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Younis Khan reveals real reason for quitting captaincy in 2009

Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in the Test format, Younis Khan, has revealed the real reason for quitting captaincy shortly after leading the national team to glory in the 2009 Mens World T20.

The former skipper while talking to Gulf News revealed that differences with some teammates affected his time as leader.

“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,” said Younis.

“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 lauded batting legend Javed Miandad for the advice he received during his playing career.

“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, 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.

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