Yousuf questions Misbah tenure

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Former skipper Mohammad Yousuf has insisted the veteran Misbah-ul-Haq should not continue as Pakistan's ODI captain.

Former skipper Mohammad Yousuf has insisted the veteran Misbah-ul-Haq should not continue as Pakistan's ODI captain.

While chief selector Moin Khan recently suggested plans are afoot for a change at the helm, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi differed by backing Misbah to lead the team at the 2015 World Cup.

"I don't see Misbah making any protests over the powers given Moin and new coach Waqar Younis. I see it that he just wants to prolong his career and will do whatever they say," <i>PTI</i> quoted Yousuf as saying.

"In the first place, if selection is done with total honesty, then there is no place for Misbah in the national ODI side. Honestly speaking, the right decision for the board to make now is to bring in someone like Shahid Afridi as captain."

Erstwhile batsman Mohsin Khan, meanwhile, has heavily criticised the PCB after being overlooked for the position of head coach.

Khan was among the candidates to succeed Australian Dav Whatmore, whose contract was not renewed earlier this year. Ex-fast bowler Younis secured the appointment on Tuesday, though.

The 42-year-old Younis served as bowling coach in 2006 and 2007 and held the head coach position in 2010 and 2011.

Younis' opening assignment will bring a one-off Twenty20 International, three ODIs and two Tests against the Australia in the United Arab Emirates between 3 October and 1 November.

The 2015 World Cup campaign in Australasia, where Pakistan have been pooled with India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, UAE, South Africa and Ireland, is also high on the agenda.

"I heard Waqar saying he will not repeat the mistakes of the past and I hope he doesn't do it, because he has the ability to be a good coach if only he improves his man management skills," added Yousuf.

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