Younis may play on at Pakistan’s request

Record-making  batsman Younus khan admits he may reconsider his retirement plans if Pakistan still need his services


Veteran batsman and former Test captain Younus Khan has hinted that he may reconsider his retirement plans should Pakistan ask him to play on.

14 days ago, Younus announced his decorated Test career would come to an end at the conclusion of Test series against the West Indies.

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“I could have played more,” Younus khan told ahead of the first Test in Jamaica. “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 that,s why i think, it is a perfect time of my retirement.

But asked if he would think about prolonging his Test career, Younus Khan said that it depends on whether Pakistani team still need his services.

“Yeah, I will think about it,” Younus admitted. “It all depends on if my team needs me.

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“My opinion is that Pakistan still need Younis Khan and he can play for some more years to make the team strong, 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.

“The Pakistan team will not just miss him as a batsman, they’ll also miss him as a mentor.

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“He has been a terrific role model for everyone and it will be very tough to replace him.

“Every member of this team, including myself, has learnt a lot from him. He has changed our dressing room culture. If one wants to be successful in professional life, one only needs to regard Younis Khan’s organised and punctual lifestyle from breakfast to bed.”