Pakistan’s veteran batsman Younis Khan, who needs only 23 runs to become the country’s first batsman to reach 10000 Test runs, has said that he would be willing to prolong his Test career should the team need him.
“I could have played more. 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,” Younis told cricket.com.au before the start of the Jamaica Test. “Yeah, I will think about it (coming out of retirement). It all depends on if my team needs me. If they request me or people want me then why not? But it all depends on my team,” he added.
“My personal feeling is that Pakistan still need Younis Khan and he can play for another year or two, but I’m not sure if others agree with me or not. Even though we have some very good youngsters in the team, the gap left by Younis’ absence will be difficult to fill,” Misbah wrote in his column for cricket.com.au.
“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. Every member of this team, including myself, has learnt a lot from him. He has changed our dressing room culture. If one wants to be successful in professional life, one only needs to regard Younis Khan’s organised and punctual lifestyle from breakfast to bed,” Misbah penned down.