PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has expressed his disappointment over Younis Khan’s sudden retirement. He was not pleased with the timing of Younis’s decision because he felt that the middle order batsman was in good form and a worthy part of the ODI side.
“I am disappointed at not only his decision to retire from ODIs but also the timing of his decision,” he was quoted as saying by PTI (via ESPNcricinfo)
“Younis has been doing well and that is why the selectors felt he should be played again in the one-day matches. For me it is surprising he announced his retirement today.”
He added that during his stay at Sharjah Younis Khan never mentioned or hinted that he had plans about retirement so it all came as a surprise to him.
“When I went to Sharjah to meet with the team management and I also talked to Younis, he gave me no indication he was planning to retire from ODIs after the first match of the series,”
Shaharyar said that Pakistan needed an experienced middle order batsman to provide stability to the fragile batting lineup of Pakistan which can be easily brought under pressure. He added that Younis was picked in the side considering Pakistan’s future assignments which includes top ranked sides.
“We picked him keeping in mind that we needed an experienced batsman in the middle order to stabilise the batting. We picked him keeping in mind our future assignments. He never discussed this retirement thing with us.”
“The team will remain balanced but at no stage did Younis convey any desire to us he wanted to retire,”