Yousuf wants former players' advice, not criticism to help improve his captaincy

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Lahore, Jan.14 (ANI): Under attack from former players and the media for his team's shameful performance in the second Test against Australia, Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has said that retired cricketers should stop criticising him and instead share their experience to help him lead the side better and overcome his shortcomings.

"I think that instead of criticising all the time, if former players come forward and point out to me that look "this is where you are doing wrong," I think it would help me in improving my captaincy. I have to still learn many things about captaincy," The Nation quoted Yousuf, as saying.

During a television interview, Yousuf said he was disappointed with the way his team performed in the Sydney Test, and added that the players needed the support of people back home.

"It was a bad defeat and we all were very sad and disappointed that we couldn't win a match we had dominated throughout. One bad session costs us the match and the series. We need the support of the nation and our cricket community at this time," Yousuf said.

He also came to the rescue of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal , who has come under heavy fire for his dismal performance in the match, saying he alone should not be blamed for the team's shambolic performance.

"We fielded badly in New Zealand and again in Australia, to make matters worse, Kamran dropped four catches. But he is a fine player and he has won many matches for Pakistan. So, I think we should not put him under more pressure," he said. (ANI)

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