Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik has hit back at national captain Mohammad Yousuf, threatening that he will “expose him publicly”.
Yousuf, under whom Pakistan returned without a victory from their recent tour of Australia, failing to win either a Test, one-dayer or the one-off T20 international, said the issues with the national team stemmed back to Malik’s time in charge as captain.
“Nasim Ashraf (former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman) made a big mistake by making Shoaib Malik the captain,” Yousuf said.
“It was during his captaincy that the culture of groups within a team took root and respect for senior players fell. Two or three players are spoiling things in the team and I will reveal their names in the next few days.”
Malik — who will captain Pakistan again in the Twenty20 international series against England - has launched an emphatic response to Yousuf’s comments.
“Yousuf has made some serious allegations against me and this time I am going to expose him publicly,” the middle-order batsman said.
“These allegations are untrue. I have always been a team man and I have done nothing to spoil the atmosphere of the dressing room.
“Yousuf attacked me first when I was captain in 2008 and he is doing it again now when I have been made captain for the two matches against England.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board have created a six-man panel to investigate the reasons behind the disappointing results in Australia.
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Lahore: A team manager’s report on Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia blamed defensive captaincy by Yousuf and discipline problems for the debacle.
The defeats forced chief selector Iqbal Qasim to resign from his post.
Coach Intikhab Alam and wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal were also axed from the 14-man squad for two Twenty20 matches against England in Dubai on February 19 and 20.
“Yousuf, a world class player, failed as captain because of his defensive approach,” said the report, which also mentioned two separate incidents when Yousuf disputed his axing from the team.
On the first occasion, Yousuf was dropped from the team for the third one-day international against New Zealand - a series played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) preceding the twin tours of New Zealand and Australia.
“Yousuf finding his name missing from the playing eleven started arguing with coach Alam that on what grounds ‘I have been dropped’.
Alam replied that he has been dropped because of poor fielding.”
The other incident occured before the fifth and final one-day against Australia when Yousuf initially withdrew but wanted to play later.
The report also mentioned a heated argument between pacemen Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamir during the second Test in Wellington.
“I have fined one hundred thousand rupees (1,200 dollars) each,” Raqeeb said in the report.
“We dropped at least 30 simple catches during the six Test matches played on the two tours. Our players are not mentally tough, they succumb to the pressure easily.”
The manager also suggested deduction of points on poor performance and a captain to lead the team.