Younis announces ODI retirement


Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has announced Wednesday's one-day international against England will be his last in the 50-over format.

Younis was recalled for the four-match series after being overlooked since Pakistan's exit from the Cricket World Cup in January.

His form in the 2-0 Test series win over England in UAE earned him another shot in the ODI format, but he has opted to play one final match before bowing out.

"I am really pleased to announce that today I am retiring from one-day cricket after deliberations with my family, wife and close friends," the 37-year-old said in a statement.

"During my fifteen years-long association with one-day cricket, I always tried my best to play positive cricket for my team both as captain and as a player. 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 the game with strict adherence to discipline and fitness.

"It's 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. So this decision of mine probably is the requirement of time.

"Pakistan cricket has a bright future ahead. We have been the champions of this game once and I believe we have all [the] necessary ingredients to become champions once again."

Since making his ODI debut in February 2000 Younis has played 264 matches for Pakistan, scoring 7240 runs with seven hundreds and 48 half-centuries at an average of 31.34.