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May 05, 2009 at 10:36pm IST

Younis defends Pak players' night-outs

Karachi: After a humiliating 3-2 series defeat against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Pakistan cricketers have came under fire from the media for being more keen on merrymaking rather than concentrating on the game - an allegation skipper Younis Khan has denied vehemently.

During the ODI series that Pakistan lost to a depleted Australia side, many players kept late nights and went for clubbing while some even invited "female friends" into their hotel rooms, daily Jung reported here today.

The newspaper report mentioned that apparently there were no curfew hours in place for players who came and went at their will.

Younis defends Pakistan players' night-outs

The players went clubbing and some invited 'female friends' into their rooms, reportedly.

"The team management was unaware of what was happening since the coach, manager and assistant manager are all aged people who normally went to bed early," the report said.

However, Pakistan captain Younis Khan has brushed aside the reports saying he didn't believe in treating teammates like "schoolchildren".

"The players are human beings and they want to enjoy life like everyone else so why shouldn't they. As far as I am concerned no one should poke into the personal life of the players," Younis was quoted as saying by the paper

"They were female guests even in the rooms of Australian players, so what is the big fuss about it," Younis added. Although the Pakistan skipper has confirmed that he had an altercation with a female in the lobby of the team hotel in Abu Dhabi after she questioned the behaviour of Pakistan players.

According to the media reports, members of the Pakistani community in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were not very pleased with the 'extra-curricular' activities of the cricketers.

After Pakistan won the first match, Australia made a comeback by winning three encounters on the trot to pocket the series before the Younis Khan-led side managed a consolation win in the last tie.

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