Islamabad - Pakistan's experienced middle-order batsman Younis Khan has no plans
to quit limited-overs cricket after the World Cup and said on Thursday that
as long as he stays fit he will continue to be available to play both
one-day internationals and test matches.
The 37-year-old Khan is
one of Pakistan's fittest players and forced his way back into the World
Cup squad after his scintillating batting form in the Test series
against Australia and New Zealand late last year.
He made three
centuries in four innings against Australia and another against New
Zealand to make the selectors rethink his exclusion from the
"How come you know that it's my last World
Cup?" asked Khan when queried about whether this will be his last major
ODI tournament. "Whenever I feel my body is not allowing me to play,
only then I will retire."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and
flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi have already announced plans to
retire from ODIs after the tournament in Australia and New Zealand ends
"It's an honour for me to share the dressing room with
such good players," Khan said on the retirement of his teammates. "The
way they both have served the nation, it's amazing. We should appreciate
and respect their decision."
Khan has scored 7 177 runs in 259
ODIs with seven centuries and 48 half centuries at an average of 31.75.
However, his ODI batting stats aren't encouraging in either Australia or
New Zealand where he has scored only 262 runs in 15 ODIs.
not scored a test century against Australia before the series against
them in the United Arab Emirates, but I scored two centuries and also a
double century," he said.
"I hope I will carry the same form in the World Cup."
said he wanted to bat at No 3 at the World Cup and wanted to emulate
the performance of former captain Imran Khan, who also pushed himself up
the order during Pakistan's successful campaign in the 1992 World Cup.
whole batting changed when I started batting at No 3 position in 2004.
I will be very happy if I could replicate Imran's batting in this World
Pakistan is scheduled to play a short two-match one-day
series against New Zealand before it takes on India in the opening match
of the World Cup on February 15 at Adelaide.
Pakistan has never beaten India in the World Cup.