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Pakistan veteran batsman Younis Khan has announced his retirement from ODI cricket with immediate effect.
Khan decided to retire prior to the first ODI against England in Abu Dhabi, in which he scored nine runs before being dismissed by Reece Topley.
In the 265 ODIs he represented Pakistan in, Khan scored 7,249 runs, which included seven centuries, at an average of 31.24.
“I am really pleased to announce I am retiring from ODI cricket after deliberation with my family, wife, and close friends,” he said. “I feel satisfied and grateful to almighty for showering numerous blessings on me. It is one of the his great blessings that I, by my own will, have taken this decision to retire from ODI cricket after having retired from T20 cricket already.
“During my 15-year long association with ODI cricket, I always tried my best to play positive cricket for my team both as captain and as a player,” he added.
“But now I feel that the time has come when I should call it a day from one-day cricket. I hope that our young players will exhibit the same passion with which I played my game with strict adherence to discipline and fitness.”
Khan, who has been in terrific form in Test cricket, now has his sights set on scoring 10,000 Test runs. He has currently scored 9,116 runs at an average of 53.94 in 104 Tests.
“I would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board, selection committee and my fellow players who always respected and encouraged me,” he said. “It is difficult to bid adieu to the one-day format, but I believe in being sincere and honest with myself as well as with my profession.
“Pakistan cricket has a bright future ahead. We have been the champions in this game once and I believe we have all necessary ingredients to become champions once again.
“I now want to score at least 10,000 Test-match runs.”