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Pak batting no good against quality attack: Ramiz Raja

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Lahore, Oct 28 (UNI) Embarrased by Pakistan's abject surrender in the Champions Trophy match against South Africa, former captain Ramiz Raja said the 'shameful' collapse has confirmed that Younis Khan and co were not good enough to handle quality bowling.

''It indeed was a performance most shameful and embarrassing.

Pakistan's batting capitulated so thoroughly, without offering even a semblance of a fight,'' Ramiz wrote in his column for the 'Nation'.

''No wonder Pakistan is now being labelled as a side absolutely gutless against quality quick bowling. This is such a damaging tag to carry around the world for it besmirches us as a laughing stock in the cricketing fraternity,'' he added.

Unimpressed by Younis Khan's captaincy during the tournament, Ramiz said the skipper's struggle for his batting form was affecting his decision making as well. Ramiz said Younis also lacked support from his deputy Mohammad Yousuf.

''Younis Khan promised a lot but sadly delivered very little. His batting form has slumped and he was let down by his able lieutenant Mohammad Yousuf. One would not be able to give many marks to Younis Khan for his leadership.'' ''Twice in two games, he had the opposition -- New Zealand and South Africa to be precise -- on the mat, yet he failed to see to it that they were finished off. His own batting form deserted him.

In other words, he failed to handle the pressures of captaincy and batting together,'' Ramiz pointed out.

However, Ramiz said, Younis does have the potential of developing into a future leader and felt the debacle will help in making him a stronger leader.

''Younis has got potential for being a good future asset as captain and though Pakistan lost miserably in two of its three matches, this may help him emerge stronger,'' he said.

Criticising Shahid Afridi for his lean patch, the former captain said the swashbuckling player's place in the side needs to be reviewed.

''Shahid Afridi was only an onlooker in the series and his position has to be seriously reviewed for he was out of his depth on grassy pitches,'' he said.

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