Hmm.. Thoughts? Also, who should captain now?
Like I was just saying to you on MSN Pratyush, I think it's fair enough that Younis wants to keep his family safe. Family should always come before cricket and he's concerned that if he doesn't do a very good job then his family will be in danger, which is quite a likely scenario in Pakistan.
The next best candidates would be Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik I think. Razzaq is too lazy and doesn't set a good enough example while Yousuf would only get it by default through being the most senior player. Give it to Shoaib Malik I say, I think he could do a pretty good job.
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Yeah I am a first supporter of family>sport so if that is indeed the reason, fair enough. Also, I would like it to be given to Malik as well..
I am almost sure that it is not the only reason. I think that chances are that Pakistan dressing room is divided into groups too and one of those groups (likes of Afridi, part of it , I think) don't like him as captain and he perhaps didn't want the job since he knew he wont have the full support of his team.
Anyways, it is rather sad but not completely surprising.
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I have no doubt that dressing room politics played a part in Younis' decision either, some of the players in this Pakistan side obviously think that they can run the show from behind the scenes (Afridi, Akhtar) and quite clearly their behaviour on the field reflects this attitude.
yeah, he always looked like a natural captain to me and that is why I said it was rather sad. Sad to see 3 of favourite teams(Ind, Pak and Windies) just breaking up like this and the 4th not being all that great (England)......
Apparently there is the whole Yorkshire angle as well..
Yorkshire have confirmed that Younis Khan will be available for their opening Championship match, against Surrey at The Oval, despite speculation that his county stint would be prevented by the Pakistan board.
Pakistan are scheduled to play in Abu Dhabi against Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series in May, but Younis has told Yorkshire that he has discussed the situation with the PCB and is unlikely to be involved.
I think Test matches are real cricket and I will decide soon if I should continue to play ODIs
It sucks that its come to something like this.
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I would like to see Malik as the captain because its about time Pakistan appoints a young captain who can inflict some aggression into this side.
But TBH, the next captain in all probability would be Mohd.Yousuf.
I think that Shoaib Malik would be the best choice as captain in the future, i don't know why but i get the feeling he'd do a better job than Mo Yo who being honest would only be given it because of his skill and experience as a player, not his ability as a leader(a bit like Inzy).
I'm pretty disapointed in Younis. This is the second time he's turned down the captaincy. I don't buy his "scared for my family" excuse. Every Pakistani Captain, including Imran, has had to deal with the high expectations of Pakistani fans. Every one of them have had their effigies burned by a few nuts. No one's family has ever been harmed. I think there are other reasons for Younis' decision. Perhaps he felt he didn't have the support in the dressing room. Perhaps he didn't want the added pressure. In any case, I don't want the PCB to ever offer him the position again. In fact, he shouldn't even be the VC. Those positions should goto players that WANT to lead and welcome the challenge. So who are those players? The pickings are mighty slim unfortunately. Shoaib Malik would be my choice. He's young, fit (by Pak standards), and energetic. Woolmer thought enough of him to promote him as a future Captain, which speaks volumes in my book. I hope he's given a chance to lead.
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