Rana Naved-ul-Hasan accused his Pakistan teammates of intentionally underperforming against New Zealand in the ODI series in 2009. Rana donned the Pakistan jersey in 9 Tests, 74 ODIs and four T20Is and was a wily customer as a frontline swing bowler.
He made shocking revelations about the politics inside the team in his heydey and how the players rallied to remove the highest run-getter for Pakistan in Tests - Younis Khan.
“We lost two ODI matches against New Zealand in UAE during 2009 because some of the players involved deliberately did not play well, and I sat out that tour,” said Rana Naved.
Rana made no secrets with Younis regarding the conspiracy that was brewing against him and he seemingly made the confession at the cost of his place in the side.
“I did not play because I had told Younis Khan that this was the conspiracy against you and that I am also a part of that plot,” he added.
The ex-Pakistan ace bowler was of the view that Younis changed his demeanour when he was given the captain's armband.
“This was not a rebellion against Younis Khan. He was a good cricketer and I did play alongside him so there were no issues except that when he became captain, he became a different person," Rana opined.
He alleged that the senior players in the side were behind that ploy as they set their eyes on the coveted captaincy post.
“Some seniors, and I won’t name names as they may have had aspirations of being captains themselves, got us involved in this whole affair as well to further their aims. We were about seven to eight people involved in this,” Rana said.
Rana avoided taking names but hinted that some high profile players were involved in the plot.
“We were all called into a room and an oath of allegiance taken and the people in that room were some big names of Pakistan cricket.
“If I mention those names, then they will get angry with me,” remarked Rana
“They said we don’t want him to be removed but we would like the PCB Chairman to reason with Younis Khan as he does not take the advice of seniors as captain and does what he feels like doing,” he added.
“I went along with this thinking that if this is the only matter and the PCB Chairman tells him that then I don’t have an issue with this,” he said.
New Zealand won that series by 2-1 as they won the last two matches rather convincingly but the first match was a lop-sided affair in the favour of Pakistan.