Yunis Khan announces retirement from international cricket

Yunis Khan announces retirement from international cricket
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket is all set to lose another great batsman who led the country to the glorious victory of the T20 World Cup.

After test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, veteran batsman Younis Khan also announced his retirement from international cricket.

He made the announcement during a press conference in Karachi on Saturday.

He announced that the upcoming test series against West Indies will be his last. He did not make the decision of retirement in a hurried manner. "Every player has to retire one day," Younis said.

The batsman said, "Excellent cricketers bid adieu to the game but the show went on."

"I will continue to serve Pakistan after my retirement," Khan said.

The former T20 captain requested the nation to forgive his mistakes.

He said that the death of former coach Bob Woolmer in 2007 was one of the saddest moments of his careers.

Younis Khan led Pakistan to its only World Twenty20 in 2009.

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Born in Mardan, Khan has represented Pakistan along with other county and club teams including Nottinghamshire, Peshawar Cricket Association, Rajasthan Royals, South Australia, Surrey, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.

In his test career, Khan played 115 matches and scored 9977 runs with 34 centuries and 32 half-centuries to his name. He has nine test wickets to his name as well.

He is the only cricketer to score a century in every test playing country i.e. Pakistan, West Indies, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, England and Zimbabwe.

The veteran cricket played 265 ODIs and scored 7249 with the help of seven tons and 48 50s. He grabbed three wickets in his 50-over career.

The former T20 captain has made 442 runs in 25 Twenty20 international matches and has taken three wickets as well.