Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan has revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Board wanted him to lead the national team in ODIs after the retirement of Shahid Afridi but he declined the offer insisting he wanted to focus on his batting.
According to a report in the Express Tribune, quoting a PCB official, the Board wanted Younis to lead the side in limited overs cricket so that Misbah could focus on Test matches.
"Younus was asked to become limited-overs captain but he refused the offer straightway," the PCB official said.
"He said he just wanted to focus on his batting and was not ready to take captaincy as his wish was to stay away from controversies.
"We respect his feelings and won't be forcing him to take the job. The board has now decided to rely on Misbah with the hope that he will perform and stay fit for a longer period. At least, he will be captaining the series against Sri Lanka and England in all formats," he said.
The report said the move to approach Younis was made when Afridi was removed as captain of the national one-day and Twenty20 squads after the troubled West Indies tour where the flamboyant all-rounder developed serious differences with head coach Waqar Younis over selection issues on the tour.