Monday 22 June 2009 

ICC WT20: Younus Retires And Urges Teams To Tour

ICC WT20: Younus Retires And Urges Teams To Tour
ICC WT20: Younus Retires And Urges Teams To Tour
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Younus Khan confirmed that he is to retire from Twenty20 cricket shortly after he captained Pakistan to ICC World Twenty20 glory at Lord's yesterday (21st June).

"This is my last Twenty20 game (for Pakistan), so I am retiring from T20 internationals," Younus said after the game.

"I am now 34, I am old for this kind of cricket. The good thing is we have a couple of good youngsters like Shahzaib (Hasan) and Ahmad Shahzad."

Younus finishes his Twenty20 International career with two half-centuries from 22 matches with a batting strike-rate of 124.85, 432 runs in all and three wickets.

He also urged countries to return to touring Pakistan.

"I think it was a gift for all our nation," Younus added. "Everybody must come to Pakistan, we need a home Test series. How can we attract the youngsters? Players must come to Pakistan."

Teams have been reluctant to tour due to security concerns, which were amplified when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan convoy during a Test series in March.

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