Younis maintains ODI desire

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Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has expressed a burning desire to revive a limited-overs career that has quietened since March 2013.

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has expressed a burning desire to revive a limited-overs career that has quietened since March 2013.

Khan has not been named in the ODI squad since last year's six-wicket defeat to South Africa in Benoni, which concluded a poor stretch of form.

He has, however, garnered a slew of telling performances for Abbottabad Falcons, including three consecutive half-centuries.

"Whatever format I played I always tried to give my best. But I don't have a long-term goal that I want to play the 2015 or 2019 World Cup, my desire is to play as much cricket and keep up my role-model performance," said Khan.

"A player like me, who has played 14 to 15 years of top cricket and played all forms of cricket, his career shouldn't be ended like being classified as only a Test player."

The veteran 36-year-old is a key member of the Test unit, having scored almost 7,500 runs in 89 matches since February 2000's debut. He, too, is expected to be named in the squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka – in Galle and Colombo – in August.

"I might play for the next 10 years, but it's all about time and hunger for the game. I am almost in the 14th year of my career and it's very difficult to maintain your top performance playing at top level. After all, we are human and we can't maintain the much needed consistency, and sometime you lose interest," he concluded.

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