilbar on November 23, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Well it seems that you are supporting a person (Y. Khan) more than he deserves. I can see as much any one else can that there's lack of Leadership in the team right now BUT why one would leave the country just because of his own Ego. He (Y.K.) turned down captaincy at the most crucial moments giving many excuses. The TRUTH is he himself doesn't think that he's capable of doing this. He lacks man Management. Shahid Afridi you mentioned for the Post no doubt is the only choice though i havn't been a big fan of his batting ever. BUT still he can manage 11 individuals on the field and can motivate them to try, to put effort. And also DO NOT under estimate the ULTIMATE talent the youngsters have. Younis was far worse than the kids playing today when he started. Thanks

  • najam khan on November 23, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    Politics will Ruined pakistan cricket. Pakistan always produced batsmen but how selectors and PCB treat players is awful. players always delivered on and off the field but incompetent bord officials should be despoiled.

  • Kashif Aziz on November 23, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    i cant agree with you on M Yousaf's captaincy, whats wrong with his captaincy? atleast he is a far better batsman than Younis and only a good performer can lead and should lead. how can younis command his team when he is consistently failing? Im sure yousaf and his team will do good and be successful inshallah

  • Shakil on November 23, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    I personally think Kamran that Younis Khan should come out of his shell and tell everyone what's happening inside. I know he's quiet because that'll put Pakistan Cricket into more trouble in front of other countries but I think we the people should know who inside the team is planning these games and parting with others to oust Younis.

    Not sure what the Coach, Bowling coach and the manager do in the dressing room if they can't solve this issue which they're supposed to.

  • nauman malik on November 23, 2009, 18:56 GMT

    we heard similer thngs about inzimam wwhen he was appointed pakistan captain and he proved every one wrong and he learnt alot when he was on job. similer things we can expect from yousaf as he is also a quality performer. these tour is golder opportunity for pakistan cricket to get rid of players like salaman butt, imran farhat,shoaib malik etc as this tour will expose them v badly. look out for shoaib malik getting unfit....the same thing he did on last tours of england and south africa. very soon we will fing shoaib faking an injury as he knows his batting better than selectors. yousaf will shine with out any doubt and a couple of other good enough performances in batting will do good to pakistan. dont worry about pakistan batting future its just the matter of getting rid of fake batsman in pakistan cricket for almost a decade now.they are few other omar akmals and muhammad amirs knoking....good luck Muhammad Yousaf...good luck Pakistan

  • Owais on November 23, 2009, 18:46 GMT

    Regardless of who is the best person to captain Pakistan and importance of Younis as 50% of Pakistani batting lineup, I would say that if Shoaib was the main reason for Younis quitting captaincy and cricket (hopefully temporary) than Shoaib Malik needs a kick in the ****. So Younis plays are does not if Malik is responsible for this episode, he should DEFINITELY NOT play. Ignore Inzi's support from outside the fence, first because it does not matter, second because he seems biased - though I still respect him for what he has accomplished for Pakistan. This was the golden opportunity to give a strong message to the players who dont seem to have their attitudes right.

    As for batting, I agree, only Yousuf and Younis and Misbah are true batsmen. Younis and Misbah are out. Farhat and Butt have faulty techniques and temparaments. Malik and Akmal are bits and pieces cricketers at best. Our bowling line up is not strong as well. Gul should not play, Danish & Saeed both should play.

  • Aafaq on November 23, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    The basic problem is to have a system and it should not break down or get interrupt..As far as the tour is concern I don't think so Pakistan team will face problems but in Australia and in England we must need Younis Khan.. All the best Team Pakistan :-)

  • zafar khan on November 23, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    whatever the comments and facts r delivered i m really appreciate u on ur blog. But i think u can convey ur message in simple words which can easily understand every one.

  • dinker on November 23, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    though i agree with Abbasi regarding almost everything he has said here(Yusuf's inability to lead,plyrbazi,Afridi only good for Shorter fomats)i am not so sure about urging Yunus Khan to come back.Although hes easily the bst batsman in the side(after Yuuf) and the most committed sportsman in the continent(that includes Indi,SL)he has not shown th ruthlessness required for leaders.evnthough its better to give up than try to lead a group who dont want you as leader,he could have complined to PCB and skd for the rebls to be dropped..maybe he dint have confidence in the team once those rebels were removed..we will nevr know..MEANWHILE STRONG ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN AGAINST PLAYERS RESPONSIBL FOR LOSING FINAL MATCH TO nz ..AIT ALMOST SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN FORGOTTN...imagine losing a match intentionlly to avenge ur skipper....reminds me of Azhar getting himself out against WI in WI in 1996 bcause he dint want India to win under Sachin's captaincy..i ma an inidan and not biased..just a true fan

  • khalil on November 23, 2009, 18:37 GMT

    Leadership crisis ? Yes ! PCB is responsible for all this mess by sending mixed signals to both the captain/underminers & creating chaos and confusion.Drastic purging is required both at administrative as well as team level even if they have to play a B team.

  • Anees Razzak on November 23, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    Completely true. Yousuf isnt a leader by any stretch! Younus should come back! Also afridi should be drafted into the test squad, shoaib malik should be out - he seems to be the cause of all troubles

  • me2 on November 23, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    YK is a lost cause so please stop making him hero all over again. The captaincy dilemma is not new, its been here for ages and it goes back to our culture and the way we operate...give me a single example when someone has given powers no matter how little and how great they didn't misuse it? There is no sense of serving in our lives, there is always a sense of ruling! Anyone involved in party bazi in the team should be banned and kicked out from the squad to set an example. The captain should take his role to serve the country and realize that the greater powers comes with greater responsibilities. Selection committee should select the team with honesty and offer no favors no matter what the consequences would be. Talent is there but the execution is lacking, the sense of serving is lacking. Can someone tell or engraved inside the heads of our players that the moral of country is already low and there group manship won't help further, please serve with actions not with words!

  • Noshir Mody on November 23, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    I agree - Younis Khan is the best man for the job. As they say, loss of form is temporary but class is permanent and Younis has genuine class. The malcontents should be droppped from the team and if Shoaib Malik is their so called leader he together with whoever is involved should be sent back home immediately. Ijaz Butt has shown no leadership in this matter. For the sake of Pakistan cricket changes are urgently required.

  • Fezaan on November 23, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    It's true that Pakistan Cricket is at a critical stage. I agree with you that the Cricket Board has not handled the gruopism within the team propertly. Any player, no matter how big he is, should have been dropped if he was not willing to play under Yunus. Also, I believe that any players involved in intentionally losing the series against NZ (as voiced in the media reports) should be banned. Because irrespective of their differences with the captain, they should have been performing 100% on the cricket field.

  • Fouad on November 23, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    I completely agree. Even though Yousuf is a great batsmen, I have high doubts about his ability to be a shrewd captain in trying circumstances. I am guessing he will rely on Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal alot. Having said that, lets hope and pray that Mohammed Asif and company come good on this tour and provide an exciting series....God knows we need one!

  • M. Alam on November 23, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    I disagree with you. On the record Younis is a very immature person, he could not withstand the stress and strain of captaincy and some people are supporting him and forcing him to come back. There are many good batsmen to take his position in the team, send Fawad in at his position, and I am sure he will prove himself worthy of that and will perform better than Younis. Yousaf is world class batsman and Vettori himself call Yousaf as “one of the greatest batsmen of the modern generation”. Let’s give him a fair chance of being captain of Pakistan team rather than creating a negative propaganda against him. At least he will be fair and neutral while dealing with the team a quality not possessed by Younis. Probably that is why people in the team have complaint against him. I think being fair is one of the basic qualities in a leader.

  • Ahmad on November 23, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    Truly and well said Mr Abbasi. The faults lie within the roots at PCB, if they do not cure that illness at root level, then i'm afraid its going to gulp the whole of cricketing nation of Pakistan no matter what talent blossoms from the country.The PCB must stop the politics and fighting over posts and act quickly to revive cricket at a wonderful cricketing nation of Pakistan. Changing captancies is not a good idea specially foreseeing the big summer that lies ahead. However they should now remain focus on cricket and play good cricket, then we shall see some good results, and lets hope everything falls into place nicely during and after this series of New Zealand.

  • usman malik on November 23, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    I think Kamran you have identified the main problem accurately. The PCB should have managed the situation better. If Younus was not getting the support of players like Shoaib then PCB should have taken action. Incidentally when shoaib was the captain Younis co-operated with him. In fact Younis's performance under Shoaib Malik was excellent. Players like Shoaib will be a nuisance for any captain. Also Yusuf is the best batsman and the senior most player in the side . He deserves to be the captain. If any batsman fails to perform then he should be replaced. Our side is the building process, and the PCB should not hesitate to try other younger batsmen. The batting has been weak for a number of years . Fawad Alam, KHalid Latif and Umar Akmal should be given opportunities to prove their worth. Salman Butt has had enough chances .

  • oops on November 23, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    dr abbasi, i understand your concerns. i also understand your desperation in trying to put all our cricketing eggs in the basket of younus. but you are not being pragmatic. nor do i think you have learnt from the cry-baby drama-queen media-manipulating histrionics younus has constantly displayed. are you so desperate that you again and again ignore younus' frailties and flaws? frankly, he is an embarrassment for pakistan cricket as captain and a torture to watch when batting, except on dead, flat pitches. trouble is you refuse to learn from events. perhaps, you are just trying to find cover for your naivety in uncritically supporting younus for captain when it was clear to anyone who could put two and two together, that he was merely using the likes of you to do a power play against most of the senior players of the team. how naive of you to wish that senior player power will just vanish or that it can be ended by just firing all the players who are not happy with your idiot yk!

  • sharique on November 23, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    I think this is great. If Younis is a reluctant leader than he shouldnt be captain and why is this a crisis. You are making it sound like a crisis and putting more pressure on Yusuf who is a far better batsmen than younis. I think Pakistan will be fine with out him. There is no place for younis in one day and 20/20. He better find his form before he comes back to just play tests otherwise his career is done.

  • aftab on November 23, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    Oh shut up doc! :) I predict a 3-0 drubbing of NZ. It is obvious that Pakistan can have "Younis the batsman" or "Younis the captain on occasions". I would rather have the former. Cricket fans like you need to know the power of humbleness that Yousef brings in the team. Just wait and see.

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  • aftab on November 23, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    Oh shut up doc! :) I predict a 3-0 drubbing of NZ. It is obvious that Pakistan can have "Younis the batsman" or "Younis the captain on occasions". I would rather have the former. Cricket fans like you need to know the power of humbleness that Yousef brings in the team. Just wait and see.

  • sharique on November 23, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    I think this is great. If Younis is a reluctant leader than he shouldnt be captain and why is this a crisis. You are making it sound like a crisis and putting more pressure on Yusuf who is a far better batsmen than younis. I think Pakistan will be fine with out him. There is no place for younis in one day and 20/20. He better find his form before he comes back to just play tests otherwise his career is done.

  • oops on November 23, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    dr abbasi, i understand your concerns. i also understand your desperation in trying to put all our cricketing eggs in the basket of younus. but you are not being pragmatic. nor do i think you have learnt from the cry-baby drama-queen media-manipulating histrionics younus has constantly displayed. are you so desperate that you again and again ignore younus' frailties and flaws? frankly, he is an embarrassment for pakistan cricket as captain and a torture to watch when batting, except on dead, flat pitches. trouble is you refuse to learn from events. perhaps, you are just trying to find cover for your naivety in uncritically supporting younus for captain when it was clear to anyone who could put two and two together, that he was merely using the likes of you to do a power play against most of the senior players of the team. how naive of you to wish that senior player power will just vanish or that it can be ended by just firing all the players who are not happy with your idiot yk!

  • usman malik on November 23, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    I think Kamran you have identified the main problem accurately. The PCB should have managed the situation better. If Younus was not getting the support of players like Shoaib then PCB should have taken action. Incidentally when shoaib was the captain Younis co-operated with him. In fact Younis's performance under Shoaib Malik was excellent. Players like Shoaib will be a nuisance for any captain. Also Yusuf is the best batsman and the senior most player in the side . He deserves to be the captain. If any batsman fails to perform then he should be replaced. Our side is the building process, and the PCB should not hesitate to try other younger batsmen. The batting has been weak for a number of years . Fawad Alam, KHalid Latif and Umar Akmal should be given opportunities to prove their worth. Salman Butt has had enough chances .

  • Ahmad on November 23, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    Truly and well said Mr Abbasi. The faults lie within the roots at PCB, if they do not cure that illness at root level, then i'm afraid its going to gulp the whole of cricketing nation of Pakistan no matter what talent blossoms from the country.The PCB must stop the politics and fighting over posts and act quickly to revive cricket at a wonderful cricketing nation of Pakistan. Changing captancies is not a good idea specially foreseeing the big summer that lies ahead. However they should now remain focus on cricket and play good cricket, then we shall see some good results, and lets hope everything falls into place nicely during and after this series of New Zealand.

  • M. Alam on November 23, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    I disagree with you. On the record Younis is a very immature person, he could not withstand the stress and strain of captaincy and some people are supporting him and forcing him to come back. There are many good batsmen to take his position in the team, send Fawad in at his position, and I am sure he will prove himself worthy of that and will perform better than Younis. Yousaf is world class batsman and Vettori himself call Yousaf as “one of the greatest batsmen of the modern generation”. Let’s give him a fair chance of being captain of Pakistan team rather than creating a negative propaganda against him. At least he will be fair and neutral while dealing with the team a quality not possessed by Younis. Probably that is why people in the team have complaint against him. I think being fair is one of the basic qualities in a leader.

  • Fouad on November 23, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    I completely agree. Even though Yousuf is a great batsmen, I have high doubts about his ability to be a shrewd captain in trying circumstances. I am guessing he will rely on Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal alot. Having said that, lets hope and pray that Mohammed Asif and company come good on this tour and provide an exciting series....God knows we need one!

  • Fezaan on November 23, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    It's true that Pakistan Cricket is at a critical stage. I agree with you that the Cricket Board has not handled the gruopism within the team propertly. Any player, no matter how big he is, should have been dropped if he was not willing to play under Yunus. Also, I believe that any players involved in intentionally losing the series against NZ (as voiced in the media reports) should be banned. Because irrespective of their differences with the captain, they should have been performing 100% on the cricket field.

  • Noshir Mody on November 23, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    I agree - Younis Khan is the best man for the job. As they say, loss of form is temporary but class is permanent and Younis has genuine class. The malcontents should be droppped from the team and if Shoaib Malik is their so called leader he together with whoever is involved should be sent back home immediately. Ijaz Butt has shown no leadership in this matter. For the sake of Pakistan cricket changes are urgently required.

  • me2 on November 23, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    YK is a lost cause so please stop making him hero all over again. The captaincy dilemma is not new, its been here for ages and it goes back to our culture and the way we operate...give me a single example when someone has given powers no matter how little and how great they didn't misuse it? There is no sense of serving in our lives, there is always a sense of ruling! Anyone involved in party bazi in the team should be banned and kicked out from the squad to set an example. The captain should take his role to serve the country and realize that the greater powers comes with greater responsibilities. Selection committee should select the team with honesty and offer no favors no matter what the consequences would be. Talent is there but the execution is lacking, the sense of serving is lacking. Can someone tell or engraved inside the heads of our players that the moral of country is already low and there group manship won't help further, please serve with actions not with words!