|Event:||Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009|
DateLine: 6th August 2009
Pakistan captain Younis Khan has dismissed reports that he is being a dictator with the team.
"I really don't know from where all these stories are coming from. Because I can safely say I am not a dictator by any stretch of imagination and I consult everyone before taking decisions," Younis said.
Younis, who is under fire after his team's disappointing defeats in the Test and ODI series, said he believed in taking all the players along.
"All decisions are taken after collective discussions between myself, the vice-captain, manager and coach. I also keep other senior players in the loop and listen to their advice as well. So how can anyone say I am running a one-man show in the team," Younis said.
Sections of Pakistani media have been running stories saying that the main reasons for the team's poor performance is Younis, who is running a one-man show in the team and is not talking as much as he should with other players.
Many believe that these stories are being circulated by an anti-Younis lobby and those who fear that the poor performances could lead to the axing of the team coach and manager.
Younis said he also was not in favour of making too many changes in the team.
"We are going through a bad phase and we have just not played like we can. Our players just need to take more responsibility and one good win can change everything," he said.
Younis said that the only reason the team has not done well is because of bad performances and the right-handed batsman rubbished claims of severe discord within the team and match fixing allegations.
"We are to blame for this situation because we just didn't play well. Our fielding standards have not been good.
"Things have not clicked but don't forget this same team six weeks won the T20 World Cup," he added.