Younis denies retirement rumours

After Younis Khan pulls out of the Bangladesh ODI series, quells rumours of retirement. Sources say he's upset with the PCB.

updated: April 13, 2008 12:45 IST
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Younis Khan's pullout midway from the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh may have triggered speculation about his future but the senior Pakistani batsman on Sunday said he has no intention of taking an early retirement.

The right-hander told PTI that he had not thought about retiring at this stage and was keen to play for a few more years.

Younis withdrew from the squad for the last three ODIs against Bangladesh, leading to speculations that he might retirement as he was unhappy by the Pakistan Cricket Board's indifference to his questioning by ICC's Anti-corruption unit last week.

The board said Younis had withdrawn from the ongoing series as he had to attend to a personal problem, but manager Talat Ali and selectors said the senior batsman wanted rest.

Younis didn't elaborate on this issue but said he did want to rest for a few days.

"But this talk about me retiring is not correct. Neither has the cricket board spoken to me about any disciplinary action being taken against me for whatever reason," he said.

Meanwhile, sources said Younis was still upset over the manner in which the board had allowed the ACU official to interview him without any prior notice before the first One-day International against Bangladesh in Lahore.

"He does not want to play as he is still upset that the board didn't inform him properly he was going to questioned by an ACU official regarding his friendship with an Indian national on the tour of India six months back," the source added.

But the senior player said the chapter was closed for him.

A senior board official also dismissed reports about any action being taken against Younis for pulling out of the series.

"There is no reason to take any disciplinary action against him. He wanted a rest to attend to some personal problem that is all," the official said.

A lobby in the Board was pushing for some action against Younis as it felt he had developed a habit of challenging authority at the slightest pretext and they also questioned his commitment in the first two games against Bangladesh.