~~Dravid is a bold captain, Inzy too laid back~~

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Rahul Dravid is a bold captain who leads from the front and though Inzamam-ul Haq is a greater player, the burly Multani cricketer is too laid back as skipper, according to Imran Khan.

Appearing in NDTV programme ''India Questions,'' which will be aired on Friday, Imran, Pakistan's World Cup winning skipper, spoke at lengths about the art of captaincy and felt Dravid would make a good captain of a combined Indo-Pak team.

Ask to pick captain of the hypothetical team, Imran said, ''Well, I would say Dravid would be the captain. (I'm) not being diplomatic - he is more of an aggressive captain. He is a bold captain, he leads from the front.

''Inzamam though I would say is a greater player, but as a captain he is too laid back,'' Imran observed.

Talking about the present crisis in Pakistan cricket following the dope fiasco involving pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, Imran refused to call it a conspiracy but was surprised by the timing of the announcement of the dope test results.

''I dont think (it was a conspiracy). I just think the timing of the test was strange. The day before a vital match suddenly you find that two of your key players are not available.

''The test results should have come before the teams selection.

Poor Younis Khan, before the first match he was left without two fast bowlers and actually without a strike bowler. So I dont think it was a conspiracy. It was bad timing, whether these guys are guilty or not, we will find out after the enquiry when they had a chance to present (their) case,'' he explained.

On Indian cricketing standards, Imran observed, ''Fielding standards have improved and running in between wickets has improved.

The batsmen are playing more strokes than they were playing before because of one-day cricket but the level of fast bowling has gone down.

''I will only judge a cricketer by his performance in a Test match because Test cricket is the test of a cricketer. One-day cricket is the sort of cricket you can get away with,'' he said.

Asked who he thought should be the future captain of the Pakistani cricket team, Imran was clear in his opinion.

''Well, I think Younis Khan is the natural captain because he has the character. He is selfless. He oozes this selflessness in the field and then of course he has the other characteristics that a captain must have and thats guts and courage,'' Imran added.


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