Pakistan Test batsman Younis Khan has cleared the air regarding his retirement plans in a new video, saying his decision to retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing Test series against West Indies is final. After hinting to stay on if his team needs him in a previous statement, Younis said nothing can change his mind and there is no possibility that he will extend his career.
The 39-year-old veteran is eyeing one last career milestone of becoming the first ever Pakistan player to reach 10,000 Test runs. He is currently just 23 runs shy of stepping into the iconic 10,000 runs club.
“A lot has been said about my retirement from cricket that maybe Younis wants to keep on playing Test cricket which is absolutely not true,” Younis said in a video message released on the second day of the first Test in Kingston.
“I had announced my retirement with a plan, with honour after thinking and according to my wish.
“The question that was asked to me, what my answer was and what version went out, I don’t want to go in detail. Younis Khan will retire even if he scores a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies. Please don’t doubt Younis Khan’s credibility and support Pakistan. Pray for Younis Khan and for Pakistan that we can win a Test series for the very first time in West Indies.
Earlier Younis, while talking to cricket.com.au, had suggested that he might be persuaded to stay on if Pakistan requires him.
“Yeah, I will think about it,” Younis said in response to a question of would he consider playing on. “It all depends on if my team needs me. If they request me or people want me then why not? But it all depends on my team.”
“I could have played more. But I think the right time to retire is when people want you to stay, not when they are thinking your time is up. So I think it is a good time for me retire,” he had added.
“My personal feeling is that Pakistan still need Younis Khan and he can play for another year or two, but I’m not sure if others agree with me or not,” Misbah wrote.
“I talked to him about it in Australia and told him that ‘you can play on’. Even though we have some very good youngsters in the team, the gap left by Younis’ absence will be difficult to fill.
Younis made a memorable debut against Sri Lanka in March 2000 on the back of consistent domestic performances and has played 115 Tests since then, amassing 9977 runs at an average of 53.06 with 34 centuries.