Jamaica [West Indies], Apr 23 (ANI): Veteran Pakistan batsman has put an end to all speculations of him extending his career, saying he will retire even if he scores "a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies".
Younis, who had announced that he will bid adieu to international cricket after the ongoing three-match Test series against West Indies, had said that he might reconsider his retirement plans if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says it still needs his services.
Younis had admitted that although it is a right time to retire from the game, he could think of prolonging his Test career should PCB ask him to play on.
"I could have played more. I think the right time to retire is when people want you to stay, not when they are thinking your time is up. So, I think, it is a good time for me retire. Yeah, I will think about it. It all depends on if my team needs me. If they request me or people want me, then why not? But it all depends on my team,' he said.
However, in a video message on the second day of the first Test in Jamaica, the 39-year-old said he had announced his retirement with a plan, with "honour after thinking and according to his wish".
"A lot has been said about my retirement from cricket that maybe Younis wants to keep on playing Test cricket which is absolutely not true," ESPNcricinfo quoted Younis as saying.
"The question that was asked to me, what my answer was and what version went out, I don't want to go in detail. Younis Khan will retire even if he scores a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies."
"Please don't doubt Younis Khan's credibility and support Pakistan. Pray for Younis Khan and for Pakistan that we can win a Test series for the very first time in West Indies," he added.
The right-handed batsman had announced his decision to retire from international cricket on April 8. At that time, when asked if he would reconsider his decision if asked to return by the PCB or fans, he had said that he would not like to make a "u-turn", adding that Pakistan is always first for him and he would do anything for his country.
Over the 17-year span of his career, Khan has been a hugely successful batsman. One of his major achievements was leading the Pakistan side to a win in the 2009 T20 World Cup.
With a Test average of over 50, a triple-hundred, a double-hundred against India and a memorable partnership to guide Pakistan's 3-0 Test series win against England, Younis's career speaks for itself.
He is just 23 runs short of becoming the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs. He has 9,977 runs in 115 Test matches, the highest run-aggregate for a Pakistani batsman in Test cricket.
In January, Younis also became the first cricketer in Test history to score centuries in 11 countries when he smashed his 34th hundred in the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), tying him with Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara in the all-time list at sixth place.(ANI)