Kick Yousuf and Malik out of Pak team: Nazar

Former batsman Mudassar Nazar has said both Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik should be "kicked out of the team" to set an example before others.

updated: February 14, 2010 12:12 IST
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Blaming Pakistan Cricket Board for mishandling the incident of public spat between Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik, former batsman Mudassar Nazar has said both the players should be "kicked out of the team" to set an example before others.

Nazar, who has played 76 Tests and 122 one-dayers and presently working as a coach at ICC global academy in Dubai, was extremely disappointed with the behaviour of both the players.

"Both of the players are under central contract and should not have been allowed to behave in such a way in front of the whole world. Yousuf should not have been allowed to go on television and give such an interview and Malik should not have gone to the press like this in response to Yousuf's comments," Nazar said.

"What sort of an example are Yousuf and Malik giving to the younger players with this kind of behaviour? Both Malik and Yousuf should be taken to task by the Board, they should be made an example of and kicked out of the team," Nazar told cricket website

"We have already seen the likes of Umar Akmal misbehaving and if others see Malik and Yousuf also carrying on like this, then they themselves will think it is fine to behave like this," Nazar added.

He also blamed Yousuf, who led Pakistan team to the disappointing Australia tour, for starting the public feud with Malik that has tarnished image of the Pakistan cricket.

"The Yousuf and Malik feud has been simmering for a while. Yousuf was very active in the press and he has had a go at Malik and other players too quite a few times in the past," Nazar said.

"The slanging match that has now taken place before all has in my opinion been started by Yousuf and now Malik has also responded," he added.

Nazar said Yousuf and Malik should have come to the table rather than going public with their differences.

"The players should have been sat down together and anything that they wanted to discuss should have been discussed behind closed doors. What is really mystifying is that PCB chairman Ejaz Butt has given Malik nod of approval to respond in the press to Yousuf's comments. Butt should not have done this which has made the situation even worse," he said.

Nazar also felt that the inquiry committee set up by the board to probe into the recent poor performances against Australia will achieve nothing.

"The committee will achieve absolutely nothing. We have seen these committees set up before and there is a lot of talks, but nothing materialises from these committees." Nazar, who has had two stints as coach of Pakistan, said was not interested to take the responsibility again.

"The job is not for me. I would never do the job in future. I believe they are looking for a foreign coach and good luck to the person who takes on the role. In my opinion only a desperate man would take on the role," he said.