Pakistan's former captain Younus Khan has broken his silence after returning from the World Cup and vowed to continue to his cricket career despite being sidelined for the one-day series in the West Indies.
Younus made it clear he was not upset or frustrated at being dropped for the one-day series after the World Cup. "No, I am neither angry nor upset. This is part of a professional cricketer's life. It is now up to the new players picked for the series to perform and prove they can replace the seniors," he said.
"A professional cricketer should just perform and that should be his statement for everyone including the media. It is not the job of a player to say much in the media," he added.
Younus upset the media here recently when he showed up at an inauguration ceremony of a tournament in the city but flatly refused to speak.
He was also at the center of a controversy when a news channel posted a video suggesting he had demanded money for giving an interview.
Younus said the day he had stepped down as captain, he had decided to just enjoy his cricket and speak little. "When I was captain I interacted a lot with the media. But once I am no longer captain It is not necessary for me to say much. I just want to do well on an individual level and for the team," he said.
Younus said it was good to see the media and people not reacting negatively to Pakistan's defeat in the World Cup semifinal against India. "When I was captain I remember telling the national assembly standing committee on sports that there was too much pressure on the person who captained Pakistan and this was not fair on him. I had also reminded than that if this trend of criticizing every decision of the captain or performance of the team continued than there will come a time when no one would like to captain the national team," he said.