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Malik paid the price for being a 'loner'

THE coach and manager of Pakistan's cricket team believe former captain Shoaib Malik was a loner and aloof, and recommended Younis Khan to the Pakistan Cricket Board to be the new skipper.

"We found him to be loner, aloof and involved in his own little world, which is OK, but not when the team required a fully committed captain," coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed wrote of Malik in their report to the PCB.

The report was presented to Pakistan lawmakers during the Senate's Standing Committee on Sports yesterday.

The PCB appointed Khan as captain until further notice last month after Sri Lanka bundled out Pakistan for only 75 runs and inflicted a humiliating 234-run defeat in the last one-day international in Lahore to clinch the series 2-1.

"We do not see any meaningful communication between players and captain other than his (Malik's) five-minute talk during the team meeting," the two team officials wrote in their report. "We have also not noticed him spending quality time with his players, which a successful captain must."

New leader

Both Alam and Saeed also noticed that the Pakistan players were not comfortable with Malik and the team needed a new leader after its lowest ever total in an ODI at home against Sri Lanka.

"To be honest, it's evident that the team is not looking up to their captain," the report says. "We believe that this team needs a new leader.

Looking around the team and beyond in our humble opinion, the name of Younis Khan comes to mind."

Both team officials, in their report, also advised the PCB to change Malik as captain before the two-test home series against Sri Lanka begins later this month.

Sri Lanka is due to arrive in Pakistan on Saturday with Karachi hosting the first test from February 21-25 and Lahore the second test from March 1-5.

The officials also asked the PCB to include a specialist spinner in both one-day internationals and test matches and were also not satisfied with the performance of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

"We have come to the conclusion that we need to play a specialist spinner in both forms of the game," they said.


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