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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 14:30 GMT
Pybus: Latif is a stop-gap captain

By Richard Pybus
Ex-Pakistan coach

Younis Khan
Younis Khan will be captain eventually, says Pybus
I was extremely disappointed when I heard Waqar Younis had been sacked as Pakistan captain.

Most people will have no idea about the pressures he has been under over the past year.

Pakistan's poor performance during the World Cup had little to do with the captain.

Many key performers in the team underachieved - as they have done for some time - and should also be held accountable.

As for Rashid Latif being made captain, I can only assume it is an interim appointment while another leader is groomed.

I can see Younis Khan taking over in time. He is a thoughtful, highly professional cricketer who expects others to maintain the standards he sets himself.

That's not to say that Rashid being made captain is a bad thing.

He has done the job before and is a safe pair of hands to take over at this very difficult time for Pakistani cricket.

Another advantage is that Rashid and Younis are very close friends and I know they will collaborate well.

I have had little involvement with the Pakistan team since their World Cup exit, but I am certain part of Rashid's brief will be to work closely with Younis.

There was a lack of desire to go out and fight - I doubt if there is anything that Waqar could have done to change that
Richard Pybus
If Younis had shown greater interest in the captaincy I believe he would have been appointed now.

As it is, he did not enjoy being made vice captain in the past, preferring instead to concentrate on his batting.

He would not tolerate certain players not being as committed as he was, particularly during the recent tours to Australia and South Africa. And he doubted whether he would have been able to those players.

But he is a strong, principled man and I know if he gets the job at a future date he will have laid down the ground rules first.

He certainly won't tolerate prima donnas.

In the circumstances, Waqar did an incredible job keeping the team together.

In my six months with the side I was deeply disappointed at how uncommitted some players were.

On paper they were probably the most talented squad at the World Cup.

But there was a general lack of desire to go out and fight, and I doubt if there is anything that Waqar could have done to change that.

The accumulated fatigue of being on the road for a long time - even for "home" matches - had started to take its toll.

Waqar was being criticised for things that were not his fault and as the tournament unfolded I really felt for him.

But I cannot say that I am surprised by what has happened.

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