Younis Khan Returns Pakistan To A Hero’s Welcome, Najam Sethi Decides Not To Step Down As PSL Chariman
It was a momentous occasion for recently retired Pakistan Test star Younis Khan, who touched down at the Jinnah International Airport on Monday to witness a swarm of a crowd waiting to give him a hero’s welcome after he hung-up his boots for the final time in international cricket.
“I would like to congratulate Pakistan for all the achievements I have in cricket: they are wins for the nation and not just myself,” Younis was quoted as saying by Dawn.com.
While talking to reporters at the airport, Younis expressed he was delighted to return home with the victory while thanking fans for all the support during his illustrious career, particularly in the Test format.
“I am grateful for the welcome I have received,” Younis said, who looked ecstatic in a video after being presented garlands by his followers and equally was showered with rose petals.
Recently, Pakistan scripted history by winning the three-match Test series 2-1 on their Caribbean tour under the tutelage of calm and composed Misbah-Ul-Haq, who also hung his boots after playing third and final Test at the Windsor Park in Dominica.
One of the iconic batsmen, Younis feels he has a lot to do in the foreseeable future and would eventually pick one of the offers for the betterment of his country.
“I have a number of offers on the table and I will choose the option that is the best, for myself and for Pakistan,” Younis maintained.
Younis was also asked by the reporters would you like to see yourself among the ‘politicians’ on which the veteran batsman laughed and said it’s not his cup of a tea, as there are many serving the nation.
“There are already great politicians in the country, I would like to continue serving the nation in my own way,” Younis added.
Younis, who has also become first Pakistani batsman to cross 10,000-run landmark in Test cricket. He went through his own lows and highs before making a remarkable comeback while doing his homework during his career which spread over 17 years.
Marching into numbers, Younis is the only batsman, who has registered 11 hundreds in 11 different countries and he achieved this feat by smashing a fine century against Australia at Sydney which was also his 34th hundred.
On the other side, Pakistan Super League chairman and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), executive committee head Najam Sethi is expected to take the position of national board’s chairman after Shaharyar Khan will steps down from the throne in August which marks the end of his tenure.
“No, I will not be stepping down as the head of the PSL if I do become the PCB chairman. I must assert here that nothing is confirmed yet,” Sethi was quoted by The Express Tribune.
Sethi has further revealed about his objectives regarding cricket of Pakistan while adding he won’t step down as the chief of the domestic Twenty20 league while adding regarding his chairmanship for PCB, nothing stands confirmed.
“I have three primary objectives if I do become the PCB chairman. The first one is to bring the PSL back to Pakistan. The second goal I have set myself is to bring back bilateral international series to Pakistan,” Sethi added.
Interestingly, according to the reports, there has been no set criterion for the PSL head other than PCB chief itself.
“I want to wipe out all corruption that may exist in Pakistan’s cricketing system — whether it be in domestic tournaments or international matches,” Sethi maintained.
If it happened, it would be the third time to see Sethi as one of the prominent supporters of a sport from Pakistan holding the office in a bid to take gentleman’s game to a new high.
“The PSL head was appointed by the PCB’s Board of Governors so there is no need for me to step down from that role,” Sethi concluded.
Sethi is looking forward to work on the domestic circuit which according to him has to be overhauled in order to bring in rich talent and quality to the national team.
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