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01-06-2010, 01:12 AM #1
Yousuf searching for 'elusive' Test all rounder to improve Pakistan's performance
Mohammad Yousuf, who is playing his fourth Test as Pakistan's skipper and might lead the team for a longer tenure than earlier expected, has outlined a few grey areas to improve the team's performance in the future.
With Younis Khan, who Yousuf replaced as captain last November, unlikely to return to his role and no other suitable candidate in sight, the experienced batsman could get confirmed as Pakistan's regular skipper.
But to ensure it, he needs to bring about some noticeable improvement in his team's performance graph, especially in Test cricket, The News reports.
One of the key areas, Yousuf has identified, apart from improving the standard of fielding, is to find a good Test all-rounder.
Pakistan has many players to fill up that role when it comes to One-day and Twenty20 cricket, but cannot find a single all rounder for Test cricket.
Shoaib Malik performed that role, but he doesn't bowl much any more while Abdul Razzaq has almost retired from the longest format of the game.
Pakistan have to rely on just four bowlers and have faced criticism from some experts, who believe that they should show more aggression and play with five specialist bowlers to achieve better results.
"How can we do that. It would mean dropping one batsman. It would further weaken our batting," Yousuf said.
"What we need right now is an all-rounder. He could be our fifth bowler," he said.
Speaking on a different issue, Yousuf was non-committal when asked whether he was disappointed when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ignored his request to send Younis to Australia.
"I can't say anything about it. It's been many days since I made the request. It's not my call. It's up to the Board and the selectors to make the decision," he said.
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