Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan on Sunday confirmed that he will retire after the West Indies tour. There were reports doing the rounds which stated that Younis would reconsider his retirement plans if Pakistan Cricket Board says it still needs his services.But the 39-year-old released a video statement confirming his decision.”There is a lot of speculation that perhaps I am taking back my decision to retire from Test cricket. There is no truth to this. My decision to retire from Test cricket is final,” he said.”I will not take back my retirement even if I score a century in every innings during the West Indies series. I play for Pakistan, not India,” he added.Younis, who is just 23 runs away from becoming the first Pakistani batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket, had earlier stated in an interview that he would come back from retirement if the board or his fans want him to.”Yeah, I will think about it,” Younis told cricket.com.au before the first Test. “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.”Pakistan will be losing the services of Younis and Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq after the West Indies series. Misbah was the first to announce his retirement followed by Younis a couple of days later. The 42-year-old however, is of the opinion that Pakistan still needs Younis’ services.”My personal feeling is that Pakistan still needs Younis Khan and he can play for another year or two, but I’m not sure if others agree with me or not. I talked to him about it in Australia and told him that ‘you can play on’,” Misbah said.advertisementMisbah insisted that though there are some really good youngsters in the team, the void left by Younis’ absence would be extremely difficult to fill.”Even though we have some very good youngsters in the team, the gap left by Younis’ absence will be difficult to fill. The Pakistan team will not just miss him as a batsman, they’ll also miss him as a mentor. He has been a terrific role model for everyone and it will be very tough to replace him.”Every member of this team, including myself, has learnt a lot from him. He has changed our dressing room culture. If one wants to be successful in professional life, one only needs to regard Younis Khan’s organised and punctual lifestyle,” Misbah added.
India are facing hosts England in the Women’s World Cup final today at the iconic Lord’s stadium.On their road to the final, India have won six of their 8 matches — the two losses coming against South Africa and Australia in the league stage.This is the second time in the history of India women when they have the reached the final of the World Cup.The last time India were in the final was in 2005 Women’s World Cup where they were up against Australia and were decimated by 98 runs.This time though, India beat the defending champions in the semi-final to make it to the last step thanks to a blistering 171 not out in 115 balls by Harmanpreet Kaur.India had defeated England earlier in the tournament opener by 35 runs but since then, England have gone on to win all their matches to reach the final.India have looked a compact unit this year and the most interesting thing about Women in Blue has been to see different players stepping up for the team on different days.Be it from Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet in the batting department to Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti and of course Jhulan Goswami in the bowling unit.Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the girls all the best for the final on Twitter.As our women’s cricket team plays the World Cup finals today, I join the 125 crore Indians in wishing them the very best! @BCCIWomen- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017He also posted a series of tweets applauding the efforts of all the players and spoke of the efforts that each player has put throughout the Women’s World Cup in England.advertisementCaptain Mithali Raj has been leading from the front. Her cool approach to the game shall surely help the entire team. @M_Raj03- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017All the best @mandhana_smriti! Have a great game out there and play with calm and poise.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017India wishes Poonam Raut the very best for the Women’s World Cup Final. Her game makes all of us very proud.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Who is not a fan of Harmanpreet Kaur? Her stellar innings in semi finals will always be remembered. Do your best today! @ImHarmanpreet- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Good luck to Deepti Sharma for the finals. She adds immense value to the team & her game has changed the course of many matches.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017The experienced Veda Krishnamurthy gives a much needed stability to the middle order. All the best for today. @vedakmurthy08- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Sushma Verma plays the important role of the wicket keeper. Remember, catches win matches 🙂 @ImSushVerma- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Jhulan Goswami is India’s pride, whose wonderful bowling helps the team in key situations. All the best Jhulan.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Shikha Pandey’s all round performances are crucial to the team. Best of luck!- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Poonam Yadav’s fantastic bowling can be lethal for even the best batsmen. Best wishes!- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017Rajeshwari Gayakwad is known for her economic bowling performances. Good luck!- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017
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