Saqlain Mushtaq asks PCB to avail Younis Khan’s expertise
ISLAMABAD: Former cricketer Saqlain Mushaq has asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to avail expertise of erstwhile superstar batting legend Younis Khan by involving him in some sort of responsibility.
“The PCB should involve such a person, who has so much self-confidence and resilience,” he said while appearing on his YouTube channel.
“Everybody praised his work ethics and work discipline. He is hardworking and wants [to produce] results. He wants to do something. He wants to win. I think the PCB should involve him so that he can transfer all this [his skills] to the coming generation,” added Saqlain, who is regarded as one of the best spin bowlers in the history of cricket.
The 43-year-old, who picked up 208 wickets in 49 Tests and 288 wickets in 169 One Day Internationals for Pakistan, recalled the time when Younis Khan made debut against Sri Lanka in 2000, scoring a scintillating hundred.
He said after showing outstanding performance in the domestic cricket in 2000, Younis was included in Pakistan squad for the series against the visiting Sri Lankan team.
“I was made captain of President XII for a side match against the visitors. Younis’ name was also in the list of the players for that match,” he said while recollecting how President XII suffered defeat in that match due to bad weather conditions.
He said that on the request of the then Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuria another side match was arranged between the two teams ahead of the Test series to give much needed practice to players.
“Sri Lanka batted first and probably they scored around 160 to 170 runs in that match.
“Younis was outstanding in the field in that match. The way he was running in the ground was also amazing. I was surprised to see the confidence of this novice player.”
Saqlain said that he deputed Younis to field near the boundary when he (Younis) asked for that. He took two captivating catches besides running out a batsman on a direct throw from there (boundary). I was compelled to think that this chap has something very special about him.” - APP