Underperforming Pakistan senior players during the 2009 New Zealand series: Rana Naved

KARACHI: former pacemaker from Pakistan Rana Naved ul Hassan has alleged that a number of high-level players deliberately underperformed during the 2009 ODI series against New Zealand in the UAE because they were unhappy Younis Khan The captaincy.

Rana, 42, who played 9 Tests, 74 ODI and 4 Q20I for Pakistan, specifically spoke about two ODIs during that tour.

We lost two ODI matches against New Zealand in the UAE during 2009 because some of the players involved deliberately did not play well, Rana told a local news channel.

The player also claimed that he withdrew from the tour because he did not want to be part of the older people's conspiracy against the boss.

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It was after the 2009 Champions Trophy in South Africa that some players got together and reportedly promised to kick Younis out because they felt he was too arrogant and abusive.

I preferred to sit out of the tour. But I had informed Younis Khan that this was a conspiracy against you and that they wanted me to be part of it, he said.

Rana, however, maintained that it was not a rebellion against Younis, the person, but Younis as captain.

After he (Younis) became captain, his personality and attitude changed, and some older adults (he did not name them), who harbored ambitions to lead the team, did not want to play under him.

The older players during that phase were Mohammed Yousuf , Shahid Afridi , Shoaib Malik , Kamran Akmal and Saeed Ajmal .

Pakistan lost the three-match ODI series, 1-2 despite winning the first match in a convincing fashion by 138 runs. They lost the remaining two matches by 64 and seven runs, respectively.