Younis: ‘No truth to my change in retirement plans’

A fresh controversy erupted in Pakistan cricket after Younis apparently told a website in an interview that if required he can take back his retirement decision for the sake of the national team.

Younis Khan made it clear that the answers he had given in the interview to the website were being made into a big controversy.   -  AP

Pakistan’s former captain and senior batsman, Younis Khan has made it clear he has no intentions of reversing his decision of retiring from international cricket.

“A lot of things are being said regarding my retirement from Test cricket...that perhaps Younis Khan wants to continue playing cricket,” he said in a video uploaded on his Twitter account. “There is no truth to this,” he asserted.

A fresh controversy erupted in Pakistan cricket after Younis apparently told a website in an interview that if required he can take back his retirement decision for the sake of the national team.

But on Sunday, the senior batsman was clearly not pleased with the criticism directed to him for apparently having second thoughts on his retirement. “I have retired by my own wishes, with honor, in the right manner and according to a plan,” Younis said.

Younis, who is just 23 runs short of becoming the first Pakistani batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs made it clear that the answers he had given in the interview to the website were being made into a big controversy.

“I won’t go into details about the questions I was asked [in the interview], the response I gave and the version that was brought before you,” he said.

Both Younis and Test captain, Misbah-ul-Haq have announced they will retire from test cricket after the three match series in the West Indies.

Both have already retired from ODIs and T20 internationals. Younis made it clear he had no plans to change his retirement plans even if he had a successful series in the West Indies.

“Even if I score a century in every innings of the three tests even than I will retire from test cricket as announced by me,” he added.

Misbah also stoked the Younis retirement issue when he also in an interview to the same website expressed the wish that Younis should continue playing for atleast two more years.

He said that Pakistan cricket still required the presence of Younis in the dressing room and he can carry on playing for now. Younis, 39, in the video also told his fans to not doubt his credibility and pray for his success.