Will play for Pak as Allah wants: Younis

Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 14:11 [IST]
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Islamabad: Hinting that he may return to lead the side once again if given an opportunity, former Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan has said that he will continue to play for his country as long as 'Allah" wants him to do so.

In an interview with PakPassion.net, Younis refused to comment directly over whether he would accept the captaincy again or not, but said : “The answer to that is something I like to keep to myself," adding, he wants to contribute more to Pakistan cricket.

“Allah knows best and as long as Allah wants, I will play for Pakistan," Younis said.

Younis, who was banned along with former captain Mohammed Yousuf, who announced his retirement in protest against the PCB"s punishment earlier this week, made it clear that he has no plans to emulate the latter, saying he would call it a day at his peak.

“Right after the 2003 World Cup several senior players like Saeed Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq and Wasim Akram were discarded from the team. That is when I decided that I want to retire from cricket when I am at my peak," Younis said.

Commenting on Pakistan"s chances of winning the forthcoming ICC T20 World Championship in West Indies, Younis, who has an impressive Test career of 50.09 and 16 centuries to his name, expressed the hope the home team will successfully defend the title.

“If you look at the squad that won the cup last year and the current squad, only a handful of players are missing. Most of the names are the same so we should have a good chance at defending the title," he said.


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