Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan has shared his views on the 2009 players’ revolt against him. He said that it had its roots in captaincy ambitions of seniors in the team.
Seniors requested to replace Younis Khan as captain
“If the players had problems with me they could have spoken to me. They claimed that they didn’t want me removed as captain. They just wanted the cricket board to speak to me to change my attitude,” Younis told a TV channel.
“Then the players met with the then PCB Chairman. One senior player, apparently Afridi demanded the captain be changed. To me it was about captaincy ambitions,” said Younis Khan.
Ironically after Younis resigned in late 2009, Misbah-ul-haq and Afridi captained Pakistan in red and white-ball cricket. Younis said he had spent the last four years of his career with Pakistan remaining in his room all the time and just focusing on his cricket.
Younis on his sudden retirement from the ODIs
He was also asked about the infamous incident when in 2016 he abruptly announced his retirement from ODIs on the day before a match against England.
“It was not abrupt at all. I had made a decision beforehand I would retire from ODIs. I was not selected in the ODI eleven for t he last two years,
On the night before the match chief selector, Haroon Rasheed called him and he told him that he was thinking about retirement from ODIs and Haroon turned around and told him rudely that it was up to him but Haroon had got him selected for the series against England and Younis should just listen to the team management and play as they wanted.
“I was very upset with his tone and that is why I announced my retirement the next morning,” said Younis.