I conveyed all problems to Younus: Afridi

Updated: 28 October 2009 07:47 IST

Shahid Afridi has admitted that some of his teammates had grievances against Younus Khan and he himself acted as a bridge to resolve the matter.

I conveyed all problems to Younus: Afridi

Karachi:

Pakistan vice-captain Shahid Afridi has admitted that some of his teammates had grievances against Younus Khan and he himself acted as a bridge between them and the skipper to resolve the matter.

After Pakistan Cricket Board rejected Younus' resignation and retained him as captain till 2011 World Cup, there were reports that one of the reasons for his shunning the job was attitude of some players including Afridi.

"Some guys in the team have problems with Younus Khan and as they are hesitant to talk to him directly they approached me to convey their problems to him," Afridi said without elaborating what the issues were.

Afridi said the players had approached him since they wanted a solution to all the problems.

"I told Younus about the issues conveyed by these players but I personally think it is better if the players talk to the captain directly and sort out the issues they have with him personally," Afridi told Geo Super Channel on Tuesday.

But the flamboyant all-rounder insisted that he had no personal issues with Younus and had always supported him as captain.

"I also believe every player should support Younis and I will always keep on backing him in any circumstances."

He also said that since he was vice-captain of the team he played his role in trying to improve communication between players and keeping the younger players closer to each other.

Afridi insisted that he had never run after the captaincy and felt comfortable playing under Younus.

"Captaincy is a big responsibility and I think Younus should continue till the 2011 World Cup," Afridi said.

Afridi also welcomed Younus' statement that he was thinking of making a comeback to Twenty20 cricket.

"If Younus wants to play in T20s again, he is most welcome and he can even take the captaincy from me. But like everyone else he will have to perform for his place in T20 cricket," he said.

The experienced all-rounder made it clear that whenever he and Younus have met their main discussion centered around how to bring about more improvement to the national team.

Afridi also talked about his decision to not play Test cricket until the next World Cup insisting that he was earlier interested in this but gave up after the selectors kept on sidelining him for Test matches.

"Now I am focusing on one-day and T20 cricket but that does not mean that if I get a chance to play Test cricket I will ignore it," he said.



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