Ajmal turns down T20I captaincy

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Spin bowler Saeed Ajmal has rejected the offer to captain Pakistan's Twenty20 International team.

Spin bowler Saeed Ajmal has rejected the offer to captain Pakistan's Twenty20 International team.

Batsman Mohammad Hafeez quit the position after an unsuccessful World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh earlier this year.

Fast bowler Umar Gul recently publicly expressed interest in succeeding Hafeez, but the Pakistan Cricket Board have yet to confirm the skipper for October's one-off T20I against Australia – and December's sole fixture against New Zealand. Both matches will be played in Dubai.

"I don't want to put myself forward for captaincy. I think I am better as a team player. I do think about being captain of Pakistan, but I am reluctant too," Ajmal told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>.

"Captaincy in Pakistan is not easy. The captain ends up being blamed for anything that goes wrong. Just look at Hafeez. He resigned after our exit from this year's World T20.

"Why? It's because all the blame was being dumped on him. I have been approached for captaincy but I declined. I want to be relaxed about my cricket. God has blessed me with a sunny disposition and I want to keep it that way."

Batsman Younis Khan, meanwhile, has expressed a burning ambition to revive a limited-overs career that has quietened since March 2013.

Khan has not been named in the ODI squad since last year's six-wicket defeat to South Africa in Benoni, which concluded a poor stretch of form.

He has, however, garnered a slew of telling performances for Abbottabad Falcons, including three consecutive half-centuries.

"Whatever format I played I always tried to give my best. But I don't have a long-term goal that I want to play the 2015 or 2019 World Cup, my desire is to play as much cricket and keep up my role-model performance," said Khan.

"A player like me, who has played 14 to 15 years of top cricket and played all forms of cricket, his career shouldn't be ended like being classified as only a Test player."

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