SYDNEY (JAN 06, 2017): Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has hinted that he was in no mood to retire from international cricket and wanted to carry on playing Test cricket for his country.
Younis, who is just 36 runs away from the summit of 10,000 Test runs, reached another milestone and made history by scoring his first century in Australia in the third Sydney match, making a Test hundred in 11 countries including United Arab Emirates.
The 39-year-old thinks he is still fit to carry on his innings and says that he wants to bat on for Pakistan if the board allows him.
“It all depends on them [team and PCB] and what they want. That’s the main thing for me,” Younis told reporters after scoring an unbeaten 175 for his 34th Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Commenting on achieving the target of 10,000 runs in Test cricket, the batsman said, “It’s not about that I’m near 10,000 runs which will be a big achievement as a Pakistani.”
“If you see that list there is no Pakistani who has achieved 10,000 runs so it all depends on my team and depend on PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and how they want me,” he added.
When he was asked if he wanted to be the ‘greatest man of the Test cricket’, Younis refused saying, “I can’t feel that I’ll be the greatest Pakistani (player). On that list you see Javed Miandad is there, Zaheer Abbas is there. There are a lot of great players there. Inzamam (ul-Haq) is also there. I don’t feel I will be the greatest batsman ever for Pakistan.”
“But I want people and my critics and followers to know that whenever I play, I play for my country and play for my team. That is more important for me,” he added.