Thursday, February 5, 2009

Younis Khan to Run Pakistan Cricket

All those who were thinking that Younis accepted the captaincy unconditionally and that he did what was best for Pakistan and that he was a changed man and what not ... think again!

Pakistan is one place where no one gives anything without asking for something in return.

Younis knew that Pakistan needed him and like he has done in the past, he asked for a few things in return.

What you ask?

A say in selection matters.

That ain't so bad is it.

Imran Khan had it. Wasim Akram had it. Waqar Younis had it. Inzamam ul Haq had it.

So then why not Younis Khan?

Well because after the World Cup 2007 when everyone blamed Inzamam for being a dictator, PCB's new policy was to give as few powers to the captain as posssible.

The PCB then wanted a dummy who will do as they say. Who will play with the team they give him. Who will dance to their tunes.

Younis Khan was not going to be that.

So the PCB found the perfect fit in Shoaib Malik.

That is all what Malik was for the last two years - a pupper in the hands of first Nasim Ashraf, and then Ijaz Butt.

Malik never got a say in selection.

Malik never got the XI he wanted.

Malik never got the men he wanted and throughout he played with men who didn't want him.

Those are the key reason's for Malik's demise.

It wasn't his fault. If he had his way, a very different Pakistan would have been playing for the last two years.

Moving back to Younis.

When Younis Khan was offered the captaincy after the Sri Lanka series, he knew he could get his way because the PCB were desperate. Pakistan were desperate.

Abdul Qadir, in his statement yesterday, said “We will give enough room to Younis. As captain, he is our general in the field and should have a say in selection matters.”

Well then Qadir, you don't have much of a choice do you. Younis Khan would not be captain if he wassn't given this room by your selection committee.

Don't try to make us believe that you are giving this room out of choice. You have been ordered to do it.

Now this isn't all that bad.

Pakistan cricket has flourished whenever the captain has been behind the team selection.

The simple reason for this is that the captain selects "his men" and they respond to him since they are "his men".

It's not a bad thing.

But, it begs to ask why Shoaib Malik was not allowed this liberty? The poor guy captained a team where he had no supporters. He was bound to fail.

Younis will have his team, and its the first steps towards going back to the days of Pakistan cricket being run by one man - the captain.

Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam Ul Haq, they all did it.

Its Younis' turn now.

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  1. straight point said...

    this brings me to 'Q'uestion...what will be the malik fate as he is just a player now...?

  2. Q said...

    In the ODI and T20 teams, there is no question about his status and role. He will continue to play as a batsman who bowls a bit, just the way he did before he was captain. Younis Khan has also said that there is no question regarding Malik as a player.

    However, he has never been regarded as a test player and before he became captain he was still trying to establish himself as one. I don't think he will be a regular feature in the test side.

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