Younis backs Shoaib
Fast bowler gets the support of team-mate
Last Updated: July 7, 2008 2:52pm
Shoaib: Needs extra care
Younis Khan has backed Shoaib Akhtar to return to the Pakistan side - but insisted the troubled fast bowler needed to be treated with extra care.
Shoaib was freed by a court to play for the national side after a Lahore High Court judge suspended his 18-month ban for a breach of disciplinary.
A tribunal had already reduced Shoaib's ban from the PCB from five years - with the latest appeal hearing suspending the sentence until September.
However Younis believes that Shoaib needs to be looked after to get the best out of him.
"I have spent a lot of time with him," Younis told The News. "He is like a child and needs constant attention. He needs extra care.
"He is a match-winner. Fast bowlers are fun-loving and passionate. More passionate than other players.
"Shoaib is hounded by the media all the time. He needs privacy and encouragement."