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Younis: I would have taken captaincy...

Senior batsman Younis Khan says that if late Bob Woolmer had not died and remained Pakistan coach he would not have had any hesitation in accepting the captaincy.

cricket Updated: Aug 26, 2008 19:53 IST

Senior batsman Younis Khan on Tuesday disclosed that if late Bob Woolmer had not died and remained Pakistan coach he would not have had any hesitation in accepting the captaincy.

Younis told reporters in his hometown Mardan that he would have accepted the captaincy after the 2007 World Cup if Woolmer had been alive and at the helm of affairs.

"Woolmer was a great human being and a good coach. I liked working with him. If he had remained coach I would have taken up the captaincy when the board made me the offer after the resignation of Inzamam," Younis said.

Woolmer died of natural causes during the 2007 World Cup in Jamaica one day after Pakistan were eliminated from the mega event after their shock defeat to minnows Ireland. Inzamam resigned after the debacle and the Pakistan Board offered the captaincy to Younis which he refused to accept.

"Being captain is a big responsibility and I would have only felt comfortable if a coach like Bob was there," he said.

Younis, however, backed the current captain Shoaib Malik whom he felt should be given some more time.

"Malik is not a bad captain and he needs to be given more exposure and opportunities. The board must be patient with him (Malik)," the senior batsman said.

Younis also advised the government to think carefully before appointing a new PCB chairman after the resignation of Nasim Ashraf.

"I believe the Chairman should be a professional who knows cricket closely and can communicate with the players," he added.