Introduction

Former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, Younus Khan was born on 29 November 1977 in Mardan. He is the highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket and the only Pakistani player to score over 9,000 Test runs. He is also

Younus Khan


Professional Achievements


Former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, Younus Khan was born on 29 November 1977 in Mardan. He is the highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket and the only Pakistani player to score over 9,000 Test runs. He is also the third Pakistani player to score 300 or more runs in an innings. He also holds the record for most centuries by a Pakistani cricketer in Test cricket.

Younus Khan made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Karachi in February 2000, and played over 150 ODIs for Pakistan. He has also played in over 100 Test matches. He was one of the few batsmen who retained his place in the team after Pakistan's disastrous World Cup campaign in 2003, but lost it soon after due to a string of poor scores in the home series against Bangladesh and South Africa. He came back for the one-day series against India, but failed to cement a place in the Test side.

In October 2004, his return to the side at the pivotal one-down, against Sri Lanka in Karachi laid the groundwork for his emergence as a force in Pakistan cricket. Younus Khan was the top run scorer in the disastrous 3–0 whitewash in Australia immediately after and on the tour of India, for which he was elevated to vice-captain. After a horror start to the series, he came back strongly, capping things off with 267 in the final Test. It was his highest Test score that came off 504 balls in the first innings, to set up a series levelling victory in Bangalore.

In 2005, Younus played county cricket for Nottinghamshire in England. In the 2007 English domestic cricket season, he played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club as an overseas player. In doing so he was the third overseas Asian cricketer to play for Yorkshire following Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh, and was succeeded by player Inzamam-ul-Haq. On his debut in the Friends Provident Trophy, Younus hit a superb 100 from 92 balls against Nottinghamshire to lead Yorkshire to victory.

He made his first County Championship century, 106 off 151 balls, for Yorkshire against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in the third match of the season and followed it up with an unbeaten double hundred, 202 off 290 balls, in the second innings to steer Yorkshire to a confident declaration. In doing so, Younus became the first Yorkshire player to score a century and a double century in the same match.

Younus also made a useful contribution bowling during Hampshire's second innings, picking up eight wickets for just 52 runs. He repeated the feat of an unbeaten double century at Scarborough in a rain-affected drawn match with Kent. He played a superb innings to finish on 217* off just 252 balls with 18 fours and 6 sixes.

In 2005, he was one of the 15 nominees for the ICC Test Player of the Year. He is the second fastest Pakistani in terms of innings to reach 4000 Test runs, behind Javed Miandad. Younus reached the milestone in 87 innings, just one more than Sachin Tendulkar took.

Apart from being an accomplished batsman, Younus is also a skilled slip fielder and a very occasional leg-spin bowler. He has performed particularly well on foreign grounds, including on tours of India, Australia, England and Sri Lanka. In the six Tests he has played against India, Younus averages an exceptional 106, the highest average against India by a Pakistani cricketer. Apart from his 267 at Bangalore, Younus also made 147 at Kolkata in 2005 and a pair of centuries during India's trip to Pakistan in 2006.

More importantly, the tour to India also showcased his potential as a future captain of Pakistan and his energetic and astute leadership has impressed many people. Also in 2006, Younus made a century in the third Test against England at Headingley. On 22 January 2007, he scored a match winning 67 not out in the 4th innings to guide Pakistan to victory over South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

He first led Pakistan against the West Indies in 2005. In September 2006, he was offered the position of captain for the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, following the suspension of Inzamam ul Haq. He turned down the offer, stating he did not want to be a dummy captain. However, on the morning of 7 October 2006, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Younus Khan would lead his team in the tournament. Following the resignation of Inzamam ul Haq after the Pakistan's exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Younus Khan was offered the captaincy on a permanent basis, but he turned it down. He blamed the angry reaction by the Pakistani public to the team's early exit from the tournament.

After Pakistan's 2–1 defeat to Sri Lanka in 2009, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt appointed Younus Khan as the permanent captain of both the Test and ODI teams. The appointment became effective as of 27 January 2009. Shortly after accepting the post, Younus said, I will try and fix things that aren't right at the moment and would like to see our team to be consistent above all, in everything we do, and that will require everyone to put their hands up. Younus also said that he expects full support from former captain Shoaib Malik whom he called a senior player in the side.

Younus Khan topped the ICC's Test Batting Rankings in February 2009 after an acclaimed innings of 313 in his first Test as captain, in the process of helping save the match for Pakistan. His ranking score of 880 was the third highest achieved by a Pakistani batsmen after Mohammad Yousuf (933), Javed Miandad (885) and just ahead of Inzamam-ul-Haq (870).

Younus Khan resigned as captain on 13 October 2009 due to a parliamentary investigation into match fixing that was alleged to have taken place during his reign. Despite being cleared in the investigation, Khan said, yes I have submitted my resignation because I am disgusted by these match-fixing allegations made against me and the team.

He also dropped a catch of Grant Elliott in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final. He had a hair-line fracture in his finger prior to the match. Later PCB Chairman requested him to take back his resignation and Younus Khan did it under his conditions. However, after captaining the team for a three-match series against New Zealand Younus took a break for Test matches in New Zealand and the series in Australia the captaincy was given to Mohammad Yousuf and since then Younus has not captained the national team.

On 10 March 2010, Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf were axed by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, following an inquiry report, which suggested that both players were involved in breaches of discipline by inciting divisions within the team. The ban was lifted three months later. By 22 October 2014, Younus reached his 25th Test match century against Australia and made his 26th century in the 2nd innings of the same Test match, the highest number of centuries of a Pakistani Batsman and the only sixth Pakistani batsman to hit centuries in both innings of same Test match.

Younus's career after he gave up the captaincy continued on a downwards spiral as he was banned on 10 March 2010. Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Younus Khan had been banned indefinitely for infighting which brought down the whole team during the tour of Australia in January. His ban was however overturned three months later in June 2010.

Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing, Younus was not selected for the series against England. Pakistan continued to suffer frequent batting collapses against England in Test cricket. This put the Pakistan Cricket Board under pressure to restore Younus to the game. Around the same time, Pakistani batsman and Test Captain Salman Butt was suspended on charges of being involved in spot-fixing. This resulted in several former captains including Moin Khan and Zaheer Abbas wanting Younus reinstated to the Test team as captain.

However the Pakistan Cricket Board did not clear Younus Khan for selection on the tours of South Africa in 2010. Despite being the first-choice for captaincy, the selecting panel Mohsin Khan announced that Misbah-ul-Haq was recalled and made captain. Signs of an improvement in the relationship of the Pakistan Cricket Board and Younus Khan began to emerge after the board contacted Younus to potentially be selected for the tour Against South Africa in October 2010.

On 31 August 2010, the Daily Telegraph in its news article mentioned that Younus Khan was associated with alleged match-fixer Mazhar Majeed. Younus threatened to sue the Daily Telegraph over the fact that they posted false information about him. The Daily Telegraph admitted that they incorrectly reported that Younus Khan was affiliated with Mazhar Majeed. After a full public apology by the Daily Telegraph, Younus dropped the defamation charges against the newspaper. The Pakistan Cricket Board subsequently announced that they had successfully reconciled with Younus Khan and that they intended to use him on the tour of South Africa in October 2010 as a replacement for the injured Mohammad Yousuf.

On his comeback ODI against South Africa, Younus Khan scored 54 runs. Younus then confirmed a statement by Pakistan captain Rashid Latif that he had not apologised to the PCB for his actions. As he believed he had committed nothing wrong. He also stated that the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt did not ask Younus to apologise either. His on-field comeback went well when he scored 74 runs and anchored Pakistan's innings. Pakistan eventually won the fourth ODI against South Africa by 1 wicket.

His first Test match in over 12 months also went well when he scored a century in the second innings of the first Test against South Africa this century along with a 168 run partnership with captain Misbah-ul-Haq allowed Pakistan to salvage a draw. Younus eventually finished unbeaten on 131. During this match he along with Misbah-ul-Haq led Pakistan to another feat. By the end of his innings of 131, it became Pakistan's highest score of all time while batting in the fourth innings with Pakistan at 343/3.

Younus played in the two-match Test series against New Zealand and scored 23 in the first innings and was not required to bat in the second innings as Pakistan sealed a 10-wicket victory. During the first innings of the second Test match Younus was given caught incorrectly at short-leg when on 73. In the post-match interview Younus took the view the umpires are humans they make mistakes but they should reduce the errors they make, also he called for the UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System) to be used in all Test matches so that if an error is made it can be referred.

Younus Khan announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket after leading his team to the ICC World Twenty20 by beating Sri Lanka at Lord's. Sri Lanka suffered an 8 wicket thrashing. However, after Younus returned to the national setup, he announced that he was willing to play Twenty20 cricket for Pakistan as a senior batsman. Younis then confirmed that he was available to play in all three-formats of the game. He also announced that he was no longer in the race for the captaincy. After announcing his comeback to Twenty20 cricket Younus was selected for the three match Twenty20 series against New Zealand in December 2010. Younus played in all three-matches but struggled for form.

On 25 June 2015, Younus Khan became fifth Pakistani cricketer to play 100 Test matches and on 13 October 2015, he became Pakistan's highest run scorer in Test cricket by breaking previous record set by Javed Miandad of 8,832 runs. Later, on November 11, 2015 following an ODI series against England, Younus Khan announced his retirement from ODI cricket announcing the first match of the series as his last.

Younus Khan surpassed Sir Donald Bradman's haul in his 101st Test match by scoring his 30th Test century (171*) against Sri Lanka in third and final Test at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in July 2015. With this century, Younus Khan became first batsman in the Test cricket history to score five centuries in the fourth innings of a Test match, surpassing the earlier record of four centuries by Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting. Younus also completed 50 centuries and 15000 runs in First class cricket with this ton. Pakistan successfully chased a total of 377 runs in fourth innings against Sri Lanka in the third Test match. Younus Khan became 12th batsman to score 30 Test centuries, after Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar.

On 11 November 2015, Younus Khan announced his retirement from ODI format saying that the opening match of Pakistan vs England ODI Series will be his last one. He Played 264 One Day matches scoring 7240 runs. Younus Khan is currently sixth on the list of highest run scorer for Pakistan in ODI cricket. He scored seven hundreds and 48 fifties with an average of 31.34.

Younus Khan is regarded as one of the best players of spin bowling in the world, being particularly strong on the leg side. His favourite and trademark shot is the flick. Along with Mohammad Yousuf and the now retired Inzamam-ul-Haq, he formed a formidable middle order batting line up for Pakistan.

Younus Khan led Pakistan to a WT20 win in 2009, becoming only the second Pakistani captain after Imran Khan to win a world title for Pakistan.

He is known to enjoy fishing, when not playing cricket.

Achievements:

·         He is the first Pakistani to score 9,000+ runs in Test cricket.

·         Younus Khan's 33 centuries are the highest number of Test centuries by a Pakistani.

·         In the third Test against Sri Lanka on July 6, Younus Khan became the first Test batsman in history to score five centuries in the fourth innings.

·         Younus Khan and Muhammad Yousuf hold the record of most runs as partners in Test cricket for Pakistan.

·         Younus Khan has 6 double centuries in Test matches.

·         Younus Khan became the third Pakistani to score a triple century in Test matches when he scored 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi on 21 February 2009. Later Azhar Ali became fourth after scoring 302 against West Indies in a day night test match.

·         Younus Khan is the only Pakistani to score a Test hundred against every other 9 Test playing nations and 12th International player to achieve this milestone.

·         Younus Khan became the third Pakistani to reach 8500 runs in Test cricket on 6 May 2015. He was the 28th batsman overall.

·         Younus Khan was the 5th fastest batsman to reach 7500 runs, achieving the feat in just 90 matches.

·         Younus Khan holds the record of most away centuries for a Pakistani (23), this is the second highest overall.

·         Younus Khan is the first (and the only) Pakistani cricketer to take 100 catches in Test matches.

·         Younus Khan has now scored 4000+ runs at number 3 in Test which is most by any Pakistan Cricketer with average in excess of 50's.

·         Younus Khan has most number of centuries (6) after the age of 35 among Pakistani cricketers.

·         Younus Khan has scored three consecutive Test hundreds against Australia, a feat. Only shared by Herbert Sutcliffe, back in 1924–25.

·         Younus Khan is the only batsman to have 50+ average in all the four innings of Tests.

·         Younus Khan is involved in 63 hundred run partnerships in Tests cricket, the same as Kumar Sangakkara and 1 more than Brian Lara.