KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain and expert batsman, Younus Khan’s recent television appearance has been the cause of much excitement in the cricketing crowd as he openly expressed his disapproval of the behavior of Test captain, Misbahul Haq and team coach, Waqar Younis.
Younus spoke honestly and without listing any names hinted that he has not been justly treated by the captain and the coach, while speaking to a news channel.
He said that I don’t know if I had not scored those 177 runs in the fourth innings of the third test in Sri Lanka what would have happened. Most probably I would have been dropped.
He added, ‘But this is not the way to treat senior players they need to be given confidence and I have always played for and give my best for Pakistan, ‘
His remarks have answered to the recent rumours that certain players are unhappy with the manner in which they are being treated by Misbah and Waqar. The players have expressed their discontentment and said that on particular occasions they have been run down openly in the dressing room by the captain and the head coach.
Younus has also not hidden his bitterness at being dropped from the one day squad. An experienced player who has 101 Tests and 264 one day internationals under his belt.
He asked, ‘Why can’t I play one day cricket. What is wrong with me. Am I not fit or good enough. If I had been given a chance in the recent home series against Zimbabwe I would definitely have got runs.’
Younus added, ‘In the World Cup also I was not sure whether I would play or not. Against South Africa at the last minute I was inducted because of the injury to Haris Sohail I scored 37 valuable runs. I have scored runs against every strong opposition so why can’t I play ODIs. I have also gone up and played against any side when others have backed down.’
Younus was also of the opinion that comparing him to Misbah was an wrong exercise.
‘Misbah bats down the order. I go up. It is easier to bat down the order because the ball is old. I am more experienced and have played more matches so there is no comparison,’ he said.
Younus said, ‘In Test cricket the number five or six is settled while in ODIs there have been frequent changes and this does not allow for players to settle down. Players need to be given chances.’
Furthermore, Younus restated his desire to captain the team once more before his retirement. He also talked about the practice of some players who placed people in the field with banners in their favor.