Pakistan's captaincy saga April 18, 2007

Imran, Miandad criticise Younis

Cricinfo staff

"Younis' refusal to take on the captaincy has lead to a crisis" - Imran © Getty Images

Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have slammed Younis Khan over his refusal to take on Pakistan's captaincy in the wake of a disastrous World Cup campaign.

Younis was offered the captaincy after Inzamam resigned but he rejected the offer citing stress related to the job as his main reason.

"I don't understand it. If he didn't want to be captain he should not accepted the vice-captaincy for the last two years. His refusal has led to a crisis," said Imran.

"It is useless trying to convince Younis to lead the team if he does not want to do it. But what he did was wrong," he added.

Miandad expressed disbelief at Younis' actions after being offered the captaincy.

"This episode is a reflection on the sort of discipline prevailing in our cricket set-up," said Miandad. "It is disappointing for me that someone should turn down the honour of being asked to captain his country. It is not a good sign for Pakistan cricket," he explained.

Amid stories that Shoaib Malik is likely to be offered the position, Imran wished him well.

"He appears to have a good cricket brain and could turn out to be a very good choice for Pakistan cricket," he added.

The official announcement from the PCB over this matter is expected this week.