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Younis wants to retire on his own terms

Umar Farooq

May 27, 2014

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Younis Khan walks backs towards pavilion at lunch, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day, September 12, 2013
Younis Khan has not been in Pakistan's limited-overs sides for over a year © AFP
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Younis Khan, the Pakistan batsman, hopes to revive his ODI career ahead of the 2015 World Cup and aims to retire on his own terms rather than be dropped for good by the selectors. Younis last played an ODI in March 2013, and a Twenty20 international in December 2010, but he remains a regular in the Test team.

"Whatever format I played I always tried to give my best," Younis said during the ongoing training camp in Lahore. "But I don't have a long-term goal that I want to play the 2015 or 2019 World Cup, my desire is to play as much cricket and keep up my role-model performance. A player like me, who has played 14-15 years of top cricket and played all forms of cricket, his career shouldn't be ended like being classified as only a Test player.

"My desire is to walk away on my own conditions, playing in every form of game I am available to play, rather than being dropped. I obviously want commit myself to playing ODIs and whenever I get a chance I surely would like to grab the opportunity to play the World Cup."

Younis' ODI form took a downturn during the 2012 tour of Sri Lanka, where he was left out of the fifth match of a series that Pakistan lost 1-3. Younis had made only 10 runs in three innings in that series, but managed to find a place on the tour of India and the ODIs in South Africa. However, after making only 190 runs in eight innings at an average of 23.75 and strike rate of 67.37, Younis was left out of the Champions Trophy squad and not found a way back since.

Younis is among the fittest Pakistan players, according to Mohammad Akram, who is running the Lahore camp. Younis was optimistic about his ODI future and hoped to use the rigourous training camp to get the selectors' attention. He felt he had another two years at top level.

"I might play for the next 10 years, but it's all about time and hunger for the game," Younis said. "I am almost in the fourteenth year of my career and it's very difficult to maintain your top performance playing at top level. After all, we are human and we can't maintain the much needed consistency, and sometime you lose interest.

"Such camps actually are very important to know yourself inside out - understand where you stand, what is the fitness level and how much we need to improve. It is good to get a window in international cricket. We unfortunately have lost the home advantage and mostly are on tours, hence no time for such extensive camps. So I took the opportunity to get myself tuned."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

sir younis khan is one of the most respected players of pakistan, well behaved on thefield, ever smiling, he is an ideal model for modern day cricketers. good luck younis.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

Should have been a better picture of Younis khan..

Posted by mshyder on (May 29, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

I agree with @Syed_imran_abbas, although Younis has struggled in ODIs for some time now but he is still far better than undeserving players like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. On the other hand Younis should also refrain from making such remarks about quitting at his own terms as you can only quit if you are selected in the team and that too on basis of your current form and performance and not on basis of achievements of yesteryears.

Posted by KINGH11 on (May 29, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Younis is great. Right only Afridi and Younis are the only Players who had played cricket with players like Wasim, Waqar etc HE SHALL HAVE A CONCRETE PLACE AT NO.3

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (May 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Younis may not be as good in ODI.s as in test cricket but if you are playing waste space players like umer amin, and malik than why not him. he is far better player than them. Give him a go for coming up series to test his ODI form.

Posted by caldruid on (May 29, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

Younis is a classy, technically correct player. I love watching him in tests. I think he gets bogged down in ODIs though.

Posted by Desihungama on (May 29, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

I feel sad for all the players great ones or otherwise who served Pakistan Cricket to have played under administrators best at running circus. These inept fools fail to realize retiring players ought to be given their due farewells as it is part and parcel of the game to generate interest in a fan. Younis Khan will always be remembered among the great ones.

Posted by t20cric on (May 28, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

I'm not sure about Younis's statement here. If you look at his Test batting from Statsguru then it seems very good everywhere but if you do the same for his ODI batting then you see a very mediocre career which shows he never truly was that good in ODIs. That being said I still think that if guys like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin etc. can get into the team then I would rather have Younis in the team cuz I think he can atleast perform better than them. If Younis really wants to play ODIs then I think he must replace Hafeez at no.3 position for all ODIs he's going to play. The other problem though is that Younis's strike rate is not too great and having both Younis and Misbah (maybe even Fawad) in the same team will see our team probably collapse less often but not score much or depend on a late explosion. I think Younis should retire from ODI after 2015wc and then just focus on tests (maybe try to become highest test scorer of Pakistan).

Posted by android_user on (May 28, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

he has not played odi cricket for over an year now, with an avg of around 30 he does not deserve a place and yet consider himself lucky enough to have played that many odi matches, he has a poor technique against quality seam / pace bowling. must play test crkt only.

Posted by atharsherwani on (May 28, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Although Younis has served Pakistan well over the years but has found it a struggle in ODI's lately, hence not picked. I cannot remember when a Pakistan player in any sport has retired voluntarily. Perhaps Majid Khan in the Seventies of last century? The game has moved on since Younis's highs. Retire gracefully, please, instead of being pushed and shoved.

Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (May 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Younis Khan is rather disillusioned about his impact on the ODI game. His performances in Subcontinent tests have been good. But he only at best an average ODI player. His reputation preceeds him and then he fails to deliver on the big stage. It's probably best for him to retire on his own terms from the comfort of the chair in his living room than troubling world cricket to watch him throw away another chance in a series that is important for Pakistani cricket.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Younis an asset for Pak. He is a great person and cricketer but he should focus on Test rather than ODI as pak needs young blood to compete in WC2015.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

if he come back into the ODI Format, he should be continues selected for the one down position for upcoming series. Future will be cleared when all these success or failure will come in upcoming series against SL,AUS n others.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

younis/misbah/azhar selectors please choose only 1

Posted by android_user on (May 28, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

younis khan sach a great palyer in cricket history and a good men god bless you

Posted by   on (May 28, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Why cannot our players analyze their own performances. Why does he want to come back to ODI with an average hovering in low 30's. Please Younus bhai, i love you as a player and human being but realize that sometimes we have to quit and move on. Get a few coaching certificates, get your test credentials better and have a life as a coach. Afghanistan, Pakistan and may be some other countries would really have to appreciate a coach like you (specially Afghanistan with no language barrier) I may be wrong and the Afghanis may not need you as coach but does it not appear attractive to you?

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (May 28, 2014, 2:03 GMT)

younis khan can play test for another 1 to 2 yrs. no worries there. but don't get him in the odi side just for the sake of a goodbye from him in upcoming w/c. in fact it would be great if pcb sends a team of all young players (take them out of U19s) and captain them by misbah. have afridi in there and ajmal as well. young blood is whats needed by pak in odi not younis khan.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (May 28, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

Yes we need him in Australia! He will b better for the team!

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

So cricinfo didn't have a better picture of him for this article? hmmm.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

a great man to be in the side in any format..superb player . wonderfull character .a real team player and a role model for upcoming young batsmen/ younis one of my favourite players of all time not only because of his batting its also becoz of his patriotism.

Posted by android_user on (May 27, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

good player. and good human being . liked his attitute towards game. he is definately very under rated test player. his 2nd innings record is remarkable. lots of experience. though i think his odi career is over now and cant come back. his last year in odi was really terrible. though last domestic t20 event showed that he has still got something left for limited overs. but i think its over for him. should focus on tests and can continue for more years in tests.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Issue with Younis is not fitness , its form.

Posted by PakPacer on (May 27, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

With Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood in our middle order along with Misbah i dont see any place for Younis back in to the ODI squad. He was never a great ODI player and thats a fact.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (May 27, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Did he say 2019 world cup is that a joke ????

Posted by Stark62 on (May 27, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Great player, great man but please don't come back to the ODI side!!

He should concentrate on Tests only and try to prolong his career in Tests for another 2-3 years.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

this guy is genious always come up big when team needed him most ..he is easily be the most underrated batsman of this era his test avg iis 50 + ...he realy deserve a great farewell !!!!!!

Posted by Jahanzaib_Hyder on (May 27, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

There Is ALWAYS a space for such good player like him in all formats of the cricket

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

He should now retire gracefully or only play test cricket

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 27, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

younis is past his prime and has no place in international cricket now. put considering the weak middle order of pak team he can walk right into pak any day of the weak.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Just his presence gives the other side doubts.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Younis is among one of the best batsmen Pakistan has ever produced . He is crucial for the on-feild company and training he can provide for younger batsmen and players .

Posted by android_user on (May 27, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

no doubt he is a talented player but but now a days his form in ODI cricket is not so much better than others

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

I agree, Ubaidaleem. If you want to retire on your own terms you cannot afford to drop your standards. Ponting, Tendulkar, Laxman - they were all just shadows of what they were in their prime.

Posted by Ubaidaleem on (May 27, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

I have never truly understood the notion of leaving on my own terms. Only Mike hussey did that, for everyone else there were eyebrows raised and questions asked. Even for Ponting & Tendulkar

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (May 27, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

i think looking at Aus/Nz batting conditions Younus must play the WC 2015 because score around 250/260 will be competitive and Younas can play a big role in setting up a score like that instead of 300+ score.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Any batsman who averages around 50 in test cricket is surely among the top batsmen of the game. His past performances prove that he is good enough batsman to earn spot in both Pakistan test and ODI side. Atleast, he is way better than the new comers who are very inconsistent at the international level. Younis' inclusion in the upcoming world cup in Australia would be very fruitful for the team and will bring stability in the middle order. His experience is vital on pacy and bouncy Australian pitches.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

he is good player but only for test ODI cricket is very fast and cant do fast

Posted by CricketChat on (May 27, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Younis, having played 15 yrs at the highest level will know that form alone should be criteria for a place in the team. Besides, I believe he retired from T20s on his own sometime back. I am sure selectors will include him if he is in good domestic form.

Posted by Ammar.Ashraf on (May 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Younis Khan needs to understand he can serve Pakistan if he plays TEST cricket only.

And its a myth Younis Khan who is averaging 50 in Test cant transfer his test form in ODI format

Posted by Sir_Francis on (May 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Forgive the Cliché but you are a long time retired. He should try to play as long as he's allwed if he enjoys it.

Posted by fkhawaja on (May 27, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

since no one has established himself at number three since younus was dropped, it appears he still has a chance of making a comeback. youus should be given a run at number 3 till the world cup.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

He is true class act and the only genuine batsman in the current pakistani batsmen. He is needed for the difficult condition in 2015 world cup and he should be considered and included in the ODI team for the Sri lanka tour.

Posted by wapuser on (May 27, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

Get over yourself younis, great players like mark Waugh and many others who were dropped without being given a chance to retire in with any format. They picked who were best at that time to win a game for their respective nation.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

So he will be replaced who Fawad Alam/ Harris Sohail/Umar Akmal. In one hand he wants youngsters in the team but other hand he is blocking the door for them.

Posted by Taimor-016 on (May 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

It's true that his performance has been really poor in ODI's since last couple of few years before he was dropped. I would love to see him back in the ODI format for World Cup 2015. However, it's important that he proves his place in the playing eleven. He has to perform in the up coming limited overs tournaments in Pakistan. Hopefully he will back soon inshallah.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (May 27, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

his form was really low when he was dropped, but he is a class act no doubt about that a real team man, you can drop him but cannot dump him!!

Posted by keptalittlelow on (May 27, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Unfortunately when it comes to batting Pakistan is very thin on the ground. Younis Khan is the only batsman who we can call a genuine world-class. Pakistan must try to look after this rare commodity well, he is a perfect role model for the upcoming young batsmen.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

he is a good man and team man, and he has a right of one chance to give to prove himself and take retirement from colour at top.....

Posted by applethief on (May 27, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Younis' ODI performance really tailed off in the last couple of years before he was dropped, one can easily see why the selectors decided that his place wasn't going to remain intact. But Younis is still a goddam champ, and it's great to see that he still wants to play as much cricket as he can, in both formats. Here's hoping that he'll be available for Pakistan for years to come - our one player who is genuinely a world-class batsman.

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