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Younis has good leadership qualities: Butt

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt has made it clear that he has full confidence in the leadership abilities of Younis Khan and said there was no need to replace the national team captain.

cricket Updated: Aug 27, 2009 20:23 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt has made it clear that he has full confidence in the leadership abilities of Younis Khan and said there was no need to replace the national team captain.

Butt said on Thursday that if the team performed well in the Champions Trophy there was every likelihood of Younis Khan being given the captaincy on a long-term basis.

"These rumours about the board having lost confidence in Younis Khan's captaincy is rubbish," he said.

Younis said recently in an interview that he was fed up with elements trying to start a vilification campaign against him to strip him of the captaincy.

"I have never run after the captaincy. But I will unmask these people who are trying to create differences between me and the other players and create discord in the team," Younis said.

There have been rumours that the decision by Butt to appoint Shahid Afridi as vice-captain to Younis was taken as the all-rounder would eventually be made captain.

But Butt made it clear that the only reason Afridi was given the vice-captaincy was to allow him to gain valuable experience before the T20 World Cup next year.

"He is already the T20 team captain so we wanted him to gain some experience as deputy to Younis," Butt explained.