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Younis quitting T20 ill-timed, not good for Pak: Manjrekar

cricket Updated: Jun 23, 2009 18:57 IST

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Pakistan captain Younis Khan’s decision to quit Twenty20 cricket is ill-timed and would end up being counterproductive for the game in his country, feels former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar.

“At a time when Pakistan is resurrecting themselves, Younis’ decision does not bode well. It is ill-timed,” Manjrekar said.

“I don’t understand the logic behind it. Pakistan need good leadership. Now here is a captain who has won a tournament so he automatically gets the respect of the players. By resigning, I think he has not helped Pakistan’s cause,” he added.

Younis was a reluctant captain to start with and had refused to take up the job after Inzamam-ul Haq stood down following the 2007 World Cup debacle.

Manjrekar said the latest decision is shocking.

“I don’t think it is a great move. But it is something that Younis has a tendency to do. He has done things like this in the past when he shocked every one by stepping down most unexpectedly,” Manjrekar told Mobile ESPN.

“Younis does such things for reasons that are not really valid. This is what Pakistan didn’t really need, especially at this moment of triumph. This is what Pakistan could have done without.”