Jan 28, 2009

Sport - Cricket;Malik sacked as captain; Younis succeeds

Karachi, Jan 27 (PTI) Beleaguered Shoaib Malik was today sacked as Pakistan's cricket captain and replaced by senior batsman Younis Khan in the wake of the team's worst-ever one-day defeat to Sri Lanka. But Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt told reporters in Lahore after meetings with Younis Khan, Coach Intikhab Alam and Chief Selector Abdul Qadir that Malik himself decided to step down.

"Malik himself kindly said he wanted to step down as captain after the series loss to Sri Lanka. The Board collectively decided that Younis should be the captain and he has agreed to lead the side," Butt said.

"We also felt that Malik's body language was not very positive as captain and we think Younis is the best choice now," he added. The decision comes just two days after Pakistan suffered its heaviest one-day defeat by 234 runs when it was bowled out for its lowest one-day total of 75 runs against Sri Lanka in the third one-day international at Lahore.

Butt, who had retained Malik captain for an indefinite period just three weeks back, said he had not made any U-turn. "No one is changed without a reason.

I had a discussion with him (Shoaib). I have asked him that this is the situation, we would like some change if he is willing to step down," Butt said.

"We haven't sacked him. We made a request to him and he has stepped down.

After his stepping down, we have made Younis Khan the captain," he added. PTI.

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