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Younis Khan says not interested in coaching Pakistan

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Karachi:  Mar 12, 2014

Former captain Younis Khan said he has no intentions of taking up a coaching assignment with the Pakistan team as he wants to call time on his international career gracefully.

“Coaching is a very difficult job in Pakistan cricket and I don’t want to get involved in any thing which prevents me from retiring gracefully and with respect,” Younis said on Tuesday.

“I have served Pakistan and I have got a lot of respect and fame in return and I want to leave at the right time and on the right note with respect,” he added.

Younis, however, didn’t rule out the possibility of captaining Pakistan again even though he insisted that he had never run after the captaincy.

“It is all about your fate and luck. If God has willed that I will captain Pakistan again than there is no force that can prevent this. So I don’t want to make big statements about this issue which I regret later on,” the senior batsman said in an interview.

Younis, who was forced to resign as captain in late 2010 after a group of player revolted against him during the One Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said he had always considered leading Pakistan a big honor.

“But right now I don’t think about this issue at all and I have left it to fate,” he added.

The 36-year-old cricketer, only the third Pakistani batsman after Hanif Mohammad and Inzamam-ul-Haq to score a test triple century, said while he had retired from T20 cricket and had no intentions of playing this format again at the international level but he had not given up hope of playing one-day internationals.

“I honestly believe I can still play one-day cricket and I am right for this format and whenever I get this opportunity I will be ready for it.”

Younis said it didn’t matter to him that the next World Cup was being played in Australia and New Zealand.

“It doesn’t make a difference to me now after so many years at the top level. Where ever I play or against whom I play I know I can score runs even in one-day matches.”

Younis also advised his teammate and close friend, Shahid Afridi to stick to playing his natural game and not change it.

“Shahid is popular because of his unique approach to the sport and he should not change it. He is not cut out for any other way to play cricket. People love to see him score a quick half-century and hit sixes.”

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