Pakistan selectors ignore Younis Khan for Zimbabwe ODIs

Younis Khan was even tipped to be named the stand-in captain after Azhar Ali had informed about his unavailability.

By: PTI | Karachi | Updated: September 16, 2015 4:22 pm
Younis Khan, Younis Khan Pakistan, Pakistan Younis Khan, Younis Khan Pakistan captain, Younis Khan wife, Younis Khan runs, Younis Khan height, Cricket News, Cricket Younis khan recently said that he is still capable of doing well in ODI and his recent performances in other formats should be enough to win him a ODI recall. (Source: Reuters)

Veteran batsman Younis Khan was again ignored when the national selectors announced the Pakistan’s ODI squad for the upcoming limited overs tour of Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

“If the selectors don’t pick me in the ODI squad it will never become stable. If they don’t select me it will injustice with me,” Younis told Geo Super channel few days back.

But apparently his words had no effect on the selectors who again sidelined him while announcing the ODI squad for the three matches in Zimbabwe in early October.

Younis in his interview had insisted he was still capable of doing well in ODI and his recent performances in other formats should be enough to win him a recall.

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Younis has played just a handful of ODIs for Pakistan since March 2013 although the senior batsman remains a consistent performer in Test matches his last innings against Sri Lanka also ending with a hundred.

Younis, 37, who made his 100th Test appearance in the last series in Sri Lanka this year said he had always got a raw deal in ODIs including the World Cup.

The senior batsman was even tipped to be named stand-in captain for the Zimbabwe tour after the selectors contemplated resting regular captain Azhar Ali who will be performing Haj this month.

But Azhar made it clear he wanted to play the ODIs and was retained as captain for the Zimbabwe series on Wednesday.

Younis also spoke about his relationship with head coach Waqar Younis and said he had a lot of respect for him as a player and coach.

The senior player had made some cutting remarks about Waqar two months back when he said the coach and captain were not fair to him in the team and if he had not scored runs in the Test series last year against Australia and New Zealand they would have dropped him without taking into consideration his past performances.

But Younis said he didn’t have any grievances with Waqar and was not aware of any that the former fast bowler might have with him.

“I don’t think I said anything about Waqar due to which he should be upset with me. And as it is in Pakistan cricket if there any problems between a player and team management you can’t keep it a secret everyone comes to know about it. Right now, I think everything is fine,” he said.

Younis scored three half centuries while leading Abbotabad in the just concluded national T20 championship in Rawalpindi and said he had played aggressively since he wanted to represent Pakistan in 50-overs cricket once again.

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