I have no intention of retiring, says Moin Khan

Published: Sunday, September 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Former Pakistan wicketkeeper, Moin Khan said on Friday he had no intention of retiring from international cricket after being ignored by the national selectors since last fall.

Moin, who turned 34 last month, said he had started his pre-seasoned training and was looking forward to playing in the coming domestic season. "As long as I am enjoying the game and as long as I feel that I can still contribute to the senior team and make a comeback I will continue to play on. I have no intentions of retiring after this season," he said.

Moin, who has played 69 tests and 219 One-day internationals, last appeared for Pakistan in October last year in the Paktel tri-series final against Sri Lanka in Lahore. While his last Test appearance was against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad earlier in the same month.

There has been speculation that with the selectors and team management reposing increased confidence in wicktkeeper Kamran Akmal since last year, Moin might finally decide to call it a day and this would be his final season.

But Moin, who has the reputation of being a fighter to the core, insisted that he still felt he could make another comeback to international cricket. "I have faced such situations in the past and I have always fought back. So it is nothing new for me. I will play in domestic cricket and try to convince the selectors that I am still capable of contributing a lot to the senior team," he added.

Moins main competitor Rashid Latif incidentally also made a comeback to the Pakistan team in 2001 after spending three years on the sidelines. Although aged 34 when he made his comeback, Rashid continued to play on until November 2003 before he resigned as captain and opted out of the home series against South Africa.

Moin said that he was still feeling motivated by the challenges of playing cricket and that was a sure sign that he should not retire. "It is a challenge to go out there and prove yourself after such a long career. It is a challenge for me to show the selectors that I am still fit and good enough at my age." Moin captains PIA and Karachi in domestic cricket.

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