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Younis Khan failed to reach double figures in any of his three innings in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. – Photo by AP
Younis Khan failed to reach double figures in any of his three innings in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. – Photo by AP

KARACHI: Chairman of the national cricket selection committee Iqbal Qasim has indicated that Younis Khan’s future in one-day cricket will be discussed once the player returns from the tour of Sri Lanka.

Younis aggregated 10 runs in the three ODI matches he played in the recently-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka and was consequently dropped from the last ODI, which Pakistan lost by 44 runs and gave the hosts a 3-1 series win.

“I don’t know what he (Younis) has in mind regarding 50-over cricket. Let the tour of Sri Lanka finish and then we will definitely discuss his future plans with him,” Qasim told cricket website Pakpassion.net.

The former Pakistan captain came under heavy criticism for his inability to push the scoring rate and anchor the middle part of his team’s innings.

Younis’s form in ODIs has remained indifferent in recent series, as he has scored only three fifties in his last 11 ODI innings, over an 18-month period while his last ODI century came almost four years ago.

While Qasim did not indicate a clear policy on the future selection of the 37-year-old, he said “there are some decisions that an individual has to make himself.”

Hailing Younis’s contribution to Pakistan over the years, Qasim admitted that experience is invaluable in the middle but if the player is not able to translate that into runs for the team, it puts pressure on the other batsmen.

Even if the 245-ODI veteran is dropped from the ODI squad, Qasim underlined his importance to the Test squad.

“I’m sure we will have an amicable chat about his future, as Pakistan needs him for Test cricket for the future,” Qasim said.

Comments (8) Closed

Jun 20, 2012 05:36pm
"was consequently dropped from the last ODI, which Pakistan lost by 44 runs and gave the hosts a 3-1 series win." Last time I checked Pakistan lost that match by 2 wickets
Amar Khan
Jun 20, 2012 10:37pm
Getting rid of Younis or Afridi will never win you matches but getting rid of pathetic fielders will win you matches. Catches wins matches. Get rid of those who are trying to destroy unity in the game like Shoab Malik and others. Matches are won by teams not individuasl, Pakistanis are palying for them self and for money, they don't care about their country or their pride. Amar - Australia
Fen Tian
Jun 20, 2012 10:11pm
Where does Pakistan team stand with its wicket keeper batsman? Take example of other teams,Dhoni has been leading batsman keeper for India,same is with England,Australia,Sri Lanka.Pakistan still struggling to get wicket keeper who can bat sensibly.No more opportunity to Sami please,he has plenty of them and he has muffed up all.Use horses for the course but Ajmal,Abdur Rehman are very valuable for the team.Hafeez can only be considered as 3rd spinner but I don't think his current demonstrate specialist batsman.The only 3 guys performing consistently well in all format is Azhar Ali,Shafiq Asad,Misbah Haq.Rest batsman seem to be making up the number of 11 open slots.Umar Akmal is natural gifted player but needs consistency to survive.Overall team has been poorly selected and very poorly utilized.
Capt Mansur
Jun 20, 2012 12:09pm
Mr Qasim, you are gentleman I know you personnally through Syed Raheel Akhtar (Late). As a selector you have disappointed. Sami, Farhat, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz have no ability to play internation matches. Please Please find some real talent similar to Bangladesh and help Pakistan. The present system is not working and we are getting average players who are awful fielders.
Jun 20, 2012 02:52pm
I know wrong place to write but we Need Mohsin Khan back as a coach . Our boys do not understand outsider and Mohsin had done well result speak it self. same team but soon as it ws announce Moshin will not be coaching Moral went down
Tahir Ali
Jun 20, 2012 02:13pm
Yeah I think thats the time for Younis Khan to decide. I think he should announce his retirement now to allow young talent in team. No doubt he was a gud batsmen and very awosome slip feilder but its time to go for him.
Jun 20, 2012 03:29pm
In my personal view, Younis Khan should be retained for test matches.
Jun 21, 2012 07:05am
I think that this should have come a bit early even before the 2011 WC. anyways Mr. Selector please rethink and re-visit there is another one who needs to be shown the door (baba e tuk tuk). People might say that he has an healthy average or runs but look at his performance. Every match he is playing for himself and in doing so he exerts undue pressure on his team mates resulting in collapse of batting line up.