Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan on Sunday put to rest rumours that he is reconsidering retirement after the West Indies tour. There were media reports claiming that Younis would reconsider his retirement plans if Pakistan needs his services.
In a video statement, Khan said, "There is a lot of speculation that perhaps I am taking back my decision to retire from Test cricket. There is no truth to this. My decision to retire from Test cricket is final," he said.
"I will not take back my retirement even if I score a century in every innings during the West Indies series. I play for Pakistan, not India," he added.
On reconsidering retirement, Younis, was earlier quoted as saying, "Yeah, I will think about it," Younis told cricket.com.au. "It all depends on if my team needs me. If they request me or people want me then why not? But it all depends on my team."
Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who will also be retiring, felt Pakistan still needs Misbah’s services. "My personal feeling is that Pakistan still needs Younis Khan and he can play for another year or two, but I'm not sure if others agree with me or not. I talked to him about it in Australia and told him that 'you can play on'," Misbah said.
"Even though we have some very good youngsters in the team, the gap left by Younis' absence will be difficult to fill. The Pakistan team will not just miss him as a batsman, they'll also miss him as a mentor. He has been a terrific role model for everyone and it will be very tough to replace him.
"Every member of this team, including myself, has learnt a lot from him. He has changed our dressing room culture. If one wants to be successful in professional life, one only needs to regard Younis Khan's organised and punctual lifestylQe," Misbah added.