Younus hurt b y one­day se­ries snub

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

KARACHI — For­mer Pak­istan cap­tain and se­nior b ats­man Younus Khan has of­fered t o s tep aside fr om the T est squad after be­ing axed for next month’s one­day se­ries against Aus­tralia in the United Ar ab Emir ates.

Younus (36) was re­called to the 50over side for the Au­gust ODI serie s in Sri Lanka and played in the fir st game be­fore re­turn­ing home due to the death of his nephe w.

“I pla yed jus t one mat ch and r eturned home due t o the death of m y nephew. So on what ba­sis the se­lec­tors have dropped me or say I am not fit for this f or­mat?” Y ounus t old r eporters.

Younus, who has played 91 Tests and 254 One Day In­ter­na­tion­als, said he was ready to va­cate his place in the Test side as w ell if the se­lect ors w ere se­ri­ous about r ebuild­ing the side.

“But w hat hap­pens if the y ar e not able t o do this ? T hen will the y be sacked?” he ask ed.

Chief se­lec­tor Moin Khan had ear­lier said Pak­istan were look­ing at fresh tal­ents ahead of ne xt year’s World Cup, but Younus would be con­sid­ered for the Test mat ches ag ainst A us­tralia.

“I ha ve al ways pla yed with r es­pect and pride for Pak­istan. But I don’t like the way they have treated a se­nior player. If the y had called me and t old me that they wanted me only for the Tests I would ha ve agr eed,” Y ounus said.

“If they had told me ‘play one match and r etire’ I w ould ha ve done that. ”

Younus said he s till wanted to play in the World Cup as he was fit and in form.

He said gr eats lik e W asim Akr am, Waqar You­nis and Javed Mian­dad were also treated badly and shunted out forcibly.

“What hurts me is that Moin him­self was a vic­tim of this cul­ture.” — Reuters.

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