Pakistan in West Indies 2011 May 8, 2011

Bereaved Younis Khan to return home

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Younis Khan, the Pakistan batsman, will return home from West Indies on Sunday after his elder brother died in Germany. The PCB has given Younis permission to miss the two-Test series which starts next Thursday.

"Younis is returning home today as unfortunately his elder brother, Shamshad Khan, has passed away in Germany," a board official said.

There is unlikely to be a replacement for Younis for the first Test because of logistical reasons, but the team management may consider someone for the second Test.

The loss of Younis, a 67-Test veteran, will be a big blow for a side that is thin on experience. His absence means there is no one in the Pakistan squad who has played a Test in the West Indies.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Mohammad yusuf should return

  • POSTED BY India2world on | May 11, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    may his soul rest in peace..Ameen ....Call Shoiab Malik only experience batsman left who has played in West Indies

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Condolences to the bereaved family.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | May 10, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    May Younis brother's soul rest in peace, Aameen.... May Allah give Younis enough patience..... We really miss Younis khan in test series as he is our most senior, experienced and regular performer in test team, test avg still 50+, great player......

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    RIP....very sad....May Allah give him enough patience.... may his brother's soul rest in peace...Aameen

  • POSTED BY voyager on | May 10, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    If I remember it right this is the third brother that he lost in last 6 years. Very sad for him. The person has lot of patience and poise. May Allah help him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Afridi doesn't play tests. This "team in tatters" incidentally lost only to England lately. We drew Australia and South Africa, and beat New Zealand. Not to mention we haven't played at home since ages. And we are 6th ranked. I know Younis's is a big loss but I still think (and this is strange for pakistan) that our lineup is reasonably solid, and the main worry is our bowling. Our test lineup is much more solid than our ODI lineup, though you may not know this because you're probably criticizing without having watched our recent tests.

  • POSTED BY nidostud on | May 10, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Condolences for the bereaved family. This also reminds as to what PCB has done to the greatest test batsman in Pakistan team - Mohammad Yousuf. He is way above all others but has been sidelined and ill-treated, probably forcing him to seek premature retirement. Selectors and team management need to support their best batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Our deepest condolence and cordial commisserations are with Younis Khan. May Allah rest his brother soul and give him everlasting joys in hereafter life. "Ameen".

    Indeed it is a great blow for Pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY Srinivasvyande on | May 10, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Sad to hear...My condolence to Younis and his family..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Mohammad yusuf should return

  • POSTED BY India2world on | May 11, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    may his soul rest in peace..Ameen ....Call Shoiab Malik only experience batsman left who has played in West Indies

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Condolences to the bereaved family.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | May 10, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    May Younis brother's soul rest in peace, Aameen.... May Allah give Younis enough patience..... We really miss Younis khan in test series as he is our most senior, experienced and regular performer in test team, test avg still 50+, great player......

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    RIP....very sad....May Allah give him enough patience.... may his brother's soul rest in peace...Aameen

  • POSTED BY voyager on | May 10, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    If I remember it right this is the third brother that he lost in last 6 years. Very sad for him. The person has lot of patience and poise. May Allah help him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Afridi doesn't play tests. This "team in tatters" incidentally lost only to England lately. We drew Australia and South Africa, and beat New Zealand. Not to mention we haven't played at home since ages. And we are 6th ranked. I know Younis's is a big loss but I still think (and this is strange for pakistan) that our lineup is reasonably solid, and the main worry is our bowling. Our test lineup is much more solid than our ODI lineup, though you may not know this because you're probably criticizing without having watched our recent tests.

  • POSTED BY nidostud on | May 10, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Condolences for the bereaved family. This also reminds as to what PCB has done to the greatest test batsman in Pakistan team - Mohammad Yousuf. He is way above all others but has been sidelined and ill-treated, probably forcing him to seek premature retirement. Selectors and team management need to support their best batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Our deepest condolence and cordial commisserations are with Younis Khan. May Allah rest his brother soul and give him everlasting joys in hereafter life. "Ameen".

    Indeed it is a great blow for Pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY Srinivasvyande on | May 10, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Sad to hear...My condolence to Younis and his family..

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    My Deepest condolence to Younis and his Family.May his brother soul rest in peace Ameen.Pakistan team will younis khan in west indies only experince batsman in the pakistan team and as team man.He brings lot confindence in team.I wish our board understand how to handle sportsman.He done so good for pakistan team after winning th T20 world cup.We need younis khan person in the team.He is Humble/down to earth and role model for our cricket team and for pakistan.I always admire him and honor for me to be with him as a chief guest at Baqai University sports festival in april along with Former Opening Batsman Mr.Sadiq Mohammad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Younis is test specialist batsman in the pakistan team. I miss u younis. May Allah help to u & your family.Good luck!!!

  • POSTED BY Kamran_Pakistan on | May 9, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    May Allah rest his soul in peace. It's a very sad news and all my condolences to Younis bhai and his family. I pray Allah bestows upon them the courage to face this tough time, AAMEEN.

  • POSTED BY ROLAYH on | May 9, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Very sad to hear that.. may his brother's soul rest in peace...Aameen

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    No doubt everyone has to move on the same path one day. May his soul rest in peace and Allaha Pak give patience ti Younis and other family members. We are with you at this time of grief.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    this is indeed a sad news and all my condolences for younis khan and his family. may allah give him and his family the strength to bear this loss and my condolences to the entire family. ameen

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    sad to hear about Younis's brother. His experience will be missed by Pakistan but it shouldn't be too much trouble beating WI in the test series

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Deepest condolences to Younis and his family.. may his brothers soul rest in the heavens.. Prayers are with you Younis; you're a noble man and a true professional

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 8, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    This will even up the contest. Sad for Younis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Sad to hear about his Brother May Allah Bless his Brother's Soul in Jannah Ameen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    May Allah keep his soul in peace ameen!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    My heartfelt condolences to Younis Khan - May Allah give him and the family members the strength to bear this lose.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | May 8, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    RIP Shamshad Khan. May his soul rest in peace. @Paddlesweep4six If you are talking about India, we have beaten WI, Eng, SL away and drawn a test series with SA in seaming conditions. With Younis gone, the Pak team is in tatters. Would be surprising if your indless-slogger Afridi will be included in the side!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    It is gr8 lost to greeved Younus Khan, MAY GOD BLEES HIS BORTHER AND WHOLE FAMILY, OUR CONDOLANCES WITH HIM

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    MAY ALLAH GIVE HIS BROTHER A PLACE IN JANNAT AMEN

    MAY ALLAH GIVE STRENGH TO YOUNIS AND HIS FAMILY

    CRICKET IS NOTHING TO FAMILY

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    My condolonces to Younis and his family.may his bro soul rest in heaven

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | May 8, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    So what if he misses 2 tests? Family comes first and a death of a relative is always sad to anyone,anything.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    May ALLAH bless his brother a place in Paradise!!!

  • POSTED BY Paddlesweep4six on | May 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    @ cric_fanatic, they are alot better then the flat track bullies who only know how to win at home while struggle to even draw the series away.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    My condolonces to Younis and his family. If I remember correctly one of his brother died in car accident, somewhere in Cairo.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    this is the third time an elder brother of him have died. sorry i'm feeling so sorry for his family.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Condolences to Younis and his family. The Pakistan middle order will definitely be weaker without him in the team

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    My condolence.....May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY GAINDA on | May 8, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Feel bad for Younis and for his family at another tragic loss. If there was any justice then the PCB would select the talented and experienced Faisal Iqbal who has been scoring heavily in the recent domestic season and deserves another chance now. For some unknown reason, Faisal was unfairly dropped after some decent performances in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Ed Sweinsteiger that is exactly what I was thinking.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Really feel sorry for Younis Khan, let the almiighty give strength to Younis bhai and his family to overcome yet another untimely loss of their family member.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I would like to know how Younis Khan's brothers keep dying at such a young age? What the hell is going on with his family?

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace.aameen

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    May Allah Bless You.....................................

  • POSTED BY ather_aziz on | May 8, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    maybe on your cards another 70 all out cric_fanatics i dont think you have any clue fo how paksitan has played in the alst two test series against south africa and nz in new zlealnad so first go check out the results of the two sereis and then come and make such comments like these

  • POSTED BY truth1 on | May 8, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    @cric_fanatic. You can't forget your personal enmity at the time of someones death? If you are not happy with pak team then why do you watch each and every pak matches including side matches and comment on them multiple times? If you can't hide your hatred at time of bereavement then you have no moral values. What a shame!This is not cricket. cricinfo should block your personalized remarks. is there a code of ethics for god sake?

  • POSTED BY Gone_on_Vacations-cant-chnge-teamXI on | May 8, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    He has been the unluckiest cricketer in this regard I think, he has lost 4-5 close relatives with 3 brothers, his father including with untimely deaths in the last 5-7 years :(

  • POSTED BY banglafan on | May 8, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Our sincerest condolences go out to Younis and his family.

  • POSTED BY truth1 on | May 8, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Yuounis should be replaced by a person of the same caliber and that can't be anyone other than Mohammad Yusuf.You shouldn't play a brand new young eleven in virtually every match. While its important to introduce young players but they should have some cover by senior players.I personally feel injustice is being done to Razzaq, he should be in Test as well as ODI. He could easily be ODI captain.In WC despite all hue and cry Waqar Younis didn't let him play at one down position as he didn't want to disturb combination. In contrast India is persisting with 38+ players and young ones are not getting enough exposure. Aussies made same mistake and now heavily paying for it. Team development is more important than ranking which can collapse anytime with enbloc departure of multiple overage players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    alam mean fawad alam, are you nuts?

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    May allah help you and your family through this difficult time

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 8, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Oh no! He has lost all 3 of his brothers by now that means. He had another brother in Germany who had died in 2006. Another in Ukraine who also passed away and now another one in Germany. I wish you long life Younis Khan and hope you can play for the next 5 years. Deepest sympathy from a Sri Lankan cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | May 8, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    it shouldnt be a problem as pak are playing their best team against a second tier WI...but you never know..another 70 all out on the cards..???

  • POSTED BY Razithetiger on | May 8, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    feelin really Sad for younus, another personal tragedy for him, best of luck to him, though I think the side could use Mohammed yousuf who is currently playing county cricket

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 8, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Soooooo sad because he is a great Test player for Pak!

    I hope he returns soon or someone like Yasin, Alam or Manzoor are given a chance.

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  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 8, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Soooooo sad because he is a great Test player for Pak!

    I hope he returns soon or someone like Yasin, Alam or Manzoor are given a chance.

  • POSTED BY Razithetiger on | May 8, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    feelin really Sad for younus, another personal tragedy for him, best of luck to him, though I think the side could use Mohammed yousuf who is currently playing county cricket

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | May 8, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    it shouldnt be a problem as pak are playing their best team against a second tier WI...but you never know..another 70 all out on the cards..???

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 8, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Oh no! He has lost all 3 of his brothers by now that means. He had another brother in Germany who had died in 2006. Another in Ukraine who also passed away and now another one in Germany. I wish you long life Younis Khan and hope you can play for the next 5 years. Deepest sympathy from a Sri Lankan cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    May allah help you and your family through this difficult time

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    alam mean fawad alam, are you nuts?

  • POSTED BY truth1 on | May 8, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Yuounis should be replaced by a person of the same caliber and that can't be anyone other than Mohammad Yusuf.You shouldn't play a brand new young eleven in virtually every match. While its important to introduce young players but they should have some cover by senior players.I personally feel injustice is being done to Razzaq, he should be in Test as well as ODI. He could easily be ODI captain.In WC despite all hue and cry Waqar Younis didn't let him play at one down position as he didn't want to disturb combination. In contrast India is persisting with 38+ players and young ones are not getting enough exposure. Aussies made same mistake and now heavily paying for it. Team development is more important than ranking which can collapse anytime with enbloc departure of multiple overage players.

  • POSTED BY banglafan on | May 8, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Our sincerest condolences go out to Younis and his family.

  • POSTED BY Gone_on_Vacations-cant-chnge-teamXI on | May 8, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    He has been the unluckiest cricketer in this regard I think, he has lost 4-5 close relatives with 3 brothers, his father including with untimely deaths in the last 5-7 years :(

  • POSTED BY truth1 on | May 8, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    @cric_fanatic. You can't forget your personal enmity at the time of someones death? If you are not happy with pak team then why do you watch each and every pak matches including side matches and comment on them multiple times? If you can't hide your hatred at time of bereavement then you have no moral values. What a shame!This is not cricket. cricinfo should block your personalized remarks. is there a code of ethics for god sake?