Zaheer Abbas backs Younus as Test captain

Former skipper Zaheer Abbas has suggested to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to immediately appointment senior batsman Younus Khan as the captain of country’s Test team for the upcoming back to back Test series against South Africa and New Zealand.

“As the future of Salman Butt as test captain and player hangs in balance because of the alleged spot-fixing scam, the best choice to lead Pakistan is Younus Khan,” he said on Wednesday.

Zaheer says, “even if suspension of Salman Butt ends he should not accept any offer to captain the national side.”

Zaheer observed that Younus was an experienced batsman and could bring the team out of current crisis as he possessed great leadership qualities.

“It was Younus Khan under whose captaincy Pakistan won T20 World Cup last year. And now the board must again utilise his services for the Tests,” he added.

“Whatever problem there is between Younus and the board it must be sorted out quickly. Younus and the board’s chief must sit together for the sake of the country,” the erstwhile captain said.

He said the spot-fixing scandal had badly hit Pakistan cricket and added a lot of pressure on Pakistan players.

“That is why the forthcoming series are going to be a tough task and the board must have the best man to lead the test team.”

Zaheer said by bringing back Younus the board would also allow him to get ready for the 2011 World Cup which was now only a few months away.

“The team will need his experience in the World Cup. The mega event is not far away and I don’t think we now have time or room for experimenting with new players,” he added.