Pakistan in West Indies 2011 May 8, 2011

Bereaved Younis Khan to return home

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Mohammad yusuf should return

  • A 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

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Condolences to the bereaved family.

  • 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......

  • Dummy4 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

  • Syed 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Naveed 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Srinivas on May 10, 2011, 8:38 GMT

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

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