Pakistan news April 23, 2017

Younis firm on retiring after WI Tests

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Younis Khan urged fans not to doubt his credibility © AFP

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan remains firm about his intent to retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing three-Test series against West Indies. In a clarification of a previous statement which left open the possibility that he could extend his career if his team needs him, Younis said that he will retire even if he scores "a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies".

Younis' statement around the possibility of reconsidering his retirement raised a number of eyebrows in Pakistan, a country familiar with difficult and prolonged retirements; only two weeks ago he had announced his decision to end his career.

"A lot has been said about my retirement from cricket that maybe Younis wants to keep on playing Test cricket which is absolutely not true," Younis said in a video message released on the second day of the first Test in Kingston. "I had announced my retirement with a plan, with honour after thinking and according to my wish.

"The question that was asked to me, what my answer was and what version went out, I don't want to go in detail. Younis Khan will retire even if he scores a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies. Please don't doubt Younis Khan's credibility and support Pakistan. Pray for Younis Khan and for Pakistan that we can win a Test series for the very first time in West Indies."

Younis sets the record straight on retirement

Posted by ESPNcricinfo on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Younis, 39, had announced his decision to retire from international cricket on April 8. At the time, when asked if he would reconsider his decision if asked to return by the PCB or fans, he said: "This will be a u-turn and then people will call me u-turn. But the country is always first and we can do anything for Pakistan. I am not saying that I want to captain but I don't want to make a u-turn. I am for Pakistan and Pakistan is everything for me."

His retirements from T20 internationals and ODIs have not been without some drama. In 2009, he announced his intent to retire from T20 internationals moments after leading the side to the World T20 title. But a year later, he played three T20I matches in New Zealand, after which he was never selected for the format.

He announced his retirement from ODIs on the morning of the start of a four-ODI series against England in the UAE in November 2015 and walked away after playing the first match. He had been recalled to the side after losing his place following a disappointing performance in the 2015 World Cup, and had been vocal in his criticism of the selectors in the wake of his axing.

With Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq set to retire at the end of the series, Pakistan's selection committee is looking to induct youngsters in the side with the intention of building a new team after the exits of the senior batsmen. The team's next assignment is a series against Bangladesh and Pakistan's chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq was known to be keen to move on beyond Misbah and Younis after the Caribbean tour

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • BilalAhmedAbbasi on April 24, 2017, 17:51 GMT

    He is Father of Sachin Tendulkar And Sir Don Bradman in my point of view

  • BilalAhmedAbbasi on April 24, 2017, 17:47 GMT

    I think he is the father of Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman

  •   786.A.R. on April 24, 2017, 9:15 GMT

    younis khan is better than miandad an inzi and yousuf.no.1.younis khan.

  • riaz.m on April 24, 2017, 8:38 GMT

    Congratulations to Younis Khan on 10,000 test runs. But even a bigger congratulation for choosing his time of retirement and sticking to it rather than be shown the door as with so many sportmen from around the world! It's always best to leave on your own terms and keep them asking "why are you retiring" rather than "why are you NOT retiring"! By staying on all he can do is damage his record and reputation. Thank you Younis Khan

  • fahimfana on April 24, 2017, 7:18 GMT

    Fawd alam and haris sohail will be good choice after younis and misbah

  • caribbeanfan on April 24, 2017, 2:30 GMT

    I don't get one thing. Why the need to build a new team for tests? I can understand selectors keen on moving on in ODIs as there is a world cup to think about every 4 years. But one would think you always play your best players in tests. Why would you want to take out two top players (although fading) and introduce youngsters (when the rest of the team is already young and inexperienced). Don't even get me started on the depth in Pakistan. You see the likes of akmal shazad being kicked out and they come back again. If that is the talent pool I wonder what Inzamam is thinking.

  • rsiddiqi on April 23, 2017, 23:00 GMT

    What a legend! I don't understand the judging people on this forum that are thankful Younis has made up his mind. The man spent his entire life playing cricket for Pakistan with an unmatched passion. He lead Pakistan to a T20 world Cup and has now scored 10,000 runs faster that greats like jayawardne, gavaskar and Steve Waugh. Let him be flippant with his decision...its his life worth of sweat. Let him be however he wants to be. Stop complaining and honor the great man.

  • CricketChat on April 23, 2017, 20:35 GMT

    Hope Younis can stay firm on his retirement and do it. I guess he was hoping someone in PCB establishment to plead with him to stay on and then he could come across honoring their wish.

  • ambalal on April 23, 2017, 18:41 GMT

    Yes this is Real Yunus Khan fr u. He now wants to stay in the team to score 23 runs to complete 10,000 test runs.He himself sat out of team fr at leat 25 test matches otherwise he wud now be touching at least 12,000 runs. No doubt a fantastic player but his I ME & MYSELF attitude is baffling.

  • serious-am-i on April 23, 2017, 18:35 GMT

    It might have been good if he had called it quits on his own terms. Pak has their players in the past stepping in & out of retirements so obviously people will have mixed reactions. Younis served Pak well, he deserved a good farewell. I would've rather wished Younis & Misbah a fitting farewell in Pak in front of the home crowd, I know its not possible but I hope at least they leave their cricketing journey in the Pak at least. Fans deserve to see their favorites for one last time in the ground before bidding adieu from the field. @AbbasFaisal: It depends on the individuals, one might feel one scared the opponents while other might feel some other. All these Miandad, Inzi, Younis were legends, I would like to add even Yosuf Youhana aka Mohd. Yosuf. Though, being an Indian it always puzzled me why do people change their names & religions mid-way that just being me. I'm not an atheist but not an strong believer in religions or any other systems that differentiate people from each other.

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