Younus hurt b y oneday series snub
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.