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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  • dummy4fb on August 26, 2014, 9:30 GMT

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

  • 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'.

  • RRobinhoodd on August 26, 2014, 6:35 GMT

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

  • CharlesCrasto on August 26, 2014, 5:25 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 26, 2014, 4:37 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb on August 25, 2014, 17:11 GMT

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

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