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Younis Khan retirement was a big shock - Waqar Younis

Younis Khan retirement was a big shock - Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis hopes Younis Khan will continue playing Tests for Pakistan.
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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis admitted that the retirement of senior batsman Younis Khan from the One-Day International format came as a shock for the players and the team management.

Khan, who was recently recalled to the ODI squad, announced his decision to retire from the 50-over format just after the first game against England.

The decision to recall Khan into the ODI squad was taken by the selectors with a view to strengthen the middle order and add experience in the line-up.

Waqar felt that Khan should have completed the ODI series against England before announcing his retirement from the format.

"Reality demanded that he should have completed the series.

“But that is the way he thinks and he is, I am very proud of the way he played the game.”

Admitting that Khan’s decision was indeed a sudden one, Waqar is confident that the 37-year-old will continue to play Test cricket and hopefully achieve the landmark of 10,000 Test runs.

"He (Younis Khan) will continue to play Test cricket and I am hopeful that he will complete 10,000 Test runs but it was an unfortunate way [to retire] and the decision was sudden and that was a big shock for us."

Last week, the chairman of the Pakistan cricket board, Shaharyar Khan, expressed his disappointment at the timing of Khan’s decision to hang up his boots.

"I am disappointed at not only his decision to retire from ODIs but also the timing of his decision.

"Younis has been doing well and that is why the selectors felt he should be played again in the one-day matches.

“For me it is surprising he announced his retirement today."

Iftikhar Ahmed, who replaced Khan in the squad, was included in the playing XI straight away in the second ODI against England.

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