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Sack Shoaib Malik, says Mohammad Yousuf

Pakistan's top batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who is no longer eligible to play for the national team due to his ICL link, today called for the sacking of Shoaib Malik as the captain following his below-par leadership against Sri Lanka.

cricket Updated: Jan 25, 2009 14:27 IST

Pakistan's top batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who is no longer eligible to play for the national team due to his Indian Cricket League link, on Sunday called for the sacking of Shoaib Malik as the captain following his below-par leadership against Sri Lanka.

Yousuf held Malik responsible for Pakistan's humiliating 234 runs defeat to Sri Lanka in the final one-day match in Lahore.

"Any team can win or lose matches but the spineless manner in which we lost the game was very disappointing. There was no sign of any proper planning or the captain being in control throughout the match," Yousuf said.

Yousuf said unless the Cricket Board immediately changed the captain and brought in a more senior player to lead the team, Pakistan would suffer worse defeats against stronger opposition.

"We have just lost to Sri Lanka now but if they don't change the captain we will face bigger defeats against teams like South Africa, Australia and India," he said.

Yousuf has been involved in a war of words with Malik since he joined the ICL last November a move that took the Pakistan cricket community by surprise.

Yousuf one of Pakistan's finest batsmen in recent years with 79 Test appearances behind him blamed the attitude of the Board and Malik towards him for his decision to join the ICL.

Yousuf said that even if he had been in the team it could have lost to Sri Lanka but he pointed out what was important was that a captain led by example.