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'Younis Khan considering retirement'

Informed sources claim the Pakistan batsman is in an unhappy state of mind and thinking about retiring from one-day cricket or even all Int'l cricket.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2008 11:38 AM IST

Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is contemplating early retirement, well informed sources said on Sunday.

Younis, who withdrew from the Pakistan squad for the last three one-day games against Bangladesh, is in an unhappy state of mind and thinking about retiring from one-day cricket or even all international cricket, the sources claimed.

There is also speculation that a lobby in the Pakistan Cricket Board is pressing for disciplinary action against Younis for the manner in which he refused to play the series and withdrew after playing in the first two one-day internationals.

The lobby is also not happy with the way Younis reacted to being interviewed by an Anti-Corruption official of the International Cricket Council last week.

"He argued with some senior board officials and then refused to play the first match on April 8 against Bangladesh but was persuaded by the Board Chairman and chief selector to change his mind," one source said.

The source said Younis was still upset over the manner in which the Board allowed the ACU official to interview without informing him before the first one-day international in Lahore.

"He does not want to play as he is still upset that the Board did not inform him properly he was going to questioned by an ACU official regarding his friendship with an Indian national on the tour of India six months back," the source added.

Pakistan manager Talat Ali has said Younis had been rested for the matches against Bangladesh on his own request as he had some family emergency to take care off.

"Younis was very upset since the Board told him he was going to be interviewed by an ICC official regarding development programmes and not by an ACU officer," the source said.

The lobby in the Board was pushing for some action against Younis as they felt he had developed a habit of challenging authority at the slightest pretext and they also questioned his commitment in the first two games against Bangladesh.

Younis, in the past, has talked about retiring from one-dayers and only sticking to Test cricket.

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