Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has announced that he will be retiring after the three-match Test series against West Indies.
The 39-year-old announced his decision in Karachi on Saturday, just two days after skipper Misbah-ul-Haq did in Lahore, bringing an end to an amazing 17-year career.
“People are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time,” Younis said at a press conference. “A time comes in every player’s life when he has to decide and I always tried my best to serve my county with my head high. No player always remains fit, the motivation never remains the same, so this is the time when Younis should leave the field after the upcoming series in West Indies.”
The veteran batsman has featured in 115 matches in his Test career, scoring a total of 9,977 runs at a magnificent average of 53.06. The former skipper is only 23 runs shy of reaching 10,000-run mark in Test cricket. When he does cross that landmark, he will become the 13th player in history to do so and the first ever from Pakistan.
He is currently a part of the Test side that is set to play against West Indies. The first Test starts on 21st April.