Karachi: Pakistan’s prolific middle order batsmen Younis Khan, who also led Pakistan in World T20 Championship triumph in 2009, believes that captaincy is not all that difficult and added that a captain must be fair to all team mates.
Commenting on Shahid Afridi’s opinion that captaincy was not a bed of roses, Younis said in his view as long as a skipper can be fair to his team mates then there is no harm in taking up the role of captain.
“The real problems happen when a captain gets involved in too many minor things and tries to fix too many issues,” Younis was quoted as saying by PakPassion.net.
Younis, who recently played pivotal role in Pakistan’s historic 2-0 Test series triumph against Australia in UAE, said that a captain should worry first about his own performance.
“A captain could motivate players when he leads from the front by putting good performance. If he performs then everything else falls into place,” he explained.
Younis warned captains against involving in minor details and advised them to be fair and look after the needs of the player, who in return would look up to them as their leader.
“Captain’s own performance is very important as well and he has to lead from the front. It could not only be done by the bat and the ball alone, but also by his body language, which I feel is equally important.
“It is quite possible that he will not perform that well in every game. However, this should have no effect on the body language of the captain as the team which has youngsters in it as well, looks up to you as does the whole nation. Obviously as a captain, if you perform well, you will lead better but this should not be the case,” Younis stressed.
“During my time as captain, I always made sure that regardless of my personal performance, I was able to motivate the team to the best of my ability,” he said.
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