Younus refuses to lead Pakistan in Bangalore Test

Friday, December 7, 2007

BANGALORE: Star batsman Younus Khan has refused to lead Pakistan cricket team in the final Test, to be played in Bangalore from December 8.

According to daily Jang’s correspondent, Younus Khan’s refusal to captain the national team was his reaction against the management attitude during the second Test in Kolkata.

The team management is trying to contact PCB chief Dr. Nasim Ashraf and request him to persuade Younus Khan to lead the team in the final Test.

According to the Jang correspondent, there was also a controversy that Younus Khan wanted to call fast bowler Abdul Rauf for Bangalore Test but the management has called Rao Iftikhar from Pakistan by-passing Younus’s advice.

Younus Khan said that he did not take dictation and wanted to be a fully authorized captain in the match otherwise he would not lead the national team.

On the other hand, Muhammad Yousuf has also refused to assume captaincy and now it is likely that Misbah-ul-Haq may lead the team in Bangalore Test.

While on the otjer hand,
Younis Khan, Pakistan's stand-in captain, has denied reports that he was reluctant to lead the side for the third Test against India in Bangalore due to differences over team selection.
"These reports are absolutely baseless. I am looking ahead to leading the side in Bangalore and there is no rift or disagreement among the players over anything,"

Younis told Dawn, a leading Pakistani English language daily.

"I myself have heard such rumours today but there is no truth in them at all."

Younis also issued a clarification regarding his column in the Hindustan Times, where he had dissociated himself from the team selection for the second Test in Kolkata.

"Then, I was hurried into the job on the morning of the Test and couldn't change anything at that stage,"

Younis said.

"That had really annoyed me but things have since been sorted out."

Pakistan's media manager, Ahsan Malik, said:

"There has been a lot of confusion here today about it, but believe me nothing of it is true."

Younis has had a unhappy tryst with the team's captaincy, having previously refused the captaincy; in the immediate aftermath of the Caribbean World Cup and given it up prior to the 2006 Champions Trophy, when he was supposed to stand in for Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was completing a four-match ban. In the latter case, he was reinstated by the incoming PCB chairman, Nasim Ashraf.

Younis was named vice-captain for the tour of India, after his predecessor, Salman Butt, struggled to keep his place in the team in the ODIs against South Africa. He captained Pakistan in the second Test after Shoaib Malik was ruled out due to an ankle injury, where he scored 43 and an unbeaten 107 to force a draw.

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