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'Dummy captain' excuse dubious: Asif Iqbal

"It is more to do with something that Younis Khan hasn't disclosed yet," said the former Pakistan skipper.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Former Pakistan skipper Asif Iqbal has slammed Younis Khan for tarnishing the country's image by his abrupt withdrawal from captaincy and doubted if the player had come clean with his reasons for stepping down.

"It's not good enough to walk out on to the pitch and score runs or take wickets. It's more to do with how you represent yourself and how you represent your country," Iqbal said while reacting to Younis Khan's refusal to lead the team in the Champions Trophy.

Younis had said that he did not want to be a 'dummy captain' while announcing his pull out at a press conference in Lahore on Thursday.

But Iqbal suspected there was more to it than what met the eye is Younis' sudden turn around after accepting to stand in for Inzamam-ul Haq who was banned for four matches following the Oval Test fiasco.

"I believe it's nothing to do with being a dummy captain, it is more to do with something that he hasn't disclosed yet," Iqbal was quoted as saying in BBC Radio Five Live.

"When it was announced it was time for him to say, 'No thank you very much'. Obviously something has happened between then and now and it's very unfortunate for Pakistan cricket."

Mohammad Yusuf has subsequently been made the skipper for the biennial tournament in India.

Iqbal said the PCB need to share the blame for not making the players realise their responsibilities.

"The PCB hasn't done enough to groom these cricketers to know how to conduct themselves at this level," he said.

"They have to conduct their own business in such a way that the players have enough confidence in the board to accept their decisions."

First Published: Oct 06, 2006 21:10 IST