Younis blames poor domestic set-up for Lankan rout

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Lahore, Aug. 5 (ANI): Pakistani skipper Younis Khan has blamed the flawed domestic set-up for Pakistan cricket team's dismal ODI series loss to Sri Lanka.

"Instead, the poor structure back home is to blame. The problem with Pakistan cricket is that our domestic structure is flawed," the Daily Times quoted Khan, as saying.

The visitors lost the three-Test series 0-2 and surrendered the ODI series with a six-wicket defeat. Sri Lanka won the five-match one-day series against Pakistan 3-0.

"The players produced have flawed techniques. They only manage to overcome it once they start playing for the national team," Younis said.

Younis said that he faced similar problems as well early in his career.

"When I made it into the Pakistan team, my technique was not so good. It took me two years to get it right," he said.

Some experts have blamed the lack of unity in the Pakistan team for their poor showing in Sri Lanka, with some claiming that a few senior players like former captain Shoaib Malik and vice-captain Misbahul Haq had intentionally under-performed to cause Younis's downfall.

Younis, however, rejected such claims and said he had an excellent rapport with all his players, including the seniors.

"I am not a mad man. I don't go out fighting with everyone. I have a perfectly fine relationship with the players." (ANI)

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