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Dope scandal still troubling Pak

Younis admits that Pakistan hasn't been able to forget the dope episode that shook them a few days ago, writes Subhash Rajta.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 03:44 IST

The brave front Pakistan had been putting up following the doping scandal came crashing down on Thursday. Skipper Younis Khan admitted that his side hasn't been able to forget the episode that shook them just before the tournament.

"The boys are still down," Younis said. "One wouldn't be able to understand how much pressure the team was under. Had there been any other team in our place, they would have crumbled then and there. But we still managed to pick ourselves up and beat Sri Lanka.

"But despite the victory, the boys have not been able to put the setback behind them."

Speaking about himself, Younis said he was battle-scarred enough to handle the pressure. "I am the kind of person who doesn't carry the past with him," he said. "I enjoy my game and want to make it enjoyable for others as well. That's precisely the reason I planned some fun times for the team off the field - taking them to the movies, playing football etc.”

Younis refused to associate his failure with the bat so far in the tournament to his captaincy.

“Captaincy hasn't put any additional pressure,” he said. “It might be that as the captain, I am thinking about other players and thus losing focus from my own batting in the process. But I am not overtly worried about it.”

First Published: Oct 27, 2006 03:44 IST