Younis Khan: ‘Right time to retire’

Younis smashed a total of 468 in the 2-0 Test win against  Australia that forced the selectors to recall him to the one-day team.Good fielding, along with solid efforts with both the bat and the ball, helped Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the One Day global (ODI) series against England and the “hosts” will be eager to put on another all-round performance and extend their dominance over the tourists.”I’ve always maintained that when a player reaches a certain age, he should decide on his own when he wanted to retire, but Younis Khan could have quit after the series”, Shaharyar Khan said.Hafeez dedicated his century to veteran batsman Younis Khan, who had earlier announced his retirement from ODI cricket.On Wednesday, director of cricket Andrew Strauss said England needed “more separation” between the Test and one-day sides. Younis said he had taken your decision to retire with family and friends.

The- 37-old played 264 ODIs in a career that spans over 15 years. “For me it is surprising he announced his retirement today”, he said.The 29-year-old added: “I’ve watched it back a number of times; I’ve watched loads of footage of me in the past, how I’ve normally played”.”To me it is really unusual”, he added.Younis had retired from Twenty20 cricket after leading Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title inEngland in 2009.The 21-year-old Azam showed that the future for Pakistan post-Younus could well be bright as he emphatically cleared the rope four times in making an unbeaten run-a-ball 62. He scored 9 to finish with 7,249 runs from 265 matches since 2000. But they were two very competitive series, and we managed to turn over New Zealand.”That’s what we want, people who can learn, think for themselves, act for themselves, be responsible for their game and improve to such an extent they stay in the side and become a first pick and not just an in-and-out fringe player”.Despite their formidable Test record in the UAE, Pakistan have only won one of their previous six one-day series in their adopted home, but cantered home despite Topley returning figures 3-26 from nine overs.


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