Pakistan’s chief selector says Younis Khan`s career not over yet
Karachi: Pakistan`s chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that veteran batsman Younis Khan`s career is not yet over, even though he has been omitted from the country`s 30-man initial squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England.
Khan, who has not managed to score a century since November 2008, was left out after his lackluster performance during the recent one day international series in South Africa, which Pakistan lost 3-2.
Khan managed to score only 116 runs in the series.
Qasim said that Khan was not picked for the Champions Trophy squad in view of his current form, adding that that does not mean that he has been sidelined from the team forever.
Stating that cutting short a player`s career is not the mandate of the selection committee, Qasim further said that a player who performs well is considered for selection, adding that Khan is no exception.
Qasim said the initial squad announced was balanced, adding that the upcoming domestic tournament will help decide the final 15-man squad which is supposed to be announced in May.
Pakistan, which is in group B along with arch-rivals India, West Indies and South Africa, of the event to be held in England from June 3-23, will face the West Indies in their opening match on June 7 before clashing with South Africa (June 10) and arch-rivals India on June 15.