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Younis unhappy to be left out of Pakistan ODIs

September 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A disgruntled Younis Khan says he’s ready to stop playing test cricket until the World Cup after being dropped for Pakistan’s one-day international series against Australia.

Last month, Younis played one ODI against Sri Lanka in his comeback to limited-overs cricket after 17 months out, then flew back home due to a death in the family and didn’t compete in the remaining two matches of the series.

Chief selector Moin Khan said at the squad announcement this week that he was looking to the future in replacing Younis, who has 7,017 runs in 254 ODIs, with Umar Amin for the three ODIs against Australia next month in the United Arab Emirates.

“What should players like us do? Should we shoot ourselves?” Younis said on Friday in the southern port city of Karachi, where he’s playing in the domestic Twenty20 tournament.

“Don’t consider me for ODIs and test matches (until the World Cup) ... but if this team doesn’t get set, then those who are talking, will they leave?”

Younis quit representing Pakistan in T20s in 2009 after leading the side to victory in the World Twenty20 in England.

He remained an integral part of the test team but selectors dropped him from ODIs after the one-day series against South Africa in March 2013.

He forced his way back into the limited-overs team after a century in the first test against Sri Lanka, but scored only 3 in his comeback knock before returning home.

“They say, ‘He is not in our future plan,’ then who is the future?” Younis asked. “Should players like us leave Pakistan because they are 36 years old?”

He wondered if Pakistan should look for new test players and drop him from that squad as well.

Younis was one of six players who received Category A central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board recently, and maintained his fitness in the recently conducted tests.

For the last year, Younis has been saying he wanted to compete in the World Cup, then reassess his form and fitness after the mega event in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

“But they (selectors) have hurt me,” he said.

Younis said if the selectors told him he would be given one ODI against Australia next month and then he should retire from the limited-overs game, he would have said yes to it.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three ODIs against Australia next month, then five more against New Zealand, also in the UAE, in December.

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