LAHORE - Pakistan captain Younis Khan has hit out at his underperforming senior batsmen Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq. Dramatic batting collapses marked Pakistan's series loss in Sri Lanka, the home side taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series with victories in the first two Tests. Younis was refusing to take responsibility for his stars' poor showings, though, and said: "I just inherited these players. What can I do if players like Malik and Misbah are failing regularly?" He added on a television interview: "If I just throw them out of the team, the whole of Pakistan will start talking that I've gotten rid of them. "It is up to the authorities to decide what should be done about it." Several former players have blamed Pakistan's abject performances on infighting and factions in the team. Legendary spinner Abdul Qadir, who last month resigned from the chief selector's post, accused Malik of being the cause of dissidence in the team. "When I resigned as chief selector, I am on record as saying that Malik should be punished for letting captain Younis down," Qadir said. "I maintain that there is factionalism in the team. "I would say even if we have to drop most of the senior players to get rid of the internal politics within the team, it is not a costly bargain because in the end it is Pakistan cricket that is suffering."