Misbah and Younis to retire after West Indies Test Series
Pakistan highest International run getter, Younis Khan has joined Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to retire from international cricket at the end of West Indies tour. He will play his last series in April and May after announced his decision on Saturday.
On Saturday, Younis, 39 announced this decision in Karachi. This decision came two days after Misbah made his decision in Lahore. This is bringing an end to his highly successful 17 year Test career. He said that people are calling him not to make any announcement of retirement, but this is the right time to decide after serving the country on a head high. Younis further added that no player always remains fit and also the motivation level of a player never remains the same. That is why this is the right time to leave the field.
The exits of Younis and Misbah leave a big gap in Pakistan batting lineup, both in terms of experience and leadership. Younis is just 23 runs short of his 10,000 runs in the Test cricket. Misbah, is 49 short of his 5000 runs in the Tests.
Younis stated that he always tried to be a good ambassador of country and serve one step forward. Forgive me, ignore me and move on, if I even made a mistake, forgotten something or did something wrong, the legendary batsman said.
It seems unusual that both Misbah and Younis leave international cricket on their own terms. Might be, this decision have been forced upon them. According to some reports, the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was keen for the retirement of players after the West Indies test series. This allows Younis a chance to get 10,000 runs and a proper farewell.
When asked how Pakistan cricket would survive without him and Misbah. Younis expressed his confidence that the team would be able with the combination of new players and move on.