Team needs confidence: Younus Khan

ISLAMABAD: Former Captain Younis Khan feels that it is time we stop blaming each other after every defeat saying all the team needs is someone who can give them confidence.

Younis said the team management is supposed to give confidence and encouragement to every player. “Dropping one or two players after a defeat wouldn’t make a difference. There is a need to give respect to players,” he said while talking to a private news channel.

Younis said it is time we stopped this culture of blaming each other after every defeat. “The team just needs someone to give them confidence that is all. Our former late coach Bob Woolmer was successful and popular because he dealt with each player differently,” he said adding the role of team management is very important.

Younis said being part of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) or things like being made brand ambassador of the event or advisor to the Chairman of the board didn’t matter to him. “I don’t bother about such things now after the enormous love and respect I have got from the people,” he said.

Speaking about his decision to retire abruptly from One Days, Younis said it unfortunate that he is blamed for the limited over series defeat to England. “But one thing is clear I didn’t retire abruptly or because of head coach or anyone else,” he said.

He said he had wanted to retire from ODIs gracefully like he had done from Twenty-20 cricket in 2009. He said he was in and out of the ODI team and had to wait for months before he was picked in the team and could retire. “Even where test cricket is concerned when I feel it is the right time I will announce my retirement. It will be my decision,” he said.

Younis also declined to comment on statements by head coach Waqar Younis that Younis’s sudden retirement on the morning of the first ODI against England had upset the team and that he had sat down with Younis and told he could play at any position in all four matches of the series.

“I will only respond to these things when Waqar is sitting with me. But it was not an abrupt decision,” Younis said.