Rana Naveed, the former Pakistani bowler, has revealed that the players under Younis Khan’s captaincy underperformed on a purpose because they did not want Younis as a skipper.
Pakistan, back in 2009, in a three-match ODI series against New Zealand lost by 2-1. According to the former bowler, the players themselves did not want to play because they wanted to remove Younis as a skipper.
Rana Naveed revealed that he himself was a part of conspiracy and plot sketched against Younis Khan. He disclosed that he does not have personal issues with Younis but all of them wanted to be the captain so they decided to perform badly so the board can later remove him.
Rana Naveed: Players under-performed to remove Younis as skipper
“We lost two ODI matches because some of the players involved deliberately did not play well and I sat out that tour. I did not play because I had told Younis that there was a conspiracy against him and that I was also a part of that plot,” Rana said.
“This was not a rebellion against Younis Khan. He was a good cricketer so there were no issues except when he became captain, he became a different person.”
“Some seniors, I won’t name names, may have had aspirations of being captains themselves and got us involved in this whole affair to further their aims. We were about seven to eight people involved in this.”
“We were all called into a room and took an oath of allegiance. There were some big names of Pakistan cricket in that room and if I mention those names they will get angry with me,” he said.
“They said that they did not want him to be removed wanted the PCB chairman to reason with Younis as he did not take the advice of senior and did what he felt like doing.”
“I went along with this thinking that if this is the only matter and the PCB chairman tells him that, then I don’t have an issue with this,” he concluded.