Legendary Test cricketer Younis Khan bringing an end to a remarkable 17-year career has said good-bye to International Cricket. The 39-year old made the announcement of his retirement from International Cricket during a Press Conference and said that he will step in the field with White Jersey for the last time during the upcoming series against West Indies.
The veteran batsman Younis Khan said that he was under a lot of pressure as many people were calling him and asking him not to make retirement’s announcement. He told that inspite of all the requests, he has finally decided to hang his White Jersey up after the Test Series against West Indies in which he will appear for the last time for the national side.
Younis Khan told the media that no player always remains, the motivational level is not the same always so this is the perfect time to bid farewell to Cricket World and leave the field with respect and grace with the head held high. He also thanked his fans, cricketing authorities and his teammates who always supported him over the years. Khan also asked for forgiveness if he had made any mistake.
The legendary batsman and Pakistan’s Top Scorer in Test Cricket, Younis Khan said that he has always tried to be a Cricket Ambassador for his nation and now he needs support after this decision. Even after his retirement, he will be always available to serve the cricket in any other capacity as taking Pakistan one step ahead has always been his top most priority, Younis Khan added.
Younis Khan expressed his hopes to make his last West Indies Series memorable, also to pay tribute to Pakistan’s ex Head Coach Bob Woolmer who died in the Caribbean during 2007 World Cup. Upon a question, Younis Khan said that two to three days after Woolmer’s death were the saddest days of his entire cricket career.
The unanticipated and unexpected move comes just a couple of days after Pakistan’s Test Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq announced his retirement after West Indies Series. The retirement of the two veterans is likely to create a vacuum in the Test Cricket Team. Both of Pakistani greats were recently selected among the five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden.
In January, Younis Khan had said that he expects to play cricket for the next two years as well but has reportedly decided to quit after having conflict with Chief Selector Inzaman-ul-Haq who hinted to include youngsters in the team after the West Indies Series.
Younis Khan has played 115 Test and is just 23 runs away from the milestone of 10,000 runs in his Test career. Younis Khan has 34 Centuries and 32 Fifties and a memorable Triple Century against Sri Lanka. He is also the only player in open era to score a century against all eleven countries.
Often known as one of the greatest players of Modern Era, Younis Khan made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2000 and played his last Test match against Australia in January. He also captained during the 2009 World T20 win in England. Younis Khan will be remembered for his Batting Strength and his extraordinary resilience as a cricketer.
Chairman PCB pays tribute to Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shehryar Khan has said that the services of Younis Khan will always be remembered and that he has ended his career on a high note. The PCB Chairman said it would never be easy to fill the vacuum left by Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
Shehryar Khan was of the view that no amount of praise for both the cricketers would be enough. The PCB Chairman also spoke about Younis’s illustrious career and mentioned how he had led Pakistan to victory in the T20 World Cup back in 2009. Chairman PCB also announced to hold a Farewell Ceremony for both Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq for their services to Pakistan Cricket.