Veteran Pakistani Test cricketer Younis Khan has decided to walk away from the Test format once and for all. As per reports from Geo News, it is understood that Younis will be retiring from the format and is expected to make a formal announcement at a press conference later today. The news comes as a sort of a stunner as there were no hints of this decision taking place. His last Test knock was an epic 175 against Australia in Sydney.
The century also made him the first player in the history of Test cricket to score centuries in 11 countries when he smashed his 34th century at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia, tying him with Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara on the all-time list at 6th place for most hundreds.
Reacting to the decision, former skipper and fast bowling legend Wasim Akram said that Younis will be ending his career as one of the most adored cricketers in Pakistan.
“Younis Khan is one of the best batsmen we have had. And he has always given his best for Pakistan. Younis was always a very hard-working player. He was proactive in all fields of the game, whether it was batting, fielding, helping others out during practice. He was a proper team-man. The way he has handled his image, he will always be respected for it,” said former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.
Younis made his debut in the year 2000 against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi, scoring a century in the debut game. He has been a regular member of the Test side for most of the time since then and currently has featured in 115 matches with 9,977 runs at an average of 53.06 under his belt. The upcoming series will be highly special for him as he chases the 10000 runs mark, he needs only 23 runs to enter the prestigious club.
Earlier, Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq also announced earlier this week that the series against West Indies would be his last. Th42-year-oldld has played 72 Test matches so far with 4951 runs to his credit and is currently seventh on the list of Pakistan’s highest Test run-getters. Misbah had an unproductive time in the last two series he played against New Zealand and Australia but overall had a great 2016.
“It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (Pakistan Cricket Board) quite some time ago,” Misbah told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. “I will try to finish it on a high note.
The departure of Younis and Misbah who were included in the Wisden’s prestigious Five Cricketers of the Year will put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the young names in the Pakistan team.