Younis agreed vice-captaincy on Ashraf's insistence
Younis Khan only agreed to become vice-captain for the tour of India on the insistence of PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf.cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2007 15:24 IST
Younis Khan only agreed to become vice-captain for the tour of India on the insistence of Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf.
Ashraf confirmed today that he had convinced Younis to be the vice-captain as a series against the arch rivals was always very important for Pakistan cricket.
"I asked him and than convinced him to do this job because he was experienced of the conditions in India and had done well there before as vice-captain and a stand-in captain in 2005," Ashraf said.
With regular skipper Shoaib Malik injured, Younis was forced to lead the team in the second Test in Kolkata but made it clear midway in the match that he was not consulted in team selection and would have played a different combination.
However, the right-hander went on to score a hundred to force a draw for his team.
He then refused to accept captaincy for the third Test in Bangalore saying he would not be a dummy captain. Ashraf, however, convinced him to lead the team.
Younis has made it clear he is not interested in the captaincy and just wants to enjoy his game. He believes being captain brings pressure on his game.
Ashraf said any decision on whether Younis would continue as vice-captain after the Indian tour would be taken later on.
The PCB chief ruled out disciplinary action against Younis.
"The truth is he has made it very clear to us in the past he does not want to be captain. That is his personal decision and I respect it. I requested him to be vice-captain for India for specific reasons," Ashraf said.
He also insisted that the Board had a clear policy on the captaincy issue and wanted to groom someone for the future and would make a player who commanded a place in the team vice-captain.
"We have to look at the future. We replaced Salman Butt as vice-captain before the Indian tour because he himself told us his game was being affected because of it."
The PCB's governing body will meet on January 9 to review the performance of the team in India, including the captain and coach and they is speculation that Malik and Geoff Lawson could face some probing questions.