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“Players deliberately underperformed to remove Younis from captaincy” – Former pacer opens up

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Former pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has made a shocking revelation that some players deliberately underperformed during Pakistan’s 2009 series against New Zealand as they didn’t want to play under Younis Khan’s captaincy.

Rana, while speaking to a domestic news channel, said that the players’ purposely lost the series 2-1 to New Zealand after having won the opening game in convincing fashion.

“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,” said Rana

The 42-year-old added that not only had Younis become a different person after rising to captaincy but some other seniors wanted his position, which led to the chaos.

“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.” he said.

The right-armer dived into the details of their meeting and revealed that the purpose of the revolt was to force the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to “knock some sense into Younis”, who they believed did not consider the advice of the other senior players.

“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. They said that they did not want him to be removed wanted the PCB chairman to reason with Younis as he did not take 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.

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