Twenty20 captain speaks out after Younis Khan removed from one-day squad without prior warning.
Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said Monday the team’s senior cricketers should be given dignified farewells, after veteran batsman Younis Khan was unceremoniously axed from the one-day squad.
An incensed Younis lashed out at selectors last week for not including him in their plans for next month’s series against Australia, a decision he learnt about only when the squad was announced in the media. The 36-year-old Test star, who has a history of making outspoken announcements, offered to step aside from all cricket for five months.
The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a show-cause notice asking Younis to explain his outburst. But 34-year-old Afridi, who has already retired from Tests, backed his colleague. “I request the PCB chairman to talk to Younis and make a plan for the future,” he told reporters. “I think all the seniors should be given a respectful way to retire.”
Former Pakistan greats, such as Waqar Younis, Javed Miandad and Mohammed Yousuf, were forced into humiliating exits despite years of service.
On the subject of the upcoming series, recently reappointed captain Afridi admitted his team would be missing the services of spinner Saeed Ajmal, who was suspended earlier this month after being tested with an illegal bowling action. “We will definitely miss Ajmal,” said Afridi of the ace spinner. “But I am hopeful that Ajmal will alter his action and will be seen in action soon,” he added.
Pakistan and Australia play one Twenty20 in Dubai on Oct. 5 followed by three one-day internationals and two Tests.