Younis wants players to focus on Test series against Lankans

February 6th, 2009 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Feb 6 (ANI): New Pakistan captain Younis Khan wants his players to forget the bitter memories of an embarrassing 234-run loss at the hands of Sri Lanka in a one day international and instead focus on the Test series that gets underway in Karachi from February 21.

It was just a bad day. We should forget all about it and concentrate on the Test series, Younis told reporters at the inauguration ceremony of the Rashid Latif Cricket Academy (RLCA) here on Thursday

It was under Shoaib Malik that Pakistan suffered what was their worst ODI defeat, in January a result that forced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring in Younis as new captain in place of the young all-rounder.

The Senate Committee on Sports is to probe the humiliating result in its February 9 meeting in Islamabad. However, Younis wants his boys to stay focused on the two-match Test series against Mahela Jayawardenes men.

I was a part of the team that lost that match, he said. It was a real bad day, but it would be better for us to put it behind and focus on winning the Test series, he said.

Younis didnt talk much about his plans for the series, which will see the two sides meeting in Lahore for the second and final Test after the series opener in Karachi, The News reported.

Ive just taken over and am doing my homework, said the 31-year-old batsman, who will have an opportunity to prepare his troops for the challenging assignment at a brief preparatory camp expected to begin in Karachi next week. (ANI)

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