Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 August 25, 2014

Younis Khan to miss last two ODIs

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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.

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    my condolence to yonis Khan may ALLAH give him courage & patience to past hard time..

  • POSTED BY Umer.Lohya123 on | August 25, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    I am very sorry to hear May your nephew enter jannah. YK will be missed by Pakistan because he was looking in good form..:).

    Sharjeel should open with Ahmed then Hafeez then alam. Then Misbah then maqsood Then akmal then afridi ..........

    Pak look very strong

  • POSTED BY Saif_Khan90 on | August 25, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Debate about who can or should replace Younus is irrelevant. Have the decency and common sense to defer that conversation right now and post messages of condolences/prayers for the deceased person and his family. Cricket is just a game, not bigger than a life.

  • POSTED BY Saif_Khan90 on | August 25, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Losing a family member is never easy and I understand how Younus must be feeling right now as I have also lost a close relative in recent times. It's very tough and the only thing we can do is be with our family right now & make prayers for the departed soul. Khuda hafez

  • POSTED BY RD_CricFan on | August 25, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Very sad news. We are sorry for your loss Younis khan and god give strength to you and your family at this hard time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    it's sad. RIP.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 25, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Now , in place of younis , Babar should be played and regular four bowlers should work !! And umar akmal to be fit as no 3 role !!! Ajmal is fatigued after a lot of cricket season !!and irfan to play only 2 matches and rest in third oneday !! And talha will come !!!team should be Shahzad,Hafeez,Umar,Misbah,Fawad,Sohaib,afridi,wahab,junaid,irfan !!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Very sad news indeed. May the deceased soul rest in peace. If I am not wrong, this might be 3rd or 4th time a close one to Younis passed away during his career.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I just don't understand why Hafeez cannot bat at number 4. The kind of technique he has,he cannot survive against quality fast bowling. We have already seen what Dale Steyn did to him. But he has the ability to score runs freely which is why I think he should bat at number4.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    sad news.May his soul rest in heaven.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    bad and sad news. My deepest condolences to YK and family. May his nephew rest in peace. Ameen. :(

  • POSTED BY icegreen89 on | August 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences and best wishes to you and your family. I will miss watching you play.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 25, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Pakistan team need a one geniune bowler, it's create variety in bowling attack. I think its comparative combination to playing with 7 batsman and four bowler

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    We all feel sad for Younis Khan . He could not show his comeback in 1st OD but we were expecting good score in 2nd OD. Insha Allah we will see him against Australia.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Sharjeel khan replace as a place of younus khan.. Bcoz sharzeel is a hard hitter.. And send hafeez at no. 3 position..

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | August 25, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    very very sad moment when one loses someone frm family or a loved one, May god give you power, U r a great human being Younis khan.......

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | August 25, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Very sad news. Sincere condolences to Younus and family.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    They should include an all rounder like hammad azam and develop him as A. Razaq and Wasim Akram... But now Anwar Ali is good option to replace yunis in this ongoing tour

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 25, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    they should play one more bowler

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    I don't want sharjeel khan to be in the final eleven as he needs to improve his batting skills and he is not even technically sound.. He needs to work On His basics in domestic

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Feel very sorry for the loss of his nephew. But it is now a chance for Misbah to rethink his strategy. I don't think he should persist with this 8 batsman and 3 bowlers strategy as 50 overs demand either 5 specialist bowlers or 4 specialist and 2 all-rounders as the bowling option. Play 7 batsman with Afridi at 7 and bring Zulfiqar Babar in the team. He is a real gem of a bowler and will give great boost to the bowing attack as a wicket taking option.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Sad news. May God be with them.

    It would have been an opportune moment to introduce Sarfraz as a wicket keeper in ODI and play Umar Akmal as a pure batsman. That would have allowed Umar Akmal to concentrate on his batting a bit more. But that, unfortunately is not going to happen as Sarfraz is already back home.

    Sharjeel Khan, who most likely is going to replace Younis, is yet to prove himself as a smart enough cricketer. He simply has not got the right temperament for international level. Sad that Younis Khan did not get enough time to express himself, in his second coming.

  • POSTED BY A1499 on | August 25, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    sorry to hear. hope that pakistan can bear yr loss and condolences to younis

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Sorry to hear about his loss. May Allah give his family the courage to bear the loss.

    Since Younis Khan is out now, I think Pakistan can redesign its formation by adding one more bowler to the playing eleven. Wahab Riaz's inclusion gives depth to the batting line so Pakistan should put in a bowler instead of playing with 8 batsmen (including Afridi). Younis Khan out, Zulfiqar Babar in!

  • POSTED BY YSleo on | August 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    May Allah keep his soul in rest.Allah give his family strength to bear this loss

  • POSTED BY alimansoorkal on | August 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    this is real chance for sharjeel khan and others to express themselves

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Sorry to hear that. may ALLAH give them courage to bear this loss.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Sorry to hear that. may ALLAH give them courage to bear this loss.

  • POSTED BY alimansoorkal on | August 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    this is real chance for sharjeel khan and others to express themselves

  • POSTED BY YSleo on | August 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    May Allah keep his soul in rest.Allah give his family strength to bear this loss

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Sorry to hear about his loss. May Allah give his family the courage to bear the loss.

    Since Younis Khan is out now, I think Pakistan can redesign its formation by adding one more bowler to the playing eleven. Wahab Riaz's inclusion gives depth to the batting line so Pakistan should put in a bowler instead of playing with 8 batsmen (including Afridi). Younis Khan out, Zulfiqar Babar in!

  • POSTED BY A1499 on | August 25, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    sorry to hear. hope that pakistan can bear yr loss and condolences to younis

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Sad news. May God be with them.

    It would have been an opportune moment to introduce Sarfraz as a wicket keeper in ODI and play Umar Akmal as a pure batsman. That would have allowed Umar Akmal to concentrate on his batting a bit more. But that, unfortunately is not going to happen as Sarfraz is already back home.

    Sharjeel Khan, who most likely is going to replace Younis, is yet to prove himself as a smart enough cricketer. He simply has not got the right temperament for international level. Sad that Younis Khan did not get enough time to express himself, in his second coming.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Feel very sorry for the loss of his nephew. But it is now a chance for Misbah to rethink his strategy. I don't think he should persist with this 8 batsman and 3 bowlers strategy as 50 overs demand either 5 specialist bowlers or 4 specialist and 2 all-rounders as the bowling option. Play 7 batsman with Afridi at 7 and bring Zulfiqar Babar in the team. He is a real gem of a bowler and will give great boost to the bowing attack as a wicket taking option.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    I don't want sharjeel khan to be in the final eleven as he needs to improve his batting skills and he is not even technically sound.. He needs to work On His basics in domestic

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 25, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    they should play one more bowler

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    They should include an all rounder like hammad azam and develop him as A. Razaq and Wasim Akram... But now Anwar Ali is good option to replace yunis in this ongoing tour