Imran Khan was the only captain who lead the team like a leader. Among others, one can say that Inzamam was a team player and somehow he managed to build a decent team which was comprising of new players because the seniors were scrapped for betting and match fixing. I reckon Inzamam’s era as pretty decent except for his abrupt ending. First of all he shouldn’t have announced his retirement after the Caribbean world cup. But, he thought that is the way he can salvage some pride by tendering his resignation from ODI and also in paying some tribute to Bob Woolmer whose sudden death made him very upset also, it distracted many critics and the focus was not entirely on Inzamam or his defeat and his retreat, it dissipated.
Younus Khan was considered as Inzamam’s successor, a logical choice to captain the side but, he couldn’t make up his mind to lead the team and twice he had rejected the offer to lead. He was bold enough to say that he will not be a rubber stamp or a “dummy captain,” which means he wanted a free hand in selecting his own team and have his say in the team affairs and not be dictated by the dumb selectors and the PCB administrator. He decided to serve the nation by playing only as a batsman and he proved that he is a selfless character, a man of principle and a player who wants to contribute by his bat and the role of leadership is not important for him.
The fate of Pakistan cricket and the leadership role is as bleak as the country and its leaders. The selectors and the administrators had to choose a captain and they picked up a nothing player to lead the team and that nothing player is Shoaib Malik. He is neither a leader, nor a player of any substance. In fact he is very trivial, petty, negative and selfish. As a captain, instead of building a team he ruined the team with his trivial jingoistic politics. And, the irony is, he is not playing cricket, but playing dirty politics and, not only he is getting “sport” from his fans but, they are still hoping that he will reinstated as a captain!
From the day the feelers were aired a few years ago that Shoaib Malik was being nominated as Pakistan’s future captain, I had raised my voice on various blogs against the choice. I said, if he becomes the captain, it will be a big disaster for the team because, he is not a captaincy material. His decision to throw away the final of a domestic match, followed by his arrogant speech speaks volumes about his negative mentality. A person who was so adamant after throwing the match that he did the right thing and was very bitter about the whole episode, it demonstrates his crookedness. By nature he is a creepy person, a very jealous type. Hence you cannot make him a captain also, he needs to be controlled from spreading venom.
He didn’t last long as a captain and he was kicked out. Not entirely from the team but, he was stripped off his captaincy role. Now he is corroborating with Misbah, Butt, Akmal and others by creating groups and it is an extremely shameful act. I don’t think any player has stooped as low as Malik. He thinks that he is doing this in a very deceitful and dubious manner and he is wrong because it is so obvious now and, he is exposed. Everyone knows that he is jealous of Younus Khan’s achievement i.e., winning the T20 WC and now he wants to fail him. So, he ganged up and literally damaging the team by creating groups and factions within the team which are so dangerous for the team and its future.
Younus Khan has said clearly in his interview with DAWN newspaper: “I just inherited these players. I mean what can I do if players like Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq are failing regularly. If I throw them out of the team, the whole of Pakistan will blame me for running the show on my whim and fancy. It is up to the authorities to decide what should be done about it.” The statement says a lot between the lines. He wants to do it, but he cannot. That is because his position is very weak and definitely there will be a lot of hue and cry from the public, especially from Punjab.
The people of Punjab are not willing to accept that Malik and Misbah are the culprits, in fact they are blaming that Pakistan lost the second test because of Younus Khan’s reverse sweep on which he got out. Agreed it was a stupid shot, but that was not the reason for defeat. Younus Khan scored 83 runs he was involved in a 200 run partnership with Fawad Alam. So, how can you say he is responsible for the defeat? It is Misbah, Malik and Kamran Akmal who are responsible for the defeat, they came and played stupid shots and got out cheaply and quickly. They are the ones who played irresponsibly. Their intention was to get out asap, they were not there to add runs. Their intention was to fail Younus Khan and Fawad Alam’s heroic efforts. Therefore, people should open their eyes and their minds and stop being biased against Younus Khan and Fawad Alam.
No one should be deemed above the law and there must be zero tolerance. If there is a deliberate intent to lose the match not only they be banned from playing for the team for one year and fined. Also, they must make public apologies.