Younis Khan scored his 34th Test ton in the 3rd Test vs Australia at SCG    Getty Images
Younis Khan scored his 34th Test ton in the 3rd Test vs Australia at SCG Getty Images

Pakistan‘s stalwart Younis Khan has announced retirement from international cricket. Pakistan’s tour of West Indies will be his last Test series. Both teams are to clash in a three-Test series starting from April 21 at Kingston. Younis is currently 23 runs short of becoming the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs. He has 9,977 runs in 115 Test matches and has the highest run-aggregate for a Pakistani batsman in Test cricket. He also has 32 half-centuries and 34 hundreds to his name at an impressive average of 53.06 No, Misbah-ul-Haq does not deserve to go like this

Early into 2017, Younis became the first cricketer in Test history to score centuries in 11 countries, while scoring his 34th hundred in the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). He is now tied with India’s Sunil Gavaskar, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and West Indies’ Brian Lara at 6th place in the list of most centuries in the longest format. “I will be retiring from international cricket after the West Indies series with my head held high,” the batsman told a press conference in Karachi. “I think this is the right time as every sportsman has to take this decision in his career,” he added.

Younis’ retirement follows a similar announcement from Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who confirmed earlier this week that the series against West Indies would be his last. Younis made his Test debut in 2001 against Sri Lanka at Rawalpinidi making 107 in the second innings of his debut game.

(Inputs from AFP)