'Appoint Younis as Test captain': Zaheer Abbas

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:16 [IST]
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'Appoint Younis as Test captain'

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has urged the PCB selectors to appoint Younis Khan as the captain of the national Test team for the upcoming series against South Africa.

Zaheer said that the PCB has already wasted Younis's talent due to its wrong policies.

"With the future of Salman Butt as test captain and player now uncertain because of the spot fixing scandal, the best choice to lead Pakistan is Younis Khan," he said.

"The board should not waste anymore time in appointing Younis as the test team captain because he is the ideal man to lead the team after the controversial tour to England," Zaheer said.

Younis has been ignored for selection from the Pakistan side since the Australian tour down under, where he last played the one-day series in that tour.

He was slammed with an indefinite ban after the Australian tour for creating infights within the team and for allegedly being involved in fixing. The appellate tribunal of the board removed the ban later, but, the board Chairman has refused to give clearance to the selectors to consider Younis for the national team.

Chief selector Mohsin Khan made it clear that only those players should be considered for selection who were given clearance by the board on disciplinary and fitness grounds.

Zaheer said that it was unfortunate that despite having an experienced batsman and good leader like Younis the board was not utilising his services.

"Whatever problem there is between Younis and the board it needs to be sorted out quickly. Younis must meet with the board Chairman and also make himself available for Pakistan again," the former Test captain said.

Zaheer said the spot-fixing scandal had badly hurt Pakistan cricket and added a lot of pressure on Pakistan players.

"That is why the forthcoming series is going to be a tough task and the board must have the best man leading the test team."

Zaheer said by bringing back Younis the board would also allow him to get ready for the 2011 World Cup which is scheduled to be held next year.
"Pakistan will require his experience in the World Cup."

"The tournament is not far away and I don't think we now have time or room for experimenting with new players," he said.


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