I want to retire as captain, says Younus Khan

The World T20 winning skipper reiterates he will not quit the game any time soon

Our Correspondent July 16, 2015
Younus Khan. Photo: Reuters

KARACHI: Pakistan’s premier Test batsman Younus Khan has said that he is not prepared to leave cricket any time soon and will not retire from ODIS, despite being snubbed again for the limited overs side.

The 37-year-old was dumped by the selectors after a forgettable World Cup and has not been part of Pakistan’s ODI squad against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

“I can assure you that I’m not leaving cricket any time soon,” Younus said during a celebration of his 100th Test. “I’ll not be forced to retire from ODIs and want to bow out gracefully on my own terms. One of my dreams is to retire not as an ordinary player but as Pakistan’s captain.”

Younus was handed a cash of Rs500,000 and a medal by Omar Associates director Nadeem Omar for joining the 100-Test club and scoring a match-winning 171 in Pakistan’s historic chase of 377 against Sri Lanka, while Shaan Masood was also given Rs100,000 for his ton. Younus, in return, presented the shirt he wore in his 100th Test to Nadeem Omar.

Meanwhile, Younus said that he has run away from captaincy throughout his life but will accept it at this stage of his career.  “I ran away from the captaincy all my life but I’ll pounce on the opportunity now if I am asked to captain Pakistan because I want to prepare a strong national side before I say goodbye,” said Younus.

He also revealed that there was a time in his career when he thought about quitting the game after repeated loss of family members but former skipper Rashid Latif supported and motivated during the period.

“I’ve lost several close ones over the years and it isn’t easy to motivate yourself after losing your father, brothers, niece and nephew,” he said. “There was a time when I wanted to walk away but Rashid kept me strong during that phase.”

Recalling his hardships, Younus revealed that he did not have enough money to make ends meet, only for HBL to offer him a Rs5,000 job that allowed him to concentrate on his cricket. “In the initial stages of my career in Karachi, I hardly had any money to survive until HBL gave me a Rs5,000 per month job and that allowed me to continue playing cricket. If it had not been for them, I would have returned to Mardan,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th,  2015.

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Waqar | 8 years ago | Reply @shehriyar dear i think u did not follow WC t20 2009 he got 50 there and I think highest or 2nd highest scorer for pak in tournament,he refuse captancy many times, pak captaincy is a pride so any one can wish.you are accusing him for world cup, what other 10 players did.? I myself not consider him in odi now,till 2009 he was good in odi but after a problem with pcb , he did not got permanent place in odi.his runs are productive and resulting pak won.just check his fifties in pak won odi and compare.in test he is a legend and he shows the world how to change the game.we will feel his true value when he leaves.
shehryar bukhari | 8 years ago | Reply @far: And you must remember that he didn't score a single 50 in that wc t20 . He was just a silent spectator while afridi and gul won that trophy for Pakistan. Before that wc your " hero" announced that he didn't take t20 ckt seriously and after the victory he announced retirement but later withdrew his decision bcz as I said above retiring with grace demands maturity.
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