Pakistan news July 19, 2014

Younis plays down ODI return

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Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has played down talks of him scoring plenty of runs in the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

"Yes, it is true Sri Lanka has been a good team for me. I scored a hundred against them on my Test debut and also a triple-hundred," he said. "But this is a new series and this is going to be a much tougher series as they have been doing well in recent times.

"I will just try to give my best but yes, when you resume playing in any form of the game after a break, it takes a while to find your rhythm and timing."

Pakistan tour Sri Lanka in August to play two Tests and three ODIs. It will be their first Test in seven months after their home series against the same opponents in UAE in January.

Younis was also all praise for the new head coach Waqar Younis who has begun a second stint with the national team.

"I have worked with Waqar before when he was head coach and during his time, the team showed very good progress and won consistently. I am confident we will resume our winning ways and improve from where we left off last time."

Pakistan are scheduled to play at least 15 ODIs before the World Cup, against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand.

PTI

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  • t20cric on July 21, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    I think Younis should have some confidence in his batting. With Younis in the squad I think Hafeez should forget about playing at no.3. He will only get into the side as a replacement for one of the openers (probably Sharjeel). I hope team management doesn't think that cuz Hafeez did good against SL in UAE that he should be no.3 again cuz we all know he failed in Asia cup and t20 wc. I think the #3 spot will go to either Younis or Maqsood but considering that Maqsood's form was not that good and Younis is a legend in tests I guess Younis should get the spot. I really hope that Fawad doesn't get dropped for Younis cuz he played well and we need him.

    Bating order should be: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Sharjeel Khan, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Umar Akmal,

    This way we have 2 left handers and in Younis, Fawad & Misbah we have a strong middle order which hopefully won't collapse. I think they should keep this line-up til the end of the world cup.

  • on July 21, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    He should be confident and he should believe in his batting. he can and will do really good in Sri Lanka. We would need him for the World Cup because guys like Sharjeel,Maqsood,Anwar e.t.c might not do good in AUS/NZ because they haven't played much on green/bouncy/wet pitches

  • on July 21, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Its a good move, now you would see an agressive Misbah in batting

  • on July 21, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    He is useless in Odis its a bad decision to include him in the squad. Je should retire now and become a coach

  • on July 21, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Hello everybody, I have a question. Will Mohammad Irfan play 2015 World cup?

  • on July 21, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    If it was in my hand I'll keep youni bhai in playing 11 from now on till the WC15 and told him in advance that just enjoy your game you'll be playing all games just try finish you career on high notes that will give him lots of confidence

  • on July 20, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I'm surprised at how people keep on saying that we have better players than Younis. I mean he had been out of the ODI squad for quite some time and who do you guys think has done enough to replace him? I believe we will be needing him in the WC, especially because of the playing conditions in Aus and NZ. I hope he finds some form before the mega event and signs off on a high!

  • xylofon on July 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Younis is a real champ for Pak back in the day but maybe its time to move on. If he plays well against Lanka it may propel him to get back for the WC but will he perform consistently in WC against tough opposition under serious pressure? If he doesnt he will become one of those whose removal will come to late causing much hurt to the team before he quits. I love what Younis has done for the pak team but we need to pick serious talents and groom them for the future a la german football team. Same people who won the youth WC (players like Ozil) won it later for Germany in the real WC.

    Babar Azam anyone? Captain, splendid eye candy batsman and competent bowler. He has it all.

  • SamRoy on July 20, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Hope Fawad Alam still gets to play. Only one except Hafeez (his batting is weak), Misbah and Younis who use their brains when playing cricket. Ability wise Pakistan are a fantastic team but they fail quite often because they don't use their intelligence. Top culprits -- The Akmals.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    When he will retired? Pakistan really need some young players

  • t20cric on July 21, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    I think Younis should have some confidence in his batting. With Younis in the squad I think Hafeez should forget about playing at no.3. He will only get into the side as a replacement for one of the openers (probably Sharjeel). I hope team management doesn't think that cuz Hafeez did good against SL in UAE that he should be no.3 again cuz we all know he failed in Asia cup and t20 wc. I think the #3 spot will go to either Younis or Maqsood but considering that Maqsood's form was not that good and Younis is a legend in tests I guess Younis should get the spot. I really hope that Fawad doesn't get dropped for Younis cuz he played well and we need him.

    Bating order should be: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Sharjeel Khan, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Umar Akmal,

    This way we have 2 left handers and in Younis, Fawad & Misbah we have a strong middle order which hopefully won't collapse. I think they should keep this line-up til the end of the world cup.

  • on July 21, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    He should be confident and he should believe in his batting. he can and will do really good in Sri Lanka. We would need him for the World Cup because guys like Sharjeel,Maqsood,Anwar e.t.c might not do good in AUS/NZ because they haven't played much on green/bouncy/wet pitches

  • on July 21, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Its a good move, now you would see an agressive Misbah in batting

  • on July 21, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    He is useless in Odis its a bad decision to include him in the squad. Je should retire now and become a coach

  • on July 21, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Hello everybody, I have a question. Will Mohammad Irfan play 2015 World cup?

  • on July 21, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    If it was in my hand I'll keep youni bhai in playing 11 from now on till the WC15 and told him in advance that just enjoy your game you'll be playing all games just try finish you career on high notes that will give him lots of confidence

  • on July 20, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I'm surprised at how people keep on saying that we have better players than Younis. I mean he had been out of the ODI squad for quite some time and who do you guys think has done enough to replace him? I believe we will be needing him in the WC, especially because of the playing conditions in Aus and NZ. I hope he finds some form before the mega event and signs off on a high!

  • xylofon on July 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Younis is a real champ for Pak back in the day but maybe its time to move on. If he plays well against Lanka it may propel him to get back for the WC but will he perform consistently in WC against tough opposition under serious pressure? If he doesnt he will become one of those whose removal will come to late causing much hurt to the team before he quits. I love what Younis has done for the pak team but we need to pick serious talents and groom them for the future a la german football team. Same people who won the youth WC (players like Ozil) won it later for Germany in the real WC.

    Babar Azam anyone? Captain, splendid eye candy batsman and competent bowler. He has it all.

  • SamRoy on July 20, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Hope Fawad Alam still gets to play. Only one except Hafeez (his batting is weak), Misbah and Younis who use their brains when playing cricket. Ability wise Pakistan are a fantastic team but they fail quite often because they don't use their intelligence. Top culprits -- The Akmals.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    When he will retired? Pakistan really need some young players

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Teams like Pakiatan are gonna suffer more for lack of practice n games under new governing system of cricket. As more series will b played agony big threes only.. I have mixed reviews abound his Odi return. No doubt he is great test player but Odi will b huge test for him.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    So Younis is justifying his upcoming ODI failures. Smart cookie!!! Can you atleast make 15 out of 50 balls.

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Younis averages only 31 in ODI's ,tat is too low ,considering the fact that he is batting at top order. Pakistan has better player than younis in shorter versions of the game.

  • siddhartha87 on July 20, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Younis Khan is one of the most under rated batsman. I hope he scores a lot of runs in all form of the game before his retirement

  • Taimor-016 on July 20, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    @Masoom Malik you mentioned about Sanga and Mahela while comparing them to Younus Khan (as a senior batsman). Well Sanga is without a doubt great batsman but the only difference between Younus and Mahela is that Mahela has played more ODI's than Younus.

    Mahelas' average in ODI's 32.90 in 420 matches.

    Younus' average in ODI's 31.88 in 253 matches.

    If Younus plays 420 ODI's then he can easily better this average because there is not much of a difference. Also, Younus' average in tests (51.38) is also higher than Mahelas' (50.18).

    Younus in reality isn't a bad batsman overall. He has been dropped at times from ODI side when there was no correct explanation. Mahela played most of his ODI matches because of tests performances.

    Hopefully Younus Khan does well to give himself a perfect send off from the World Cup which he deserves.

  • Taimor-016 on July 19, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Completely agree with you @Waqar Masood. Kallis is the best example for a great test player, facing problem to find form in the ODI's. My wish is that Younus Khan should be in the World Cup next year because the squad will include a mix of young talented and experienced players. Pakistan should try and select the best squad for this 2015 World Cup.

    Let's hope he shows consistency in the 3 ODI's against Sri Lanka and then gets selected for the Australian series inshallah.

  • on July 19, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Yeah I don't think he should not be part of ODIs and T-20s. Younis Khan is the most senior batsman with 253 ODIs but averaging only 31.88. Don't get me wrong he is a top player in Test match cricket but in ODIs he is not. And I think we should build for their future. He had his time in ODIs. If you see his average in last couple of years, he is doing about 22 which is not good. And he is not young to carry on with. PCB should look for the future. Look at Sanga and Mahela. But we don't haven't those kind of thoughts in our teams members

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    good luck. he was included in odi team mainly for world cup though one of maqsood and alam might have to sit out if he is in playing 11. still some games left till world cup so its a good chance for him to show if he has still got something in him for shorter format.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    I cannot agree more with Younis! I believe if a player is not participating in at least two formats, his form is affected. You can take an example of Kallis, who has played limited international cricket in recent times because of which his consistency has gone away.

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  • on July 19, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    I cannot agree more with Younis! I believe if a player is not participating in at least two formats, his form is affected. You can take an example of Kallis, who has played limited international cricket in recent times because of which his consistency has gone away.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    good luck. he was included in odi team mainly for world cup though one of maqsood and alam might have to sit out if he is in playing 11. still some games left till world cup so its a good chance for him to show if he has still got something in him for shorter format.

  • on July 19, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Yeah I don't think he should not be part of ODIs and T-20s. Younis Khan is the most senior batsman with 253 ODIs but averaging only 31.88. Don't get me wrong he is a top player in Test match cricket but in ODIs he is not. And I think we should build for their future. He had his time in ODIs. If you see his average in last couple of years, he is doing about 22 which is not good. And he is not young to carry on with. PCB should look for the future. Look at Sanga and Mahela. But we don't haven't those kind of thoughts in our teams members

  • Taimor-016 on July 19, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Completely agree with you @Waqar Masood. Kallis is the best example for a great test player, facing problem to find form in the ODI's. My wish is that Younus Khan should be in the World Cup next year because the squad will include a mix of young talented and experienced players. Pakistan should try and select the best squad for this 2015 World Cup.

    Let's hope he shows consistency in the 3 ODI's against Sri Lanka and then gets selected for the Australian series inshallah.

  • Taimor-016 on July 20, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    @Masoom Malik you mentioned about Sanga and Mahela while comparing them to Younus Khan (as a senior batsman). Well Sanga is without a doubt great batsman but the only difference between Younus and Mahela is that Mahela has played more ODI's than Younus.

    Mahelas' average in ODI's 32.90 in 420 matches.

    Younus' average in ODI's 31.88 in 253 matches.

    If Younus plays 420 ODI's then he can easily better this average because there is not much of a difference. Also, Younus' average in tests (51.38) is also higher than Mahelas' (50.18).

    Younus in reality isn't a bad batsman overall. He has been dropped at times from ODI side when there was no correct explanation. Mahela played most of his ODI matches because of tests performances.

    Hopefully Younus Khan does well to give himself a perfect send off from the World Cup which he deserves.

  • siddhartha87 on July 20, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Younis Khan is one of the most under rated batsman. I hope he scores a lot of runs in all form of the game before his retirement

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Younis averages only 31 in ODI's ,tat is too low ,considering the fact that he is batting at top order. Pakistan has better player than younis in shorter versions of the game.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    So Younis is justifying his upcoming ODI failures. Smart cookie!!! Can you atleast make 15 out of 50 balls.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Teams like Pakiatan are gonna suffer more for lack of practice n games under new governing system of cricket. As more series will b played agony big threes only.. I have mixed reviews abound his Odi return. No doubt he is great test player but Odi will b huge test for him.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    When he will retired? Pakistan really need some young players