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Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has announced that he will continue representing his country as long as he remains fit.
Khan also noted that he will not retire from limited overs cricket in order to prolong his Test career.
“I don’t have such thing to just play Test matches. My body is in front of you, I don’t get stiffness in my body. Whenever I will feel that my body is not allowing me to play I will go and retire,” Khan said. “I have some plans and I hope I succeed in them. I don’t get this life back and it makes you happy when your national anthem is played in other countries. I am a proud Pakistani and will try to serve my country. I will continue to play as long as I am fit.”
Khan also stated that he wants to continue coming in at number three during the World Cup since he has become accustomed to batting at that position.
“I have been playing at No. 3 since 2004,” he said. “I have no such thinking that there will be two new balls in Australia and [that I should] bat down the order. I will be very happy to bat at this position, like Imran Khan used to in 1992. I will be very happy if I repeat that and score runs for the team at No. 3.”
Even though Khan admitted that conditions during the World Cup will be different to what Pakistan are accustomed to, he still feels that the national team have a good chance of winning the tournament.
“In the subcontinent, the pitches are skiddy and subcontinent teams do struggle when they play outside their own territory,” he said. “But other teams like South Africa, England and Australia play well there. [But] with the new rule where five fielders are inside the circle, I think it will be good for us. I think [the] Pakistan team has chances equal to Australia and South Africa to win the World Cup.”