‘I’m surprised I am not in the one-day team’, says Younis Khan

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Khan’s last ODI for Pakistan came during the Champions Trophy in June

Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has expressed his surprise towards being left out of the national team’s one-day series against South Africa, which gets underway on October 30 in Sharjah.

Khan’s last ODI for Pakistan came during the Champions Trophy in June, after which he was dropped due to the fact that he had been unable to register a half-century in seven innings.

“I’m surprised I am not in the one-day team,” he said. “It’s quite shocking for me.

“I am available for all formats of the game.”

Instead of veterans like Khan, Pakistan are leaning more towards their young superstars like Umar Amin and Sohaib Maqsood.

However, Khan believes that not all the youngsters in the national team deserve to be there since they have not performed well as of late.

Khan added that if the youngsters were scoring runs at a decent rate, then he would understand the reason behind his axing.

“I am happy if somebody replaces me and performs,” he said. “Whenever I share my ideas and experience with the younger guys, I always tell them that it’s about performance. I think if the youngsters are here and they perform well, I will be the first one to be happy for them.”

Khan delivered these comments with a smile on his face and a without an ounce of anger in his voice.

The 35-year-old also clarified that he was not targeting the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, but added that he would not hesitate to represent Pakistan in the tournament if he were presented with the opportunity to do so.

“As long as I am fit, I will carry on playing and I would like to play in all formats,” Khan said. “Even after I captained Pakistan in the 2009 World T20, I didn’t want to stop playing the twenty-over format.

“But once I am not fit anymore and I can see my body is taking strain, then I will be honest enough to say I am going to stop playing.”

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