South Africa in UAE 2013 October 21, 2013

Younis 'shocked' at one-day exclusion

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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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  • pakfanfromnepal 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.

  • 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

  • Hira1 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.Ahmed on October 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Best Ever Decision of selectors.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • bouncer709 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • pakfanfromnepal 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.

  • 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

  • Hira1 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.Ahmed on October 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Best Ever Decision of selectors.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • bouncer709 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • abdullahiqbal on October 22, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Yes it fine squade I am fan of khan but they should give chance to youngstsr

  • on October 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I am a fan of Younis from India, but feel his time in ODIs is up. Misbah too for all his consistency needs to pick up his strike rate in the shorter formats. What though can be appreciated about Misbah is the fact that he did not chicken out of the responsibility of captainship as Younis. He was man enough to accept it and has done a commendable job, given what has been happening around the team.

  • on October 22, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Did not expect this from you younis You are a man to be respected and a man of your words you yourself said the following 4 years ago "This is my last Twenty20 game," he said at the conclusion of his press conference. "I'm old now for this kind of cricket." Atleast show some respect !!!!!!!!!!!!don't act like veena malik :P

  • on October 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Why do people always have to bring Misbah in in everything? Misbah's record this year speaks for itself. The world laughs at Pakistan for criticizing Misbah. Its so stupid! He is in a great shape physically and in the form of his life with the bat. No one but Pakistanis could ever want their best batsman and most prolific run scorer out of the team!

  • on October 22, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    our expert view is that hafeez can bowl, oi I wana tell u hafeez has to bat first. he is playing with the shameful average of 26 in ODI, so conclusion is if Hafeez is there so Younas should be certainly there with the team.

  • on October 22, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Younis is not, and never has been a strong ODI batsman. He takes his time to get into flow and when he does he doesn't stop, and he needs to warm up as well, very rarely will you see Younis perform first innings of a test more often in 2nd innings onwards.

    ODI does not afford him this time and his tendency to get out after using up initial deliveries puts the team under pressure.

    This is a very un Younis like statement all in all, did not expect this statement from him

  • on October 22, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Dear Younis, ur a useless ODI batsman, plz check ur record what have u doone in all the matches where u were choosen.. u were the reason for so mani defeats..u dont score and u dont even make runs.. u will just get bowled after playing 50balls and scoring 2 runs

  • q4Qasim on October 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Cricket is a game of temperament and hold pressure not to come and hit the ball from the start. We saw in our past that players with experience are more successful than young talent because nowadays bowling and pitches variations brings difficulties for batsmen to adjust on pitch or stay long till the end. Series like Pak vs SA is a game of pressure and only an experience player like Younis Khan can face the fast and furious SA bowling attacks in middle order.We forget that Younis plays many innings to bring down the pressure of falling wickets and reached to victory position. He deserve to play against SA because he is the back bone of this team. Misbah is a good player and if he really wants to win this ODI series he must keep Younis as senior partner that will help him to protect his middle order more stronger against losing quick wickets from opening order also one man like Younis Khan can score more than 50 to max 100 in each match. Because his recent form shows great improvement.

  • on October 22, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    I wonder why people are still targeting mibsah (leading scorer for Pak team) guys this article is abt younas. Coming back to his question as 2 why he was omitted then i dnt think it shud come as a surprise to him he just didnt score enough runs it isnt rocket science really.

  • JohnSnider on October 22, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Firdose Moonda's articles on Pakistan cricket are always appreciated . She possesses good knowledge on Pak cricket. I would suggest that she should be appointed as a honorary selector. Nasir Jamshed has the most beautiful style and appears to be most potential player in the world of cricket today. He should play his own game and no need to hurry and be calm as Misbah. To me Misbah the best cricket player in the world today.He should be better when he is 45.He is a late bloomer.His biological age is hardly 25 as he has all the confidence and capability to tackle any bowler of the world.

  • SohailMirza on October 22, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Younis Khan is not doubt a best test batsman but he is not good for ODIs. He should have been dropped from ODI squad 5 years before. He is a kind under pressure batsman in ODI and his ODI record is a proof. This is a kind of selfish statement and does not suit to such player. Why you have to be selected for ODI??? for what reason?? We have 18 Crore people and there lots of good batsman... Sohaib Maqsood is much better than you.

  • on October 22, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    If Hafeez can find a place in team then Younis is somewhat justified in his complains ... on absolute grounds, Younis should not be in the team ... but at least he deserves more than what Hafeez does in ODI

  • on October 22, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Thank God, i wish misbah should also be dropped from ODIs

  • on October 22, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    im also a fan of younis khan he is one of the fittest man in Pakistan team he is the man of crises in many matches he won the match for Pakistan also have a great run in test and also in 50 over cricket so we need him more as 2 3 years in one-day international team and also 4 5 years in test team. and also we missed abdul razaq he is also one of the greatest hiter of the ball good all rounder but some team members are afraid from him like M.Hafeez not see him in Pakistan team but our prayers with razzaq and yo-unis to see them in one-day squad.

  • on October 22, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Younas is a great test player but he never was a good ODI player. His records speak for himself. If I have to select, I would never miss him in Test side and would not include him in ODIs.

  • on October 22, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @ kingsland

    all the anti-misbah folks - get a life :)

    Misbah is not the only performing Pakistani batsman, but he is also the leading run scorer in all international formats in 2013.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on October 22, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Sorry to Younis but you are probably one of the worst odi bats ever (although in tests he is up their with the greates) ... Honestly I hate when senior players say that "oh youngsters have not seized their opportunities" yeah way to build their confidence ... Did not expect Younis to say this but I guess the "senior" culture got to him.

  • q4Qasim on October 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Main problem with Misbah is to save his captaincy till WC 2015 because he afraid for losing captaincy if Younis Khan play well in one day series and he knows that main threat is only Younis Khan because other players are juniors. But for Pakistan cricket we needs win on word class teams like SA. We sit in front of tv to watch Pakistan winning moments not their internal matters. So I am requesting Misbah and selectors that please give chance to Younis because he can stay for long with confidence to face SA strike bowlers by moving the strike, scoring singles,2's and fours. When we loosing wickets quickly then we need senior player like Younis Khan to stay at wicket and support younger players till 50 overs and specially when we have a tough target ahead then only Younis Khan shows great temperament to stay and hold the pressure. So please give him this chance to play in ODI against SA otherwise this will be the last and worst ODI series for Misbah Ul Haq if we come to the end of series.

  • on October 22, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    In last seventeen matches he scored two half centuries with strike rate around 50,and he is shocked!bro you are seriously lucky to stay in test side after your performance in ODI

  • on October 22, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    with average of 31, first 100 after 99 innings, ratio of 1:5 match, strike rate of 75 (4.5 ave per over) for score over 50, he cannot and should not and would not be part of any ODI team. he is not a match winner, nor he won any match for Pakistan. compare with any of Australian, SA, England, Sri Lankan player of 1 down or 2 down, all are above 40 and 50 with strike rate of 85 plus ( ave 5.5 and above). plz stay away from team

  • on October 22, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    I am a great fan of Younis khan. He should be included in the playing 11. I am very disappointed on this decision. there are certain roles where young blood is required. However the way Younis plays and the number he is in suits more responsible and mature person like younis instead of aggressive youngster who throws their wickets playing shit shots.....

  • on October 22, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    If i look back on the ODI / Test record of Pakistan team over the last couple of years or so, despite all the criticism and speculations, only Misbah and Younus khan are the two most consistant players. Both of them have taken around 60% of pakistan's batting responsibilities and delivered success. It's so painful and rediculous to see them being punished for nothing, especially Younus Khan. He is such a brilliant cricketer, a great team man, and above all a very humble/honest human being. Such a shame he has been kicked out of ODI team.

  • on October 22, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    It doesnt make sense to me. Hafeez with all his crappy performance is still there. You need a good balance of experience and youth in a successful team. Right now,we have Misbah and Younis.Hafeez has been around, but not dependable.Neither of the other two are in Younis's class. So it does seem that someone in the board has something against Younis. If you have too many young players, they will be scared to play their natural game if they think that there is no one down the order to steady the ship if they fail.Also,youngesters, no matter how talented they are, need someone like YOunis to teach them about temperament, something you only learn from your seniors.All the great teams have a mix, look at S.A. with Kallis,smith and AB, Look at Aus with Watto and Clarke, India has dhoni,Yuvraj,Gambhir, then why cant Pak have atleast two experienced batsmen?

  • on October 22, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Since 2009, he has played 75 ODI's and only averaged 25.91 with the bat. Strike rate is only 69 or 70 as well. You cant go all that time not scoring good runs.

    Im with Khurram S Chaudhry. His recent record doesnt justify selection.

  • on October 22, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Dear Younis Khan, why are you baffled at the exclusion. Havent you gone through your latest ODI record. Trust me, your selection would have shocked entire Pakistan. Please sit back at home and relax

  • on October 22, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Just want to clear one thing in Yonis's mind. He is out of the ODI team not because of his age but because of his batting style and performance. Misbah can be really slow too at times but he has the ability to hit sixes which is imperative in limited overs cricket. Having said that Yonis should feel hard done with the continuous ridiculous selection of Asad Shafiq with an average of 27 and POOR strike rate of less than 70. In my view it is really unfortunate for that kid Harris Sohail that Shafiq is selected and he is dropped . This is day time robbery and is equivalent or maybe more obnoxious than selection repeated selection of Imran Farhat !!!

  • on October 22, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    At thirty six, Younis Khan can still play ODI.He is a senior batsman with a lot of potential.I can understand the introduction of younger players,but it"s good to groom them, the younger players with the seniors.His test figures are remarkable,falling below avg in a few matches should not keep him away from the ODI.Misbah is a great example of a senior player who in recent times held the keys to Pakistan batting and winning.I personally feel Younis Khan should be in the ODI squad.

  • Crick_Expert on October 22, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Younis khan is great player, he must be in pak team I dont understand why following players come again without any performance

    mr tuktuk, asad safiq, sohial tanvir, adnan akmal, azahar ali, wahab raiz..?

  • on October 21, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    This is very bad news for Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, but both deserves to select in ODI squad of Pakistan team. Both have a lot of experience and SA is a Strong team.

  • on October 21, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Let us see what youngsters can do in the forthcoming ODIs against South Africa in the absence of Younis Khan. He is always available to play for Pakistan and he has performed excellently in the past. He is kept stand-by and will be given enough chances in the future. He should not think of retirement. Good luck Younis in your future and be hopful for a come back. We are with you.

  • Cric_fever_forever on October 21, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    i hav alot of respect for this guy. he is class act. he should focus to represent pak for more then 100 test match ( which he is nearing) he is super fit and he can play lot of test matches in coming years

  • bouncer709 on October 21, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Cricket is about performance, it is not about age, people who talk about giving chance to young players they seems very naive about cricket, now see the young players who are given chances removing experienced player like Younis, Razzaq and Kamran Akmal (Umer Amin ODI average:21, Hariz sohail :15, Hafeez: 28, Naiser Jamshed 37, Ahmed Shehzad:26, Asad Shafiq: 27, Sarfraz Ahmed: 18, Wahab Riaz:12, Sohail Tanveer:14)...here only Nasir Jamshed seems with good ODI average, but he performed only against india and since than his average continuously dropping (last 15 matches average 23), soon you people will see his average drop below 30. I don't see any of these players better than Younis, razzaq and Kamran. So cricket is not about young/old age, it is about winning capabilities, and all senior players, Razzaq, Afridi, Younis, Saeed Ajmal, kamran akmal, they can win matches single handedly on their good day. Zulfiqar babar, also proved he is better than young players.

  • on October 21, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    A batting great, respectable bowler and even kept wickets for Pakistan - A team man, simple/straightforward and responds to Pakistan Team's needs whenever asked. As described by Cricinf "Younis Khan is the kind of man who responds best in adversity. A Test average of over 50, a triple-hundred, a famous double-hundred against India in India, and a brilliant rearguard partnership to clinch Pakistan's 3-0 Test whitewash over England, leave no doubt about his quality and class. He is also one of the most successful fielders for Pakistan, and can bowl respectable slow-medium. As a captain, Younis has enjoyed success in leading Pakistan to the world Twenty20 title in 2009. Committed, inspired, capable, and bearing the burden of conflict with fortitude and poise." ...With his 75.36 career strike rate in ODIs, great ability to rotate strike, his keenness in grooming youngsters and being the best fielder in Pakistan side, Younus Khan deserves to be in the ODI team.

  • bohurupi on October 21, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Good decision. Youngsters need to be groomed even initially at the cost of losing matches.If Pakistan want to succeed in future, less and less reliance on the old sentinels is what that is required. Younis should realize that he is no extraordinary ODI player and so should be quite happy to leave the place for a budding younster.

  • on October 21, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Younis needs to stop being selfish,its good selectors only select him for test if anyone from the test team desevres a spot on the ODI team its Azhar Ali

  • jayray999 on October 21, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I really respect Younis Khan but he surprised me this time. "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." Yet see this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/wt202009/content/story/410101.html

  • on October 21, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    many people here comparing younas & misbah. Younas is better player than misbah. a good class in test. and better than misbah in terms of scoring and shots..

    But the exclusion of younas khan from odi is justified because of recent odi form and scores he had in last many odis he played. he is inconsistent enough to be dropped. no matter how much strike rate you have. the batting crisis pakistan batting has at the moment, i think scoring regular is important than strike rates. Not talking about 100s. but how many times he scored in odis is important. His exclusion is justified.

  • on October 21, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    YOUNUS &. SHAOIB MALIK AS SENIOR deserve to have place in oneday team great players but New generatin doesn't know about the science of cricket , thy only like those players like afridi who hit sixes and fours and out selfish cricketer that why thy are totally failed , Those players are successful thy got verity batting , thy can hit sixes and fours on situation. SELE COMMITTE DONE ANOTHER JOKE WITH NATION I am sure with current players PAK team can't. Win ONDAY series with SA , UNLESS SA show low grade performance .

  • imranmujtaba on October 21, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    If misbah can stay in ODI then younus fully deserve to be in ODI. As Younis khan is far better batsman then Misbah. Pakistan lost in champion trophy and Last WC due to Misbah poor strike rate and captaincy. He is still same, Misbah has shown no improvement ..... Last two series won because of tailender fire power, umar and afridi played well in patches in that series....... Misbah and Younis both should be out and pakistan should look to build for next WC.

  • on October 21, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Its a good decision to drop Younis, either we'll get a youngster who performs or Younis will make a strong comeback in the ODIs.

  • DD_f0rever on October 21, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    It does not matter who gets picked here as these matches are going to be played on slow low flat tracks, so any sub-continent batsman can score runs against a team that has no quality spinner.

    The point is Pakistan shld think of future (WC 2015),find young batsmen who are technically correct (as on fast bouncy pitches sloggers won't survive) and give them good exposure.

    Btw, Younis is technically correct and still looks fit. He along with Misbah will be Pak's backbone of batting in tough conditions.

  • bouncer709 on October 21, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @Ahmad Ali: how Misbah is better than Younis? see the test record of younis khan and then Misbah too, the only positive on Misbah credit is good average in ODI but his low strike rate and inability to rotate strike will remain questionable. As concerned T20, it was younis Khan who lead the team to win T20, and before commenting on his T20 record, see his strike rate 122 in T20. Younis Scored 22 centuries in 85 tests, Misbah only 4 in 42 matches, don't mention younis triple century, double centuries. and you have short memory, who won test in Zimbabwe? Now the people who only look Misbah high average in ODI, to them my question is why Misbah reluctant to play one down? Younis has played most of his cricket on this challenging position where Misbah do not dare to bat.

  • NinnyMouseHaiHai on October 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    yunis deserves it. he must be in. with all his experience and class, he should be next captain. am scared the standard of Pkstn cricket will go down if he is being ignored like this. unfortunately, the New comers can not be nurtured like this bc Pkstn lacks home-international-cricket. its the experienced players who can help fulling this gap. Razzak n Kamran akmal should be in the squad to0.

  • on October 21, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Younis Khan has not scored a century in the last 5 years in ODI cricket, his top score during this period is 89 and his average is under 30 during this period, His batting strike rate has been under 70 runs per hundred balls in this time as well. Stats don't lie and Younis Khan has not performed well enough in ODI cricket for the past 5 years

  • on October 21, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    younis Test Record is phenomenal so he should be kept to test side only i am Sorry to say Younis that he hasn't scored Hundred since 2k9 and due to no international cricket in country new players like amin, haris sohail, shafiq should be groomed to international cricket level...!

  • avmd on October 21, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    He was dropped from ODIs after a very long run of failure and now Pakistan is trying some new players with good potential, so what's wrong with that. In Pakistan no one wants to give up. Cricketers like Mo Yousuf and Razzaq still think they are 20 some year old. Thanks oldeis, your served your countrywell and were rewarded well , time to move on.

  • Jda123 on October 21, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Younis as an ODI player at this stage of his career should not happen.

    Young players need to be given a chance, the only way Younis should be included is depending on his performance in Test matches, yes Test and ODI are 2 different games but if he has on great form he could bring it to ODI.

    Younis though is required on seam pitches

  • DanishNaseer on October 21, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Younis didn't deserve one day spot, better to be focused on Tests.

  • AdnanAfridi on October 21, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Over 250 matches with average of 31.88 is a below average performance from a top order batsman...still he thinks he shud be in the team...I dont know what it takes for pple to accept that they no more deserve what they want..same goes for Shahid, Hafeez, kamran akmal...and if we persist with asad shafiq...he will also be like the same useless player..I dont see any potential future legend in the upcoming lot too...

  • on October 21, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Totally understand Younus's point and I fully support his point and back him to be included in the ODI side. He can still play till the 2015 world cup , Pakistan team needs him in the ODIs.

  • on October 21, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Are you available for any format of the cricket game? you must be joking. I still remember you were the only one who does not score in an whole over on T-20 World cup 2009. What you have done in the recent test match? first of all prove yourself on the test matches with the valuable strike rate, then you must be chosen for ODIs, if you can runs 50+ on the ODIs with the strike rate of 100+ then selectors can focus on you on T20 format as well. I think it does not happen ever because of your age. And guys please stop comparing Younis Khan with Misbah-ul-Haq, as everyone known Misbah is much better than Younis Khan.

  • on October 21, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I think younis has a point here, if you look in to the current ODI team there is only player Misbah who has better average than him over an extended period. The others are pretty low on averages. Also Younis is far the most fitter and good fielder in ODI. I would consider him and also was approved by the current Pakistan fielding coach as the best fielder and fitter man in the current team. So, he needs to be in the team, there is no real batsman in the team other than misbah and if you exclude younis then i am afraid pakistan is going to lose to SA.

  • on October 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    i think abdul razzaq should be considered as the experienced compainer , or may be shoaib malik but never younis khan now is the time for the batsman who can bowl

  • on October 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    pakistan cricket board (PCB) gave younis most opportunity than any one but he does not perform for country. now this is the time to promote youngster at international level in place of younis khan (like umar amin,sohaib maqsood etc)

  • wrenx on October 21, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    @Nisar Ahmad I wouldn't worry too much, Younis scores big at least once per series. His wicket in the last test was from a brute of a ball from Morkel, there was no shame in getting out to such good bowling. Younis is a sparkling, classy player, we should treasure him while we can

  • wrenx on October 21, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I think Younis is saying this more to motivate the new players who, as he says, have failed to seize their opportunities. While Younis is a class act and invaluable in our test side, his ODI form had really tailed off by the time he was dropped. Unless his domestic form has been sensational in list a, I don't think he is taking himself too seriously as an ODI contender again. I hope that not having to play ODIs will prlong his test career, we are fortunate to be blessed with a talent like Younis, and could do with him in the team for as long as possible.

  • wakaPAK on October 21, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    He's a gentleman and he's Pakistan's Mr. Cricket. He has every right to ask that question.... Asking questions and complaining in a healthy way is a good thing as long as there is no malice afterwards....

  • on October 21, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I think that younus should give some better performance in domestic circuit first, as far as his performance against SA is concerned then he has scored 116 runs in last 5 appearances so i think we should give chance to others.

  • on October 21, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Younus khan's exclusion is another mistake by PCB....... He should be there until another middle order batsman built who because of his performance through younus out from the team... I don't understand what the PCB is doing with Pak cricket.Today's crocket is so fast that Pakistan should have all those batsmans who can hit big as well..like indian bating every batsman can hit big sixes without any risk and they manage themselves easily. I want to see Shehzad,Jamshed,Hafeez,Umar akmal,Asad,afridi,Razzaq,Hammad azam,ajmal,Junaid,Irfan in the same team.....If these play then no one can beat us easily.

  • Sports4Youth on October 21, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    But still he is a good Test match player. He may have a couple of years in him for test cricket but certainly not the shorter format.

  • Sports4Youth on October 21, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Younis should accept the fact that his ODI career is ovoer. He should also realise that he was given far more opportunities than what he deserved in the shorter format. Now it is in the interest of the team that they move on to younger players.

  • on October 21, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Mr. Younis Khan. You were given 1000 chances when you were young. Now please let the youngsters to come and play for Pakistan. You were a very average ODI player throughout your career. If Mohd Yousaf say something like this I can understand. Please concentrate on your Test career thats where you are good at. How many times you had changes to mind about captainancy ???? and then about T20 retirement. Now you are available for all formats.

    What wrong with our players?????

  • hakoonj on October 21, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Younis for the love of God please end your career with some dignity. Yes you were a very good ODI batsman at one point, but clearly from your last 15-20 ODI's it is apparent that you are no longer fit for that game or 20/20. Even the likes of Dravid, Ponting and Tendulkar knew when their ODI time was up and they quit to pronlong their Test career. I think Younis is still one of the best Test batsmen out there and can still play another 2-3 years, maybe even the Test championship of 2017 if we make it into that InshAllah, so that should be his only focus.

  • CricketChat on October 21, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    I agree with Pak selectors. At this stage of his career, Younis is more suited to tests. He has become a bit slow in the field and is clearly showing his age.

  • on October 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Younis Khan is already 35 years old, and he doesn't have any ODI performance to boast of in the recent past, he never scored an ODI century since 2008, and he expects a place in squad? It is better for youngster to take the place with WC in mind.

  • on October 21, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    happy to see every one is scared to loose his spot from the team. very good decision to drop hafeez

  • on October 21, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Team Pak can't afford both Misbah and Yk simultaneously. Can it?

  • SamRoy on October 21, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I thought Younis Khan underperformed in ODI cricket. For a player of his potential he should be averaging 35+ with a strike rate of 80+ in ODIs but he averaged 32 with a strike rate of 75 in ODIs.

  • CricketRockStar on October 21, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Its about next world cup Younis bhai; giving you more chance is like investment in old car and it can still break any time so gamble on new make sense.

  • Obaid2002 on October 21, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Younis Khan can play Test as long as he is fit. But I don't think he is fit for ODI and T20 as he plays defensive. I know lots of questions will be Misbah plays defensive so I'll Explain. Misbah plays as match intends, if you look at his career since 2009 he plays as least aggressive as it can be to make Pakistan win. Younis is not will not stay long for Test either.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 21, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    what did he say ? I am available for all 3 formats ? didnt he retire from t20's after 2009 wc. When will they learn ? they always back-track on there previous decisions....

  • ICCexpert.... on October 21, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Pakistan selectors should soon realise the potential of Sharjeel Khan and Sohaib Maqsood, before its too late. They are the Sehwag and Inzi of current era.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 21, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Yunis is an exceptional test player but sorry to say that he is not the same with one dayers, his average speaks of that. We have players like Sohaib Maqsood and Sharjeel Khan and Harris Sohail who can be real assets for pakistan if given proper chance.

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I totally agreed with selectors, His ODI career is over i do belive look @ his avg in odi's 31.88,if a person score in one match then he does'nt do anything in his next ten matches ths type of career younis has in ODI's, so he shd understand now it's over and he shd leave the place for youngsters....

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    hummmm i think younis khan once said that he consider T20 cricket as joke cricket .Also i think he after 2009 World T20 said in clear words that he do not want to play T20 cricket any more.he announced his retirement clearly.Iam realy astonished to read that he didn't want to stop playing the twenty-over format

  • Javiq on October 21, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    His late reaction sometimes costs us matches. He has not been part of ODI team for some time now. Its funny that he is shocked about his exclusion now after many series. I think he is feeling that he is in good for and deserve a chance.

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Younis is completely unfit for ODIs . Even in Test Cricket he is very inconsistent and performs in about one inning in six . He should focus on improving his performance in Tests . Let us see what he averages in thetwo Tests against South Africa . If he doesn't do better than having an average of 30 , he should be retired .

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Younis Khan is inconsistent in ODI, now even in test, he can not play a pace bowler confidently. His strike rate is getting wrost. No doubt he did a very good job in past but now its time to move forward. One down batsmen required special skill to not only play the pacer but also keep the avg healthy, but he is lacking in both. So for me it is good to not play him in one day.

  • Narbavi on October 21, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    But i remember see Younis announce his retirement from T20's immediately after the world T20 in 2009

  • asiacricket1234 on October 21, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    This guy is always shocked about something lol. He is a really good test batsman but in ODI he is a ordinary batsman so he should consider himself lucky that he played that many ODI's. Pakistan done the right thing by dropping him and giving young player a chance

  • A.T.Abbasi on October 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    for me this decision is 50-50, No doubt Yonis is a fine player but we need to give chance to youngsters who are very tallented, Its better for Pakistan cricket to bring young blood in the side.

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    he has got a strong point... we need some one solid like him in the middle order... we only relying too much on Misbah...

  • Samee0324 on October 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Younis is a good test player but now we have to think about future which is ICC World cup where we need young talent to groom from now. Its better for younis to perform in tests and lets youngsters to join ODIs and T20s formats... good luck younis for tests only

  • Zahidsaltin on October 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Cricket is their job which earns them living. The problem with Pakistan is that PCB is not giving the players enough test matches and even the 3 test series' are now being cut down to two matches. They wvwn don't have participation in big earner leagues, so that makes them eager to play all formates. A player like Afridi, who only plays limited over matches, can easily make 5 times more than YK who only plays test matches. And this is so even when they play equal number of days play.

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Younis bhai now u had ur chance in odis and did not perform really well. Now one day game had moved on. And now u need aggressive players. So we can only afford either u or Misbah in the team. And Misbah is in the form of his life. So u have to sit out. U can b included once Misbah retires.

  • zzby on October 21, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    A legendry test batsman , most effective test batsman ever produced by Pakistan. If you looks his second innings averageall the Pakistani greats are not even close to him. A match winner in reality but he should be given more chances...

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    He was never a good odi batsman just look at his odi stats , hopefully selectors will not select him again

  • Stark62 on October 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    After 253 ODI's he averages 31.88, so he is very fortunate to even play 100 ODI's, let alone 200!!

    The likes of U. Akmal, Harris, Maqsood, Alam and Sharjeel are younger, fitter and better one day batsmen than him but unfortunately, Younis is living in denial and doesn't realise he is only cut out for Tests.

  • malepas on October 21, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Younas is a very honest, nice and straight forward guy and I believe his style of play still required to solidify the top middle order especially if we think Misbah can play the 2015 world cup then Younas should play as well. He is still the best batsman Pakistan have and should be given a run for at least 5 match series to prove his worth. I'm not sure Hafeez would be the best choice for no 3 in Australia and New Zealand, So Younas can make a big difference, His style of batting is very good as he rotates the strike unlike Misbah, he has done wonders for Pakistan and should be given a fair go for his position at no 3 in ODI's.

  • Pak_suleman on October 21, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    No doubt players like younis and yousaf have served pakistan a lot but now we should be targeting 2015WC..so we should prefer younger players for long terms

  • micklem on October 21, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Don't Know when will Pakistan's terrible batting will improve?Myself from India and hopes Pakistan put some decent score vs Sa,This time in ODI's..

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Younis Khan should limit himself to Test cricket only. He does not possess an impressive ODI record anyway with an average of less than 33 runs per innings with a mediocre strike-rate. It's a good step by the selectors as they must develop the younger players like Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood and Asad Shafiq. However, one must not take anything away from Younis' exceptional performances in Test cricket. But he should avoid giving such childish statements.

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    He is a very good test batsman but not as good an ODI batsman. Pak cricket needs to move on from here and players like Malik, K Akmal, Farhat should not be included in ODI and test teams. I would not mentions YK's name with the guys listed above but with due respect he should only concentrate on test cricket and stay fit and available for another 2 years.

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    good to see everyone is concerned abt there places in the team for the first time after a long time

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  • on October 21, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    good to see everyone is concerned abt there places in the team for the first time after a long time

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    He is a very good test batsman but not as good an ODI batsman. Pak cricket needs to move on from here and players like Malik, K Akmal, Farhat should not be included in ODI and test teams. I would not mentions YK's name with the guys listed above but with due respect he should only concentrate on test cricket and stay fit and available for another 2 years.

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Younis Khan should limit himself to Test cricket only. He does not possess an impressive ODI record anyway with an average of less than 33 runs per innings with a mediocre strike-rate. It's a good step by the selectors as they must develop the younger players like Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood and Asad Shafiq. However, one must not take anything away from Younis' exceptional performances in Test cricket. But he should avoid giving such childish statements.

  • micklem on October 21, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Don't Know when will Pakistan's terrible batting will improve?Myself from India and hopes Pakistan put some decent score vs Sa,This time in ODI's..

  • Pak_suleman on October 21, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    No doubt players like younis and yousaf have served pakistan a lot but now we should be targeting 2015WC..so we should prefer younger players for long terms

  • malepas on October 21, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Younas is a very honest, nice and straight forward guy and I believe his style of play still required to solidify the top middle order especially if we think Misbah can play the 2015 world cup then Younas should play as well. He is still the best batsman Pakistan have and should be given a run for at least 5 match series to prove his worth. I'm not sure Hafeez would be the best choice for no 3 in Australia and New Zealand, So Younas can make a big difference, His style of batting is very good as he rotates the strike unlike Misbah, he has done wonders for Pakistan and should be given a fair go for his position at no 3 in ODI's.

  • Stark62 on October 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    After 253 ODI's he averages 31.88, so he is very fortunate to even play 100 ODI's, let alone 200!!

    The likes of U. Akmal, Harris, Maqsood, Alam and Sharjeel are younger, fitter and better one day batsmen than him but unfortunately, Younis is living in denial and doesn't realise he is only cut out for Tests.

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    He was never a good odi batsman just look at his odi stats , hopefully selectors will not select him again

  • zzby on October 21, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    A legendry test batsman , most effective test batsman ever produced by Pakistan. If you looks his second innings averageall the Pakistani greats are not even close to him. A match winner in reality but he should be given more chances...

  • on October 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Younis bhai now u had ur chance in odis and did not perform really well. Now one day game had moved on. And now u need aggressive players. So we can only afford either u or Misbah in the team. And Misbah is in the form of his life. So u have to sit out. U can b included once Misbah retires.