Change your behaviour: Raja to Younus Khan

Updated: 21 February 2010 10:00 IST

Disapproving of Younus Khan's manhandling of a spectator during a T20 match, former skipper Rameez Raja advised the senior batsman to work on his attitude.

Change your behaviour: Raja to Younus Khan

Karachi:

Disapproving of Younus Khan's manhandling of a spectator during a Twenty20 match, former skipper Rameez Raja on Sunday advised the senior batsman to work on his attitude.

Younus reportedly picked up a fight with a spectator and even dragged him into the dressing room during a Karachi Champions League match after being mobbed by the crowd.

Raja said such things are expected to happen when you play in a local tournament, so senior players should avoid playing those.

"Once Younus decided to play he should have been mentally prepared to face all types of situation because it is not uncommon in Pakistan for spectators to try to mob or pester players during matches at the club level," he told reporters in Dubai.

He said the images and stories about the incident were disappointing and not a good advertisement for the players or the sport.

"It was not a pretty sight to see Younus forcibly dragging the young fellow into the dressing room. I don't know why Younus reacted like this or what happened later in the dressing room but there is no doubt that Younus should have shown restraint and he seriously needs to change his attitude and behavior," the cricketer-turned commentator said.

The media wasted no time in highlighting the incident in which Younus is accused of later beating the young man in the dressing room before he was rescued by former Pakistan captain and chief organiser, Rashid Latif.

Laitf, however, denied that Younus hurt the young man. Rameez said Younus should make a comeback with a changed and positive attitude.

"As it is, Pakistan cricket is going through tough times and we really don't need such incidents at all specially involving a captain and senior like Younus," he said.

Psychologist Maqbool Babri, who counseled Pakistani cricketers in the recent past, said Younus' reaction was a result of the frustration and anger he was feeling inside.

"The incident shows how frustrated Younus is at the moment with his cricket career and as a person. He is a top class player and a very nice individual I know since I have had counseling sessions with him but the last few months have been tough on him," he said.

Babri said given the sort of problems Younus had faced in recent months, the Pakistan cricket team needs to have a permanent sports psychologist.

Younus stepped down as captain and withdrew from the national team in Abu Dhabi last November after reported problems with a group of players.

He missed out on the Test series in New Zealand and Australia but played one-day series Down Under and flopped miserably.



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