Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

Younis Khan to miss last two ODIs

Umar Farooq

August 25, 2014

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Younis Khan congratulates Kumar Sangakkara on his double-century, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, August 9, 2014
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Pakistan batsman Younis Khan will leave the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka to return to Karachi because of the death of his nephew. The PCB is not going to send a replacement for the final two ODIs.

Younis was making his comeback to the ODI format after a break of more than a year, in his bid to stake a claim for the 2015 World Cup. Before the first match in Sri Lanka, Younis' last ODI for Pakistan was in March 2013.

"I am deeply saddened at the passing away of your nephew. Please accept my condolences, and convey these to your family as well," Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, said in a message to Younis.

Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after their four-wicket win in Hambantota on August 23. The second ODI against Sri Lanka is on August 26, and the third on August 30.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Very sad news. we will miss YK in ODI but a life is more important then cricket.

Posted by ahmedapnadream on (August 26, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

In 2005 his father died. In the same year, his elder brother died in a car accident in Ukraine. In 2006 his brother died in a car accident in Germany. In 2011 his brother died in Germany. Now lost his nephew (Liver transplant in India) .This was his last chance to cement his place in the ODI squad but now it is gone. After so many losses he maintains an average of 51.41 in test cricket, without playing at home for last 6 years. He is truly a Legend, 'The Smiling Assassin'.

Posted by RRobinhoodd on (August 26, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

very sad to hear that, Cricket is just a game, not bigger than a life.

Posted by CharlesCrasto on (August 26, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Condolences to the grieving family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Very sad news! But now Pakistan should include Sarfraz as wicket keeper batsman along with umer akmal as both are aggressive players. Batting would be more strong and herath attack would also be defused.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (August 26, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Very sad to hear... May Allah in his mercy grant rest to the innocent child...

Posted by t20cric on (August 25, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

This is very sad news but Younis Khan should know that all of his fans (including me) are there to support him and his family. Its always sad to see a family member die and its a good thing you made the right decision of going back home to support your family because family always comes before work. May Allah give Younis's nephew a place in jahnat and give courage to his family.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (August 25, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Very sad news, Yunus and and his family have already suffered many losses of their loved ones. May Allah Almighty grant them courage and fortitude to bear these losses and bless the deceased's soul Ameen.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

During his career, YK and his family have suffered personal and dear losses of their loved ones. May Almighty Allah bless the deceased's soul Ameen.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

I wish Younus does not crave for being an ODI player.

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