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Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has lashed out at the national selectors after he was dropped for the upcoming ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Khan also noted that he is “out of contention” for the 2015 World Cup and will remain sidelined until the end of tournament. However, he made it clear that he is not retiring.
“Don’t select me, not even in Tests. I sacrifice my future,” he said. “I am saying a simple thing, if they are saying that youngsters are future of ODIs, then where is the future of Pakistan in Test cricket? Don’t select me in Test matches and make [the youngsters] the future of Pakistan in Test cricket too. But what will happen if they can’t make a team for ODIs and Test matches after five months, will they again [start] recalling?
“I won’t die and I won’t be 70-years-old in four-five months, if they don’t let me play with dignity then so be it. They have hurt me, they have hurt me when they said that players like me have no future. Then who has a future? So a player like me should shoot himself? When they are 35, 36, players like me wake up at seven ‘o’ clock, show commitment, I can do only this. Instead shoot ourselves, don’t play cricket at all, don’t play domestic cricket at all? I will wait for 4-5 months. They are saying that I don’t have a future, I will wait, I am not retiring, I will wait, may this team go ahead, if they make the team [strong] I won’t come back.”
Younis was recalled into the ODI squad for the first time since March 2013 during the recent series against Sri Lanka. However, he only played one game before he returned home following the death of his nephew.
“I came back after almost 17-18 months, but they said he is not in our future plans,” he said. “Who has a future then? I give my 120% as a player, I am perhaps the only cricketer [who does so]. I am not saying drop a youngster and let me play. I am just saying that justice should be done with players like me, give us what we deserve. My nephew died and I came back. When they do such things with senior players, what will the youngsters think. Change doesn’t come like this, you can’t wave a magic wand.
“Don’t let everyone be treated in a similar manner, those who have raised the flag of this country, don’t disrespect them otherwise no youngster will play for Pakistan.”
Khan added that the national selectors have started developing a habit of casting aside veteran players after they have represented their country for so many years.
“Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf went while crying,” he said. “When Inzamam was leaving, I was the one who went and clapped for him. Is this my mistake that I am a Pakistani? Is this my mistake that when youngsters struggle they come to me instead of going to coaches and I do help them? I try to help Pakistan, and still I am surprised that I have played for 14-15 years for Pakistan.
“I never told anyone to back me in the media or phoned anyone [about selection]. If I deserve [to play] Test matches and ODIs, I should be given a chance. Is this my fault that I don’t go to the selectors? I don’t call them? I don’t meet them before going for the match? The England media was very harsh on us in 2009, when they used to allege us that we were doing ball tampering. [Even] then I stood firm and I defended Pakistan. I was the captain when Pakistan won the World T20. If this is my mistake, then my suggestion to youngsters is don’t play for Pakistan. Don’t think about playing for Pakistan.”