Teammates, officials oppose Younis
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Younis Khan

DateLine: 15th October 2009


Aggrieved Younis Khan may enjoy the nation's sympathy but the player clearly doesn't have full backing of the board and his teammates.


Though the general reaction to Younis' decision to quit captaincy, has been supportive, things don't appear as simple as on the surface.


Though PCB chairman Ejaj Butt insisted he has not accepted Younis' resignation and would meet him to convince him to reconsider, he also called a meeting of his think-tank on Friday to discuss the entire situation.


A member of the PCB governing council also described Younis as a "dictator" and said some of his decisions in the Champions Trophy were questionable as he didn't listen to the advice of his senor teammates.


Some of Pakistan players have also been using the media to circulate stories that Younis was not all that popular had become unpopular among his teammates.


A popular television claimed some members of the Pakistan team, who didn't want to be named, had told him that Younus had become a dictator and it was good that he resigned.


Former player Mushtaq Ahmed said PCB should accept Younus' resignation and appoint Shahid Afridi as the captain of the one-day team and Mohammad Yousuf as the Test side captain.


"If Younus has resigned then the board must accept his resignation as he is not in the proper frame of mind to lead the team now. It would be better if Afridi was asked to lead the one-day side and a senior player like Yousuf named Test captain," Mushtaq said.


While Butt has made it clear that he would talk to Younus again before the October 19 governing council meeting, indications are that the board is also not 100 percent certain about asking Younus to continue as captain.


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