South Africa in UAE 2013 October 21, 2013

Younis 'shocked' at one-day exclusion


Younis Khan was baffled by his continued omission from Pakistan's limited-overs teams. Though a regular in the Test side, he could not find a place in the 16-man squad announced for the five-match ODI series against South Africa, and has been out of the running in limited-overs cricket since the Champions Trophy, when a run of seven innings without crossing fifty forced him out of the squad.

"I'm surprised I am not in the one-day team. It's quite shocking for me," Younis said ahead of Pakistan's second Test against South Africa. "I am available for all formats of the game."

Pakistan have moved towards younger players in the shorter forms with the likes of batsman Umar Amin and recently, Sohaib Maqsood, preferred over older hands such as Younis. Pakistan's batting struggled in the Champions Trophy but they recovered well in series against West Indies and Zimbabwe, both of which they won.

Younis' concern, though, is that younger players may not have seized the opportunities presented to them. Pakistan's recent victories came on the back of the seniors' performance. Misbah-ul-Haq in particular has been a mainstay with the likes of Mohammad Hafeez also scoring important runs.

Nasir Jamshed has made starts but his last half-century came six innings ago and even though both Amin and Ahmed Shehzad managed to score a fifty each against Zimbabwe, their form as been patchy. Younis said if the younger players were producing to a high standard, he would have more understanding for his own axing.

"I am happy if somebody replaces me and performs," he said. "Whenever I share my ideas and experience with the younger guys, I always tell them that it's about performance. I think if the youngsters are here and they perform well, I will be the first one to be happy for them."

Younis delivered his assessment on the selection of the one-day squad with a smile on his face and no malice in his voice and he seemed to be making his statements out of curiosity over his exclusion and not criticism. He went on to clarify he is not targeting the 2015 World Cup but will be happy if he makes it that far.

"As long as I am fit, I will carry on playing and I would like to play in all formats. Even after I captained Pakistan in the 2009 World T20, I didn't want to stop playing the twenty-over format (click here for his comments in 2009)," he said. "But once I am not fit anymore and I can see my body is taking strain, then I will be honest enough to say I am going to stop playing."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Arjun on October 28, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    I am also a huge fan of Younis Khan but for test cricket only not for ODI and i also think that Misbah (With all due respect to what he has done till now) should make way to other better young players for ODI as he starts his innings very slowly and it affects other players. In addition, both of them are too aged to play ODI and T20 as we need more swift and fit players with good technique nowadays. Thus, its better to give more chances to younger players who are doing excellent in domestic circuit. But, players are not selected on merit basis and its a huge problem for PAK cricket and we fan from different countries are also worried about. Another problem with PAK team is, they lacks agression which used to be the real strength in the past. Thus Pak must groom players like, N Jamsade, U Akmal, S Maqsood, U Amin, H Sohil, A shahzad etc who are agressive as well as technically sound and they have good domestic record.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Hello readers i have seen one day cricket since it started in England with Majid khan leading pakistan to victory against England some time ago so why the hell paki cricket board which is run by bunch of gambling tycon including wasim akram brother not to include Abdul razak who is a experience all rounder and others Why not bring nawaz sharif grand son to play for pakistan he will be a young candidate one need 25 and over players experience enough to play as playing in the punjabi villages and lahore street can not plat high standard cricket like they play county cricket in ENGLAND

  • Hira on October 27, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    We will be shocked if you (Younis Khan) get selected for next tour even in a test match

  • Haroon on October 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Best Ever Decision of selectors.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Dear YK, you've literally disappointed us even in these Tests, and you're "shocked" to be dropped out of ODI squad?

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    I think it is the right time for players like Umar Amin and Sohaib Maqsood to get into the side and make a mark. Younis is a great player and now he should only focus on Tests.

  • Ata on October 22, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Dear Younis Khan, you are a great player, keep trying to make come back, hope you will lead Pakistan team as a captain in WC 2015. You are right to ask the question, as we don't see any potential young players to play one-down position, even captain his self reluctant to play on one-down.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Younis Khan he has been a great servant of Pakistan cricket for well over a decade now, but he is wrong here he retired from T20 in 2009, and it was teh right move to retire after winning the championship. As for ODI he has been struggling in that format for a very long time a few good innings aside his ODI career has been an under achieivement. In Test cricket he is stellar and should go on to get a 100 caps if he is fit and able to do so. But in ODI his days are done and dusted with I do understand temptation to play one more WC, but he need to contribute like Misbah if he wants to be part of teh ODI set up otherwise he should retire and focus on Test.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Anyone remember devilliers catch dropped by YK in final ODI of PAK VS SA??????He always choked at critical moments in his ODI career.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    ALL respect for pakistan Skipper Younis Khan he did marvelous job with the bat and his team selection and pakistan were again World Champ's in T20 cricket and if he likes to make come back then he should be given chance in T20 based on his performance. This new young blood theory shouldn't destroy good cricketing careers hopefully.

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