Yousuf refuses to quit Pakistan captaincy

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Mohammad Yousuf has vowed to remain captain of Pakistan despite the team's poor show in a Test and one-day series against Australia.

Pakistan lost all three Tests and all five one-dayers on their tour of Australia, while stand-in captain Shahid Afridi was banned for two matches for ball-tampering.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt had indicated midway through the tour that Yousuf, who took over after Younus Khan stepped down in November last year, would be replaced by a younger player.

Chief of selectors Iqbal Qasim quit last week, but the 35-year-old Yousuf believes he has not failed.

"I didn't do badly as captain, not as badly that I should resign or quit," he said.

"I accepted the captaincy when no one was willing to take the job for these difficult tours.

"I will continue for the sake of the country.

"I have not been a defensive captain. I led the team according to the situation and according to our strengths."

Yousuf was critical of Butt's comments on the captaincy and also believed the results in Australia could have been better.

"It did affect our performances and it hit the morale of the team," he said.

"Some of the players even started fancying their chances of becoming captain.

"I admit our performance was bad throughout the series, it was an unsuccessful tour for us.

"The result in Australia could have been better had we batted and fielded better."

Yousuf also hit out at Afridi, who was caught on camera biting the ball.

"I don't know why he did it but it brought a bad name to the country," he said.

"The good thing is that at least he has realised his mistake and admitted it.

"I hope he does not repeat it again. Pakistan cricket does not need such incidents."