Doubts emerge over Younus' ODI career

LAHORE - Serious doubts have emerged over Younus Khan's ODI career after the national selectors decided to "rest" him for the series against Australia."Only Whatmore spoke out on the need to have an experienced batsman like Younus in the side as he pointed out that Pakistan still needed their senior players around," a source said. The selectors met on Monday in Lahore and decided to rest Younus and senior pacer Umar Gul from the One-day series. Younus, who has scored 6824 runs in 245 ODIs at an average of 32.18, has struggled for form in his last 10 One-day Internationals, scoring just 97 at an average of 10.77 that included a half-century. On Pakistan's last tour to Sri Lanka, Younus had scored just 10 runs in four matches. The source said that when the selectors decided not to include Younus Khan in the ODI squad, Whatmore spoke in his favour but vice-captain, M Hafeez kept quiet throughout the discussion."But when the selectors discussed the recent batting form of Younus in ODIs, Whatmore also went silent," the source added. Sources claimed that Younus's One-day career might have come to an end particularly with Azhar Ali now replacing him at the number three slot in the ODI team for the series against Australia.A source said that chief selector, Iqbal Qasim also had a discussion with Younus regarding his ODI career before taking the decision to "rest" him so that he was not caught unaware by the announcement. Interestingly even captain Misbah-ul-Haq didn't insist on Younus's selection before leaving for Sri Lanka to play in the premier league matches. Younus has been criticised for his slow batting in ODIs for the last few years and his last century in this form of the game also came in November 2008 against the West Indies at Abu Dhabi.Meanwhile, former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan disagreed with the selectors decision, saying: "You need to show confidence in the senior players when they are struggling and this move might damage his confidence.  The former chief selector said that he would not have dropped Younus for the simple reason that he was a very good influence in the dressing room and a fighter to the core. "He is a great example for the youngsters and a complete team man. That is why I would have given him another chance to regain his form and confidence. We still need his experience," Mohsin added.He also said that the current selectors should have kept in mind that Younus Khan has a good track record against strong oppositions and was likely to bounce back to form against Australia. Younus is a quality and fearless player of pace and that will be required against Australia." Meanwhile, another Former Test player, Basit Ali also came out in defence of Younus Khan, saying that the selectors' decision is a short sighted one. "I am surprised because even the selectors know that Younus got some bad decisions recently against Sri Lanka. He is a big hearted man and this quality would be needed against Australia. But I am sure he will bounce back as he has done in the past," said Ali.

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