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‘I lost captaincy for speaking the truth’- Younis Khan


Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan is one of the greatest cricketer Pakistan have ever produced. He is too much simple in life leading procedure and maybe that’s why he is sometimes get ignored prior to his contribution to Pakistan.

'I lost captaincy for speaking the truth'- Younis Khan

It’s necessary to remember that Younis is only the second captain after Imran Khan to have won a ICC World Cup for the nation.

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He scored almost 10,999 runs with 34 centuries at an average of 52.05. His Test career also boasts of six double centuries, which places him joint fifth in all-time list in the company of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Virender Sehwag, Marvan Atapattu and of course, Javed Miandad his fellow countrymen.

The 2009 T20 World Cup which Pakistan won under the captaincy of Younis in England. It was a tournament where he was at the peak of his prowess, was another high in his career as it’s to date the second ICC World Cup for the green shirts after their ODI won under the captaincy of Imran khan.

Unfortunately, less than six months after that sensational triumph, he fell victim to the notoriously unpredictable ebb and tide of Pakistan cricket. Consequently, he lost his captaincy due to a so-called coup of ‘six to seven players’ allegations.

Reminiscing about the memory, Younis felt that he had to lose the captaincy for speaking the truth only. Speaking to Gulf News, the former skipper says, said: “You often face a situation in life where if you speak the truth, you are considered as a madman. My fault was pointing out to a group of players that they were not pushing themselves hard enough for the country.

“The players were, however, regretful later and we played for teammates long enough after that. I know I had nothing wrong for it’s a lesson that I had learnt from my father – to always speak the truth and always remain humble,” Younis said.

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