Pakistan news April 22, 2017

Younis could extend career on team's request

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Pakistan may not have to suffer the double whammy of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan exiting at the same time if they do not want to. The latter is open to the idea of extending his international career, but only if the Pakistan board and team needs him to do so. Younis raised the possibility ahead of Pakistan's Test in Jamaica, having hinted at it during the announcement of his retirement in Karachi two weeks ago.

"Yeah, I will think about it," Younis told cricket.com.au before the first Test. "It all depends on if my team needs me. If they request me or people want me then why not? But it all depends on my team."

Given his experience and recent Test form, and given that a tour to Bangladesh this summer will provide a far sterner test of their batting than tours past, a case can be readily made for wanting Younis to stay on. If he scores runs in this Test series, that is likely to increase calls for him to stay on though Younis has said he would prefer to leave with people wanting more from him, rather than overstaying. The selection committee, headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq will also play a role - Inzamam is known to have been keen to move on beyond both Misbah and Younis after the Caribbean tour.

Younis announced his decision to retire at the end of the West Indies tour earlier this month, only two days after Misbah did. Together the two batsmen brought close to 190 matches worth of experience to the side, with Younis on the verge of becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 Test runs.

An example of the influence the pair had on the side came during their tour to England last year, when the side drew the Test series 2-2 and briefly gained the No. 1 ranking. Misbah scored a crucial first-innings hundred at Lord's in the first Test, while Younis' 218 in the fourth Test at The Oval, helped Pakistan cling on to the series after two defeats. Their contributions earned them places on Wisden's list of Five Cricketers of the Year.

In a column for cricket.com.au ahead of the first Test, Misbah also made public his feeling that the team still needed Younis and that he could continue playing for a year or two.

"I talked to him about it in Australia and told him that 'You can play on'," Misbah wrote. "Even though we have some very good youngsters in the team, the gap left by Younis' absence will be difficult to fill.

"The Pakistan team will not just miss him as a batsman, they'll also miss him as a mentor. He has been a terrific role model for everyone and it will be very tough to replace him. Every member of this team, including myself, has learnt a lot from him. He has changed our dressing room culture. If one wants to be successful in professional life, one only needs to regard Younis Khan's organised and punctual lifestyle from breakfast to bed."

The speculation around Younis' retirement after the tour of Australia was not as intense as it had been for Misbah, who battled poor form on the tour and came away with a 0-3 series defeat. After scoring an unbeaten 175 in the third Test in Sydney, Younis had said his future plans would depend on what the team needed from him. In April, while announcing his intention to retire, Younis said: "No player always remains fit, the motivation never remains the same, so this is the time when Younis should leave the field after the upcoming series in West Indies."

One of Pakistan's modern batting greats, Younis' 17-year-long Test career saw him play 115 Test matches with 9977 runs and 34 Test hundreds, the most by a Pakistan batsman. Younis' personal best of 313 - against Sri Lanka in 2009 - is the third-highest score by a Pakistan batsman, after Hanif Mohammad's 337 and Inzamam-ul-Haq's 329.

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  • vmkk1234 on April 23, 2017, 11:27 GMT

    thanks to Younis for giving so much entertainment to all of us on field and off the field as well

  • vmkk1234 on April 23, 2017, 11:23 GMT

    had Imran not retired he would be in team. this itself is said sarcastic. can't u figure even this Mr seriously!!!!LOL. silly mate.. pity mate. I pity Younis for doing this. ha. ha. ha

  • vmkk1234 on April 23, 2017, 11:09 GMT

    @mr serious !!LOL!!! LOL. VMKK was also sarcastic just like jishrat. how silly toooo. isn't it mate. mere presence does nothing mate. cricket performance is important. mind u all PL. ranatunga was the fastest runner between the wickets. no joke. fact.

  • bleed_blue007 on April 23, 2017, 9:29 GMT

    I followed Younis Khan's cricketing career same way I did for Dravid, Kumar Sangakara, and J. Kallis. No individual is bigger than a team game but characters and their passion, class and grit make the game more interesting. Pakistan never had a great history to see off great players as the great players themselves caused drama with their multi retirement plans. I wish YK will not mess up things for himself and will get a great see-off ceremony. Respect to YK from India

  • cricfan33680635 on April 23, 2017, 8:56 GMT

    he should be finish as captain against Bangladesh, thats his wish. .

  • HDG1978 on April 23, 2017, 8:52 GMT

    If the Pakistani team and PCB are impressing upon Younis Khan to reconsider retirement after the ongoing Test series in WI keeping in mind Pak's next tour of Bangladesh in July 2017,it is a measure of the recognition of the improvement Bangladesh have shown as a Test side following its maiden home Test win against England in Dhaka 6 months ago followed by its win in its 100th Test in a major away win in SL against a full strength SL side disregarding Bangladesh's 2-0 Test series win in WI in 2009 against a 3rd string Caribbean side hampered by player-board tussles within WI cricket then.

  •   HarisKhanSherwani on April 23, 2017, 8:51 GMT

    He said, he will retire after this series no matter what he also added if he score centuries in all innings this will not change his mind consider him retired after this test series, (Video posted on Rashid Latif Page).

  • serious-am-i on April 23, 2017, 8:50 GMT

    @vmkk1234: LOL !!! Jishrat was being sarcastic & you can't even figure that out ? How silly is it mate ? LOL !!! Well played Jishrat, LOL !!! I'll add few more to your comments.. What if YK can't run much, he walk around like Ranatunga. Didn't Ranatunga play almost his entire career walking around. What if YK drops catches others can over take him, as long his presence is there, its enough.

  • cricfan51302264 on April 23, 2017, 8:00 GMT

    YK has lots of cricket left in him. His fitness is still good considering his age . The batting reflexes is impeccable. He must continue to play for Pakistan and groom the youngsters and entertain the cricket lovers all over the world . Batsman like Younis Khan are rarest of rare . He is arguably one of the greatest Asian batsman ever played the game . Cricket will become poor by his untimely exit . Just my two cents from India .

  • Fineleg87 on April 23, 2017, 7:48 GMT

    Better to retire as planned rather than being asked to retire - which can be very unpleasant ...

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