ISLAMABAD - Masterful Younus Khan shut his critics' mouths by scoring sensational four centuries (two single hundreds and one double hundred) in as many innings and that too mighty Australians.

There was very little doubt about Younus Khan's abilities and class, but he was the classic victim of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s unjust and biased behavior just like a number of past greats, who had to face same harsh treatment and their careers ended in dismay.

One thing which was quite hurting and totally unacceptable was the media outburst of former middle order great M Yousaf, who without any reason and ground reality demanded the PCB to completely ignore Younus and captain Misbah for the upcoming World Cup. Yousaf must explain his statement and seek public apology for his outburst in media. The way Younus batted and Misbah shoulder the burden of Pakistan cricket team in hard times is more than enough to justify their places not only in the longer version of the game but also in the 50 overs a-side matches. Without Misbah and Younus, Pakistan team is not capable enough to play out full quota of overs, which was clearly witnessed during the recent One-day internationals against Australia. Misbah was out of form, but what were other batsmen doing, they should also be blamed equally instead of putting the entire blame on Misbah's shoulder.

Younis has proved one thing very clearly that form is temporary but class is permanent. Yousaf is himself a classic example of PCB's harsh and unjustified treatment, as he had a lot of cricket left in him, so he should also shoulder the blame for his exit from the international cricket as he was fully involved in religious affairs and could not find enough time for cricket. But he should have not given such a childish statement, as he had played alongside both Younus and Misbah and he is fully aware about the class and quality both these greats. Yousaf must seek public apology for his media outburst against Younus and Misbah and all others so-called pundits as well, who were flops when it comes to their playing days, but they pose themselves as biggest advocates of PCB without being paid.

One thing is crystal clear, if men in green stand even an outside chance of doing well in the upcoming World Cup in the fast and bouncy tracks of Australia and New Zealand, they have no other option but to put complete faith in the abilities of Younus and Misbah, otherwise, the writing is very much on the wall and it will be a miracle for Pakistan team to reach beyond the knockout stages.

Misbah is till date the most fittest and right man to captain the national team. Misbah made some highly questionable decisions, but it is also true, he always play for the country and always at the receiving end, when it comes to criticism, which is at times highly unjustified, the selectors should shoulder the blame of the defeat for their majority role as well, no one bothers to question the team selection.

Now the momentum is high in Pakistan team's favuor, so the PCB must carry on good work done by Younus and without wasting further time, immediately recall him for the ODI series against New Zealand and also include his name for the upcoming World Cup, which will prove highly beneficial for the team and the country as well.