Pakistan news November 11, 2009

Younis quits, says he's lost command

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Younis Khan has given up the captaincy of Pakistan once again, and taken a temporary break from the game altogether, after failing to overcome a long-running rift with a group of players. Effectively, after Younis informed the Pakistan board chairman Ijaz Butt of his decision, it signaled a victory for player power over an unpopular captain.

"I met the chairman today and told him I needed to rest," Younis told Cricinfo. "I told him I feel as If I have no command over this team. And if a leadership has no command over its players, what is the point of continuing to lead? I also told him that the last 3-4 months have been very trying times for me, not just with the cricket but all that has happened outside it. I need time to get myself together now."

At least eight or nine players in the current squad have been unhappy with Younis as captain for a while and had made their concerns clear to Butt immediately after the Champions Trophy. The loss to New Zealand in the three-match ODI series, in which Younis failed with the bat, cranked up the pressure, with a number of voices in Pakistan calling for his ouster. Today Younis decided that he had lost "command" over the team and carrying on was not an option.

The PCB immediately named Mohammad Yousuf, senior batsman and one-time stand-in captain, as the man to lead the side in a three-Test series in New Zealand beginning later this month. Kamran Akmal, the wicketkeeper, will be his deputy.

The PCB's no-frills press release stated simply that Younis had asked for a rest and Butt is reported to have said that they did not object to the decision. "We did appoint Younis captain until the 2011 World Cup, subject to his performance and fitness, but we have no objection to him asking for a rest, and I don't think it's turmoil in Pakistan cricket," he said.

Younis' tenure, which began earlier this year, has been crippled by a lack of support from his players. Ostensibly his resignation last month, after the Champions Trophy, was over the match-fixing allegations leveled against his side, but as the affair progressed it became increasingly clear that Younis was trying to outmanoeuvre a group of players who were not with him. It worked briefly, as the board made him captain till the 2011 World Cup, with enhanced powers over selection, but the players' support has clearly not been forthcoming.

Younis refused to go into further detail over which players had revolted but it is believed the group is led by Shoaib Malik and includes other seniors such as Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal. Sources close to Younis say that he was particularly disappointed in the manner in which some players were dismissed in the last ODI against New Zealand.

Though Pakistan ultimately lost by seven runs, their batting had collapsed to 101 for 9 - effectively losing those nine wickets for 54 runs - until a miraculous last-wicket stand took them nearly all the way. But the way established batsmen were dismissed - in a rash of pull shots - on a placid pitch has led Younis to conclude that it was done to undermine him.

"He was really unhappy with the shots some of the batsmen played and he feels as if they did it deliberately to undermine him," one source told Cricinfo. "He just feels as if he is knocking his head against a brick wall, telling batsmen, senior guys, how to play and them just not listening. He is tired of the constant fighting within the team, especially when it is not clear what they are all fighting or upset about. Nobody has gone to him directly to say anything and that has upset him the most. It isn't so much the pressure of his own failures that has brought him down as this."

Younis's immediate future is unclear. It is believed that he wants to continue playing international cricket and will return to Pakistan and play some domestic cricket to set himself up for the Australia tour, beginning at the end of December. A return to captaincy seems highly improbable; neither is the PCB likely to offer it to him, having been burnt so many times, nor is he likely to take it up, given his experience this time round.

As a result, Yousuf's elevation marks a remarkable comeback for the batsman, who only recently was in exile from the national team for his involvement with the ICL. He has led Pakistan in the past, twice in Tests in Australia - both lost - and once at home against South Africa in 2003-04, which Pakistan won. Incidentally, he was also a replacement captain for Younis once before, for all of a day, when Younis walked away from the post ahead of the 2006 Champions Trophy, only to be convinced to come back.

The buzz in Pakistan suggests that former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has also played a hand; in recent days, Inzamam has been publicly vocal about the need to dispose of Younis, openly pushing the candidacy of Shahid Afridi as ODI captain. According to some reports, Yousuf contacted Inzamam - the pair are very close - before accepting the job. Some are even touting Inzamam as the next coach for Pakistan.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • anman on November 15, 2009, 4:57 GMT

    I strongly believe M. Yusuf will not be a good captain. He is way too emotional, maybe even more than Younis. He's been in and out of Pakistan team because he didnt like certain thing but when he is playing for Pakistan, you don't have a squack from him. That says that he's just a big baby. He can't field even if his life depended on it, so how's he going to tell others to do better jobs. He plays for himself. He has gotton more people run-out than anyone in the history of cricket. I am not bashing him. He probably is a good cricketer, but does not have the personality to be a good captain. I believe PCB is playing politics with team on a very big level.

  • rocket123 on November 14, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    It is sad that Younis had to give up captaincy due to in-house power play filled with intrigues and cabals. Very soon, cricket board and other players will realize that things like this do not build any strong foundations. We know what happened to our cricket once Imran Khan left. Since then Pakistan cricket has been lacking unity, discipline and glory. On the other hand, Younis instead of resigning should have dropped those players who were undermining his authority and command for a few matches. Knowing the fact that Younis has been out of form, he found it tough to resort to sterner measures against those who were planning his downfall. But Younis must know that for him to perform and focus on his batting along with captaincy, he needed to step up and act like a leader reprimanding those who were not lending their ears to him. Please make a strong come back and show that you have the mettle and strength to lead Pakistan to a glorious path.

  • Kart_in_Quartz on November 13, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    It would be interesting to have the statistics of how many captains Pakistan have had over the recent times. Say the last 2 decades 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.

  • MaarifSohail on November 13, 2009, 0:59 GMT

    I read the comments, I respect the individuals who posted them. In all fairness, Yunus Khan never had it in the first place. He has an attitude problem and time after time the funny BCP, goes out and makes a fool out of itself. Let Yunus Khan stay away from being a captain once and for all. If he is unable to show respect to the country, his team and above all to the game of cricket. He should rest and be a permanent bench warmer. I say bring in the real gems from Under 19 teams who won back to back world cup and would have won the third one had Mr Naseem Ashraf not walked in on the day to throw the match, to his bossman mushy's friends the indians. Abdul Qadir was right and still is Yunus Khan is not fit to be a part of any team let alone,lead the national team for any version of the game. He has limited strokes, and can only stay and score on placid and dead tracks. He had his chance too many. And now the exit of Yusuf begins, yes Mr. Ijaz Butt? come on Pakistan!!!be Pakistani.WIN IT

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

    I think some things never change. 1. Pakistan keeps producing very good quality young cricketers like a production factory. 2. They keep infighting all the time. A next coup is always around the corner. 3. For them, a great win should always be followed by a loss to an underdog. 4. India can never produce one quality pace bowler in decades. 5. India will always try to balance their wins with losses to always remain mediocre. 6. Australia keeps generating quality replacements to replace current crop. 7. Australia keeps generating the most committed and most disciplined players- like forever. 8. Subcontinental teams always produce below average fielding teams ( a couple of good fielders do not make a good fielding team) 9. A few Indian players think they are too big of divas to dirty their whites diving. 10. England will never win an ICC tournament.

  • paramthegreat on November 12, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    LOL@last paragraph : Yousuf as captain and Inzi as coach ....shan't be surprised if 9 of the 10 wickets are to run outs or to left arm spin (right now the usual number in a match is 5-6:P)...

    On a serious note, I do agree to some extent with Younis that batsmen undermined him deliberately . Some of the shots Afridi, Akmals, Malik played in 3rd ODI were not only brainless but also unnecessary. It is the job of a team to play for its country , not play poorly coz they dont get on well with captain. I am an Indian and you dont see Yuvraj undermining coz Dhoni was given the captaincy and he wasnt even if he was the better choice as a batsman and experience back then . Bottomline is, Pakistan cricket is in horrible turmoil. They should play for their legacy at the very least. One could say there is no need for a captain if every captain meets the same fate. Let there only be a vice captain. It seems better if team make their own decisions and then they will see what they missed out on.

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on November 12, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    im surprised that how people changed their opinion. 3-4 month back younis was the real hero of pakistan and how quickly he lost his place from the hearts of pakistani people. im sure that if captaincy given to afridi that would be a biggest disaster of paki cricket. he is self centered and good actor in field (who always behave after look at big screen) but not a good player.

  • Rezaul on November 12, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    I do not understand why not Pakistan cricket board takes an examplary stance against the politics inside the team. Its hurting none other than Pak cricket itself. The benificiaries are some of the individuals who needs to be identified and opened to the public. If anybody has a problem then he or they can talk to the coach, manager or chairman and express their concerns. But no way you can politics inside the team. We saw how badly Pak lost in world cup and last match against NZL. Yes, we feel that some of the batsmen were out deliberately which is sad and unfortunate. They have to be identified for the sake of Pakistan cricket. You are there to play your best cricekt not to play deliberate shots to get OUT and put your captain on trouble. When Yunus Khan was appointed as captain, it was a very good decision in deed. But if there is this kind politics runs inside the team then no team can success. So, its a crying need to identify these people behind the crisis and open their faces.

  • Inaamhaq on November 12, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    this quite replica of our political tamasha - if i was the head five people would loose their places in the team - shoaib malik; the two akmals; afridi; and salman. there is no doubt by their actions in the match we lost the match and series - if they can not accept command of the captain and if they are willing to lose a match by poor play deliberately they should not be representing the country

  • hassaanwarsi on November 12, 2009, 17:51 GMT

    this is very disappointing indeed ! younis khan is the best we've got. it's extremely worrisome to note how the team remains divided and without a doubt, yesterdays match was not played to the best potential, most possibly due on purpose. shoaib malik has been causing trouble for quite some time in the team and it's sad it's come to this. there would be no ideal candidate for WC 11 captaincy than Younis. Shahid Afridi will never be able to lead the team in a similar fashion. hopefully the issues should resolve. as far as inzamam goes, he should steer the fk away from all this. nothing was more humiliating than our wc exit in 2007 under that d*cks captaincy and publicly denouncing ur support for the captain who happens to be a much more versatile one is disgusting.

  • anman on November 15, 2009, 4:57 GMT

    I strongly believe M. Yusuf will not be a good captain. He is way too emotional, maybe even more than Younis. He's been in and out of Pakistan team because he didnt like certain thing but when he is playing for Pakistan, you don't have a squack from him. That says that he's just a big baby. He can't field even if his life depended on it, so how's he going to tell others to do better jobs. He plays for himself. He has gotton more people run-out than anyone in the history of cricket. I am not bashing him. He probably is a good cricketer, but does not have the personality to be a good captain. I believe PCB is playing politics with team on a very big level.

  • rocket123 on November 14, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    It is sad that Younis had to give up captaincy due to in-house power play filled with intrigues and cabals. Very soon, cricket board and other players will realize that things like this do not build any strong foundations. We know what happened to our cricket once Imran Khan left. Since then Pakistan cricket has been lacking unity, discipline and glory. On the other hand, Younis instead of resigning should have dropped those players who were undermining his authority and command for a few matches. Knowing the fact that Younis has been out of form, he found it tough to resort to sterner measures against those who were planning his downfall. But Younis must know that for him to perform and focus on his batting along with captaincy, he needed to step up and act like a leader reprimanding those who were not lending their ears to him. Please make a strong come back and show that you have the mettle and strength to lead Pakistan to a glorious path.

  • Kart_in_Quartz on November 13, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    It would be interesting to have the statistics of how many captains Pakistan have had over the recent times. Say the last 2 decades 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.

  • MaarifSohail on November 13, 2009, 0:59 GMT

    I read the comments, I respect the individuals who posted them. In all fairness, Yunus Khan never had it in the first place. He has an attitude problem and time after time the funny BCP, goes out and makes a fool out of itself. Let Yunus Khan stay away from being a captain once and for all. If he is unable to show respect to the country, his team and above all to the game of cricket. He should rest and be a permanent bench warmer. I say bring in the real gems from Under 19 teams who won back to back world cup and would have won the third one had Mr Naseem Ashraf not walked in on the day to throw the match, to his bossman mushy's friends the indians. Abdul Qadir was right and still is Yunus Khan is not fit to be a part of any team let alone,lead the national team for any version of the game. He has limited strokes, and can only stay and score on placid and dead tracks. He had his chance too many. And now the exit of Yusuf begins, yes Mr. Ijaz Butt? come on Pakistan!!!be Pakistani.WIN IT

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

    I think some things never change. 1. Pakistan keeps producing very good quality young cricketers like a production factory. 2. They keep infighting all the time. A next coup is always around the corner. 3. For them, a great win should always be followed by a loss to an underdog. 4. India can never produce one quality pace bowler in decades. 5. India will always try to balance their wins with losses to always remain mediocre. 6. Australia keeps generating quality replacements to replace current crop. 7. Australia keeps generating the most committed and most disciplined players- like forever. 8. Subcontinental teams always produce below average fielding teams ( a couple of good fielders do not make a good fielding team) 9. A few Indian players think they are too big of divas to dirty their whites diving. 10. England will never win an ICC tournament.

  • paramthegreat on November 12, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    LOL@last paragraph : Yousuf as captain and Inzi as coach ....shan't be surprised if 9 of the 10 wickets are to run outs or to left arm spin (right now the usual number in a match is 5-6:P)...

    On a serious note, I do agree to some extent with Younis that batsmen undermined him deliberately . Some of the shots Afridi, Akmals, Malik played in 3rd ODI were not only brainless but also unnecessary. It is the job of a team to play for its country , not play poorly coz they dont get on well with captain. I am an Indian and you dont see Yuvraj undermining coz Dhoni was given the captaincy and he wasnt even if he was the better choice as a batsman and experience back then . Bottomline is, Pakistan cricket is in horrible turmoil. They should play for their legacy at the very least. One could say there is no need for a captain if every captain meets the same fate. Let there only be a vice captain. It seems better if team make their own decisions and then they will see what they missed out on.

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on November 12, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    im surprised that how people changed their opinion. 3-4 month back younis was the real hero of pakistan and how quickly he lost his place from the hearts of pakistani people. im sure that if captaincy given to afridi that would be a biggest disaster of paki cricket. he is self centered and good actor in field (who always behave after look at big screen) but not a good player.

  • Rezaul on November 12, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    I do not understand why not Pakistan cricket board takes an examplary stance against the politics inside the team. Its hurting none other than Pak cricket itself. The benificiaries are some of the individuals who needs to be identified and opened to the public. If anybody has a problem then he or they can talk to the coach, manager or chairman and express their concerns. But no way you can politics inside the team. We saw how badly Pak lost in world cup and last match against NZL. Yes, we feel that some of the batsmen were out deliberately which is sad and unfortunate. They have to be identified for the sake of Pakistan cricket. You are there to play your best cricekt not to play deliberate shots to get OUT and put your captain on trouble. When Yunus Khan was appointed as captain, it was a very good decision in deed. But if there is this kind politics runs inside the team then no team can success. So, its a crying need to identify these people behind the crisis and open their faces.

  • Inaamhaq on November 12, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    this quite replica of our political tamasha - if i was the head five people would loose their places in the team - shoaib malik; the two akmals; afridi; and salman. there is no doubt by their actions in the match we lost the match and series - if they can not accept command of the captain and if they are willing to lose a match by poor play deliberately they should not be representing the country

  • hassaanwarsi on November 12, 2009, 17:51 GMT

    this is very disappointing indeed ! younis khan is the best we've got. it's extremely worrisome to note how the team remains divided and without a doubt, yesterdays match was not played to the best potential, most possibly due on purpose. shoaib malik has been causing trouble for quite some time in the team and it's sad it's come to this. there would be no ideal candidate for WC 11 captaincy than Younis. Shahid Afridi will never be able to lead the team in a similar fashion. hopefully the issues should resolve. as far as inzamam goes, he should steer the fk away from all this. nothing was more humiliating than our wc exit in 2007 under that d*cks captaincy and publicly denouncing ur support for the captain who happens to be a much more versatile one is disgusting.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 12, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    In a one day series one side always loses;surely taking it on the chin is better than having the erstwhile darling of Cricinfo comments walk away. Even in Australia people take losses with a degree of dignity and decorum and don't throw around ridiculous accusations etc. In any case it's an insult to NZ to take defeat so badly- they are not entirely a bunch of pie throwers. Time to instill a bit of maturity into the players and fans of Pakistan psyches once and for all. After all it is in the final analysis just a game.

  • cricmind on November 12, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    younus pakistani are are with you .dont worry inshaallah you will make a remarkable come back and we hope to see you back in action pretty soon we will your ever smilly face ,only god can can help pakistani cricket now.in the end the so called experts of the game in pakistan who are happy to see younus removed from captaincy i would like to say one thing that is please shut up !!!

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

    Younus khan is such a good player mates,Please remember the stuff that he has done in the past,what he is capable of doing.As far as his recent form is concerned,it can be attributed to Being a captain of a team like pakistan.Unpredictable,thats the biggest problem.Paki team depends a lot on individual boosts,if there is one big partnership,the whole team starts performing well.Selectors are the biggest problem that this team has.The team selectors,well,behave as if they dont know cricket!I am not a cricketer and i know that dropping yousuf is a huge mistake,but it seems as if they dont know cricket,or may be they dont care.They get their money,they get their respect,they get their free trips etc,what else do they want!SELECTORS,WAKE UP.You selectors are answerable to me,and to all the pakistani cricket fans.just DO YOUR JOBS!come on!!!!

  • vmanie on November 12, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    Although I am an Indian fan I love Pakistani cricket due to their fighting through performance nature. It is pathetic to see the current team losing motivation because of immature captaincy. As a cricket lover I would like for rach team to give their best efforts in refining their techniques in each department in combination with team spirit and challenge any best team so the victory coming out of it is a deserving one. Australia's performance is one such example and wish each team is up that level so there is true competition resulting in the pleasure of good games for viewers. I hope that each Pakistani youngsters possibly reading these blogs unite to put a tough match (whether they win or lose) agains NZ and forth coming series.

  • reality_check on November 12, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is like Pakistani politics. Everyone wants to be the king without any criticism whatsoever. It reminds me of my college days when I tried to organize a group. First question asked was who will be the leader of the group instead of what the group is about. Same mentality all over Pakistan as is evident in our current affairs.

    If Younis is saying some players sabotaged him then I believe he is right because he hails from Pakistan where this is a norm. Pakistan team can only flourish under a strong dictatorial leader like Imran was. He even trumped PCB in popularity. I don't see any player in the current squad who even comes close to that.

    I predict Pakistan will be taken to the cleaners on this NZ/Aus tour. Maybe Malik or Afridi or even Akmal are now angry for not being tipped instead of Yousaf so they may sabotage him as well. It's like a trashy bollywood serial that never ends.

  • waqas19 on November 12, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    younis didnt quit...he took a break!!! whts the big deal in that...hard sought rest considering the fact the amount of cricket pakistan has played in recent times!!!

  • version1 on November 12, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    Oh Dear ! I always felt that Younis Khan will not continue as captain for long. The nature of Pakistan cricket will not allow such a man to be there for a long time. who ever will become the captain again, will not be there for long. People have to realize that Pakistan cricket now and forever will be like this. There will be shock resignations, players will be improper and match fixing, ball tampering etc.. But in between they will play some breathtaking cricket to awe each and everyone. See thats Pakistan's thing...Aussies are dominating, Indians and SL will have flare, SA will be efficent, but Pakistan will be... this (Whatever it is). Whichever way you look write or talk about, this will be Pakistan. Dont even think about any discipline or regularity, unless there's a great leader like Imran Khan. Thats not gonna be happening anytime soon.So get use to this folks, more of it.. coming soon!

  • mykhan on November 12, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    salams, i think this is in tradition in pakistan cricket, as we have witnessed previous revolts, but this was kind of a self created scenario by younis khan, no doubt he is a wonderfull players n he performed on number of occasions for pak. but this time around he made some serious n critical mistakes right from the first match agnst newzealand which should nt have caused big deal of a problems to pak. younis khan misused batting order in second match and in third match it was the biggest mistake by leaving yousuf out of the sqaud cause other palyers did nt perform any way along with younis khan himself. if he wants to emulate imran khan then he has to prove him self first.

  • longhit60 on November 12, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    i think yuonus khan is a not good player in 50 overs games he play just test match good for him and pak team

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

    Younis has taken the right decision to take rest. He should play the domestic cricket in quaid-i-Azam trophy to regain his form and confidence. However, some other senior players in the team who are not performing well should be shown the door and top performer of domestic cricket should be given change to proof their metal.

    Cricket board affair is running by group of most unprofessional persons in the country. They easily came under pressure of Inzimam's and Sarfraz's criticism. Everyone is aware of their past. In my opinion Inzimam is the mastermind behind Younus Khan's ouster.

  • schumanth007 on November 12, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    I hope the that the Pakistan Cricket Team play good cricket under Mohamed Yousuf.........the player v/s captain revolts wud not only do harm to the Pak cricket team,but also to the competetive cricket......see just what happened to the Zimbabwe Cricket team........let it not happen to Pakistan

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

    This is a disappointment moment for Pakistani cricket and its fans, how we are sticked to TV and spend our whole day watching matches and in the end just waste our whole day. We are thinking these lads are playing for the country but seems we all are wrong they are just playing for their own prestige and money. The only thing I will say is there shouldn't be more than two captains are former captains playing in a team. Currently there are atleast five captains playing in our team, the best solution will be to replace all this team with some young talent and just leave an experience player as a Captain. Allah bless Pakistani team now...

  • Hassan.Farooqi on November 12, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    "Player power" my foot. This same phrase was used against Miandad and it turned out to tbe the politics of Imran Khan's lobby who then ruled with an iron fist.

    Yousuf is just a stand-in-captain, then the real guy with politics with emerge. Welcome to "Miandad-Imran The Next Generation".

  • ts_rana on November 12, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    younis actually does not deserve place in Team, why he changed team Order? why Yousif, Umar and shoaib has beed dropped in each match. Why salman butt was in team? does he deserve place in team? Sorry everything has been created by younis himself.If Inzamam intefere why one heard him.Everybody can comment on performance so younis has habit to do these things. He must respect others but he didnt.Specially who really deserve respect like Yousif.

  • mmoosa on November 12, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    A huge strategic problem any new captain will have is the powderpuff Pakistan pace attack-this team does not have the bowling talent to win on fast wickets.Aamer is exciting but still young and Gul isnt in the upper echelon of test pacemen.Afridi has become a fine bowler but is now a tailend bat swinging hard but striking it like a floating leaf. Not a very talented outfit overall,weak pace attack without Akhtar and Asif in top form,batsmen poor on bouncy wickets.A team capable of the odd upset.Much better to captain a team with an attack of Waqar,Wasim,Mushtaq Ahmed and Shoaib! Lets hope not too much of blame is ascribed to the new captain given the poor resources at his disposal.

  • asifnzaidi on November 12, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Is it so difficult for Pak/PCB to understand that if a group of players oppose a mandated captain, then you sack the players. Bring new ones in. The PCB is the boss not the players. Bunch of fools

    Pak cricket is a reflection on how things work in Pakistan in general - a lot of talent (in fact an immense pool of talent) but because of infighting, jealousy, lack of organization the team cannot win.

    Sad but true.

  • lucky5 on November 12, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Well what Younis Khan has done is right. If he wants a rest so give him rest, so that he can improve his perfomance in domestic cricket and come up with a brilliant player in the world cup 2011. As for now Mohammed Yousuf as a captain.. HHMM... i don't think so he can lead the team because he himself a Test player and he cannot play in ODI's, well lets see what he will do... Among Kamaran Akmal, he is comportable and he should get a chance of being captain.. as well as Shahid Afridi, he too is comportable and as we see in 1st ODI against New Zealand and in T20's, he too get a chance in ODI's as a captain... I don't know why Pakistan Board is not thinking about Imran Nazir, he is much better that Younis Khan...

  • E-fox on November 12, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    I agreed with yunis cause if he doesnt have the command over the players in the team whats the point of his captancy.. But im pretty much fed up with pakistan cricket as a SL Fan and feel sorry for them since all troubles have been startd with their tour of SRI LANKA.. But i definitly think that mohamad yusaf in not the great captain at the moment.. Think afridi or kamaran akmal would do better cause i personally think mohamed yosaf is not up to the job .. At last i wish good luck to pakistan cricket..

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

    Wat ever it is Pak need a Level Headed motivator to lead them. Look at the 3 other Subcontinent teams. Dhoni and Sanga are taking their Teams to unknown heights because both are stable and level headed. Hope Bangla's will soon be a tough team going by how well Shakib leads them. And if they improve same way and Pak continues this politics rather than cricket, the day u see Pak starting the match against Ban as underdogs is not far. So at the moment u need a level headed leader and ask me if Younis is so - A big no. Yousuf - No. Afridi - maybe. Maybe give him captaincy in all the 3 forms to him. He deserves a place in the Test side just as a Spinner. He is devoloping like our Kumble. If not in same category but something similar. So bring him as ur spinner who can bat. Why not try it? Before that make sure this Comedian Younis never comes into limelight and makes the board n nation look fools again.

  • rzi-BDML on November 12, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    it's d player power which has always put Pakistan team down, each time d team, one thinks, is accelerating, durig d last two dacades. I juz cant understand why people like shahid afridi and Mailk put their ego ahead of National Interest?. Younis, may be a tough captain to deal with, but is most diciplined in Pak side. he, as we all know is a team-man and never thinks of himself. VERY VERY DISAPPOINTING. best of luck Younis for an other come-back, he should play as batsman now by gaining his form again in domestic circut.

  • Asad666 on November 12, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    If Malik is really trying to form a group and make pakistan loose intensionally then he is really hurting pak cricket badly, and these sort of players should not represent pakistan since they seek their personal intrests ahead of their country's pride. Yousuf cannot be a good captain with all my respect to him as a woderfull player, but captain has to be a good stretegic man who also needs to set a example on field, yousuf's fielding is disasterous, but the problem is that there isn't even any other cadidate who can take up the challenge.only experienced players are malik afridi and may be akmal, for the time being i think pakistan has no one who worths the captaincy.

  • andyes on November 12, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    I think with the help of moulana yousuf...moulana inizy is taking part in the team politics! Pakistani media should take notice of that... Malik, Akmal and Afridi are behind this conspiracy... Good Luck YK... We still have faith in YOU :)

  • mtjmirza on November 12, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    It is very disappointing and depressing fact that players do lack a sense of patriotism to a great deal and they are spineless to uphold the integrity of the nation for their selfish cause. The players would not mind to throw away a match by bowling carelessly, batting selfishly and field like a nursery school boy. Its really a matter of great concern which needs to be addressed on top priority basis. Those whose create problems, trouble makers and are undisciplined should be thrown immediately out of the team like the board did with Shoaib Akhtar. Without him, Pakistan team have grown more stronger in bowling department and I am very sure if the trouble makers and spineless and unpatriotic creatures are thrown out of the team Pakistan team will become more stronger and disciplined unit.

  • cyberflirt on November 12, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    Another Episode of PCB and its Team Captain. When this Mega Serial will settle down. Its been a big mockery of Team Captaincy as every now and then he is giving a stunt of resigning and PCB begging him to be back. I don't think it happens even in Zimbabwe Board. The Pakistan Team is a bunch of Talented Players but to their disgrace these kind of Captaincy Drama happens every now and then. Why PCB still runs behind Younis and why can't they groom a youngster for a long term Captaincy like South Africa did with Greame Smith. To add to this Mohd. Yousuf's Selection - is a big mistake added to the already a long list of mistakes done by Pakistan Board. PCB has to shelve its conservative thinking and start looking Cricket on a Global Platform and avoid these kind of petty speculations among players. This majorly affects the Team Morale and players psychology. Amidst this turmoil if they play International Cricket they will stand like a bunch of ducks in front of the beasts.

  • mn12 on November 12, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Things were so obvious ! Afridi wanted the ODI captaincy from Younis and he got support from several senior players to make a move and go totally against younis.. Here Ijaz Butt ( PCB Chairman) should have taken a stand and axed afridi from t20 to give a message that no nonsense is allowed and that player power cannot exist and that the board or the Chairman decides who shall be the captain.. Both younas and afridi should have been removed from the captaincy to finish the controversy and get the boys together & they should have appointed Misbah-il-Haq as the new captain for all the 3 formats. Though i feel realy sorry for younis - We all know he is the most honest & dedicated cricketer in the team... Afridi along side Malik and the gang ( the real alligators) ended his captaincy tenture!! He had no other choice but to quit & one big reason being his own poor form with the bat !

  • Raghu1202 on November 12, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Its mandatory that a change in leadership of Pakistan cricket team takes place once in 6 months.They hardly play one series during this time.So effectively it is new captain for every series. Given the talent produced by the pakistan over several years they should have been the world number 1 team. But infighting and egoism among the players is making this wonderful team look like a club team.Hope Imran khan days comes back and someone takes the full authority of this team.All the best to yousuf!!

  • Snakehead007 on November 12, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    younis is a good person mayb not a very good captain or maybe hes not gettin the support from other players...god knows ....but definetly not in form at th moment...so he should b given some rest and definet should play some domestic cricket ....just like misbah did an got back into some form smackin 284 in domestic cricket........in my opinion afridii should be the next captain...ive seen the understanding between him an the players which is very good hes aggressive as well...unlike younus khan who smiles whatever the situation......folks forget this matter look at the future this is history now ...look on an pray for pakistan cricket....

  • mn12 on November 12, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Another Twist ! What a pathetic decision by the PCB - There is no vision and there is no such thing as selection for the right criteria. Misbah should have been made the captain here since he has been selected after younis said quits for the upcoming Newzealand Test series - - Atleast there is some confidence attached with Misbah's leadership. Another stupid decision by the PCB to appoint Mohd Yousuf as captain!

  • ShariqRiazi on November 12, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has turned out to be in real tough times since its inception so nothing new or surprising for cricket lovers. Players taking rest is fine but if Younus Khan says that his boys are not supporting him and they have done it deliberately in last ODI against new zealand than i would like to remind you that Mr Captain you are the one who crippled well set Salman Butt a run out and then you also couldn't do any contribution to the side on that day. In addition to that you have made so many random changes in the batting order. All these things were in your control and still you are blaming that boys have deliberately thrown their wickets. We as a cricket lover and a true Pakistanis can easily forget whatever happened in semi final of Champions Trophy and every match you couldn't made a remarkable day for your team but please dont find a leeway with this Blame game. Please dont be in a habit to run from responsibility and look forward tp prosperous cricketing career & WC11

  • liton10 on November 12, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    I feel it is time Pakistan Cricket Board should think precisely. When South Africa chosen Graeme Smith as the captain there were very few unsurprised faces. But look how far he came with the Team. Umar Akmal is my proper candidate. He got the proper body language, and looks confident enough in the field. Typical Pakistani dramas don't surprise us any more. Pakistan don't have the materials to look at their present. They should try to look for the foggy shore at future and to me, Umar Akmal is the proper guy to take the control.

  • waseem_akhtar on November 12, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    What else do you expect from as temperamental a person as Younis Khan? And what else do you expect from a person who, at the time of Sri Lanka team getting attacked in Lahore, said "had he been attacked, he would have left Pakistan." I have never been in two minds over the question of who is the most over-rated cricketer in this Pakistani outfit. I am not sure whether there is any mutiny within the team, but surely this excuse works out greatly to camouflage the fact that he has been unable to withstand the pressure of captaincy and this is the same pressure under which he batting also became a casualty. And you just cannot afford to be a non-performing captain for a long time. Just see his face and his body language every time he takes to field - he simply isn't enjoying it. He is definitely trying to be and to look more serious and sober than a captain should actually be. He might have become a strategist, but he doesn't know how to execute a plan. 'Rest in peace' Younis!

  • k.shajahan on November 12, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Want unity in Pakistan team? simple. organise a series or play a match against india. then Younis will score 267, Afridi will hit a faster hundred. But god knows why Kamran Akmal is still in the team! but onething is for sure. if Pak plays with full talent, there is no stopping by evehe best team in the world.

  • Azeem.Ahmad on November 12, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    What about the rest of the players. Who is responsible for losing SL series, NZ series, Champion Trophy. All responsible players must be punished.

  • gtausif on November 12, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    "I am disgusted if players have thrown their wickets just to undermine Younis Khan. To me this is treason as you are representing the Country. These players must be brought to book and disciplined, even dismissed from ever playing again."

    I wholeheartedly agree with this statement and Inzi should be ashamed of himself if he has any hand in this. Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Co. should know that what goes around does come around and that they are setting a dangerous example for younger players. This whole saga is more shameful than losing matches. Younis is a great cricketer even if he was not the best captain and he should not have been treated so shabbily.

  • AneesRazzak on November 12, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    This is unbelievable. there are some people in the pakistan board that lack any professionalism. how can you let something like this go on...without trying to stop it. Why is inzamam interfering when he has retired. Yousuf has poor leadership skills, only leaders Pakistan have are Younus khan and Afridi. Time for shoaib malik, butt (manager and player), misbah , kamran akmal are out. I also very much doubt that Afridi was involved in this! Bring in youngsters. Chnage the board completely, board members should be elected through votes as opposed to contacts/network.

  • vswami on November 12, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Here is my proposal to reform the Pakistan side with suitable roles assigned in order to fulfil the leadership ambitions of all the members of the side. Imran Farhat (Opening chief strategist, a rotating job depending on whos playing the game) Imran Nazir (ICL defectors lobbyist ) Mohammad Yousuf (Toss captain so that he can look important and batting captain) Kamran Akmal (WK captain, I know there is only 1 WK, but he's got to be captain of something) Umar Akmal (Future Pakistan captain) Shoaib Malik(Politics captain) Shahid Afridi (Bowling captain) Saeed Ajmal (As a talented spinner especially with doosras, Post match analysis captain) Umar Gul ( seems a friendly guy, Manage former Pakistan captains) Abdul Razzaq ( Fielding captain, I know he has nothing to do with fielding, but thats the only vacant job) Sohail Tanvir(Seems to be doing a good job as substitutes captain) Coach : John Buchananan. With all egos satisfied, the team has a chance.

  • Saim93 on November 12, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    Faith in himself is what Younis lacks, these allegations and pressurized situations always come with getting the indian or pakistani captaincies, he should overlook all the media speculations and do his job. Lets hope Yousuf is up to the task and doesnt succumb to the pressure, although i hope younis doesnt lose his place in the team

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on November 12, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    This is old for Pakistan cricket to sprint for captaincy. People here supporting Afridi, consistent inconsistent performer of cricket history who played almost 15 years and 300 odis, with some performances which anyone can count on fingers. I believe that if someone other get as many chances as he gets, or even 1/3 chances, he would be more improved cricketer than afridi. this is good decision for younis to get break from cricket. i would recommend rana or razzaq for odi captain and yousuf is good for test cricket. let give them chances to prove themselves. n drop the culprits like afridi, malik and k akmal

  • zubairkhan on November 12, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    Pakistani Team is now again in a wirlpool. Here is no management. And I do not blame only the PCB here, rather I will blame the Senior Cricketers like Inzimam ul Haq etc. Why are they involved still in politics in cricket. Younis Khan was a better Captain than all of them. Can Mohammad Yousaf be a replacement for him. If by chance Mohammad yousaf succeed in Newzeland, then in the next tour, the players power will remove him too. I think the board should take some serious action against the power players, i-e shoaib malik, kamran akmal, shahid afridi, and salman butt. they sould be expelled from the team. because none of them is greater than the captain.

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

    Shoaib Malik should be thrown out of the team for good along with his group...It is disgusting that I support a team that will lose on purpose just to undermine their captain.Shoaib Malik was a rubbish captain he doesn't even deserve to be in the team. He only has 1 good innings from the Champions Trophy this year and everything else has been failed innings for him

  • Jawaidnazir on November 12, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Iriskhan, did you watch last match against Newzealand? How out Salman but in the last game? Can Younis handle the pressure when younis completly out of form? we must know younis is batsman at No.3 when he get out the pressure comes to whole team.

  • DrZafarIqbalMPhilPhDPostdoc on November 12, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    Not players power, but it's due to Younis's mistakes.Still The best possible decision and a very clever move by Younis Khan. If Yousaf fails as a captain in New Zealand tour, Younis will be back as captain with a heavy demand of exclusion of the senior players like Yousuf, Shoaib and Afridi atleast from test side, just to make him a stable captain, just arguing that he (Younis) being the only option with demand of full authorities as captain, can't lead in presence of the senior players who can't manage to do well without him as a captain and team player. Pakistan board should actually realize that likes and unlikes of a single player about the senior players and useful members should not disturb the whole team. Instead, Younis should be asked to mend his thinking about senior players like Shoaib,Afridi, Razzaq, Yousaf and Kamran. They make 70% of the team strength.Younis is also very important in tests and ODIs, even I think in T20 and has no substitute.

  • zeeshan on November 12, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    PCB took good decision about captaincy.younas had better resign from ODI.No doubt he is a good test player.but he is so proudly personality.he can't make a Imran Khan.Imran Khan was a good and intelligent Captain.

  • ShahidAfridiFan on November 12, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    YK has underperformed all year round but has insisted throughout that the team was a good unit when pakistan won any match. he also praised Afridi many times for his performances. Younis Khan has lost form, how can the team do any good if the captain continues to under perform? It puts pressure on the next batsmen every time younis khan goes cheap which he has done all year. He is using the "people are against him" strategy to get himself support. he keeps blaming players for not playing responsibly like afridi, k akmal, malik. if you look at just finished pak- NZ ODI series you will see that all scored more runs than him and malik only played 2 out of the 3 matches. Heck even aamer and ajmal scored more than him (the 10th and 11th batsmen). he should be under pressure when he comes in at the top order as this series the top order has been pretty good compared to the past. The batsmen that come after him are under pressure as he goes very cheaply

  • bohra_1 on November 12, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Younis khan, will come back with strong will to lead Pakistan, and he will lead Pakistan, because only he can do it, from the current lot. He justified it by getting us the T20 world cup, and reaching semis of Champions trophy. His temperament is great, reflected by his 300 in the series against Srilanka. Iam whole heartedly thankful to mohammad amir(only 17 yrs of age) & saeed ajmal for showing the heart and fight for really playing ONLY for Pakistan, and not becoming part of the conspiracy set by players. I request younis, during this time to take more rest, and in the series against australia come back and continue & win the world cup 2011 for our country Pakistan.

  • Emmaye on November 12, 2009, 8:06 GMT

    Jahangir Khan - at the top of his game, beating ANYONE that came before him. An english coach said to me it will all fall apart like Pak cricket, the day they make squash a team sport. I now know what he meant. This team has nothing in their heart for Pakistan as the Aussies do for AUS. Playing like school children and acting like them. They should be treated like them and given a good thrashing and sent home in sham. This is the kind of advert that we need to attract other teams to come play us VERY VERY SAD... me not the players, I dont think any of them are...

  • KaleemKirmani on November 12, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    Younis Khan did what any man with integrity is compelled to do in today's world - bow down or bow out. Personal rifts are always put ahead of the game in both Pakistan and India who should learn from other nations that passion for the game and sincerity to their profession paves the pathway to ever lasting glory. Australia's victories over India in dying overs, the anxious frowns of the Kiwis watching Mills giving it everything to grab Ajmal's wicket, speak lengths of their determination. In our countries while some still remain deprived of the basic neccessities millions of Rupees are gifted to players for their short lived moments of magic but never does the system demand accountability for dismal performances resulting from ulterior motives. The PCB and BCCI must counter this by introducing penalties and fines directly affecting the incomes of players who cause such shameful situations else the temptation to join the malicious bandwagon will entice even the likes of Aamer & Ajmal.

  • sabirshah on November 12, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Buck up younis!!!..the way players threw their wickets in the final ODI,,,it was clearly shown that its 'personal'. None of the players like shoaib,Kamran Akmal,Abdul Razzaq,Afridi,Umar thought of the 'Nation'. I'm just surprised why they 'bowled' so well? maybe they were showing Younis that what they are capable of doing...but they didn't think that what our hearts were thinking. Their is already no cricket in pakistan because of Terrorist attacks and the Cricket Team is busy in its politics...shame on Pakistani Team...really a big shame! Losing a game is not a problem. The way Pakistan lost against Australia and Newzealand in pool game and Semi Final of Champion's Trophy showed a big spirit. And see...whole nation supported Pakistani Team despite the loss...But...these two matches...ridiculous!shame on Pakistani Team. I pray for my team that they should come to right path and play for the NATION whichis already TERRIFIED by attacks..Please give us something happy , thanks

  • Shabbirshah on November 12, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    Its not the typical issue relating to the Cricket. It should be seen in the context of over all Pakistani political system. system? I bet if this ever exist. So at the end its a trickle down effect. The country in which merit was not the criteria for the last 62 years how can this be applied to Cricket. The same scenario exist in all games in Pakistan, like Hockey, boxing, football. No matter how bad they are you have to select the majority players from Punjab. What's the performance of Kamral Akmal to show displeasure on Younis captaincy and even Shaoib Malik. Its always the punjabi mafia that has destroyed the nation and now showing their colours in Cricket and other sports as well. Younis is just a new casualty in an old power game. The Role of Chairman PCB is also a politician, who mingle in the player affairs a lot. What is his merit to become Chairman?? A third rated ex-cricketer who have no sense of cricket. Shaheryar was the right guy but he was dicthed by Inziman.

  • Jaan.Mohammed on November 12, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    If it is true that there are groups in the team. Then the matter is very serious and PCB must take a timely action. and I think that every individual in Pak team wants to be captain. Meanwhile Ex Captain Mr. Inzimam must stop his suggestions as they are not useful for Pak team. Sorry for Younus & good luck to Yousuf

  • IKKI on November 12, 2009, 7:38 GMT

    I am disgusted if players have thrown their wickets just to undermine Younis Khan. To me this is treason as you are representing the Country. These players must be brought to book and disciplined, even dismissed from ever playing again. How can PCB stand back and pretend as if nothing has happened. I was at the Wanderers and could see that the players were deliberately underperforming against a mediocre New Zealad. Their is no way that Pakistan could lose to them, no way.Younis Khan himself should have countered this revolt by playing out of his skin, but was clearly traumatised and could not perform. How can we kill talent with our own stupid agendas. The country comes first and ego's must take a back seat when we represent our Country. Where has our pride gone???

  • iriskhan on November 12, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    A very bad sign for Pakistan cricket as mentioned "Players power wins". I accept that Younis form with bat was not good but it is not the reason why he refused to lead the team in New Zealand, the reason is Politics in the team and that is very worrying sign.... Younis had no other option than what he opted for. Wish you good luck for Australian tour Younis. Lets hope for the unity and success of Pakistan Team.

  • tick on November 12, 2009, 7:17 GMT

    well well well,people are criticizing afridi and malik.don't remember pakistan getting out to 75,can you believe 75 against a mediocre attack of srilanka in lahore a batting paradise.and who was the next captain???? younis.sir its principle of life,as you sow so shell you reap.these people who are backing younis don't know the role of captain.captain must be friendly and fatherly figure,not like younis who most of the time acted like a dictator on the field by his actions and by speech.moreover he was considring himself as a only sensibleman.what a stupidity to not play yousuf and shoaib for umer akmal.and whose decision was this????????your all sensible younis khan.plz plz plz think in a right way,and don't back a player who was playing just because he was a captain.

  • CashiphZameer on November 12, 2009, 7:08 GMT

    Good to know about the Captaincy decision taken by the PCB and as well as the Younis Khan. As for as Yousaf's leadership concern, He is a nice man and a good cricketer but not would be a good captain at all. He is cool and calm person and Pakistan need a aggressive captain to pull off the series as we have seen in past like Imran Khan & Wasim Akram. They both are energetic and aggressive and they have very sharp and unexpected decision making power on the field. Afridi should be the foremost choice of the board. I do not know why the decided to take the Yousaf as a captain, why not Shahid Afridi? He is the Vice Captain of Pakistan and he know ups and downs and weaknesses of the player better than Yousaf. Anyhow May God blesses Pakistan and hoping of the best in T20 matches.

  • Jupiter007 on November 12, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Younis Khan is completly out of Forum, in fact he is more suited for test cricket then ODI. I am glad he is gone. PCB now need to find a decent young player and groom him for 2011 World cup. Kamran, Razzaq and their leader Shoaib Malik should be kicked our for running dirty politics in the team. Malik always been such a douche, especially the way he treated Fawad Alam. I think Pakistani team needs a makeover...

    Pakistan new ODI team 01-Khalid Latif 02- Khurram Manzoor /Nasir Jamshed / Azeem Ghumman 03- Shehryar Ghani /Yasir Hameed 04- Umar Akmal 05- *Fawad Alam 06- Sarfaraz Ahmad 07- Shahid Afridi 08- Mohammad Aamer 09- Saeed Ajmal 10- Umar Gul 11- Anwar Ali / Mohammad Asif

    I think Fawad Alam or Umar Akmal should be selected for the next Captain. PCB has to clean up this mess, and kick out all the sifarishi players. Any player that does respect captain should be given warning and suspended from the game if continues misbehaving with Captain and Coach.

  • Jawaidnazir on November 12, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    Younis was very friendly with his team but after winning world cup suddenly change in his attitude. Younis no doubt very good player, these days he is facing bad time. It is better for him to take rest and trying to get back his form.

  • Stolen1 on November 12, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Dear All Cricket lover, please give attention to my thoughts as i am sharing unbiased comments on younis resignation. I would blame the management of PCB for all this turmoil, first they should judge the ability of a player for the captain, whether he possess the prowess of prerequisite to be appointed as a captain. In my opinion younis lack the theory leading from the front as he is only batsman and as a batsman if he fails then he has no chance to cover his failure in bowling department so his batting should be more and more strong and so far he has been failed to impress the entire nation eversince he has taken the responsibility as a captain. Secondly he is a bit relax captain and even he is unable to reply properly in post match presentation. My question with PCB management why they appointed such a misfit player as a captain despite that we have more option available. Finally drama comes to an end and the ship of the captain skip in the half way stage and it was inevitable.

  • SIREN6800 on November 12, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    Keeping in view the history of pakistan, s cricket its not new, and does not surprise me at all. Even in good old days the dictorial attitude of Kardar, the rift between Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Ahmad , Javed Burki etc followed by tussel between Asif Iqbal and Mushtaq Mohammad and mistrust between Miandad,Wasim Akram and Waqar younis are like an open book. I strongly believe that we as Pakistanis lack tolerance, discipline, unity and faith .Our schools are playing a very poor role in preparing our future generations and yet we are not ready to admit. During last one day when Ramiz commented his displeasure and stated that all Pakistani batsmen had to do was to play a normal cricket and they could win this match. In response his fellow commentator aded quote " If everything is normal than its not Pakistan.You have everything abnormal in Pakistan.Unquote.Surprisingly Ramiz remained silent.As a Pakistani, I am shocked & hurt . But alas our leaders and heros would never learn.

  • UmairTariq on November 12, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    Pissed_Off_Cricket_Fan get a life man...... its people like you and thinking of your kind that have let this nation down. Dude this is not a Punjabi team but a PAKISTANI team they're playing for so put aside your provincial differences and think on a nationalist level. No wonder despite having such talent and resources, we are such deep %$@$% because all talent and resources are wasted fighting omongst ourselves on such mere silly and worthless differences.

  • ZA77 on November 12, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    Great decision by him. I think he should also quit one day cricket and also twenty twenty. He is not suitable batsman for both formats. He is at no. 14 in average in Pakistan in one day.

    He is also unable to take good decisions for team. In so many ocassions, team always suffer due to his decisions like Rao had completed his seven overs against Africa with 14 runs and two wickets in 2006. He should have completed his all overs simultaneously but Younis changed him and then later on Africa won the match. 42 for five wickets, they changed it to 213, not to utilized bowlers properly. In twenty twenty, he gave over to Fawad Alam against Kallis, again wrost decision.

    He is unable to settle the placing order of our team like Kamran was opener and now he is playing at lower order. Afridi at no. 3 and then now at lower order. If things are going in this manner, it means we are again unable to do something in coming world cup. If Shoaib is comfortable at no. 4, please give him a chance.

  • TayyabShahbaz on November 12, 2009, 6:11 GMT

    I strongly disagree with the Pissed_Off_Cricket_Fan. As a leader you have to lead by example. Look at the ODI contributions from Younis Khan in year 2009. He has scored 420 of 671 balls in 20 ODIs, his average is 21 and strike rate 62.59%. Compare it to the records of other captains like Ricky Ponting, MS Dhoni or Denial Vittori for that matter you will get the answer. Younis also made some nonsense decisions like playing in matches with a broken finger, surely a brave decision but at the same time an unwise decision. What is the point in keeping Yousaf, Shoaib and Umer Akmal out of matches. Further he is not a thinking cricketer at all. Look at the 2nd match of the series, the required run rate was rising and he was batting a snails pace, he made 19 runs from 37 balls and then got out and mounted a lot of pressure on the middle order. In my opionion he is not fit for ODI and 20/20. He should be considered for test matches only

  • Rahul_78 on November 12, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    What a shame for pakistan cricket. Take story of 2 world T20 winning captains. Dhoni and younis. While dhoni reached an iconis status, got lots of love and adulation. Younis had to deal with all the dirty politics played by his very board and players.Shame on shoaib malik if what osman is saying is true. When shoaib was captain younus never created any problems but now he is at a receiving end. Always remember your best player always never makes a good cpatain. Take lara, tendulkar, flintoff for example. This facination with afridi to be cpatined for pak by undermining a honest and passionate person like younus is going to hurt pak cricket immensely. Mark my word, pak cricket ones again has shot themselves in the foot just when they started to get a killer team in place. Bottom line is a honest person cant wear the poisened crown of pak captancy. BTW naming yousuf as test captain is the bigest joke. He is not a captancy material.

  • Kart_in_Quartz on November 12, 2009, 5:54 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.

  • T20funda on November 12, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    AT last the PCB has taken the right decision ,they should have done it after the champions trophy.But still pakistan cricket need younis as a batsman .I think yousouf is the right man for this job right now. Hope for the best in the upcomnig australia tour.

  • VishReddy on November 12, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    Hi just couldn't resist from commenting, went through the ordeal of registering for the first time ever. Coming to the point, I got some inside news that Shoaib Malik has schemed this whole ouster, from the very beginning since he was fired, he held a huge grudge against Yunis Khan. Apparently, he dragged others like Misbah and Afridi into this, considering their vulnerabilty. Malik according to a close friend of his, is a very big schemer and tends to instigate and propagate against people who are doing better than him, he is a very envious guy. I heard from Yasir Hameed and Imran Nazir personally, how back in the days he tarnished their image infront of Inzimam who was the captain then. PCB must stop the spread of bad blood within the team, or else this captaincy row will never end. Instigators and revolters should be sacked with immediate effect. Losing is no big deal, look at the Indian team, they are losing yet, you will not see such public display of passing the buck!

  • adi13 on November 12, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    @piss off cricket .hey we all are pakistani .punjabi ,pathan sindi balouchi came afterwards, in pakistan cricket team there are more punjabi's of two reson.1)the population of punjab is bigger than other provinces.and punjab got more tellent.

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

    Although i dont like younas khan as captain but i think Pakistan team need consistency in performance in captainancy in every other aspect. This has been the problem with pakistan cricket evr since the great players like Wasim, Imran, jawed, Saeed have left the team is just not performing up to standards. My advice is if you have appointed Muhammad Yousaf as a captain now give him all the support and time to settle down i dont mind if pakistan win or loose few matches or series what i need is consistent improvement in our teams performance.

  • Samiullah-Niazi on November 12, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    Why all guys are just making quarrel with so called Extra Ordinary Captain, What is the reason behind it. What does it mean, only he is good and Pakistan team is having bunch of stupids except him.

    We should analyze his performance too. Younus has been comparing himself with Imran Khan since he took the charge of captaincy. Look at his poor performance with batting and fielding. If Imran Khan had control over team members then that was also due to his performance. Imran proved at every time that he is best and can lead to victory.

    In past days, we have seen Younus Khan just focusing on media to be popular and trying to make good links with high officials, rather than focusing on his performance and captaincy.

    Captaincy doesn't mean just rising high vocals and putting blame on others. He should himself see that is he JUST A SO CALLED LEGEND or match winning captain who can perform well.

  • ahamed_sharif on November 12, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    Had yunus khan would not have played the semi finals, under Afridi the match would have been won. He dropped an important catch and failed in batting. I fail to understand why Yunus likes captaincy (at the cost of losing matches)

  • ahassan on November 12, 2009, 5:27 GMT

    A sad day for Pakistan cricket. It is true that Younis Khan was not a great captain but he was the best of the lot. It is his honesty that made him relinquish Pakistan's captaincy. No captain can give good results when there is a rift in the team and he does not have the backing of his own cricket board. PCB should have backed him to the hilt and should have taken action against the players who are responsible for his ouster. PCB has still time to get rid of these players before they further damage Pakistan cricket and take it to the point of no return. Yousuf and Younis are the only world class test batsmen in the Pakistan team and now it is PCB"s responsibility to convince Younis to return at least as a player for the New Zealand tour. A. Hassan

  • tashichem on November 12, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    Younis did the right thing by leaving captaincy, but he would have played in this series, keeping in mind what waseem akram did when waqar got a similar sort of act with the help of players. PCB would have kept faith on him, as he is the best choice as a captain and would have got rid of those for whom they have changed first yousaf, then malik himself and now younis, what it means, it means these are the players who doni't want to have any captain and they all are double face characters and don't deserve a honest person like younis. What ever is behind the decision board should convince him to play in the coming test series, his presence would strengthen the batting as his previous record in NZ suggests too. He is a key to middle order and needed to be in the team especially when you have guys like malik in middle order who are not reliabe. I would like to see younis in this test squad he has couple of weeks to rest and should be back in action in NZ, let hope for the best.

  • TAMOOR.QURESHI on November 12, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    A great decision of Younis Khan to quit because he is going through a bad patch of his career many were raising fingers upon his own performance so that its a good time to rest for a series. I am confident that after taking rest he will appear again in Australia to give his best to the Pakistan Cricket Team. I am sure he is really such a class act and will come back with more energy. But the concern is the Players Power. If Player Power has compelled him to made this decision than its a worrying point for Pakistan Cricket because this situation can also come against Muhammad Yousuf too.

  • Paki.Fan. on November 12, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    Its the punjabi lobby again, undermining a non punjabi, thats what they have been doing through out the history of Pakistani Cricket, Players from Karachi, Peshawar cannot be captain simply if the team is dominated by Punjabi players, It is a truth even if it is very bitter.

  • bobagorof on November 12, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    I think this is a sad state of affairs, but then it doesn't really surprise me as Pakistan has always been beset by infighting. I think Younus has shown himself to be a passionate, dedicated player for Pakistan and it's a shame that he feels the need to quit due to lack of support from his teammates. I don't blame him for his decision, as a Captain (regardless of his abilities) cannot lead if he does not have support. The PCB does need to look at this situation pretty closely though - if the team conspired to lose 9 -54 just to make the Captain look bad, then the commitment of those players is called into question and their place in the side should be reviewed. The team needs to start behaing as a team, rather than as a group of individuals. Whether this is under Younus or someone else, in these difficult times Pakistan needs players who will are committed to the team.

  • abbasshabbir on November 12, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    I am nt supporting younis khan but the way they adopted is nt good ..Its mean players like inzamam and other r still in cricket Politics and they r going to ndestroy pakistan cricket...Typical Pakistan Cricket politics, if the reports regarding the players is true, i would rather keep Younis Khan captain and get rid of Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, These players are replaceable and no one should be above captain.

  • Jarr30 on November 12, 2009, 4:30 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a "CIRCUS" and its administrators and its players are jokers... Younis Khan is the only one who could have brought Pakistan cricket to a level which is respectable to world standards, but looks like his team does not want that. I do'nt blame Younis Khan. What can he do when his own team is playing other games around him. Lack of professnlism is the biggest reason behind this drama.

  • mysay on November 12, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    My views are slightly different. No matter what, if a captain is appointed by the PCB, the players have to respect that, as it's the PCB who pays the Pakistani players. If players do not like it, let them quit. Because if this prevails, as soon as somebody has a problem with the Captain, and if leadership is to be juggled around, a talented team will just be left in the dark. it's a shame that Captains at one point or another like Shoaib & Afridi threw their wickets just for the displeasure of the Captain. However that applies only to players who are pround to represent their country and quite clearly Pakistan is in shortage of them. Finally I wish to add, take a look at South Africa, Graeme Smith was offered leadership when much senior players in the team were present, but look at them now. Next to Australia, they are the team to beat. Even though they had a bad Champions Trophy.

  • Alpial on November 12, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    This incident was likely to happen because of the behaviour of Younis khan, i dont know which captain didnt talk to their team members, or just wana show that he is captain and he has to remain serious all the time. But anyhow, no doubt that he has the abilities to lead the side, but only inside the boundary, he is not very good outside the boundary. Last match against was players power show, and was really an eye opener for PCB that they didnt want to play under command of Younis. Although PCB announced Yousaf as captain for 1 series, but again if he failed who will be the next one. Ohh politics has once again overcome Pkaistan cricket and its very dangerous for present and future cricket of Pakistan.

  • A_HTIMAN on November 12, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    The best thing Pakistan cricket can do is that go for a popular vote in the country and appoint him as the captain. Why can't the PCB take the powers of the captain on the selecting process? It makes the captain easy and it makes him not responsible of blooding young guns and dropping seniors. The best thing PCB has done so far is the removal of senior players in 2003 after WC. Why can't they do it again. Younis should contact a country like UAE and play there because it's good for UAE, Pakistan and Younis

  • RA122 on November 12, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    Pakistani group without a rift!! Please name one such group. Every nation has a signature and our's is to be disunited. We can't cope under any one else's leadership becuase a leader to succeed will ineviatably have to point out our mistakes and Allah amd us flawless. So why take the criticism. Solution-revolt.

  • MalikNadeemAwan on November 12, 2009, 3:31 GMT

    I think it is a good decision of younis khan bcoz he was struggling with his form and he should now concentrate on test matches only bcoz in ODIs he has no place. and PCB should ask afridi to lead the side in Tests too as well ODIs. so he should groom as a captain. But at this time it is a good decision to make Yousuf as a captain. and in future it is not good for Pakistan that players power can chage the captain. so necessary action should b taken against it. so best of luck for Pakistan and Yousuf.

  • y2yakaawesome on November 12, 2009, 2:57 GMT

    I think there is a rift in the Pakistani team after the display at the last ODI against New Zealand where 9 wickets fell in 54 runs. Its Shoaib Malik, and Kamran Akmal, in my opinion, that are the causes of this rift. I think the decision taken by Younis Khan was justified. If the team is not going to listen to him, and he is out of form, then there is no need for him staying in the team. The team will definitely be much better with out him. But Afridi should be named captain for ODIs because he is more agressive than Younis in his approaches and that is required in this form of cricket nowadays. Afridi should be more responsible and not let the power get to his head since he is the key to Pakistan's future World Cup title defense in April 2010. Pakistan cannot possibly continue this form as a team with Afridi as captain bc of his friendliness and communication skills between players. So, Afridi should be named captain. and Inzamam should return to cricket by being named as Pak coach.

  • cardiacrhythm2000 on November 12, 2009, 2:46 GMT

    First of all there is no doubt about it that Malik want to see younis failure as a captain and I can bet he has big role in this failure, second thing is Yousuf defenitely lacks leadership abilities but Afridi could have been better pick. Lastly team should get rid of kamran akmal and replace him with good batsman/wicketkeeper as every other team in the world have. I am pretty sure that younis can perform far better just as a regular player without having pressure of captaincy.Lastly PCB should get rid of malik-no doubt about it.I am sure misba ul haq can play far better than him.

  • cardiacrhythm2000 on November 12, 2009, 2:43 GMT

    First of all there is no doubt about it that Malik want to see younis failure as a captain and I can bet he has big role in this failure, second thing is Yousuf defenitely lacks leadership abilities but Afridi could have been better pick. Lastly team should get rid of kamran akmal and replace him with good batsman/wicketkeeper as every other team in the world have. I am pretty sure that younis can perform far better just as a regular player without having pressure of captaincy.Lastly PCB should get rid of malik-no doubt about it.I am sure misba ul haq can play far better than him.

  • newyork2011 on November 12, 2009, 2:26 GMT

    Its clear that Younis cannot handle criticism. He reacts without going through a thinking process. He is a good batsman but not a smart cricketer. From his post match interviews its very clear that his IQ is also not on the high side. I would ask Shahid Afridi to come back to Test cricket and take over the Captaincy, he can just walk in the side based on his bowling and fielding and if he bats sensibly thats a bonus. Pakistan for sure can find a strong replacement from the domestic circle. There will always be internal Politics in the team, a good Captain should be able to handle that and lead from the front.

  • abbyk2 on November 12, 2009, 2:26 GMT

    I am not suprised Younis has quit it now appears he never had the support of the team and more recently wanted to cement his place in team with the backing of the PCB, not only this he also wanted to run the team on his on terms which the senior players did not want.Younis is not a T20 player nor is his game suited to the 50 over format. He is a test batsman and not a one day player,however this current situation has arisen because of the coach INTIKAB who decided to make him captain without looking at his leadership qualities on a off the field .His form in the T20 was nothing special and more recently his on field decisions in the NZ games have to be looked at,eg Karam akmal did not open the batting,Mohd yousaf was dropped in stead of moving up the order to no3 he is the one player that the team can play around and why bat Shaid afridi at 6 or 7 when he him self likes to bat a lot higher up the order in the one dayers.Sorry Younis you were a poor captain.

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

    The line in the article which striks the most is that nobody has gone up to younis straightly and discussed their problem, and what its all about. Then how can a person be amicable with such idiotic guys.But I think younis too had an unending desire to lead the side how many ever times he gets hurt. But I think by this time its clear that he cannot cope up. Good decision but a little late

  • emad on November 12, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    to Deb_Teb, i don't think taht it's Younis who does anything to piss people off, because i think he is one of the only honest and loyal people in teh team (I've met him in person before), it's more of a big ego issue or something, but definitely not Younis. If you look at other guys, mainly the youngsters, who really care about their cricket, they respect him and look up to him, but it's the senior players who all want to have the fame and glory. I am a fan of Younis, but most importantly the Pakistan team, so the PCB should sit down with those who have a problem with Younis, and aren't speaking up, to get them to let it out, for the TEAM!

  • Deenesh on November 12, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    A pity that this country has so many quarrels among themselves. Pakistan is renowneed for producing extrodinary talent. imagine those youngsters playing in a team where there are groups of people playing the game "I dont like you, you don't like me". Pitiful that the board appears weaker than the players. When you allow players to get too powerful, they kick you in the posteior. Pakistan need to get thier act together for the world cup, although i wouldn't mind if they didn't. truth of the matter is, no one cares anymore what Pakistan does, inevitably, history will repeat itself. The best option for the board, is build a an impartial team from scratch and take away the power of all those players who are so fond of problems. it might be a couple of years before they win any major cups or series, but it will pay off in the long run.

  • I_am_Pakistan on November 12, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    A wise decision" Yes". A correct decision "NO".

    My favorite quote: Younus has done the "Younus" again! But this time one has to wonder "did PCB did the "PCB again?". Is it because of his bad patch as a batsmen? or is it because Malik/ Afridi and the rest are too self centered. What happened to the three pathans, which were by the way best friends too? Younus, Afridi and Gul? People who tend to forget...it was Younus who sent afridi on no3. position. It was Younus who supported him when he was out of form. It was younus who used GUL in the middle overs...it was younus who had faith in Mohd Aamir, It was younus who even supported Malik to be in the Team? It was YOUNUS who BROUGHT THE WORLD CUP HOME, with it the smiles on our face and Our Love for CRICKET came back. But ALAS!!! Hey, I am not just a Younus Supporter, but who would not support a guy who speaks from his Heart rather then speaking from his pocket?

    I am just Too Dispointed and Too Heart Broken. Shame on us & Shame on PCB to!

  • IAS2009 on November 12, 2009, 1:17 GMT

    Typical Pakistan Cricket politics, if the reports regarding the players is true, i would rather keep Younis Khan captain and get rid of Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, These players are replaceable and no one should be above captain. The way this team has performed in SL and in ODI recently some one at PCB has to make some tough decisions. Learn from England board how they have handled KP issue.

  • Mythsmoke on November 12, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    There are only two facts in this unfortunate situation: This PCB administration is the most corrupt, disgraceful ever to run Pakistan Cricket. They started this - they allowed players to whinge about Malik and promptly changed him on the request of the players. The eminently disgraceful Intikhab for fear of losing his job piled all the blame on malik. Well you reap what you sow: the players have struck again. They saw the precedent and this time struck younis. The other fact: Younis's poor form made it untenable. Its imperative to understand that Pakistani cricketers are like hyenas - they wait for someone to be down and then they circle their dying prey for the final act. Imran Khan could not be touched by the PCB and the players because he was the best player in the team. Unfortunately for Younis he was far from that.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 12, 2009, 0:08 GMT

    Shoaib Malik must be fired and sent to the sidelines for some meditation. Regardless of Younis being a good leader or a bad one, regardless of his performances and decisions on the field, PCB should not let it happen and only for that reason Shoaib Malik must go. He is not a player, whom any one wil miss any ways so PCB has a chance to do the neccesary to fight this player power thing and once for all make these revolties to pay a high price. I am sure its this pressure which caused younis' performances to disappear. Mr. Ijaz Butt should not have accepted Younis' request for taking himself off but rather supported younis and fired some 3 to 4 players on the opposite side. Ijaz Butt was aware of situation in the dressing room and if he was not gona back younis then he should never have appointed him as captain when he already had resigned. PCB NEEDS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT NO CAPTAIN GOES ONLY BECAUSE SOM OTHER PLAYERS DO NOT LIKE HIM.

  • Z.Saleem on November 11, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Younus is not only a patriotic Pakistani but a really nice man and a gr8 player himself.My uncle knows him well when Younus was a nobody, and at that time also he was really cheerful sort of character.Even after becoming a big name in cricket my uncle said he was still a really nice person and met him with the same warmth and greet that he was used to before.I am sure the politics in Pakistan cricket is not allowing him to continue as Captain as he takes things seriously and is very strict on players who are not performing.This is not swollowed by most of the cricketers in out team and so they don't want Younus in the team. Younus is a sincere guy and he can't see his country loosing to every other side in the world. So he decided better to leave rather than stay as a captain of this team, which only wants to play for fun.As a Pakistani is not proud of my team, but the diginity which Younus has shown.God help our team, and one day they they can play for their team instead of themselves

  • najafbutt on November 11, 2009, 23:23 GMT

    with younis gone, yousaf being the captain and the news is inzamam becoming the coach, along with afradi, shoaib malik HELLO CRICKET GAMBLING, bookies must be loving it because they got their's players back in power, the same group which lost the 2007 world cup and made money

  • vizpers on November 11, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    Azhar Ghumman I think this is very clear evidence in a microcosm how an honest and patriot is treated in Pakistan as a whole., and this is in fact a matter of extreme shame for all of us. This ll surely hurt the following that cricket has in Pakistan.atleast I am not interested in cricket as mush as I was 2 days back.very disappointing.and Mr Shoaib malik u r the one every1 wants out of team not Younis Bhai

  • marisi on November 11, 2009, 23:11 GMT

    Going to miss Younis with is big smile at the toss "I'm not sure how we're going to play today, we're unpredictable!" John Buchanan should take over with is multicaptaincy policy which is naturally what's happening.

  • galadhil1 on November 11, 2009, 23:03 GMT

    Once again! New Zealand's series win is undermined by another accusation that Pakistan threw the game.

    i am so sick of this! This gives our team (New Zealand) no credit. A team without a coach beats a strong Pakistani outfit and their former Captain says his senior batsmen threw their wickets away.

    I want New Zealand to crush them in the 20/20s and in the test series in new Zealand, to prove we are the better team but even then there will be some accusation that Pakistan threw the game.

    I am so sick of this, its like no one can loose to New Zealand therefore the other team lost!

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

    Younus has been a very incompetent ODI player. Just look at his ODI avergage during past 1 year (use Cricinfo's stats guru) and you will find it to be around 24! I think this series loss to NZ will be a blessing in disguise for we shall get rid of him, now when he is not the captain anymore. A captain can not have a command over the team when his own performance is one of the worse. Having said all this, I totally agree that he is arguably the best Test match player in the current lot.

  • junaidnainitalwala on November 11, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    I think this is really bad for Pakistan cricket . Player power is happening for the last 20 years and it should be changed ,like India did. The board should be powerful and they should remove those player who are playing with pride and heart of pakistan cricket fan .

  • shahid6995 on November 11, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    If this article is correct, if the senior batsmen truly DID throw their wickets away in a petulant display against the captain, and in doing so they LOST THE MATCH FOR PAKISTAN DELIBERATELY, then why are they not immediately banned from the team? I do not give a sh*t if it is Afridi, Malik, Yousuf, whoever... you basta*ds are playing for MY COUNTRY, and if that is not good enough for you to put away your petty differences then you have no business on the playing field. I do not care if you are the best players that Pakistan has produced, which by the way you quite clearly are not. Once you put on PAKISTAN'S colors and represent my country to the world, you are obligated to play your best for the team. If you have problems, you do NOT bring them up in the game and make Pakistan lose. You never do that. And if this is what they did, then I say go to hell. I hope you never play again. As for Younis, grow a pair, you idiot. Stop behaving like a child. You do not deserve to be captain.

  • alphamalex on November 11, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    He should never have been made the captain. Running around the ground with an idiotic smile and waving hands does not make you a thinking captain. You gotta think AND act/perform the part. I can find 10 guys in my mohalla who can do a better job.

  • Rajasub on November 11, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    This is an unfortunate phase for Pak cricket- already reeling under terrorist threats. Younis was as straight as they come but perhaps is a bad man-manager- there can be no other reason for so many being disappoiinted with him. Hope he comes back as a batsman real soon. Pakistan cannot afford the huge gap he would leave. Yousuf probably deserves to be captain having languished under several others for a long time. He is Pakistan's top batsman having achieved what few others have achieved in a lifetime. Also it is unlikely anyone will question his credentials or seniority for the job. Afridi can certainly be captain but like Younis, is not an undisputed leader. His batting has become more sedate-not the ball smasher of yesteryear and is shaping more as a bowler. Yousuf's proximity to Inzy will probably give him more authority over his players.

  • sansean on November 11, 2009, 21:42 GMT

    its a case of a team full of players wanting to be captain. It's also a case of sour grapes for afridi and shoaib malik. Younis Khan's captaincy wasnt exactly brilliant or for that matter could'nt even be ranked as good but then he happened to be the best guy for the job atleast in odi's and tests but as usual the calsh of the mighty egos in the pakistani team has taken its toll. Yousuf must be relieved, finally he is the captain, he tried everything in the book but it had to be the clash of egos between the other senior players that has made him the captain. And if the allegations of younis khan happen to be true the other senior players who have underperformed delibrately should be reprimanded

  • Ibminimaster on November 11, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    I feel sorry for younid khan and i am very saad that the nation playerthat they are playing with the flag on their shirts so play real cricket and if you are upset with the captain tell the board and the team managment , but i also feel that younis should have not played this odi series and should have taken this decision before this odi series

  • MatrixRealoded on November 11, 2009, 21:36 GMT

    A great news, Younis Should resign from Captaincy and limited overs format. when younis choose as a captain after first resign I oops sorry (whole Pakistani nation ) believe that he play a trick to people's emotions. If I am wrong come to street in pakistan and conduct survey about younas captaincy I bet PCB will get 95% votes against younas Khan. Younas is a good man but not a good captain, in T20 he was a lucky guy and he survived by umer gull and Shahid Afridi. In CT Younas decisions cause the loss against NZ, nor a dropped catch because in cricket cathes may be dropped.

  • cricketerz on November 11, 2009, 21:30 GMT

    There should be an investigation into the way Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afrid got out in the last ODI againt NZ. If a #10 batsman could score so easily and almost win it single handidly then why couldn't the top order. There were no deamons in the pitch and no Mcgrath bowling either. It is pretty obvious they played reckless shots one after the other. If there is credible evidence that they threw away there wickets to show revolt against the captain then they deserve to be suspended and fined heavily who ever they be - hero or no hero. It is a crime against the country you represent to deliberatly underperform at a such a level. If they were not satisfied with Younis's captaincy then express that off the field, but don't paly with emotions of the entire nation watching and chantting for you.

  • Yassar on November 11, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    I think it absoloutly disgraceful if Younis Khan has been forced to step down due to player revolts. If these players delibritly underperformed to undermine Younis then that is even worse To be fair some of the shot selection by some players was very confusing and it does make one think. I think the PCB now need to discipline all players and if needs be clear the decks and bring in those who want to play for Pakistan. The captain needs to be an individual who can hold his place down in the team, and secondly have the qualities of a good captain. Whether other players like him personally or not should be of no relevance. We can not keep creating this unstability of changing of the captain every 6 months. I would now, personally hand the captaincy of Pakistan to Afridi for all formats. He is a certainty for ODI and T20 cricket...BUT i also believe in the last few years his bowling has come on leaps and bounds. I feel he can actually hold a place in the test team purely on his bowling

  • mmojiz on November 11, 2009, 21:17 GMT

    @NIPUN gud1 bro.nice sense of humor.I guess paks have a history of internal rivalry within the teammates. They some how manage to pull down there heroes.Younis is no doubt a great sportsman and a test cricketer but I believe that his recent poor performance owes more to the pressure created my media and his fellow players. Even though I am an Indian but I sincerely hope gud for pakistani brothers.

  • umayd on November 11, 2009, 21:16 GMT

    It's ironic, isn't it, of the biggest meltdowns of PCB don't surprise us? I fail to understand, the ground PCB stand on today! Even with all the lost home series and WC, PCB still is quite rich, not dependent on any one. Still people with in the team find ways to manipulate the board or the captain. I like what Amir Sohail said, "Either you play like a professional for your country, who get paid for his job, or you sit home and do what you want to do!" Its amazing how these so called senior players consider themselves indispensable. YES you are great when you play this game, BUT REMEMBER, YOU GET PAID FOR THIS, so take it like a job, LIKE IT OR LEAVE IT ! I don't think people of Pakistan would mind a fighting PAKXI without the likes of Malik, Afridi etc whoever believe in favoritism. As long as they play like a unit, they can achieve miracles. So Fire these revoltees, bring in the young guns, and PLZ MR INZI, you had your glory time, plz let someone else have one too !!!

  • Abdul.Moiz on November 11, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    Well this is surely bad enough, I am not sure about Afridi backbiting his old mate, But it seems quite typical too me that Afridi trying to move him off, Plus as far as you checkout the history from 2001-2006 Captains of Pakistan have been worst, Haven't won anything, Younis khan was inspiration to the entire youth, Okay he was out of form, But its never a big deal with such reputable players, You can see many of the players out of form now days, I don't think this 3 Test Match series gonna show positive impact on the captaincy of Yonus, While Yousuf can't be a captain, He is experienced but his body language suck's badly, He isn't a motivational captain as Yonus, Yousuf doesn't speaks up and is surely introvert. I feel sad as the series gonna go down. I'd prefer Kamran to be captain of Test Series rather thank Yousuf...

  • AneesRazzak on November 11, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    This is unbelievable. there are some people in the pakistan board that lack any professionalism. how can you let something like this go on...without trying to stop it. Why is inzamam interfering when he has retired. Yousuf has poor leadership skills, only leaders Pakistan have are Younus khan and Afridi. Time for shoaib malik, butt (manager and player), misbah , kamran akmal are out. I also very much doubt that Afridi was involved in this! Bring in youngsters. Chnage the board completely, board members should be elected through votes as opposed to contacts/network. The whole political system within the country and cricket needs changing ASAP! Also, why would rashid latif go and admit what he did? to give the country a bad name as cheats! unbelievable!!!

  • anandbv on November 11, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    Well, Well, Well. Things can never get better with Pak cricket. Will it? While I understand the frustration that Younis has, Pak cricket needs to stick to a strategy and work on it to succeed. World cup is aroind the corner and this is one of the least expected things to have happened.

  • Baundele on November 11, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    I can say, Yusuf's captaincy will be very short-lived, he will be replaced by Afridi, the leader of the gang. Players like Shoaib Malik (a mediocre ex-captain) and Afridi are enough to destroy pakistan cricket. Afridi has history with Shoaib Akhter. He took chances of Shoaib Akhtar's bad-boy image and now behind the scene he has done it for Yunis. The PCB is of course the main culprit. During Yunis's captaincy, Pakistan did not play much international cricket and even after these players intentionally underperorming, they did a pretty good job.

  • paramthegreat on November 11, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    Expected, was bound to happen, but I respect Younis' decision. And I'll eat my shorts if something similar doesnt happen against Yousuf a few monteh from no on. Bottomline is, its impossible to be a PAkistani captain unless u r brilliant at politics and have a great relation ith PCB head, all past captains, President, PM, military forces, border forces, etc. HAving said that, Younis' form was bad, but even when Ricky was going through a lean patch @ start of year, players did not ask for his head , neither did Cricket Australia sack him after losing Ashes twice in a row to England.

  • Anwarrior on November 11, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    I can't believe this: a man who left alone his country for some dollars, to play in the ICL, is made captain of the national cricket team! Dishonest, live-to-make-money people are presidents, prime ministers, captains in our nation! Need a REFORM urgently!!!!!!!!

  • Salik_Ahmed on November 11, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    no doubt about younis captaincy but unfortunately he is not playing very well in last 2 ODI series so its a good decision of younis khan here, also i must say shoaib and akmal also need to fired from team PK coz they have to create and strong player politics

  • Outraged-of-Mayfair on November 11, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    I can't believe it. Some teams just can't handle the ignominy of losing to NZ. Once again it can't be that NZ played better cricket, it has to be a conspiracy - this time a planned effort to get rid of the captain. What a disrespectful attitude. As said earlier about the match fixing allegations (gosh a NZ couldn't win on merit could it?) people need to get over themselves.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 11, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    It's a funny old world. You cannot look away from the storyline of Pakistan cricket for a moment. A couple of weeks ago Younis had a 98% rating. Either he is extremely daft or there are some real troublemakers around the team or it was one person doing all the postings. I suppose Younis will be making a spectacular return next week as opening bowler or tealady. This is indeed fascinating but hardly real.

  • hoodbu on November 11, 2009, 20:28 GMT

    No hope if Inzi is going to be the coach.

    Younis is a class act. He should have stepped down for the ODIs only though and stayed on as Test captain.

  • Gemini21 on November 11, 2009, 20:23 GMT

    i think younis is just playing games and he wants to have control of the team as inzi used to have it. bcz if he is unhappy and players in the dressing room are also unhappy with him and then why he wants to come back as the captain of t20, as he said few days ago. Younis just want to hide his lack of performance with an other blame on the team. This time afridi should be captain of the team for odi and t20 and yousaf for the test cricket.

  • IndusKnight on November 11, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    Younis is right. No one knows why players keep fighting and with who? themselves? I am sure if they chose a captain themselves and he was made captain for longer, they will start hating him too! Typical of all pakistanis, not just cricketers. They just arent professionals. I am sure they would start hating themselves once they have all the power they want. Shame on us.

  • mirfarali on November 11, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    I just cant believe that a side would lose on purpose just to spite a captain...unbelievable, Is there no pride and honor of the country that they represent? Well maybe it just happens in Pakistan

  • Noob_Sauce on November 11, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    Captain Yousuf and Coach Inzy. God help Pak running between the wickets!

  • inningsbreak on November 11, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    I am quite happy with this. I agree that changing captains continuously is bad for a side, but I am tired of Younis quitting after every series. He has quit as captain on no less than 3 or 4 occasions, something we have never seen before. Also, he is not exactly the best of batsmen. A captain needs to lead from the front (Miandad, Imran, Inzi, Akram, Waqar were all of that caliber). On top of that, Younis dropped Yousuf from the last game which was a bad decision. Yousuf has the best average of any Pakistani batsmen ever, both in Tests and in ODI. His strike rate in ODI's is actually better than Younis. Having said that, his fielding and running is of great concern and for that reason, he is not the best choice either. I seriously doubt if he will last. Shoaib Malik and Afridi are not good enough to be in the test side. Kamran Akmal has had his own problems keeping his place in lieu of his wicket-keeping form. Maybe next year, Umar Akmal can become captain.

  • snbirdi on November 11, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    This is getting a little pathetic. Ijaz Butt is THE SINGLE BIGGEST MISTAKE that PCB has made in recent years. He has absolutely no management/administration skill, and his way of approaching every single situation has been, well...for the sake of getting this comment approved, i'll use the cleanest word possible, MORONIC. You all talk about stability in pakistan cricket...yahhh, THAT'LL HAPPEN when shit like this doesnt stop. Let me guess, a few weeks later, Younis is "magically" going to resolve all the issues and take the captaincy back? ENOUGH ALREADY. He's a great player, but yea, let the game stabilize now and just DONT TAKE UP CAPTAINCY AGAIN. Geeez

  • waq007 on November 11, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    its a good decission tts good for pakistan cricket

  • gottalovetheraindance on November 11, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    pakistan cricket is in so much turmoil with all the bombings & shootings & kidnapping & you are making a mountain out of a molehill about who should be captain/coach ? dont you people have enough to worry about or have you been getting advice from WIPA or WICB?

  • salman_0902 on November 11, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    I would ask the Pakistani commentators and the ex players to shut up and let the man lead his team. Do not interfere. Just do your job that is commentary and why would journalists go to Inzamam to ask his opinion or why would he issue statements? if all these things going around the team then why Captain be responsible for the team. Coming to shoab malik group. we tried him he failed then staying in the team and destroying it. Why? just do whatever you are paid for. they make millions and get all this fame and then use it against our team. No sir. Not acceptable. either you play well and stay in the team and do whatever our captain asks you to do or we will show you the way out. Younis Khan is the only choice we have in this team. Yousuf is a lousy fielder and cannot push the players to do better. Kamran Akmal doesn't deserve it, with one drop ctch or missed stamp chance he would get into pressure. The other choice would be Shahid Afridi but he would have got it after 2011.

  • nafzak on November 11, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    If Younis is right.. that sevaral batsmen played rash shots to undermine him and to hasten his resigning the captaincy, then shame on the Pakistani players. As must as I want to not believe Younis, I am afraid that he's probably more right than wrong on this. Inzy and others who called for Afridi to be captain did not help the situation. After the chaos an tragedy with the Sri Lanka tour of Pak beat WI and then won the T/20 WC and made the semi finals of the Champions trophy. What more do they want? There are too many ex big name players with even bigger egos in Pakistan. They all need to step aside. Shahid Afridi may be smiling now, but he should be careful with what he asks for. Sooner rather that later, the Inzis and Miandads, et al would be shooting him down like they did those before him.

    Thank you

  • ReshamS on November 11, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    YK is a joke ! This guy should be banned from cricket, the issues come with the territory of being a captain. So much for being a good leader !

  • uranaxix on November 11, 2009, 19:42 GMT

    What a loser! This thing is comon in every walk of life. You just don't give up like that on every corner and turn your back to the world. He should attend some leadership and self-building classes. As far as I can recall this the third time he's done such a show. Good batsman with an extraordinary temperament and friendly easy going guy but he has to learn how to hold his ground, how to work with people. On the other hand PCB is to be blamed for all this mess. What do you expect when there's no code of conduct and if there is one you got to implement it by hook or by crook. They themselves don't have a sound leadership how can they expect the team's captaincy to sustain. They're all a bunch of jokers making a mokery of themselves.

  • Mohammad_Imran on November 11, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    Younis Khan's total score in the series was less then what Saeed Ajmal scored in the last match.... you can't tell senior player's how to play, especially when you yourself don't know how to play. Inzamam never used to advise players on how to play, even tough he is on of the all-time great batsmen, I guess he is not familiar with the art of captaincy!

  • salman_0902 on November 11, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    A Pakistani culture where everyone is a president everyone is a PM and everyone is a captain and everyone knows everything. Especially our media where less educated Journalists are looking for news if they cant find it they make up things and use. Without knowing the damage it would cause our poor people they buy everything Coming to the Pakistani cricket affairs. it was a loss of just one One day series let the captain do his job but NO. we have to pull his legs. So what if 2 regular openers were used. They cried Why Umar Akmal stayed out in the first match. when he was brought back then why shoab malik stayed out. when he was brought back why is Yousuf out. for Gods sake there can be only 11 players in the team. how can you have all these players at a time. This is the time when captain was given power to make the team. then why is everyone a captain there waqar younus Ramiz Raja and Inzamam. Then why is captain responsible for the team where he cannot play the team he wants

  • mightyminion123 on November 11, 2009, 19:35 GMT

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

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

  • maniashi on November 11, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    I am from india and have folowing the pak cricket closly , i think pak have the talant to compete with anybody in the world but they have this ego problem. if they keep that a side and they are world champions. just my 2 cents

  • cricmind on November 11, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    This is ridiculous !! this is just not acceptable how on this Earth does Younus khan deserves to be treated in such disgusting way .finally the Traitors ( team players ) have won the battle but not without the help of an incompetent person ( Ejaz butt ) & his counter parts .by removing Younus Pakistan cricket am afraid to say will now go declining level which are not imagine by our cricket fans . Pakistan is already suffered badly because of terrorism now his decision of the cricket board will further damage the situation of cricket in pakistan .one more thing the nominated captain mohammad yousuf about 2 years back refuse to play for pakistan . how can you make this guy a captain who prefered money over country ? this is a very shameful situation .

  • Navied on November 11, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    He sets a good example but this is not a time to leave his team because his team is alreay struggling as a whole.

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

    It is sad to see another empisode of dirty politics within sports. I don't care how much you hate play under someone, but when you are out there in the field, you are representing your COUNTRY, and for this every thing at that time should be left behind and only COUNTRY should be the priority. Throwing wickets for personal reasons does not tantamounts to vent your anger at the cost of country's prestige and honor. Shame on seniors.

  • Karamat23 on November 11, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    Very rightly said its the player power that has forced Younus to quit the post. Probably Inzamam is playing dirty game with his old friends and also to make way for himself to be the coach on the choice of the captain. I have no doubt in saying that this is the begining of end of Pakistan cricket and the day will be not far when our rating would be same as Zimbabwe or Bangladesh with top teams avoiding to play matches as now the top 5 countries have a strong control over competing amongst themselves.

    A final thought as to why not make Jamshed Dasti captain of the team as he seems to be more shrewed and has strong understanding of the game. knowledgable then

  • Nampally on November 11, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    All credit to Younis for trying to instil some discipline in the team. It looks like the Pakistan cricket team also needs a dictatorial captain who is forceful rather than conciliatory.Intizam was a good example of such a leader.

    Pakistan team appeared to be a disciplined team in the past. Only in the recent times there have been a series of captaincy changes, players being involved in drugs, physical fights and now almost a revolt against the captain. What the team needs now is a lessons/training in discipline and sportsmanship.Cricket is a team sport and needs all players to pull in the same direction. It is sad to see such a talented team being also labelled as fractious.Good Luck to the next Captain, Yousef. His first job may be control & cooperation - if that fails a Dictator is needed.

  • WQURESHI on November 11, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    thats very bad trend in pakistan cricket all pakistan is relises that younis in much misery all the plyers stand against him i agree that he has some mistakes but thats not good that everyone goes against him he is an thinking captain & made many victories in pressure cooking situations for pakistan i tihk that he muyst be fought against the player power & not give it up because he is brave person it is an big delima in pak cricket that we have no respect to our national heroes very bad & Ashamed on us

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

    C'mon Pak, right when everything was binding together. Keep the politics out plz! What a colossal waste of wonderful talent. Younis was bringing out the freedom in the younger players. Younis tried but is made to be surronded w controversies. One thing after another, the pressure must to you when you have an entire cric-frenzied nation plugged into the happenings! C'mon I.Butt earn yorr money and pride. -An Indian Pak fan!

  • Mohammad_Imran on November 11, 2009, 19:14 GMT

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

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

    Its funny. See captaincy is all about man management skills. Thats what was good about Imran Khan. We need someone more authoritarian who can handle the team. Personally Younis's dipping form has been a problem and you cant command respect if you dont set an example in the field. You have to perform in order to get respect. Having said that, i think the right thing for PCB to do would be to instill discipline in the team. The best way to do would be to let go of all the players who are a menace, no matter how much valuable they are. PCB needs to talk to the players and let them know that Younis is the captain and whoever has a problem with that will be let go. Discipline is the most important thing and we might have to sacrifice few series in order to get that. Put together a completely new team just the americans did for their ice hockey back in the days and we all know how American beat the heck out of a legendary russian team just on the priniciples of discipline.

  • sandunk on November 11, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    Just make Shoab or Afridi captain and finish this off...

    Not that I support them but its pretty evident they both lead the revolt and that's the direction its heading for. What's suprising and disturbing is that these guys literally threw their wickets away just to dispose of Younis. They put their selfish personal interests above the country, embarissing...

  • mumbaiguy79 on November 11, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    What a suprise, again!! Since the time I have been following cricket never a year goes by when there is something or the other with regards to Pakistan Cricket. One would have assumed that Younis Khan would be a surety (as a captain) after the T20 victory. Younis looks like an affable character on TV, not sure what he does in the dressing room to piss off so many players.

  • Maui3 on November 11, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    Typical of Pakistan cricket. Constant in-fighting. But, this has never prevented them coming up biggest surprises on the cricket field, when you least expect it. In fact, it seems like they need this in-fighting to spur them to perform well. Cant remember any5+ year period since the mid 70s, when there were serenity and harmony in the team and yet, Cant remember a time when Pakistan was really down during this period except for a few tests and ODI here and there.

  • cricket_rocks on November 11, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    Younis probably lacked man management skills but in Pakistan cricket nothing is forever. Akram's second stint as captain was far more productive than his first and it might be the same in Younis Khan's case. Yousuf lacks leadership skills to be a good captain. The less said about Inzi's ambitions to become a coach the better.

  • Walid.Malik on November 11, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    It would have better if he had resigned straight away after his captaincy failed to merge players in CT. He was even dreaming of coming back in to T20 squad ! ... I can see his no future in T 20 n odis now that he is not a captain young players like fawad alam , umar akmal , khalid latif can be exposed to the game and have a different approach towards the opponents... to all younis fans he was an excellant captain but not the best batsman to be in the squad ! reminds me of ganguly when he led india to famous victories under his captaincy but if the captain doesnot perform team automatically ranks down... and i dont know for what reason he wanted to lead from the front if you are not in form you can either come at no:4 or 5 position or come up as an opener just break the shackles ...but his defensive approach after one of the openers go... leaves the team in pressure... For tests he is still best in the business

  • hafsa_adil on November 11, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    this is really sad. i strongly back younis but maybe the politics has managed to break the man and accept defeat. we don't deserve an honest captain, maybe.

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

    in my point of view, Younus shows his dignity & sideline himself with respect otherthan pcb or players through out him from captaincy....this make good example....

  • dyogesh on November 11, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    As Younis put it succinctly, the cricket team can't be expected to be stable in the midst of the chaos. There would be detractors blaming Younis for leaving things in chaos again but rather people should be happy that he has given enough hope in his short tenure. The T20 WC has been a mixed blessing for Younis. It gave him more voice but it gave Afridi greater voice. Yousuf as captain and Inzy as a coach, i guess the entire team could be run-out !

  • 9ST9 on November 11, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    It is sad to hear of such revolts in a side that otherwise boasts a rich abundance of raw talent. Pakistan's problem has always been sticking together as a team. First it was Shoaib Malik and now it's Younis Khan within the same year.

  • Nipun on November 11, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    I am not believing this news again.Last time Younus fooled me.I won't let him fool me this time.:) Hey,what?Hello?Is it really true?Told you,I am not believing this until & unless you make Younus write a statement that it is indeed true & signs it by himself & the whole Pakistan team,because we people are getting a bit confused by his refusals & acceptances of Pakistan captaincy.Even a air molecule during a 100 mph wind is more steady & stable!:P

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  • Nipun on November 11, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    I am not believing this news again.Last time Younus fooled me.I won't let him fool me this time.:) Hey,what?Hello?Is it really true?Told you,I am not believing this until & unless you make Younus write a statement that it is indeed true & signs it by himself & the whole Pakistan team,because we people are getting a bit confused by his refusals & acceptances of Pakistan captaincy.Even a air molecule during a 100 mph wind is more steady & stable!:P

  • 9ST9 on November 11, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    It is sad to hear of such revolts in a side that otherwise boasts a rich abundance of raw talent. Pakistan's problem has always been sticking together as a team. First it was Shoaib Malik and now it's Younis Khan within the same year.

  • dyogesh on November 11, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    As Younis put it succinctly, the cricket team can't be expected to be stable in the midst of the chaos. There would be detractors blaming Younis for leaving things in chaos again but rather people should be happy that he has given enough hope in his short tenure. The T20 WC has been a mixed blessing for Younis. It gave him more voice but it gave Afridi greater voice. Yousuf as captain and Inzy as a coach, i guess the entire team could be run-out !

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

    in my point of view, Younus shows his dignity & sideline himself with respect otherthan pcb or players through out him from captaincy....this make good example....

  • hafsa_adil on November 11, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    this is really sad. i strongly back younis but maybe the politics has managed to break the man and accept defeat. we don't deserve an honest captain, maybe.

  • Walid.Malik on November 11, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    It would have better if he had resigned straight away after his captaincy failed to merge players in CT. He was even dreaming of coming back in to T20 squad ! ... I can see his no future in T 20 n odis now that he is not a captain young players like fawad alam , umar akmal , khalid latif can be exposed to the game and have a different approach towards the opponents... to all younis fans he was an excellant captain but not the best batsman to be in the squad ! reminds me of ganguly when he led india to famous victories under his captaincy but if the captain doesnot perform team automatically ranks down... and i dont know for what reason he wanted to lead from the front if you are not in form you can either come at no:4 or 5 position or come up as an opener just break the shackles ...but his defensive approach after one of the openers go... leaves the team in pressure... For tests he is still best in the business

  • cricket_rocks on November 11, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    Younis probably lacked man management skills but in Pakistan cricket nothing is forever. Akram's second stint as captain was far more productive than his first and it might be the same in Younis Khan's case. Yousuf lacks leadership skills to be a good captain. The less said about Inzi's ambitions to become a coach the better.

  • Maui3 on November 11, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    Typical of Pakistan cricket. Constant in-fighting. But, this has never prevented them coming up biggest surprises on the cricket field, when you least expect it. In fact, it seems like they need this in-fighting to spur them to perform well. Cant remember any5+ year period since the mid 70s, when there were serenity and harmony in the team and yet, Cant remember a time when Pakistan was really down during this period except for a few tests and ODI here and there.

  • mumbaiguy79 on November 11, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    What a suprise, again!! Since the time I have been following cricket never a year goes by when there is something or the other with regards to Pakistan Cricket. One would have assumed that Younis Khan would be a surety (as a captain) after the T20 victory. Younis looks like an affable character on TV, not sure what he does in the dressing room to piss off so many players.

  • sandunk on November 11, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    Just make Shoab or Afridi captain and finish this off...

    Not that I support them but its pretty evident they both lead the revolt and that's the direction its heading for. What's suprising and disturbing is that these guys literally threw their wickets away just to dispose of Younis. They put their selfish personal interests above the country, embarissing...