Younus Khan regrets leaving captaincy in 2009

Published: August 6, 2015
"When I was made captain in 2009 I had told then-PCB chairman Ijaz Butt that if I didn't deliver I would resign from the captaincy myself," said Younus. PHOTO: AFP

"When I was made captain in 2009 I had told then-PCB chairman Ijaz Butt that if I didn't deliver I would resign from the captaincy myself," said Younus. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Veteran Pakistani batsman Younus Khan believes that his decision to quit as captain in 2009 was a mistake.

“When I was made captain in 2009 I had told then-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt that if I didn’t deliver I would resign from the captaincy myself,” said Younus, as quoted by Press Trust of India.

“I decided to resign as captain when we were in Abu Dhabi playing against New Zealand in late 2009 because I felt I couldn’t deliver as I couldn’t unite the team.”

The resignation was a direct result of the coup launched by a few players against the captaincy of Younus. But the batting great made it clear that in his opinion, Ijaz Butt was one of the strongest heads of the board he had seen.

“Ijaz was ready to take hard decisions even with players. He supported me a lot as captain and he was the one who made me the captain and we went onto win the World T20 Cup in England in 2009,” recalled Younus.

The batsman said like everyone else, he too had made some mistakes in his career.

“No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I also made mistakes and one of them was to leave the captaincy. But now I realise it is a big honour to lead your country and if I get a chance to lead the team again I will do it,” said Younus.

Talking about the youngsters, the former captain said Yasir Shah was an excellent find and that in his opinion, Yasir would emerge to be a really good cricketer for the country. Further, he termed Khalid Latif and Shahzeb Hassan as best players of T20.

When questioned about his decision to quit the format of T20, despite leading the team to a World Cup victory in England, Younus said he felt that that form of the game was for the younger lot.

“I still believe this cricket is for youngsters and you can see that in other cricket nations as well.”

However, Younus added that even though he had retired from Twenty20, if he was required to perform in the Pakistan Premier League T20, which is to take place in February 2016, he will make himself available.

“Different leagues have offered me to play for them but my priority has always remained Pakistan,” Younus

Younus, who has an impressive test record, said it was his wish to complete 10,000 runs in Tests. He added that he wanted there to be five to six more players from Pakistan to achieve the same milestone.

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He said that it was very unfortunate that a big name of Pakistan cricket Muhammad Yousuf was unable to score 10,000 runs.

Younus reminiscenced about the late Bob Woolmer and lauded the services of the late coach naming him as the best of coaches.

“Woolmer was a qualified and able coach who worked really hard with the boys,” recalled Younus.

Taking about his cricket career, Younus said he did not see retirement in his foreseeable future. He does lay great importance on respect and believes that regardless of whether one is a junior or senior member of the team, both should be treated with respect.

“I have never disrespected anyone in my life. I have always thought about Pakistan first and then myself. No captain or coach can say Younus didn’t support them or backed out of a given challenge. But I believe that every player whether he has played 100 tests or one test deserves to be treated with respect.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Owais
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:43PM

    I just dont understand why Younus doesnt stop talking about the captaincy. Yes, You won us the WC, but still that doesnt mean you should poke your nose every now and then on captaincy issues. Team is doing well in all three formats so just focus on your own game and forget about the captaincy. You really are an asset as a batsman for Pakistan specially in Test cricket.Recommend

  • Burki
    Aug 6, 2015 - 3:45PM

    There you go! the little girl antics of Younus continue, proving him to be yet another big drama queen as if we don’t already have enough in the team. One day he want’s to be captain, next day he doesn’t. One day he wants to play, next day he doesn’t.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:11PM

    Even when we won the T20 world cup the performance of Younis khan was zero. You should retire from any kind of cricket old manRecommend

  • Waqar Hassan Butt
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:37PM

    I don’t see any chance of Younas becoming captain againRecommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:39PM

    The captaincy slot in Test team might be available in a few months given if Misbah retires but I think in current scenario, if the situation arrives then PCB would definitely go with Azhar Ali made captain of the test team too.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:58PM

    Younus Khan has played 100 test matches and hundreds of other limited over matches. He has risen from poverty to richness, from being nothing to world famous but still regret something which he did not deserve. He is a thankless person with unstable personality and unfiltered mouth. Recommend

  • Israr Ahmad
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Crazy comments. You people talk of miandad, inzamam. .Imran. .Younus is far better player than them. Look at his impressive record. Imran is day and night telling us to make him PM as he won us world cup. Why Younus is not given that much credit for winning another cup. Younus has every right to express his ideas. He is a legend. Recommend

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