Thursday, November 12, 2009

Could Religion Have Played A Role In The Younus Saga?

As reports come in of Inzamam playing a major part in the ouster of Younus I am reminded of the time when Younus was seen as the anti-Inzamam: he was energetic, confident and media savvy. He also didn't have a beard and would not be waking the team up at 3 a.m. before an important world cup match so that they could offer Tahajjud prayers.

Could it be that Younus' lack of religiosity resulted in him losing control of a rather religious team?

Or it could be a result of him being a Karachiite who spoke his mind, that might not have gone down well with the Punjabi lobby?

What do you guys think?

25 comments:

G Boycott said...

Might be the case but sounds like a conspiracy theory.

Anonymous said...

Will you guys ever stop bashing religion

Aditya said...

Religion could be an angle looking at the new fall guy they have appointed. However, I still fail to understand. Pakistan performed exceptionally under Younus's command in T20 WC and then reached the semis in the Champions trophy. What are the players complaining & revolting about?
I think once again Pakistan cricket has shot itself in the foot.

Anonymous said...

No conspiracy theories please..

By the looks of it, Younis is just a poor peoples manager..a leader will always have dissenters, no matter how high performing he is..

"I feel like I have lost command"..just doesn't cut it for great leaders...

Ahsan said...

I'm preparing a post on Younis. I don't think religion was a direct cause. I just think the team was divided, and that one of the many things that divided the team was different cultures.

I wish I could reveal what I know about this but sadly I cannot. Suffice it to say blaming this on Younis in the SLIGHTEST bit is stupid and ill-informed.

Anonymous said...

may be because he is very veery bad batsman with only patches of good innings in between. we can do without him thank u..

Anonymous said...

AKS posts once every two months and yet manages to reach such high levels of stupidity. Amazing!

Hamza said...

I don't think religion has anything to do with this particular instance, but I'm struggling to understand why so many Pakistani cricket fans dislike Younis Khan? The team is riven with internal divisions, has barely played any cricket at home over the last few years, and on top of that, has to put up with a dysfunctional board and sports ministry. With that context, Younis Khan has done a fine job. I really do wonder if there is any truth to this "Punjab lobby" that wants to get rid of Younis Khan.

Anonymous said...

then tell us ahsan.What u knoW...

Anonymous said...

imo an investigative report on the tablighi/multan connection within the team by someone a bit more credible than amir mir is long overdue.

Anonymous said...

i don't think religion was the main issue. wasn't the anti-younus player lobby complaining about him being too "strict"? *cough*lazyyousuf*cough* i wish the tableeghis would stay out of cricket and go to waziristan where they're needed, though. the only thing worse than yousuf as captain can be inzi as our coach.

poor younus.

Anonymous said...

p.s. ahsan, maybe you should post an anonymous post on pakpassion about what you know. :D

Sachin_Should_Eat_Shit_And_Die said...

Its so cute that Ahsan has inside information (that he can't reveal) due to his "relations" with Osman Samiuddin.

Long live cricinfo

PS - (Make of "relations" what you may - - not that there's anything wrong with it)

Anonymous said...

@Sachin_Should_Eat_Shit_And_Die

shove your head up your ass and choke to death. fucking choot.

Anonymous said...

if everyone just love each other, the world would be a better place.

Jaydev,India said...

"I wish I could reveal what I know about this but sadly I cannot.."
man...u have sources too..
for real..or pulling our leg..:-)

AKS said...

@ Boycott

I am Pakistani after all, conspiracy theories are part of my genetic make up.

@ anon 546

What gave you the idea that I was blasting religion? Pointing out that one of the things that MAY have isolated Younus could be the difference in religious views, or maybe denied Younus the opportunity of getting closer to the team, doesn't mean I'm blasting religion.

@ Ahsan

I had the impression that there weren't that many divisions in the team, by the end of his tenure all the players seem to be united against Younus.

@ anon 648

I'm going to try writing more often so that my stupidity doesn't seem out of place on the blog.

Bubs said...

The rumour I've heard is that the entire team decided to throw their wickets away so that Younus would be kicked out. I guess Aamir and Ajmal weren't part of the plan.

Natasha said...

//Or it could be a result of him being a Karachiite who spoke his mind, that might not have gone down well with the Punjabi lobby?//

Ridiculous.Kindly stop giving ethnic colours to sports atleast!

You couldve come up with some other options as well.Why religion and ethinicity I wonder.Too much negativity perhaps!

Anonymous said...

@Natasha

jeez, what world do you live in? you really think there are no lobbies, and everyone operates without prejudices? .. and that too here in pakistan! and it's AKS that's ridiculous for bringing it up as a possibility? wow, you're ridiculous.. who are you - a carrie prejean fan?

Natasha said...

I never denied the possibility of a lobby against Khan.The team is not united and that's an open fact.I have a problem with giving ethnic colours to it.There's a Karachi based Pathan who's quite prominent in that 'lobby'.Guess who.

Ill tell you what I am - come up with your original id , mr/ms/whatever intellectual!

Natasha said...

I never denied the possibility of a lobby against Khan.The team is not united and that's an open fact.I have a problem with giving ethnic colours to it.There's a Karachi based pashto speaking Pathan who's quite prominent in that 'lobby'.Guess who.

Ill tell you what I am - come up with your original id , mr/ms/whatever intellectual!

karachi khatmal said...

fiverupees maths

(controversy level of post) x (ease of accessibility towards post topic) is directly proportional to (number of anonymous comments)

as for all of pakistan rejoicing at removal of younus= eat.shit.and.die.

also, next time you bastards (and by you i mean all of the country) complain about this country, remember how glad you were to oust a world cup winning captain for absolute hopelessness, and then once again, defecate, consume and die.

Salman Latif said...

I believe it's simply Younus' popularity decline among the players plus, ok, a little bit of lobbying. But lobbying along ethnic or religious lines, that's utterly ridiculous.
As for those who think Yousaf was named the new captain because religion had something to do it, well....isn't he a better choice than Younis anyway? Popular, uncontroversial and far better player ;)

Anonymous said...

@ salman latif

Yousuf, uncontroversial?? u seem to forget him joining the icl, leaving them, then rejoining, then leaving them again. also recall his bitching about malik when he was captain.