Miandad wants Younus to stay on

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/j/javedmiandad.jpg' class='caption'> Javed Miandad wants Younus Khan to take back his decision of retiring from Twenty20, saying his presence was important to defend the WT20 title next year.

Updated: June 23, 2009 07:10 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board Director General Javed Miandad wants Younus Khan to take back his decision of retiring from Twenty20 cricket, saying his presence was important to defend the World T20 title next year and win the 2011 ODI World Cup.

"The next T20 World Cup is just a year away and then we have the main World Cup in early 2011 so it would be better if Younus remained captain in all forms of the game," he said.

"Younus must continue to play and captain the team in all forms of the game to maintain consistency and uniformity in the team for future tournaments," the former captain said.

The 33-year-old Younus announced his retirement from T20 cricket after leading Pakistan to the World Cup title on Sunday insisting he was too old to play the shortest version of cricket.

Miandad, who was also a member of the 1992 World Cup winning team, said Younus had led the side sensibly and strongly, besides he also commanded the respect of his teammates.

"He has the respect of players and he has got them together. His presence is necessary to build on this great win," Miandad said.

Interestingly, former chief selector Abdul Qadir repeated his demand that the board should appoint separate captains for the Test and one-day teams.

Qadir said although Pakistan had won the World Cup, it would still be good for Pakistan cricket if they had different captains for Test and one-day sides.

Qadir had resigned as chief selector earlier this month during the World Cup insisting that the selectors were not being allowed to work independently.

Miandad who has also remained coach of the Pakistan team thrice, however, was critical of Younus' and some other players' decision to return home separately.

"The entire team should have come together to Lahore and the players belonging to other cities could have gone from there to their homes. But this is such a big occasion of celebrations and joy for the nation that the entire team should have returned home together," Miandad said.

"I know how much the people wanted to see us on our return and welcome us. I thought Younus should have returned with the team to Lahore," said the member 1992 World Cup winning team.

Miandad commenting on the ICC decision to make Younus captain of the ICC T20 world team said instead of this it would be better if the ICC now restored Pakistan's 2011 World Cup matches.

"I think the Pakistani cricket fans have shown that despite security issues they rever cricket and Pakistan must be given back their World Cup matches," Miandad said.

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