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Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has announced that he is keen to continue batting at number three during the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand.
Khan’s comments come after he scored 249 runs, which included one century and one half-century, at a brilliant average of 49.80 in the recently concluded three-Test series against the Blackcaps.
“Most of the times in my career I have batted at number three and scored most of my runs at that position. I would like to bat at this spot in the one-day series as well,” Younis told Geo Super. “I am not part of the team’s think tank so I don’t know but I feel they should play those players who they feel have a strong chance to be in the World Cup squad.”
Continuing on the topic of the World Cup, Khan stated that Pakistan’s upcoming limited overs series against New Zealand will be extremely important since they do not have many ODIs remaining until the start of the renowned tournament.
“They were better than us in executing their plans but I think we remain a dangerous side for the World Cup,” he said. “We have some exciting players and we need to have a strong management and captain in the World Cup as well.”
Khan also noted that he was ecstatic to have been recalled into the ODI squad.
“I am happy to be back in the one-day squad and my mind is clear,” he said. “I will continue to play for Pakistan as long as I am fit and enjoying the game.”
Khan finished off by saying that the entire Pakistan team were shocked when they heard that Australian batsman Phillip Hughes had died.
Hughes passed away at the age of 25 after he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“It came as a shock to us on the morning of the second day of the third Test because here was a person who had been playing against us just a few weeks back,” Khan said. “It took a while for us to reconcile with the situation. It is a huge tragedy for us also.”