I am looking forward to lead the side in Bangalore: Younis

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Lahore, Dec 7 (UNI) Terming the reports of his reluctance to captain the side at the Bangalore Test as ''absolutely baseless'', stand-in skipper Younis Khan said he is looking ahead to lead the team in the series decider starting tomorrow.

''These reports are absolutely baseless. I am looking ahead to leading the side in Bangalore and there is no rift or disagreement among the players over anything,'' said Younis, amid reports of his refusal to lead the squad due to lack of decision-making powers at his disposal.

Talking to Dawn, the seasoned batsman, who led Pakistan to a draw at Kolkata, therby keeping their chances alive in the series, said, ''I myself have heard such rumours today but there is no truth in them at all.

''These reports are being spread to harm the spirit of our team which is pretty confident about levelling the series against India here.'' Asked about his column in an Indian newspaper, which has feuled the ongoing rumours, Younis said it was a different scenario altogether and that issue was dead and buried now.

''Then (in Kolkata), I was hurried into the job on the morning of the Test and couldn't change anything at that stage,'' he admitted.

''That had really annoyed me but things have since been sorted out.'' Meanwhile, the visitor's media manager Ahsan Malik also denied reports of Younis' refusal to take up the job at Bangalore.

''There has been a lot of confusion here today about it, but believe me nothing of it is true,'' said Malik.


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