PCB chairman shocked over Younis retirement


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has criticised Younis Khan's decision to walk away from ODI cricket after only one match of being recalled to the squad.

The 37 year-old Younis decided to retire after Wednesday's first of four ODI matches against England in Abu Dhabi despite previously having a go at the selectors for not picking him in 50-over cricket.

Younis was recalled to colour-clothing cricket, since being dropped after the World Cup in March, after showing phenomenal form in Test cricket, becoming his country's leading run-scorer in the five-day format.

Shaharyar Khan said: "I am disappointed at not only his decision to retire from ODIs but also the timing of his decision. Younis has been doing well and that is why the selectors felt he should be played again in the one-day matches.

"For me it is surprising he announced his retirement today."

Chief selector, Haroon Rashid also expressed his shock at Younis' announcement saying he never discussed retirement with the right-handed batsman.

Rashid said: "When I went to Sharjah to meet with the team management and I also talked to Younis, he gave me no indication he was planning to retire from ODIs after the first match of the series.

"We picked him keeping in mind that we needed an experienced batsman in the middle order to stabilise the batting. We picked him keeping in mind our future assignments. He never discussed this retirement thing with us."