Afridi wanted Malik for ODIs, selectors named Younis

Updated: 21 October 2010 13:25 IST

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and chief coach Waqar Younis had asked for the inclusion of out-of-favour Shoaib Malik in the ODI team for South Africa series bu

Afridi wanted Malik for ODIs, selectors named Younis

Karachi:

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and chief coach Waqar Younis had asked for the inclusion of out-of-favour Shoaib Malik in the ODI team for South Africa series but national selectors overruled their suggestion and named Younis Khan in the 17-member squad.

Afridi and Waqar had asked selectors to replace injured Mohamad Yousuf with the all-rounder Malik for the two Twenty20 and five-match ODI series against South Africa to be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

But the selectors rejected their demands and recalled Younis Khan for the one-dayers.

"PCB and the national selectors didn't agree with the suggestions coming from the captain and coach and opted to go for Younis Khan's inclusion in the team," Pakistani daily 'The News' quoted a source as saying.

Yousuf was ruled out of the limited-over series against the Proteas beginning October 26 after he ruptured a muscle in his right leg.

Younis, a Test specialist, will now have to prove his form and fitness in one-day format also to be considered for next month's two-Test series against South Africa.

Sources said Afridi and Waqar were of the view that Malik could have been useful for Pakistan in the T20 and one-dayers because of his utility as an all-rounder.

However, the PCB decided against recalling the former captain in the national fold and instead made him the captain for the Super Sixes series to be played in Hong Kong from November 6-7

Pakistan cricket is currently going through a very turbulent phase after three players -- Test skipper Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir -- were provisionally suspended by the ICC for alleged spot-fixing at Lord's Test against England.

However, Younus said he is content to play for his country and has no desire to run for the captaincy any more.

"To play for my country is my only desire. I am not in the race for captaincy," said Younus, who has so far played 63 Tests, scoring 5260 runs.

After developing differences with his teammates, Younus had resigned from captaincy before pulling out of a tour of New Zealand in December. He was not selected for Tests against Australia but was drafted in the team for the five ODIs.

It has been around nine months that Younus had played international cricket but the experienced cricketer knows it would take just one good innings to get back his old touch.

"I have not played cricket for nine or 10 months, but it's just a matter of one good innings and then I will be back in the rhythm," said Younus, who last played for Pakistan in a one-day at Perth in January.

Pakistan will play two T20s, five ODIs and two Tests against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.

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