PESHAWAR: With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) looking for younger legs to take over from Misbahul Haq as Pakistan captain, experienced batsman and former captain Younus Khan has put his name in the hat to don the captain’s arm-band once again, saying that he will consider the offer if one is put forward by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Younus, who led Pakistan to the 2009 World Twenty20 title as well as the Champions Trophy semi-final later that year, resigned from captaincy after the home series against New Zealand in the UAE, claiming he was not getting support from the team members. Since then, the 34-year old has declined offers to lead the side, telling the authorities that he wanted to focus on his batting.
However, after questions being raised over Misbah’s captaincy in all the three formats, Younus expressed desire to share the responsibility.
“I will definitely consider any such offer from the PCB,” Younus told reporters in Peshawar.
Meanwhile, at 76 not out, Younus wants to play 100 Tests before hanging up his boots.
“I will retire after playing 100 Tests,” said the batsmen. “But it all depends on my performance and fitness.”
He also expressed disappointment at the postponement of the Bangladesh tour and said the nation will have to withstand the miscreants.
“Even the ICC cannot do anything on the revival of international cricket till the situation improves here.”
While touring nations continue to stay away from the country, Younus urged the media to focus on domestic cricket in order to gain the interest of the masses and get them into it as well. The former captain also lamented the spot-fixing scandal which defamed the country’s cricket and added that nobody had ever contacted him in this regard.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2012.