Star Batsman Younis Khan Excited To Serve Pakistan Cricket In Future
Recently retired Pakistan batsman prodigy Younis Khan stated he is ready to serve the national team in whatever way the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would find him fit for the role to play.
If offered an all-important role in the national board, Younis revealed he would be happy to shoulder the responsibility and serve the country.
“I feel that one part of my life has finished and another very important chapter in my life is about to begin,” Younis was quoted by Sky Sports.
Younis further stated he would like to serve his country in a different way while saying cricket is not only the one aspect he would like to serve the nation.
“I want to help my nation in whatever way it needs me to. I will be happy to work for the PCB in the future, working with young players in Pakistan and grooming them for the rigours and demands of cricket,” Younis said.
The reports suggested Younis is looking forward to coming in place as a coach after he would spend some quality time with his family which he equally termed ‘important’ in one’s life.
“I have some plans in my mind but the first thing I want to do is to spend some important and valuable time with my family,” Younis asserted.
Younis further wished to play the role based on his aptitude for the national cricket team while looking forward to coming in as a mentor, Younis has crossed passed the 10,000-run landmark, also to become the first Pakistani, who further has played a crucial role in the middle-order in the longer format of the game.
“They [family members] are the ones who have supported me throughout my career, through the highs and through the lows,” Younis revealed.
Younis, who has himself, carved niche out of the gentleman’s game in Tests, in particular, hung his boots after playing the three-match Test series against the West Indies.
However, Younis’ suggestion for youngsters has been to learn how to earn respect in the field, as he believes Pakistan has a remarkable talent to look on at.
“I always say to these boys, focus on your own career, don’t worry about others and what they are earning or doing,” Younis stated.
Younis revealed it depends on the situation how you cope up with the things, as he feels to concentrate on fitness is the best option to go with in a bid to excel in the game.
“Every player faces testing times when things don’t go well for you, but if you concentrate on the basics, and above all are prepared to work hard on your fitness and your cricketing skills you will never go wrong,” Younis suggested.
The 39-year-old former Pakistan skipper Younis believes the young crop of cricketers has to give their best for the country, departments and clubs, respectively while stating the players have to anchor the innings.
“Focus on your fitness, work on your own game, work on your weaknesses and areas of improvement. Just think about and work on those things which are under your control,” Younis added.
The Mardan-born batsman, who has gone through the bad patch before making a decent comeback in order to win many hearts across the cricketing globe for his ability with the bat.
“I do not want to be remembered as the man who scored 34 Test hundreds, or the man who made over 10,000 Test runs, or the man who made Test hundreds against all other Test playing nations,” Younis further added.
Younis has been praised for his record and giving respect to the compatriots, who believes personal milestones meant nothing until a team achieves something while giving best on the field.
“What is more important to me is that I am remembered as someone who put the team first, did not play for himself and put his country first,” Younis concluded.
Since making his debut in 2000, Younis smashed 34 centuries and 33 fifties in 118 Tests while scoring 10,099 runs at an average of 52.05. He also played 265 One-day Internationals and 25 Twenty20 Internationals.
Interestingly, while rolling over his arm, Younis claim nine wickets with his leg-spin in Tests followed by three wickets each in the limited-overs format.
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