In a surprising revelation, former Pakistani fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has claimed that some senior players were “deliberately done under” during the 2009 Pakistan ODI series against New Zealand because they opposed captain Younis Khan.
“We lost two ODI matches against New Zealand in the UAE during 2009 because some of the players involved deliberately did not play well, and I took the tour,” Rana said while speaking on a local news channel as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk.
“I didn’t play because I told Younis Khan that this was a conspiracy against you and that I was also part of the plot. This was not a rebellion against Younis Khan. He was a good cricketer and I did play with him so there was no problem except that when he was captain, he was a different person.Some seniors, and I will not mention names because they might have aspirations of being their own captain, making us involved in this whole affair also to advance their aims.we were around seven to eight people involved in this, “he added.
According to Rana, there is a big player in the group who is fighting Younis. “We were all called into a room and an oath of loyalty was taken and the people in that room were some of the biggest names in Pakistani cricket. If I mentioned those names, they would be angry with me,” said Rana, who represented Pakistan in the 9 Tests , 74 ODI and 4 T20I.
“They say we do not want him removed, but we want the PCB Chair to negotiate with Younis Khan because he does not accept senior advice as captain and do what he likes. I agree with this thinking that if this is the only problem and the PCB Chair tell him that then I don’t have a problem with this, “Rana concluded.
It should be noted that Pakistan has lost three ODI 1-2 series matches, despite winning the first match comfortably.
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