JAMAICA – Legendary Pakistan batsman and former captain Younis Khan has stated that he could reverse the retirement decision if the team needs him.
Khan said he will reconsider his decision to retire from cricket if the team still need him to be at their disposal.
Two weeks ago, Younis announced he will bid farewell to his international cricket career after the on-going Test series against Pakistan and West Indies ends.
The 39-year-old, however, said he won’t mind reversing his decision if the fans and the Pakistan Cricket Board require him.
“If they (Pakistan team) request me or people want me then why not? But it all depends on my team,” Younis told cricket.com.au.
Younis, who, with 9977 runs, is the highest run-maker for Pakistan in Tests, said his retirement did not mean he does not have more cricket left in him and he decided to retire just because he was at the top of his game.
“I could have played more,” the right-hander said ahead of the first Test in Jamaica.
“But I think the right time to retire is when people want you to stay, not when they are thinking your time is up. So I think it is a good time for me retire.”
Earlier, in his blog for the Cricket Australia website, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who also had announced to retire after the Windies series, wrote he personally believed Younis’ absence will affect the side and that it would have been better if he had not announced retirement.
“My personal feeling is that Pakistan still needs Younis Khan and he can play for another year or two, but I’m not sure if others agree with me or not,” wrote the 42-year-old.
“Even though we have some very good youngsters in the team, the gap left by Younis’ absence will be difficult to fill,” he added.
“The Pakistan team will not just miss him as a batsman, they’ll also miss him as a mentor. He has been a terrific role model for everyone and it will be very tough to replace him.”
With 23 runs remaining to become the first Pakistani batsman to reach the 10,000-run milestone, Younis is expected to achieve the feat in the ongoing first Test.