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Younis could come out of Twenty20 retirement

Cricinfo staff

October 28, 2009

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Younis Khan said he was overwhelmed by the support he has received over the past week, Karachi, October 26, 2009
Younis Khan might play Twenty20 cricket again © AFP

Younis Khan, Pakistan's Test and ODI captain, has hinted that he could return to Twenty20 cricket despite having retired from the format after leading his team to the world title in England in June this year.

In a television interview with Geo Super, Younis nudged the door open for a possible return to a format he thought he was too old for. "If my fellow players accept me and the nation wants me to," Younis said, "I will come back to playing Twenty20 internationals."

Younis had announced his retirement at a press conference right after Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets at Lord's to win the final. Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, had said at the time that he would try and get Younis to change his mind though Pakistan seemed to have moved past that by appointing Afridi as the Twenty20 captain.

Afridi led Pakistan to a Twenty20 win against Sri Lanka in the summer and will lead them in internationals against New Zealand and Australia, before spearheading Pakistan's defence of the world title in April next year in the West Indies. And responding to Younis, Afridi, on the same show a night later, said Younis was "more than welcome" to return and would even "step down from the captaincy and play under Younis Khan".

Younis had recently resigned as Pakistan captain from all formats following allegations of match-fixing during the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa and murmurs about factions in the team and management working to undermine him. The Pakistan board, however, rejected the resignation and Butt came out in support of Younis, who then said he was happy to take back the captaincy after certain conditions were met.

Afridi again denied reports of a rift with Younis but did confirm that some other players had problems with Younis after the Champions Trophy, which were now resolved. "The players informed me about their problems," Afridi said. "I told them it was better if they directly communicate their problems to Younis, an idea which they didn't like."

Afridi said he had already informed both Younis and the PCB chairman about the players' problems and he hoped in future there will be no communication gap between team players and the captain. "The problem with our players is they don't speak their heart out and that's where the communication gap comes in," Afridi said

Younis has played 22 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 432 runs at an average of 25.41 with a strike rate of 124.85. Pakistan's next Twenty20 assignment is two matches against New Zealand in Dubai in November.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by ozmonkkhan on (October 30, 2009, 7:20 GMT)

unbelievable how 'sum' people criticize the best players... If younus comes into the team as a 'player' in place of Shoaib Malik, it would be great. Technically, Yonu is 'waaay....' better than Malik in batting, and yonu is also a better fielder. And all that experience of captaincy, though it's not that much, would also help afridi in captaincy. c'mon yonu cum back to T20 'as a player, not captain'. Don't let malik waste the middle order position in the team. =)

Posted by adnoor on (October 29, 2009, 10:55 GMT)

In my personal opinion, YK should continue to remain out of T20 team, and relish his contribution of leading Pakistan to T20 World Cup title .By announcing his retirement in June 09, he did a wise thing and must not undo his good deed. People will continue to remember him as a World Cup winning captain for Pakistan only if he stays out of T20 team.I agree with Mr ZahidSaltin's comments that he should not be overwhelmed with the support of fans ,as it had more to do in retaliation with Standing Committe head, Parliamentarian Dasti's stupidity and nonsense,rather than a case of unprecedented support. He must stay out of this mess.

Posted by sekhon0210 on (October 29, 2009, 9:50 GMT)

i never thought of dat younis can think like dat......i respect u alot younis bhaijaan n have no doubt in ur capability of being a pls dont say like this hurts me a real man....have that honor of being a PATHAN....god bless u.....n gud luck for future..... AMEEN

Posted by Mardan-boy on (October 29, 2009, 6:48 GMT)

don't come back Younus, but you people should mind your language. After all, He is not so bad in T20. His average is pretty good and strike rate is acceptable. And I tell you people once Pak cricket fell in crises, He will surely be called to come back.

Posted by East_West on (October 29, 2009, 6:39 GMT)

I hope he means IPL and other T20s so that at least he will have a decent paycheck after his retirement, if he means something else then someone said, YOUNIS DID IT AGAIN!! Come on bro! hope you are NOT joking!!!

Posted by spiritcricket on (October 29, 2009, 6:10 GMT)

I believe Younus Khan can now prove to be a better 20/20 player, As he has now started bowling more regularly.. Younus if you are listening.. develop your bowling more!

Posted by kareemshaik2009 on (October 29, 2009, 5:27 GMT)

Posted by Pakistan fan: younis, if u became once again captain means players will not respect u again. so with all the respect pls stay away atleast from 20/20 cricket, leave some room for new talent to shine.

Posted by fas101_pk on (October 29, 2009, 4:28 GMT)

Younis Khan should think twice or even more than that he have any place in T20 format of cricket at International level ??? i don't think soo because he already spend his peak period in Last T20 World Cup ... now there is no place in Pakistan International T20 Squad. If his relationship with his team mates make him a comeback in Team then he might lost his all his reputation...

Posted by LordOfCric on (October 29, 2009, 2:35 GMT)

What kind of a joke it is? Pls Younis leave some room for young blood. He is the one who called T20 cricket entertainment and refuse to take it seriously. If he is to come back in T20 it does no good to Pakistan team because Pakistan team performs better under Shahid Afridi as a T20 captain and it will certainly damage the atmosphere. I also think Younis is not the best choice for T20 because of his strike rate he and other seniors take the required run rate to high that comming back is almost impossible. Pakistan need to find players like Umar Akmal and let them introduce in T20 cricket. According to me Younis doesnt belong to T20 cricket.

Posted by Safiya on (October 28, 2009, 23:46 GMT)

What the hell is his problem. Younis is not needed in the T20 team and thats it. he must just remain retired and let Afridi lead the team......................... and the day Younis mentions his going to retire from intenational cricket, pretend you never heard it since you will see him a few months later on the field.

Posted by tiger_fahad on (October 28, 2009, 21:31 GMT)

T20 is not all about flashi hiting even in this format a team needs some sensible bating once the field ristrictions after 6 overs is over and in current sanario younis is the best man to do that ticking the scor board with a odd boundry in the over and set a good platform for the coming batsmen to hit the last 5 to 6 overs realy big!!! I dont know why many people dislike YK ? Because he is not a hard hiter like afridi aur imran nazir? Comon guys before critisize him look at on his record he is among one of the greatest basmen pakistan has ever priduced some people critisize on his odi strike rate is it in the 60s? No it is in the high 70s so wats the problem inzi and yousaf have the same moreover chander paul , dravid, sangakara mahila and most of the middle order batmen have the same kind of strike rate. Now look at his average yes it should to be a little higher than that as his caliber is higher than that,but even now he has a good decent average like mahela sangkara n many

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 28, 2009, 21:31 GMT)

Continued from perivious........

But dear younis, we still like to have you as captain of the team only because, Pakistan team is lacking a personality with some God given maturity and some education standard combined with persistent performance, to take your place. I will very humbly request you to take some short courses in leadership, communication and man-management and at the same time come down from ego hill and consult yousef and afridi while making some important decisions. You must accept the bad decisions of not availing power-play until 10th wicket and saving the phenomenal Umar Guls over only for Fawad to bowl a crucial one. You need to perform to earn the respect and if you see yourself strugling then please dont come at no. 3 to add to the pressure already created by our opners.

I do think you played some very good hands in T20 WC and would selct you to be part of the T20 squad on that basis but it has to be Afridi leading it.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 28, 2009, 21:14 GMT)

Dear Younis, There are some misperceptions on your part and I want to mention them here.

You are flying high on fan support in captaincy row and think that whole the nation supported you to be captain. BUT you should know that the nation supported you only against Mr. Dasti's stupidty because everybody thought he was wrong. You should be thankfull to Mr. Dasti because if he hadn't made it to a question of putting a false blame on the team without evidence, the nation might have asked you to be saked because you have only been taking wrong decisions and through your non-performance putting the team under pressure to loose.

Always remember that in a cricket crazy nation every fan has vast understanding of the game and can analyse your contribution, leadership, decision making and your childish talking to media.

How can you justify average of 25 in whole the year coming at no. 3, and in a time when the team is having opners problem. You make it 3 batsmen at the top not performing.

Posted by Rana_Umer on (October 28, 2009, 20:15 GMT)

ok you HAVE to be kidding me!! NOW i get what Attention Seeking Disorder actually is. But what i don't get is how the cricketing pundits keep on lauding him as if hes some sort of a crazy version of Sir Don Bradman (yes the pathetic average and strike rate despite batting at no. 3 most of his career doest really count).

I know, but hes the greatest, he won us the T20 world cup, how can he be bad? But what we seem to forget, or forsee, is that all the matches he scored 50 or more, we lost. And the only good move he made (besides the Fawad Alam over) that changed things, was to stop involving himself in any capacity.

He's like our Dictators, "I'll only remain here if people want me to!!" and 10 years linger on. I guess the only way he'll realise that people actually WANT him to exit ONCE and for all if there is a rally of GO younis GO on the streets. But then again he might think that people are actually bucking him up.

"We don't win because of him, we win DESPITE him."

Posted by wiiCricket on (October 28, 2009, 20:10 GMT)


Posted by tombaan on (October 28, 2009, 20:07 GMT)

Can Pakistani players make up their mind? resign, retire, comeback my god there flip flop and dramas are worst than the ones Bollywood keeps churning out every friday...

Posted by wisamsh on (October 28, 2009, 18:41 GMT)

Younis Khan is not a man of his own words. I dont think he even deserves a place in the twenty twenty or one day sides. He never had a wonderful strike rate in one day cricket, nor an average a world class no. 3 batsman should have. Moreover, since he became captain, he has averaged under 25 in one day internationals, showing how good his performance is. Pakistan has been unlucky in getting good captains in recent years but atleast the captain is required to perform because such a performance can motivate the whole team. Younis should at least be performaing so that he can question the others. He lacks the performance to even do that.

Posted by MAXMann on (October 28, 2009, 17:44 GMT)

Younus is not acceptable as a leader of the team, he dont even think before taking any decision If he want to stay in T20 format he should of think himself before he took any aggressive decision, this is what the other players in the current team dosent like his aggressive decision which he take on field before thinking of wht he is speaking with his co players and apolosize later, The leader is the one who think of all possibilities and take decision for his team and country and we beleive he is not a good leader tha one who cannot stand on his own decision.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (October 28, 2009, 17:33 GMT)

For those who are criticizing Younis fail to imagine that a person can actually have self respect over captaincy. Yes there are many players in the side who would go to any length to get this poisition and would cling to it until they are booted out with dishonor. We have seen Imran cling to his captain despite being physicall unfit (remember the scene when the ball went between his gets and he could not bow down and pick it.

So get over it critics, if you dont have self respect, it does not mean nobody has. If I was charged with match fixing, I would resign!!!

Posted by Bling01 on (October 28, 2009, 17:23 GMT)

It's absurd and stupid at the same time. This flip flop is causing me to think that he is not the man of his word as I though he was. Just stop it Younis! If you are out, stay out. Is this a joke to keep going out and coming back in. Enough already! Now it looks to me like he is trying to browbeat old man Butt into formally asking him to come back. Retirement form T-20 was a good and timely decision. Stick with it and concentrate on the job at hand! Afridi on the other hand, who is been put on the spot can't shut up about denying rumors of his rift (alleged) with YK. Heck he even said he is ready to step down. Is this the beginning of another conspiracy marred era for Pakistan. It's time old man Butt puts his foot down and quash this once and for all.

Posted by ursonly on (October 28, 2009, 17:09 GMT)

Mr Khan I believe You dont even belong to t20 cricket, I still remember 07' final against India palyed maiden over when Nazir hit same bowler 22 in his last over, dont go too far back this t20 worldcup semifinal making non regular bowler(Fawad Alam) bowl 17th over of inning and choppping an over of Gul, what kind of smart captaincey is this, who to blame? Than you say I dont wanna be a dummy captain. With all the respect pls stay away atleast from 20/20 cricket, leave some room for new talent to shine.

Posted by pak1power on (October 28, 2009, 16:18 GMT)

I think he should get retirement from all forms of cricket now or at least step down from he always acts like a baby, and not capable of being a captain of any team.

Posted by rohitramesh on (October 28, 2009, 15:13 GMT)

"Younis Khan is fearless, as befits his Pathan ancestry and will forever be remembered as the second Khan to bring home a world title for Pakistan: Younis was Pakistan's captain in the 2009 World Twenty20, leading a successful campaign with stark similarities to the one Imran Khan had led 17 years earlier. Younis retired from the format straight after, a graceful and dignified gesture from a complex but honest man."

I'm sorry cricinfo but this is all your fault. With your embelished player profile of Younis, you have created a monster in the form of Younis's ego. Comparing him with his namesake Imran, and comparing the t20 wc to the '92 wc, you have parodied and satired the technical similarities between the 2 world trophies, and the coincidence of last names.

But lets face it, younis wants to create a legacy so bad, and has made more outlandish statements in his 6 month tenure than Allan Border has during his almost 2 decades in charge.

Cricinfo, for this- shame on u, loll

Posted by nirvana_1959 on (October 28, 2009, 14:51 GMT)

He is schizophrenic as many of you seem to think. He wanted captaincy with the regular responsibilities - not a dummy label. I am sure PCB and his friends may have asked him to reconsider his resignation from T20. He is one of the most likable players and am amazed at so much negativity about him. He is also one of the greatest!

Posted by Sudhirhk on (October 28, 2009, 13:41 GMT)

If ever they create a guinness record for the number of times a player has retired, unretired, accept the captainy, reject it, Younis will be the first and automatic choice to grace the stage. I don't under stand what is his problem. It looks like he thinks he can fool around with the captaincy as he wants and the PCB just keeps humoring him. Never in the history of cricket has anybody come across such a fickle character as this dude. He is not fit to be a leader and also what is his record against other cricket playing nations apart from India? The only time he is consistent seems to be when he is playing against India and looks like India have sorted him out as well now a days. He better settle down and finish his career on a graceful note than get the unceremonious kick from the PCB which, they are famous to do for.

Posted by OT12 on (October 28, 2009, 13:06 GMT)

What is he doing Younis Khan you have respect people admire you for what you have done in your cricketing carrier but please stop acting like a "KID" my fans my country if it was that important you shouldn't have retired on the first place. Dude you are a mature person stand by what you say these resignations and retirements and than coming back does not suits any professional. I hope you let Shahid Afridi and boys do what you did for country with their support for you T20 is over if he is doing all this to get a good IPL contract than its shame full. And try to keep your self away from news at most because sometime like this time around you make stupid statements.

Posted by rayhaanali on (October 28, 2009, 13:04 GMT)

I am sick to death of Younis Khan and his self obessesion. He has treated the pakistan captaincy as a platform to seek attention and assess his importance. His usual garbage ' if my players want me' or ' my country? who on earth does he think he is? president of pakistan? With a captain who keeps changing his mind like a muppet how on earth can we expect his players to perform or even have faith in him? One defeat and he threatens to retire, gets attention, people begging him and comes back as a hero or saintly figure.

If pakistan want to do well consistently they need to let Mr Khan go away and get lime light elsewhere, maybe a career in acting?? Someone who is putting his country and team mates before his own selfish gains should be made captain, the problem with this is, that you would be hard stretched to find such a person in pakistan. Its sad to say but its the reailty!!!

Posted by Munir64 on (October 28, 2009, 13:04 GMT)

Younis Khan should NEVER come back to Twenty20. At least stay on whatever you said in press conference i.e. your resignation. Pakistani nation don't wish you to be in Twenty20 team. We're waiting for his resignation from all three formats of the game and Afridi to lead who is more experienced than Younis.

Posted by kami1984 on (October 28, 2009, 11:53 GMT)

"Younis has played 22 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 432 runs at an average of 25.41 with a strike rate of 124.85." If you see the stats, these are good figures. Average is also somewhat acceptable and strike rate is also not bad, but once Khan Saab has given resignation, i dont think it will be wise to step into the arena(T20 int.) again.....Khan Saab is so much respectable, he brought us what none other captain did, except for Imran KHAN. Our respect and support will always be there for Khan Saab but that will not be a wise decision to if he steps T20 again. I think the best squad we need for T20's is Electrifying Fielders, Fiery Bowlers and Blasting Batsmen. And Khan Saab knows by himself that he is not one of these.

Posted by Towelie on (October 28, 2009, 11:06 GMT)

Oh my god, does he need attention much. It's not all about you Younis Khan. Its about cricket. Pakistan cricket can and will survive without you. Does he think he's Sachin?

Posted by ShahidAfridiFan on (October 28, 2009, 10:50 GMT)

Younis khan is acting like a baby. In a recent interview on a tv channel he criticized imran nazir for asking for a central contract if he left the icl, and now he himself has asked for a guarantee in his captaincy until the 2011 world cup before he retakes the captaincy. his perform hasnt been very good either, in the champions trophy he was injured and didnt score many runs but he knew that if he somehow managed to score some runs he will become a great icon in pakistan. (a bit selfish when he was injured and afridi who is a very capable captain could have taken the captaincy during the tour) now he is trying to win the captaincy and a permanent slot in the T20 slide when he isnt much of a T20 player.

Posted by iriskhan on (October 28, 2009, 10:06 GMT)

I dont think Younis should be there in T20. He should do the job in ODI and Test. Afridi is better choice for T20.

Posted by AzeemAziz on (October 28, 2009, 9:26 GMT)

I totally agree with the comments of reader,Younus must show attitude and strong character,What do he think its joke to accept & deny the captaincy.In my calculation he is not fit for T20 batting too regardless of the fact that he was the captain of T20 Pakistan Champs.I am sure by saying that he losses his credibility and now its PCB's turn the should reject Younus offer and need to show some respectibility of Management

Posted by sharifff on (October 28, 2009, 8:58 GMT)

Its not wise if he is planning to return to Twenty20.. He such a birlliant captain for pakistan, but once u retired for particular format of game.. u shud not return.

Posted by Coach001 on (October 28, 2009, 8:56 GMT)

And what's with his alfalfa cow lick / mohawk haircut? He's really grinding my gears right now. Even KP sorted his look out before he became captain!

Posted by Coach001 on (October 28, 2009, 8:53 GMT)

Steve Waugh or Rahul Dravid on the other hand, I'd fight for without hesitation. Unpredictable and brilliant cricket is great to watch. However inconsistent character, especially in a leader, is unforgivable. The problem of heavy handed administration coupled with players' insecurity and weak attitudes seems endemic to Pakistani cricket and simply must end.

Posted by Coach001 on (October 28, 2009, 8:52 GMT)

I've keenly followed Cricinfo since its inception but never felt the need to register and post a comment before because the debates unfortunately usually descend into hateful jingoist rants which obviously doesn't do anybody any good. Anyway, I think Younis is great batsman and a good leader who provides real hope to the Pakistan team especially considering the PCBs woeful administration. However, he needs to stop acting like a petulant child to stay in the spotlight. Too often do we hear Pakistan's cricketers complaining about the administration, politics and in-fighting. Granted there are problems but they need to harden up. I'm sick of hearing comments from them like "if the fans want me" and "I do it for the country". I don't buy this garbage. Younis needs to show some consistency and mental strength so he is seen to be a strong leader, not a moody, fickle and self-absorbed player which is what his track record suggests. I certainly would not follow him into battle.

Posted by aansoo on (October 28, 2009, 8:19 GMT)

sheharyar. I am a big fan of younis khan.he is a great player of ODI and test cricket.and he is a brilliant captain too.but i dont think so he is a fit batsman for the firey T20 format.he plays too many balls and his game relies on singles and doubles only,where as the format demands of luck for the longer formats but for T20, he has two think thrice.long live Pakistan

Posted by Nipun on (October 28, 2009, 8:12 GMT)

Younus is never away from headlines,is he ? He better watch out his decisions,otherwise he may lose all his respect very soon.

Posted by Ghareebon-ki-ajeeb-khawahishein on (October 28, 2009, 8:05 GMT)

He shouldn't come back. He retired as any honorable man should, and now shouldn't jeopardize his pride. afterall, what is a man without honor and pride.

Posted by faforce on (October 28, 2009, 7:20 GMT)

In any case, Afridi should remain T20 captain.

Younis needs to stop showing such attitude for his place in national XI.

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