Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pak players don't want Younis Khan as skipper

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to reject Younis Khan's resignation and appoint him captain until the 2011 World Cup has miffed a section of players in the team who were threatening to revolt if the senior batsman was persisted with as skipper.

"For the time being things appear to have calmed down and become normal in Pakistan cricket but given all that has happened after the Champions Trophy, it will take sometime before any healing process between Younis and the players who complained about him to the PCB is effective," a source said.

The source said PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt decided to support Younis and go against the disgruntled players after getting a clear message from the corridors of power in Islamabad.

"A very influential government official had already spoken to Younis two days back and told him his resignation was not acceptable to the chief patron of the board President Asif Zardari and the same person also had a word with Butt on the issue and passed on a clear message," the source said.

He said ever since the team's return from South Africa, some players led by Shahid Afridi had told Butt that they didn't want Younis to continue as captain and they had problems with his attitude and domineering behavior.

"Younis was aware of what was happening behind his back with apparently the approval of manager Yawar Saeed and he played his cards right by using the match fixing allegations to submit his resignation to Butt," the source said.

"The strong support from the media, people and political parties for Younis after he submitted his resignation took Butt by surprise and eventually he had no option but to ignore the complaints of the players," the source said.

He said the decision by the governing council to name Shahid Afridi as Twenty20 captain until the T20 World Cup next year was to appease Afridi and the other players who had even planted stories in the media about a possible revolt if Younis continued as captain.

"But now the players have been told to accept the fact that they have to play under Younis and the PCB will continue to support him. But at the same time Butt has advised Younis to work out his issues with the disgruntled players in the interest of the team," the source said.

A close friend of Younis said that the senior player was very miffed at the way some of the players went against him behind his back.

"He is upset and disappointed and he conveyed this clearly to pace bowler Umar Gul who went to meet him and sort out things," the source said.

The source said Butt was planning to have a meeting with all the players and the captain by next week before they go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the One-day series against New Zealand to try and diffuse the situation.

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