Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has claimed that the 2009 uprising against the players had its roots in the captaincy of senior players.
Younis claims that the uprising was not carried out because the players were unhappy with his captaincy style or strong attitude.
“If the players had problems with me, they could talk to me. They claim that they do not want me to be removed as captain, but that the cricket board should talk to me to change my attitude,” said Younis. told a TV channel.
“How is it then that the player (s) apparently met with the then PCB chairman, Ejaz Butt, one senior player? [Shahid] Afridi demanded that the captain be changed. For me, it was about captaincy ambitions, ” the highest Test run for Pakistan said.
Younis also confirmed that a player (allegedly Umar Akmal) came to his room to ask for the Holy Quran and said he wanted it because some players wanted to recite Sarah’s before an important match.
The former captain later said that the same Holy Qur’an was used to swear the players not to reveal anything that was discussed during the rioting players’ meeting in South Africa during the Champions Trophy.
Ironically, after Younis resigned at the end of 2009, it was Misbah-ul-Haq and Afridi who led Pakistan in the red and white ball cricket.
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Younis said he sat in his room the whole time and focused on his cricket during the last four years of his Pakistan career.
He was also asked about the infamous incident when in 2016, the day before a match against England, he suddenly announced his retirement from ODIs.
“It was not sudden at all. I decided in advance to retire from ODIs as I have not been selected in the ODI eleven for the past two years.
‘The night before the game, chief selector Haroon Rasheed called me and I told him I was thinking of retiring from ODIs. and I (Younis) just have to listen to the team management and play the way they want. ‘
“I was very upset about his tone and that’s why I announced my retirement the next morning.”