Afridi happy to step down as T20 captain in favour of Younis

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Karachi, Oct.29 (ANI): The captain of Pakistan's T20 squad, Shahid Afridi, has said he is willing to step down from his post if Younis Khan decides to come out of retirement in the bang-bang version of the game.

Afridi said he would be pleased to have Khan, who is the captain of the one-day and Test squads, back in the T20 team ahead of the next year's ICC T20 World Cup.

" If Younis wants to play (T20) he is more than welcome. I will even step down from the captaincy and play under him," The News quoted Afridi, as saying.

He rebuked reports regarding him having differences with Khan, but pointed out that some his teammates had some issues with the skipper.

" The players informed me about their problems. I told them it was better if they directly communicate their problems to Younis, an idea that they didn't like. The problem with our players is they don't speak their heart out and that's where the communication gap comes in," said the flamboyant all-rounder.

Earlier, Khan had given a hint that he may come out of retirement, four months after quitting the shortest version of the game after leading his side to win the coveted ICC World T20 Championship in England.

"Yes. I have given it some thought," Khan said.

Khan said he considered himself 'too old ' for the fast-paced format of the game, however, if his teammates and his fans want, he is ready for another stint.

" If my fellow players accept me and the nation wants me then I will come back to play Twenty20 internationals," he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 13:04 [IST]
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