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Miandad wants Younis to stay on

Pakistan Cricket Board Director General Javed Miandad wants Younis Khan to take back his decision of retiring from Twenty20 cricket, saying his presence was important to defend the World T20 title next year and win the 2011 ODI World Cup.

cricket Updated: Jun 23, 2009 12:11 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board Director General Javed Miandad wants Younis Khan to take back his decision of retiring from Twenty20 cricket, saying his presence was important to defend the World T20 title next year and win the 2011 ODI World Cup.

"The next T20 World Cup is just a year away and then we have the main World Cup in early 2011 so it would be better if Younis remained captain in all forms of the game," he said.

"Younis must continue to play and captain the team in all forms of the game to maintain consistency and uniformity in the team for future tournaments," the former captain said.

The 33-year-old Younis announced his retirement from T20 cricket after leading Pakistan to the World Cup title on Sunday insisting he was too old to play the shortest version of cricket.

Miandad, who was also a member of the 1992 World Cup winning team, said Younis had led the side sensibly and strongly, besides he also commanded the respect of his teammates.

"He has the respect of players and he has got them together. His presence is necessary to build on this great win," Miandad said.

Interestingly, former chief selector Abdul Qadir repeated his demand that the board should appoint separate captains for the Test and one-day teams.