Younis Khan to retire after the first ODI against England

Krishna Chopra / 11 November 2015

Pakistan’s ever dependable and classy batsman Younis Khan is likely to announce his retirement from ODI’s after the ODI series against England in UAE. Khan off late has not been a regular member of the ODI setup of Pakistan. The veteran batsman admitted that he wanted to retire from ODI’s on a high.

“I can leave at anytime,” Younis told The National on Monday. “I am trying to – whenever I feel is right – leave on my own terms and conditions. At the age I am at, I have to decide very quickly what I want to do. “If you look at my career, a player like myself, he should leave the game with honour. Like I left Twenty20 (after winning the 2009 World Twenty20) that was really appreciated. When you are at the top and you retire, you leave a legacy behind.”

Khan also said that he wanted to retire after the World Cup, but he didn’t get the opportunity to do so. “I thought if the stage was right at the World Cup, if I was playing, then I would retire. But I didn’t get that opportunity. Now, since then I’ve been pushing myself again, I’ve been pushing selectors again. I’m really happy I have an opportunity. I want to come now and at my own moment of choosing, retire.”

Speaking about his ODI numbers, which are a bit underwhelming, Younis said, “If my average is 31-32, then check that whenever Younis Khan has made 70, what were the conditions, how many overs were left, how did he get out? If a player like myself, who has a better technique, if he plays 50 overs then don’t you think if he was playing for himself and not the team he could’ve scored 100?”

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