Younis Khan was critical of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after India handed Pakistan a humiliating 10-wicket loss in the ICC U-19 World Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Pakistan struggled their way to 172 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. However, India made a cakewalk of the run chase as they got past the finish line in the 36th over.
After Pakistan were sent packing back from the tournament, Younis Khan lashed out at PCB by saying that Pakistan's cricketing infrastructure needs to be improved. He then said that the PCB has absolutely no clue about what needs to be done before mentioning that the new generation should be provided safety and one needs to gain their confidence as well.
The former batsman also said that Pakistan's humiliating defeat at the hands of India was saddening. At the same time, he lauded the young guns of India by saying that the Priyam Garg-led side played with maturity and confidence. The former Pakistani skipper also added that the young cricketers of his country need to be trained to be better-rounded rather than just working on their skills and then highlighted that the reason why the Indian colts succeeded was because of their confidence. Khan then added that their youngsters should be given more chances to play abroad and the matches that they play must also be televised.
''What I liked about the Indian team is that they looked very matured. But why are they matured? They are matured because their coach is matured. Whom should one rope in order to coach an U-19 team? The best coach. When Rahul Dravid (who had coached India to their record fourth U-19 title in 2018) is paid Rs.5 Crores then he will come forward. When you want to bring big people then you will have to reward them handsomely as well.
Younis Khan had gone to ask for a job. He was offered job but they (PCB) bargained with him. What did they bargain? You take only Rs.13 lakh instead of 15 after which he backed out with disappointment. Is this how you treat your stars?'', wondered Shoaib Akhtar on his Youtube channel.