|Player:||Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik|
DateLine: 28th January 2009
Pakistan have appointed Younis Khan as captain in place of Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday.
PCB chairman Ejaz Butt told reporters Malik had agreed to step down and would be replaced by senior batsman Younis, 31, who would lead the side in test and one-day matches. "Younis will be captain until further notice," Butt said in Lahore following a day of meetings. "Bringing in Younis is a collective decision and we feel he is a very positive and aggressive captain and player."
The change comes after Pakistan suffered one of their worst one-day international defeats when they were bowled out for 75 by Sri Lanka to lose by 234 runs and the series 2-1 at Lahore on Sunday. Butt said Malik, appointed skipper soon after Pakistan made a first round exit from the 2007 World Cup and after Younis had rejected the job, lacked leadership against Sri Lanka.
"We studied the reports of the manager and coach on the team's and captain's performance against Sri Lanka and the feeling is that Malik didn't have a very positive body language as captain," Butt said.
Malik said he was disappointed to relinquish the captaincy.
"It is an honor leading the country and anyone in my place would be disappointed. But I wish Younis best of luck and will carry on playing as a senior member of the side," Malik said. "I tried to do my best but if the board feels they want change I don't have any complaints."
Malik led Pakistan in 36 one-dayers, winning an impressive number 24 matches including a streak of 12 consecutive wins last year, but most of the victories had come against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Against the sterner opposition his leadership was always found wanting. He lost two out of three tests.
Younis has scored 4,816 runs from 58 tests and 5,306 runs in 181 one-day international matches. He has previous experience of leading Pakistan, taking charge during the 2006 Champions Trophy in India when then captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was serving a suspension.
Younis said 'quick-fix' solutions were not on his agenda. "It will take time to put things in their right order and get players to perform consistently. Everyone has to be patient for long-term results," Younis told. "I will be sitting down and talking to all the players because a captain is only as good as his team. I want their support all the time."
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