Yousuf supports Malik's appointment
Apr 25, 2007 - 3:26:01 PM

Karachi, April 25 - Pakistan's Mohammed Yousuf, who was in line for the national cricket team's captaincy, has supported Shoaib Malik's appointment to the post.

'It was a good decision that will prove fruitful in the future. I think it was a good decision and I am confident it will produce positive results in the future,' the prolific batsman told a television channel in an interview, The News newspaper reported Wednesday.

Yousuf, the most experienced player in the side with 75 Tests and 236 One-Day Internationals -, said 'he was eager to lead the side after the World Cup and was disappointed at not getting the captaincy but keeping in mind the future, the Board had taken the correct decision'.

Yousuf said he had no problem with Shoaib's appointment and assured full support to his captain. 'I have no problems and I can assure Malik my 100 percent support,' he said.

'I also hope that other senior players would support him wholeheartedly.'

Yousuf, who enjoyed a record-breaking stint last year scoring over 1,700 runs in 11 Test matches with nine hundreds, said he would 'like to see Malik continue his role as a captain for a long period of time'.

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