ISLAMABAD After watching the abysmal performance of the senior Pakistani batsmen against the Kiwis on Monday night in Abu Dhabi, there is one question that arises in the mind of every cricket-lover in the country: why is Younus Khan still leading the team, despite it being almost a fact that he doesnt deserve a place in the starting eleven ,at least in ODIs. Younus already inflicted damage on his team in the Champions Trophy with his ridiculous catch drop at a crucial stage of the semi-final against the Kiwis. Had that catch been taken, the outcome of the match would surely have been much different. Younus has scored only two half-centuries in his last 19 ODIs. No doubt Younus is a good Test player, but it cannot be denied that his place in the ODI squad is a great risk. The skipper should be a role model not only for the team but also for others, and resign again like he did before. The example of Imran Khan is worth mentioning here, as he is a true legend by all means. The 1992 World Cup is a classic example of his leadership qualities. Despite having a relatively weaker squad, he managed to steer his team to victory in the World Cup. With the announcement of the 2011 World Cup schedule, the PCB must stop experimenting further and handover the captaincy to Shahid Afridi. Shahid Afridi has all the qualities that captaincy demands: respect from fellow players, exemplary leadership skills, far-sightedness, and aggressive nature. Furthermore, captaincy at this stage can enable him to have a better understanding of the players, and adopt a clear vision for the 2011 World Cup. Only the players that deserve a place should be in the team no matter how big their name is, and there should be one simple rule: let the willow do the talking. Records are meant to be broken. A cricketer cannot play his entire life just by scoring in one match a year, but needs to perform consistently to cement his place in the side. It is unfortunate that despite our country having first-class players like Imran Nazir, Azher Mehmood, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanveer, and others who can easily represent the worlds best team, they are unable to get a place in the national team because of the dirty politics in sports affairs. If Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir were to open innings for Pakistan, it would ease pressure on the batsmen that follow and give the Pakistani players a psychological edge over their opponents. This is because the pair definitely has the capability to improve the run rate, even if they fail to deliver for long. Rather than playing ODIs, Younus Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, and Misbahul Haq should now concentrate on Tests. All-rounders are better suited for ODIs and that is why all cricket-playing nations rely on them. Australia have Shane Watson, Mitchel Johnson, and Cameron White; South Africa rely on Jacque Kallis, JP Dummny, and Greame Smith; India on Tendullkar, Yuvraj and the Pathan brothers; and Kiwis on Vettori, Oram and Styris. The ideal Pakistani ODI team would include Shahid Afridi (Captain), Imran Nazir, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Umer Akmal, Azher Mehmood, Sohail Tanveer, Muhammad Ammer, Umer Gul, and Saeed Ajmal.