MAMOSA Report — Pakistan’s leading Test run-scorer Younis Khan has dismissed rumors that he is reconsidering his decision to retire after the series with West Indies in Jamaica.
The legendary batsman, who has 9977 runs to his credit in Test cricket, followed captain Misbah-ul-Haq in stating that the three-match series against the Windies, which started on Friday, will be his last.
But he cast some doubt over that when he appeared to leave the door open to changing his mind, saying in an interview with cricket.com.au this week that he “will think about it”. “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,” Khan had said.
However, the 39-year-old moved to clarify his intentions with a video telecast by Geo News TV on Sunday.
“There is a lot of speculation that perhaps I am taking back my decision to retire from Test cricket. There is no truth to this,” Khan said.
“My decision to retire from Test cricket is final.
“I will not take back my retirement even if I score a century in every innings during the West Indies series.”
Younis needs just 23 runs in the Caribbean to become the first Pakistan player to reach the 10,000 mark.
He has scored 34 centuries in a stellar Test career and another seven in one-day internationals.
In April, while announcing his intention to retire, Younis said: “No player always remains fit, the motivation never remains the same, so this is the time when Younis should leave the field after the upcoming series in West Indies.”
In a column for cricket.com.au ahead of the first Test with the Windies, Misbah-ul-Haq wrote, “The Pakistan team will not just miss him as a batsman, they’ll also miss him as a mentor. 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.”
Misbah and Younis Khan are exiting at the same time. Together the two batsmen brought close to 190 matches worth of experience to the side, with Younis on the verge of becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test matches.