Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has announced his retirement from One Day International cricket. The first ODI between Pakistan and England at Abu Dhabi will be his last ODI match. Younis Khan made the announcement ahead of the opening ODI of the 5-match series between Pakistan and England.
37 year old Younis Khan has played 264 ODI matches for Pakistan. He has scored 7248 runs, which puts him on #6 in the list of leading Pakistani ODI run scorers. He has scored 48 fifties and 7 centuries during a career that spanned for about 15 years.
Younis Khan had announced his retirement from T20 international after winning the ICC T20 World Cup for Pakistan in 2009.
Younis Khan is currently the leading run scorer in test matches for Pakistan. Earlier during the test series between Pakistan and England during the same tour, he broke the test record previously held by Javed Miandad.
While talking to media during his announcement, Younis Khan said:
“I am really pleased to announce that today I am retiring from ODI cricket after deliberation with my family, wife, and close friends,”
“I feel satisfied and grateful to almighty for showering numerous blessings on me. It is one of the his great blessings that I, by my own will, have taken this decision to retire from ODI cricket after having retired from T20 cricket already.”
he further added:
“I would like to thank the PCB, selection committee and my fellow players who always respected and encouraged me. It is difficult to bid adieu to one-day format, but I believe in being sincere and honest with myself as well as with my profession. Pakistan cricket has a bright future ahead. We have been the champions in this game once and I believe we have all necessary ingredients to become champions once again.”
Although the ever-smiling Younis Khan has retired from ODI and T2oi but there is a lot of action expected from him in the test cricket – the format he enjoys the most.
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