Karachi: Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket Younis Khan has disclosed the reason for quitting captaincy just a few months after leading the Men in Green to World T20 win in 2009.
The former captain while speaking to Gulf News said that differences with some of the members in the team affected his time as captain of the side.
“You often face a situation in life where if you speak the truth, you are considered as a mad man. My fault was pointing out to a group of players that they were not pushing themselves hard enough on the field for the country,” Younis said.
“The players were, however, regretful later and we played as teammates long enough after that. I knew I had done nothing wrong for it’s a lesson that I had learned from my father – to always speak the truth and always remain humble,” he added.
The 42-year-old also revealed the advice he received from Pakistan’s batting legend Javed Miandad in his playing days.
“During my playing days, I had Miandad as a coach. As someone who was a master of the big hundreds himself, he used to tell me that once you reach 100, think you are starting from zero,” Younis added.
“This may sound like a cliche but it is quite a difficult thing to do as it needs a great deal of mental fitness along with physical fitness,” he maintained.
It must be noted that Younis led Pakistan in 9 Tests, 21 ODIs, and 8 T20Is from 2005 to 2009.