ABU DHABI: Pakistan batsman Younis Khan had on Wednesday decided to retire from the ODI format of Cricket. Announcing his retirement, the former Pakistan captain said that the first ODI match against England at Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be his last match.
“I am very pleased to announce my retirement from the ODI format after deliberation with my family members and close friends”, Younis Khan said.
“I am thankful to the almighty for showering his blessings on me and giving me the courage to move forward in a long career of 15 years”, he added.
When asked about the circumstances leading to his retirement, the batsman said that he has taken the decision on his own will with due consultation with his family members.
“To be honest i have always tried to play the best cricket that i can, with a positive mindset and continued to do so since 15 years. It has been a responsible position for me both as a captain and the player of the Pakistan cricket team. But, now i feel that it is the right time for me to bid adieu to my ODI cricket”, Younis said on his decision to retire.
“I sincerely thank the Pakistan Cricket team, the support staff, my teammates and my family members for being with me all along my journey”, he added.
Younis Khan said that he believes that the coming young generation will carry on the glory of the Pakistan cricket by winning the global events.
The former captain played 264 ODIs scoring 7240 runs at an average of 31.34 and is the sixth highest run-getter for Pakistan in the ODI format. Recently, he had overtook the record of Javed Miandad to become the Pakistan’s highest runs scorer in Test cricket.
Overall, Younis Khan has scored seven hundreds and 48 half-centuries in a career that spanned 15 years. However, Younis had not been on his best in ODIs since 2008 as he scored only one century in a period of seven years.
On the contrast the batsman has been in a fine form in Test Cricket. He had sc0red 8 centuries in his last 15 matches at an average of 68.88, the Espn reported.
With the ODI retirement, Younis Khan will now be available for only Test matches. The former captain had already retired from the T20 Cricket after leading his team to the title of the WorldT20 Championship in 2009 at England.