Pakistan star middle order batsman Younis khan has decided to retire from one day international cricket. The decision came just a few hours before the first ODI between Pakistan and England at Abu Dhabi. This match will be Younis’s last match in ODI cricket after which he will only focus on international cricket.
“He will retire from one-day cricket after Wednesday’s game and he has conveyed this to us,” team manager Intikhab Alam told AFP and confirmed the news regarding his retirement.
In a statement released by Younis khan he said that it is the right time to retire from international cricket and its time for youngsters to fill his shoes at the highest level. He said that with proper planning and dedication Pakistan can become champions once again.
Younis khan had failed to lay an impact in the ODI format and scored very few runs whenever he got a chance in the recent past. His average in the last few games he played was extremely insignificant and well below 20.
The selectors also faced a deadlock while selecting him for the ODI series against England but he eventually got selected but the rift between the team management and selectors was evident from the outset.
It is a sane decision from Younis khan to retire because, to me, he was misfit in the current ODI setup as Pakistan needs young blood to come through as Pakistan build towards the 2019 World Cup.
Younis khan played in 264 ODI matches and scored over 7000 runs at an average of 31 and strike rate of 75. He scored 7 hundreds and 48 fifties in a career that spanned over 15 years. The last match against England will be his 265th ODI and he look to end on a high and perhaps with a century under his name.