Younis slams batting stars
Pakistan captain Younus Khan has hit out at Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq following their batting collapses against Sri Lanka.
Last Updated: 20/07/09 3:18pm
Pakistan captain Younus Khan has hit out at Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq following the batting collapses which played a large part in their Test series defeat in Sri Lanka.
The home side hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series, although Pakistan had needed only 97 runs - not to mention eight wickets and two full days - to secure victory in the first Test at Galle.
Instead they suffered a 50-run defeat before crumbling once again on the first day of the second Test in Colombo - Pakistan being dismissed for a mere 90 runs.
They could still have won the match but eventually suffered a seven-wicket loss after crashing from 285-2 to 320 all out in the second innings.
Despite the defeats occurring under his leadership, however, Younus has refused to take responsibility.
He told Geo News: "I just inherited these players. What can I do if players like Malik and Misbah are failing regularly?
"If I just throw them out of the team, the whole of Pakistan will start talking that I've gotten rid of them.
"It is up to the authorities to decide what should be done about it."
Even so, Younus said he is against the idea of getting rid of his all his senior players in one go.
"After the 2003 World Cup, the board decided to drop almost all the senior players and that turned out to be a bad move," he added.
"If we too drop all the senior players, it would be hard to find good replacements right away."
Several former players have blamed Pakistan's poor performances on infighting in the team, with legendary spinner Abdul Qadir, who last month resigned from the chief selector's post, accusing Malik of creating factions.
"When I resigned as chief selector, I am on record as saying that Malik should be punished for letting captain Younis down," Qadir said.
"I maintain that there is factionalism in the team.
"I would say even if we have to drop most of the senior players to get rid of the internal politics within the team, it is not a costly bargain because in the end it is Pakistan cricket that is suffering."
However, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has categorically refuted Qadir's suggestion.
Whether or not the PCB act will become apparent when they announce - during the third Test - the team for the forthcoming one-day series.