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Playing in ODIs is a matter of pride - Younis Khan

Playing in ODIs is a matter of pride - Younis Khan
Younis Khan returns to the ODI squad for the series against England after being overlooked following a dismal World Cup performance.
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Pakistan veteran batsman Younis Khan, who was recently called up to the One-Day International squad against England, iterated that it was a matter of pride to represent his country in the 50-over format.

Khan has enjoyed a good Test series against England after scoring 302 runs from the three matches at an average of 50.33 including a hundred and a fifty.

Asserting that it was his aim to achieve success across all the formats of the game, Khan is currently targeting a good performance in the ODI format.

“Playing in ODIs is a matter of pride for me,” Khan said in an interview with www.PakPassion.net.

“I have achieved a lot in my career so far and I also lead the team to victory in the World T20 in 2009, but I left on my own accord from that format.

“My aim is to achieve and then move on.

“Whichever format it may be, whether Tests or ODIs, I want to achieve and then leave that format.

“This is my aim.” 

The 37-year-old made it clear that once he feels that his body is not able to take the rigors of playing in the ODI format, he will walk away on his own accord.

“I am not the type of player who will make my decision based upon how things are going at that time.

“The only factors that will drive my decision will be my fitness and how my body is coping with the physical stresses and finally, how interested I am in the game at any point.

“As everyone knows, whether I am fielding or batting, I play the game with wholeheartedly and full interest.

“Obviously being one of the top players for Pakistan, my performance has to be on top as well and that will also be a driver for my decision.

“I will continue to play for Pakistan as long as I am fine with the three factors I have mentioned.” 

Pakistan’s chief selector, Haroon Rashid recently stated that the decision to recall Khan to the ODI squad was to add stability to the middle order.

Khan also revealed that when he retires from the game, he wants to be remembered as a complete team player who always played for his nation.

“If there is one thing that I wish to be remembered by whenever I leave cricket, it will be as someone who has devoted his playing career for his country, Pakistan.

“I have never played for my own averages.

“I have never thought about milestones or if I should field in one place or do what is best for me.

“If there is training, then I have always wanted to be there first, if the team was going through a rough patch then I have always wanted to be the first to offer my services to help out.

“I was always the one to lead from the front, regardless of whether I am captain or not or whether I am a senior player or not.

“I would be very pleased to be remembered as a team man – that would be my legacy.”

After Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, Khan is Pakistan’s highest run scorer across all formats of the game.

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