Younis Khan wants World Cup call-up

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iol spt pic Younis Khan AP Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is hoping to revive his one-day career in time for next year's World Cup. Photo: K.M. Chaudary

Lahore - Pakistan batsman Younis Khan said on Tuesday he hopes to revive his one-day career in time for next year's World Cup.

The 36-year old has been out of the one-day side since March last year following a run of wretched form, with the last of his six hundreds coming against the West Indies in 2008.

But Khan, who is one of Pakistan's modern Test batting greats, insisted he wanted to end his limited-overs career on his own terms.

“My desire is to walk away on my own conditions, playing in every form of the game I am available to play, rather than being dropped,” he told reporters at a team camp ahead of the team's tour of Sri Lanka in August.

“I surely would like to grab the opportunity to play the World Cup,” he added.

Next year's edition is to be held in Australia and New Zealand, and Pakistan is due to get plenty of practice against the hosts in a UAE series from October to December.

Pakistan will then journey to New Zealand for a short one-day series before the 2015 World Cup.

Khan, who averages over 51.38 in Tests and with 23 centuries, said he doesn't want to restrict himself to one form of the game.

“A player like me, who has played 14-15 years of top cricket and played all forms of cricket, his career shouldn't end being classified as only a Test player,” he said.

His 253 one-day matches have yielded 7014 runs - seventh in all time Pakistan's one-day run scorers list, and he also captained Pakistan to its World Twenty20 win in 2009.


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