New Zealand 2009 December 4, 2009

Yousuf's test of leadership

 
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Mohammad Yousuf: a captain trying to earn respect © Associated Press
 

Mohammad Yousuf's team is in a dominant position after two further days of gripping Test cricket. It is an advantage that Pakistan could not have contemplated until the bowlers got to work. Daniel Vettori and colleagues are doing a good job in talking up their chances but Pakistan will be mortified if they fail to level the series from here.

It is especially frustrating being a Pakistani supporter at the moment. There are genuine reasons for excitement, almost exclusively resting with Pakistan's diverse and penetrative bowling attack. The other beacon has been the batting of the Akmal brothers, especially Umar who will have an opportunity to put the match beyond New Zealand on the third day.

But some of their fellows and the strategies are causing perplexion and inviting criticism. Yousuf is baffled by criticism as he is making decisions by consensus, including the surprising call to send Umar in at number three when more experienced batsmen were available.

Listening to debate and discussion is an important part of leadership, as is being able to see a solution that might not be your own. But experts reckon that 80% of leadership is decision making, and Yousuf must move from merely reflecting the consensus view to listening to the discussion and making his own decision.

By that route he will adhere to one of the tenets of good captaincy demonstrated by Mike Brearley, and explained in this week's Times by Michael Atherton: "A good captain doesn't demand respect, he earns it."

When Yousuf came out to bat at number three in today's second innings, the heat was one. His country needed experience in the middle. Yousuf made the right decisions. First he appeared and then Misbah. That's how you earn respect and silence your critics. With that attitude Pakistan have a chance of turning this series on its head.

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  • Omar on December 9, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Congrats to yousuf for winning the Test everybody should respect him he is a classical players he is the best few betsman in the world his captaincy is very good job i think pcb should appoint captain to yousuf until 2011 world cap then pak team will be improve and will top place test and oneday rank Best of luck yousuf

  • Tanweer on December 9, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    I honestly dont know what you have against Yousuf? You seem to be pushing Younis as Champion, but I cannot recollect one game where he played like a champion, not one game. Mohammad Yousuf played like a champion in the fourth inning of first test and in the third inning, to absorb that pressure and play those dot balls to achieve the end result that’s what makes a champion. To focus on the end result, play yourself in, play the dot ball, take the pressure and try to achieve the target. We lost the first test but we came close to winning it, but I held my head up knowing we did not buckle up, he fought with courage and determination. In test cricket courage is not to slog and but to play the dot balls and don’t give your opponent chance of picking your wicket. I honest cannot see Younis taking the pressure, he would have come out and try to hit the first ball out of the ground and most likely to get out. I clearly remember Younis Khan doing it against India and got out the first

  • Rashid on December 9, 2009, 2:31 GMT

    Please get SHOAIB MALIK out of Pak team and bring Afridi for the third test.If Shoib Malik cannot play Nz then what makes them think that he will score a century with Aussies.Shoib Malik can only play on a flat pitch.Or bring a new face the face of...........

  • RAHMAN on December 9, 2009, 1:57 GMT

    Having won one test and said that Yousuf good captain is not right. test is only won due to our bowling otherwise the score we have in both innings are not too much against any other side whose batting are slightly good than NewZealand. Secondly, Yousuf is too innocent like Younis and players like Shoib Malik and Misbah take advantage of that and create rift between these two to have themselves in the team despite poor run of form. If we selected player from Domestic cricket as Misbah is selected for 284 runs (after than he how much he score in test ?) than Raffat Mohammad just score a triple century and he should be in the team instead of Imran Farhat who didn;t do anything in two test but he has good qualification that his father in law is selector.

    Least but not last 3 players should be out of team permanently- Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik and Mishab and one is Faisal he also come here on same qualification as Imran Farhat but only thing that he didn;t have much chances like Imran

  • Fizul on December 9, 2009, 0:43 GMT

    From where I'm sitting here in the Caribbean it doesn't look all that bad, but Pakistan cricket is in some serious trouble.I've seen the squad for australia.They are in for some good licks. How can you take a squad without Younis Khan and two butter finger openers. Remember it was the bowlers that win the second test in new zealand.I think it's too much gamble with that weak batting line up.

  • drmjalamgir on December 8, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    Almost every coment posted suggested ,some of them rather requested Shoaib Malik should be rested. Surprisingly still retain a place in the squad of 16 for Austrailian tour. Why is he so influential in P.C.B. Does pakistan cricket worthy of any sense. Is it a falt of mohammad Yousaf? I request Shoaib Malik on your behalf to take pity on Pakistan cricket and request P.C.B for ommision like Younis did.

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 8, 2009, 16:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: No Pak Spin for Pak Win?

    Did Mohammad Yousuf passed the test of leadership? Fill us in, please.

    How about Pak squad for Aus? Did Malik deserved the spot? NOT! Why Misbah wasn't sent for the 1st Test? We could have been 2-0.

    BTW- Where is Yasir Hamid? Remember his last trip to Aus? Shouldn't we give chance to Taufiq Umer and Asim Kamal also? They have a pretty decent track record.

    Why Afridi is not convinced to be in the longer format? I sincerely think Afridi has what it takes to be a captain and a leader in all format. Plus his test batting average is higher than everybody in the team except for magnificent M. Yousuf. Not to mention his bowling traits.

    Yousuf is not doing a bad job either though. He has Inzamamic kind of effect on boys. Younis' Khan Sahib style didn't fly with the boys at all. As they say, "you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar."

    I think this should keep you going for a while.

  • Irfan on December 8, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Just heard about Younis's ouster from the side to tour Australia. I think it is a wise decision, one that would instill confidence into Yousuf. Again the logic to keep Malik around escapes me. Our batting is vulnerable, there are not a lot of big egoes around to deal with, this is the best time to infuse new blood into the team. We have lost matches to Australia with a sleuth of super stars, loosing a few matches at the cost of gaining some new players can be enormous for Pakistan. Where youngsters the like of Umar, Aamir and Fawad are present who are ready to take on the responsibility why is Malik around? Also, I am beginning to understand and like Iqbal Qasim's principal stand on Younis and Misbah issues. It's unfortunate that Butt’s executive decision led to Misbahs inclusion but I guess Iqbal for once wanted to convey the message that no body is bigger than the game. Every body has to play by the rules and indiscipline will not be tolerated. I bid him good luck and god speed.

  • Mohammed Padela on December 8, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    Younis MUST come back for the Australian series.Pakistan need experienced players.Some players like Fawad Alam must be axed and good experienced players must be picked like Yasir Hameed. Pakistan can not rely on Akmal brothers. They really need middle order to score.

  • Shahid on December 7, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    Yousef is as good a captain as younis, malik or Inzi were. His decision to send Umar at 3 was a good one as I think its the batsman in form and not one with experience should take the responsibility. Younis has experience but his presence at 3 gave us handfull of defeats in recent past, only because he was not in form. Umar proved Yousef's decision to be right by tearing apart NZ bowling in scoring that madmax fifty which is good score on this wicket. Yousefs bowling changes were good and field places were quite allright too. The only factor in Pakistan not being 2-0 is dropped catches and thats nothing Yousef can do to change. He is the only player whose batting was never effected when promoted to the leadership post. Well done Yousef. I am noticing a few talented batsmen coming up the ranks. Baber in U19, and Naved Yasin are our futur prospects. Toufiq umar should be on flight to Australia as he is only opner who has average of 40 and has perfect technique.

  • Omar on December 9, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Congrats to yousuf for winning the Test everybody should respect him he is a classical players he is the best few betsman in the world his captaincy is very good job i think pcb should appoint captain to yousuf until 2011 world cap then pak team will be improve and will top place test and oneday rank Best of luck yousuf

  • Tanweer on December 9, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    I honestly dont know what you have against Yousuf? You seem to be pushing Younis as Champion, but I cannot recollect one game where he played like a champion, not one game. Mohammad Yousuf played like a champion in the fourth inning of first test and in the third inning, to absorb that pressure and play those dot balls to achieve the end result that’s what makes a champion. To focus on the end result, play yourself in, play the dot ball, take the pressure and try to achieve the target. We lost the first test but we came close to winning it, but I held my head up knowing we did not buckle up, he fought with courage and determination. In test cricket courage is not to slog and but to play the dot balls and don’t give your opponent chance of picking your wicket. I honest cannot see Younis taking the pressure, he would have come out and try to hit the first ball out of the ground and most likely to get out. I clearly remember Younis Khan doing it against India and got out the first

  • Rashid on December 9, 2009, 2:31 GMT

    Please get SHOAIB MALIK out of Pak team and bring Afridi for the third test.If Shoib Malik cannot play Nz then what makes them think that he will score a century with Aussies.Shoib Malik can only play on a flat pitch.Or bring a new face the face of...........

  • RAHMAN on December 9, 2009, 1:57 GMT

    Having won one test and said that Yousuf good captain is not right. test is only won due to our bowling otherwise the score we have in both innings are not too much against any other side whose batting are slightly good than NewZealand. Secondly, Yousuf is too innocent like Younis and players like Shoib Malik and Misbah take advantage of that and create rift between these two to have themselves in the team despite poor run of form. If we selected player from Domestic cricket as Misbah is selected for 284 runs (after than he how much he score in test ?) than Raffat Mohammad just score a triple century and he should be in the team instead of Imran Farhat who didn;t do anything in two test but he has good qualification that his father in law is selector.

    Least but not last 3 players should be out of team permanently- Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik and Mishab and one is Faisal he also come here on same qualification as Imran Farhat but only thing that he didn;t have much chances like Imran

  • Fizul on December 9, 2009, 0:43 GMT

    From where I'm sitting here in the Caribbean it doesn't look all that bad, but Pakistan cricket is in some serious trouble.I've seen the squad for australia.They are in for some good licks. How can you take a squad without Younis Khan and two butter finger openers. Remember it was the bowlers that win the second test in new zealand.I think it's too much gamble with that weak batting line up.

  • drmjalamgir on December 8, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    Almost every coment posted suggested ,some of them rather requested Shoaib Malik should be rested. Surprisingly still retain a place in the squad of 16 for Austrailian tour. Why is he so influential in P.C.B. Does pakistan cricket worthy of any sense. Is it a falt of mohammad Yousaf? I request Shoaib Malik on your behalf to take pity on Pakistan cricket and request P.C.B for ommision like Younis did.

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 8, 2009, 16:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: No Pak Spin for Pak Win?

    Did Mohammad Yousuf passed the test of leadership? Fill us in, please.

    How about Pak squad for Aus? Did Malik deserved the spot? NOT! Why Misbah wasn't sent for the 1st Test? We could have been 2-0.

    BTW- Where is Yasir Hamid? Remember his last trip to Aus? Shouldn't we give chance to Taufiq Umer and Asim Kamal also? They have a pretty decent track record.

    Why Afridi is not convinced to be in the longer format? I sincerely think Afridi has what it takes to be a captain and a leader in all format. Plus his test batting average is higher than everybody in the team except for magnificent M. Yousuf. Not to mention his bowling traits.

    Yousuf is not doing a bad job either though. He has Inzamamic kind of effect on boys. Younis' Khan Sahib style didn't fly with the boys at all. As they say, "you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar."

    I think this should keep you going for a while.

  • Irfan on December 8, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Just heard about Younis's ouster from the side to tour Australia. I think it is a wise decision, one that would instill confidence into Yousuf. Again the logic to keep Malik around escapes me. Our batting is vulnerable, there are not a lot of big egoes around to deal with, this is the best time to infuse new blood into the team. We have lost matches to Australia with a sleuth of super stars, loosing a few matches at the cost of gaining some new players can be enormous for Pakistan. Where youngsters the like of Umar, Aamir and Fawad are present who are ready to take on the responsibility why is Malik around? Also, I am beginning to understand and like Iqbal Qasim's principal stand on Younis and Misbah issues. It's unfortunate that Butt’s executive decision led to Misbahs inclusion but I guess Iqbal for once wanted to convey the message that no body is bigger than the game. Every body has to play by the rules and indiscipline will not be tolerated. I bid him good luck and god speed.

  • Mohammed Padela on December 8, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    Younis MUST come back for the Australian series.Pakistan need experienced players.Some players like Fawad Alam must be axed and good experienced players must be picked like Yasir Hameed. Pakistan can not rely on Akmal brothers. They really need middle order to score.

  • Shahid on December 7, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    Yousef is as good a captain as younis, malik or Inzi were. His decision to send Umar at 3 was a good one as I think its the batsman in form and not one with experience should take the responsibility. Younis has experience but his presence at 3 gave us handfull of defeats in recent past, only because he was not in form. Umar proved Yousef's decision to be right by tearing apart NZ bowling in scoring that madmax fifty which is good score on this wicket. Yousefs bowling changes were good and field places were quite allright too. The only factor in Pakistan not being 2-0 is dropped catches and thats nothing Yousef can do to change. He is the only player whose batting was never effected when promoted to the leadership post. Well done Yousef. I am noticing a few talented batsmen coming up the ranks. Baber in U19, and Naved Yasin are our futur prospects. Toufiq umar should be on flight to Australia as he is only opner who has average of 40 and has perfect technique.

  • omer on December 7, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    congurlation pak team.yousf best captain.malik should dropped.afridi should in.akmal brothers are very good.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on December 7, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran Vhai,everyone all of you here,the respectful viewers or comments submitters--- please listen carefully and try to understand according to my poor prediction about Pakistan cricket that this is not fare,completely illogical to bowl full day of 90 overs only by four regular bowlers against Kiwis.The Kiwis are certainly now-a-days not too much good at playing against the matured spinners. So, Saied Ajmal should be included along with Danish Kaneria in the last test match. And, this is the endless beginning for Mohammad Yousuf’s challenging Captaincy in order to treat & deal with all the bowlers & batsmen. The most funniest thing we have ever seen that the baby performance to drop the simple important catches. Pakistan were very lucky that Asif was the crucial hero to clinch the very important test match victory after 14 test matches had been played as well.The next series against the professional Aussies.So,Pakistan cricket please honestly be serious and united.

  • aftab on December 7, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    Yousef has what it takes to win - a good defense attack. Pakistan bowlers have the capability of getting thirty-some wickets in two innings that they need to win, making up for lost catches. Expect even better in the Final test.

  • jilani on December 6, 2009, 19:52 GMT

    I used to have a lot of respect for Shoaib and he may still have a phase 2 in career and a shot at captaincy AGAIN. For now, he needs to focus on domstic and get back in form. Here is order I suggest in the long run: 1,2) Farhat, Butt 3,4) Yousuf, Umar (Future: Yasir) 5,6) Faisal, Kamran 7) Misbah (Future: Faisal, Fawad) 8)Aamir 9)Gul 10)Asif 11)Kaneria

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 6, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! Humility of Mohammad Yousuf paid off. He applied most ingredients necessary to win 2nd test.

    He lead from the front and came at crucial no. 3 position, build partnerships to increase the lead. His consensus decision making is helping boys to relax and enjoy. His humbleness and good nature helping him to gel the boys together and avoid confrontations. He seems to have created a good atmosphere and platform to build from. These all are important things needed for good leader. His predecessor Younis faild miserably in all of the above mentioned prerequisites for good capt.

    Having said that Yousuf needs to work on to keep the balance. He need to be little rigid in matters like fielding/catching. He should not let anybody instill the politics into the game. He should not hesitate to take stand. His request for Misbah should have been accepted one test earlier. We could have been 2-0.

    Now Malik *should* be rested. F.Alam, U.Akmal, and Aamer should be in for long

  • irfan on December 5, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Again, a very absorbing contest is underway. It’s good to see that it is igniting interest of so many of those who had written TEST cricket off. Newzeland will do what they will do and so will Pakistanis but it leaves the door to debate on the happenings of this test match wide open. For example openers; although Salman butt came in at the expense of young Khurram and was able to cobble together fifty plus opening which (btw was a cause to celebrate in the dressing room with out a desired net result-Pakistan total) has eluded Pakistan for sometime but I still think that young is the way to go. Fawad’s dilemma is still on as the poor guy is in and out. It should be Malik who be out and not Fawad. In my opinion even Misbah shouldn’t be here as there is Faisal but I guess captain wanted him and he got him. Inclusion of Fawad in Australia will bring a leftie in the side who is good in defending on the back foot, rotates the strike well and can cause to unsettle the bowler.

  • nasir farid on December 5, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    At this moment i'm not going to comment on Mohd Yousaf's captaincy because it's too early, you got to give the guy a chance to shine. However i will like to make the following point which i've been going on about for such a long time. Could someone pls throw SHOAIB MALIK out of the pakistan cricket team, if your reading this post, and you have any influence on the pakistan cricket team selection you will rid us of this hopeless player. I dont understand this guys role in the pakistan team??? he can't bat to save his life, he only scores when his place is on the line. Gets out playing the worst cricket shots, was conspiring against younis khan, i wouldn't be suprised if he delibrately got himself out at times and made others (for example misbah) in the team do the same just to damage younis's credibilty as a captain. Even mohd Yousaf has mentioned in the past that when SHOAIB MALIK was captain, he wasn't given him enough respect! and his bowling, well lets end the conversation here!!!!

  • Waqas on December 5, 2009, 1:27 GMT

    Salman Butt and Imran Farhat put on 60 in the 1st innings and 49 in the 2nd. That too in conditions which would test any batsman from the subcontinent never mind these too. They should be persisted with for a while now. I would take these scores from our openers any day! :)

    Shoaib Malik should make way for Younis Khan if and when he comes back...he simply doesn't cut it at the Test level...

  • Nasser Ahmad on December 5, 2009, 1:25 GMT

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Yousuf come in at number 3. Akmal at 5 is the right spot for him at this point in his career. Sending him at number 3 in the first inning when he scored a hundred at number 5 in the previous match made no sense. At least, the right decision has been made. However, what is abundantly clear is that there is no place to hide Malik in the batting order despite the catch he took at slip yesterday. He may even get some runs today in what will likely be very good batting conditions, a defeated NZ attack, and little pressure on the batsmen. Pakistan really needs to give people like Faisal Iqbal a go at number 3 in the final test match with Akmal being sandwiched in between Yousuf and Misbah. Longer term Alam should replace Misbah.

  • adnan on December 4, 2009, 23:15 GMT

    bring in afridi in place of kaneria/ajmal and pakistan will have a great bowling attack depth in batting and the most important thing the fielding which pakistan really needs.

  • F . Riaz on December 4, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    Pakistan should stick with Salman/Imran at opening and try to create consistency. I think Shoaib Malik should be dropped. He doesn't have technique to be a test player and he should be replaced by genuine batsmen. He should play only n 20-20 and one-day.

  • nain tara on December 4, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    Wel I really know that yousaf needs to be brave cuz wot eva he is doing does not suggest he has a good captain 's temprament like younus though he z nt in gud form but you cant deny his captaincy skills which are improving wiv every match.Though he is not as brave as younus but we can still depend on him for this series as he has got some gud bowlers but for upcoming series like Austrailia's WE WOULD REALLY NEED A YOUNAS KHAN THERE ! By the way y aint anyone now criticizing yousuf as a captain cuz he z also not scoring runs like younus !

  • Gulab on December 4, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    You are right that Yousuf needs to be brave. We all know he is a quality player. But the main thing which will disturb him throughout his captainship are some senior players like Shoaib Malik, Misbah and Afridi. If u expel these and then let Yousuf to take his decision and play we can beat any team as we have many talented young players and best bowling attack.

  • Faisal on December 4, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    This does not come to me as a surprise that Yousuf is trying to do what the majority would want. Is it a good thing as a captain? No, are you crazy, nothing is good enough! As a Pakistani captain you are "wajib-ul-katal", regardless of what you do in the field, good or bad! whether its your own independent decision or a pressurized decision, you will be destroyed.

    So Yousuf, i think you should get used to this type of none sense from media and others which take you from being a match fixer to a big mouth on media and finally you will be labeled as a failed captain who divided the team. So, just make sure that you see this coming from a distance, it will not hurt as much. Hopefully you will not become another Younis Khan who tried to earn respect by compromising on even his smiles while talking to media.... This is Pakistan mate, there is no question that you will rise above all in this country, but you will fall as someone will pull your leg, very soon and way below the ground level

  • Ali on December 4, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    At last some positive comments from you!!!!

  • nasir raza dar on December 4, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    I think in first innings yousaf was afraid of kiwi`s attack & bating conditions because he thought about moving ball & initially he is suspect of less foot work thus he send omer. What we need is a brave captain like Imran , inzi & younis.In my opinion malik does not deserve to be in the team, Faisal Iqbal is the right person at #5 or 6. Come on yousaf be a brave captain & make decsions yourself, bat at #3 in the absence of Younis & lead from the front & get rid of malik if you want stability in the middle order.

  • Muhid Zakaria on December 4, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    He also seems to have something against using part timers.

  • Imran on December 4, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    What do you have against Mohammed Yousaf...explain that to me. I guy has the respect of the team why else will all other player decide to play under him. If they didnt respect him they would have done what they did Younus 'I'm so confused' Khan.

    Give him a break and like Inzy , Mohammed Yousaf will shine and not shy away from responsiblity like your fav Younus Khan

  • Zain Farid on December 4, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    Yes all of us Pakistanis have a dilemma. We are so excited by the return of Asif. Along with Aamer and Gul, we might just have the best pace attack in the world now. In the batting we have the emergence of both Akmals really. Kamran is playing wonderfully in testing conditions and situations. He is truly taking on the responsibility that is required of a senior player. But other than that, our batting is a constant worry. It's not really any certain batsman for me, its the fact that wickets fall in bunches for us. We find it almost impossible to not have a mini collapse. Why is that? It must be with the mindset of the batsman, because this happens to us in pretty much all the formats.

    Yousuf is not the long term solution. He's 36 and he will most likely retire after the 2011 World Cup. This is the scary thought in my mind. Yousuf is 36. Younis is 34 & Misbah is 35. These guys won't be here for much longer. Our middle order is already a problem, and when these three retire... God speed

  • M. Alam on December 4, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    Kamran I completely agree with you. Yousaf made the right decision and hopefully today, he will silence his critics with his performance. Pakistan team is a far superior team compared to New Zealand team. It is now time that they don’t let themselves down on the basis of leadership or by just throwing away their wickets.

  • khalil on December 4, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    It is important that a leader always require support of the followers.Although none of them dashing,to turn the match on their head like Saeed,Sohail,Majid,Gayle etc, Pak should continue with Butt/Farhat combination.There should be no more experiments. Misbah is down the hill & Maliik if not taking responsibility, be said good bye. Fresh blood be inducted.It will be better for future.Bowling is always our strong point.

  • Shahid on December 4, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    Yes, it really felt good when seniors came to front on difficult time. It's a courage to take back your decision when you realized your mistake. Younus is a big leader but sometimes lacks to accept his mistakes. This may save Umar from a loss.

  • Ayaz on December 4, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    Yousuf is a gifted batsman, but his leadership qualities can certainly be argued. Successful leaders are often agressive, dominent, inovative at times, when things dont go their way. Although these are early days of his captaincy but keeping his character in mind, its hard to find any of these in him. His defence is strong in batting and this quality can often be seen in his captaincy too. Despite his return test, he has also failed to produce any innings of substence. No doubt he has served Pakistan well with bat in past, but after becoming captain he must discover that magic touch once more. Forget first three innigs of his captaincy, he has a good chance tomorrow. Pakistan are in comanding position in this test. Pressure is more on New Zealand. The pitch must have been eased up on the third day. Yes there would be some bounce but he must cope with it and must himself take this test beyond New Zealand. But if he failed, he himself be "demanding respect rather earning it" like Younus

  • DAR on December 4, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    I think now time Yousuf to make big score, next tour to Australia and we need number 3 Batsmen...

  • Bari on December 4, 2009, 15:23 GMT

    Hi, I think Yousaf is the right choice at the moment as we do not have anybody else to fill the captain spot. There is no inform senior batsman in the team to earn respect and captain the side. Younas is a good batsman but I do not think he should have made captain at first place. So at this point if Pakistan team can do any better I think it would be under Yousaf.

  • Mudassar Siddiq on December 4, 2009, 14:57 GMT

    Modern cricket, may it be a limited over game or otherwise, demands clear headed people and those with quick reflexes. Both these conditions, in case of Pakistan, are met by youngsters. People like Younis, Misbah, Yousaf, Malik are done with their cricket. Only people like Akmals, Amer etc can bring us out of the cricket crisis at hand.

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  • Mudassar Siddiq on December 4, 2009, 14:57 GMT

    Modern cricket, may it be a limited over game or otherwise, demands clear headed people and those with quick reflexes. Both these conditions, in case of Pakistan, are met by youngsters. People like Younis, Misbah, Yousaf, Malik are done with their cricket. Only people like Akmals, Amer etc can bring us out of the cricket crisis at hand.

  • Bari on December 4, 2009, 15:23 GMT

    Hi, I think Yousaf is the right choice at the moment as we do not have anybody else to fill the captain spot. There is no inform senior batsman in the team to earn respect and captain the side. Younas is a good batsman but I do not think he should have made captain at first place. So at this point if Pakistan team can do any better I think it would be under Yousaf.

  • DAR on December 4, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    I think now time Yousuf to make big score, next tour to Australia and we need number 3 Batsmen...

  • Ayaz on December 4, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    Yousuf is a gifted batsman, but his leadership qualities can certainly be argued. Successful leaders are often agressive, dominent, inovative at times, when things dont go their way. Although these are early days of his captaincy but keeping his character in mind, its hard to find any of these in him. His defence is strong in batting and this quality can often be seen in his captaincy too. Despite his return test, he has also failed to produce any innings of substence. No doubt he has served Pakistan well with bat in past, but after becoming captain he must discover that magic touch once more. Forget first three innigs of his captaincy, he has a good chance tomorrow. Pakistan are in comanding position in this test. Pressure is more on New Zealand. The pitch must have been eased up on the third day. Yes there would be some bounce but he must cope with it and must himself take this test beyond New Zealand. But if he failed, he himself be "demanding respect rather earning it" like Younus

  • Shahid on December 4, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    Yes, it really felt good when seniors came to front on difficult time. It's a courage to take back your decision when you realized your mistake. Younus is a big leader but sometimes lacks to accept his mistakes. This may save Umar from a loss.

  • khalil on December 4, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    It is important that a leader always require support of the followers.Although none of them dashing,to turn the match on their head like Saeed,Sohail,Majid,Gayle etc, Pak should continue with Butt/Farhat combination.There should be no more experiments. Misbah is down the hill & Maliik if not taking responsibility, be said good bye. Fresh blood be inducted.It will be better for future.Bowling is always our strong point.

  • M. Alam on December 4, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    Kamran I completely agree with you. Yousaf made the right decision and hopefully today, he will silence his critics with his performance. Pakistan team is a far superior team compared to New Zealand team. It is now time that they don’t let themselves down on the basis of leadership or by just throwing away their wickets.

  • Zain Farid on December 4, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    Yes all of us Pakistanis have a dilemma. We are so excited by the return of Asif. Along with Aamer and Gul, we might just have the best pace attack in the world now. In the batting we have the emergence of both Akmals really. Kamran is playing wonderfully in testing conditions and situations. He is truly taking on the responsibility that is required of a senior player. But other than that, our batting is a constant worry. It's not really any certain batsman for me, its the fact that wickets fall in bunches for us. We find it almost impossible to not have a mini collapse. Why is that? It must be with the mindset of the batsman, because this happens to us in pretty much all the formats.

    Yousuf is not the long term solution. He's 36 and he will most likely retire after the 2011 World Cup. This is the scary thought in my mind. Yousuf is 36. Younis is 34 & Misbah is 35. These guys won't be here for much longer. Our middle order is already a problem, and when these three retire... God speed

  • Imran on December 4, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    What do you have against Mohammed Yousaf...explain that to me. I guy has the respect of the team why else will all other player decide to play under him. If they didnt respect him they would have done what they did Younus 'I'm so confused' Khan.

    Give him a break and like Inzy , Mohammed Yousaf will shine and not shy away from responsiblity like your fav Younus Khan

  • Muhid Zakaria on December 4, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    He also seems to have something against using part timers.