Younis Khan willing to reconsider retirement decision

Younis Khan, who had announced to retire from international cricket two weeks ago after West
Indies series, is just 23 runs behind reaching milestone of 10000 Test runs. He will be the first
Pakistani to enter the elite 10000-club.

If Pakistan needs me, I can rethink on my retirement decision but in my view best time to retire is
when the people want you to play more, he told a website in an interview.

He said: "I think the right time to retire is when people want you to stay, not when they are thinking
your time is up. So I think it is a good time for me retire".

When asked what if he would like to continue, he said ‘yeah, I will think about it’, ‘It all depends
on if my team needs me.

‘If they request me or people want me then why not? But it all depends on my team.’

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq too wanted Younis to continue. I think he can play for a couple of more
years, he has suggested.

Before the tour, two of Pakistan’s most prolific batsmen, Misbah and Younis announced retirement
from cricket leaving a huge vacuum in the middle order.
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Laxman heaps praises on Williamson and Siraj

Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman is a happy man as the side continued their
unbeaten run at home by recording fourth consecutive victory with a comfortable 15-run victory
over Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday night.

Laxman heaped praises on New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for playing a crucial knock in
his first match of the season. He also lauded Hyderabad bowler Mohammed Siraj for keeping calm
and bowling well to pick up two wickets in his debut match.

“Delhi Daredevils have got a good pace attack and we thought that Kane Williamson at No.3 will
just give us that stability and solidity. And he proved us right. Williamson is an outstanding batsman.
His record speaks for itself. It is unfortunate that he doesn’t regularly feature in playing XI probably
he would have in other franchise. What we admire him, is his simplicity and also he is a great team
man. He is a great role model and we are fortunate to have him in our squad,” said Laxman of the
Kiwi elgant batsman who scored 89 in just 51 balls to set up the victory.

The former Indian star also praised local boy Siraj for his two-wicket spell. “I am amazed by the
confidence Siraj has. That is something which will augur well in the future for him. We all were very
impressed with the way he performed for Hyderabad and wherever he got an opportunity this
season. That is why we tell that he is one young fast bowler who can really improve and win
matches for the franchise in future.

“The more matches he plays, I can assure you that, the more matches he will win it for the
franchise. He is a wicket-taking bowler and a thinking bowler. The way he came back and bowled
his third and fourth overs was impressive as first two overs were expensive and a lot of players,
who played their first match in front of such a big crowd and packed stadium, can get overawed by
the situation. He didn’t do that. It is great to see him maintain that composure and I am sure he will
improve with each and every match he plays.”

He also said that it was heartening to see others taking responsibility after David Warner was out to
a low score. “I am very happy about that because we don’t’ want to rely on only one batsman. I
think Shikhar (Dhawan) has been batting well throughout the season. It is just about converting the
starts into big ones. This innings gives him that confidence going forward. Some who are on the
bench still deserve a chance but unfortunately they are not getting an opportunity. It is good to see
we are not relying on one batsman or one bowler.””

Delhi Daredevils’ batsman Shreyas Iyer, who scored an unbeaten 50 in the team’s losing cause.
said that their bowlers should have restricted the hosts for 180 runs. “They (SRH) bowled really
well. We got a good start. If you compare it with SRH’s score, our start was really good. But in
between we lost a few wickets. So if we would have built on from there onwards, maybe the
scenario would have been different. Also this was a wicket we could have restricted them for 180.
But none the less it is a part of the game.”
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Sharjeel, Khalid handed spot-fixing evidence

LAHORE (AFP) - Pakistan cricket authorities on Friday handed spot-fixing evidence to opening
batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif as a court rejected an appeal challenging the investigation.

Khalid had challenged the ongoing spot-fixing inquiry in Lahore high court but had to appear before
the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Khalid, 31, is one of five players charged with spot-fixing and other related offences during the
Pakistan Super League held in February and March earlier this year.

A three-member tribunal headed by a retired judge is investigating the issue.

A Lahore high court official said Khalid was directed back to the tribunal.

"Khalid had challenged the authority of the anti-corruption unit but his request was rejected," said
the official.

The PCB said it has submitted evidence against the players to the tribunal.

"PCB submitted its opening brief to the tribunal which details its claims along with all the supporting
evidence. This includes, amongst other material, witness statements, recorded interviews, match
footage, and copies of certain WhatsApp voice messages," said a PCB release.

A copy of the evidence was also presented to Sharjeel and Khalid.

They were provisionally suspended on February 10 over charges of accepting offers of fixing.

Mohammad Irfan became the first player to be punished in the case, banned for one year (including
six months suspended) last month after the lanky fast bowler confessed to receiving offers of fixing
that he did not report to the PCB.

Two other players -- Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed -- were also provisionally suspended.

In England, Jamshed released a video message rejecting allegations against him.

"I have no link to whatever is said about me and I am not hiding from PCB. I am ready to co-
operate with the PCB but after completing inquiry in Britain," Jamshed said in the video.

Jamshed was arrested by the National Crime Agency in February in connection with the case but
was bailed until the end of this month.

The tribunal said the players have until May 5 to respond to charges, after which day-to-day
proceedings will start from May 19.
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Jason Mohammed eyeing Test debut

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,CMC – Jason Mohammed has his eyes set on a Test debut as he
seeks to build on his recent success in the limited overs format for West Indies.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a decent run this year with four half-centuries in six One-Day
Internationals and believes he can make a successful transition to the longest format.

“Obviously I would like to play Tests, but it is up to the selectors. I think with my good form I
should have a chance in Test cricket,” the right-hander told the News Day newspaper here.

“If there are others in line obviously I will have to wait my turn, but I am definitely excited if I am
called up to the Test team, and I would be looking forward to the opportunity.” . Mohammed
made his international debut in 2011 with little success and had to wait another four years before he
could play his second game, again failing to have any impact.

However, he returned to the squad for the England series last month with two half-centuries and
struck another two against Pakistan in the just concluded three-match series.

His career-best unbeaten 91 was the catalyst behind West Indies’ record run chase to win the first
ODI in Guyana last Friday.

Mohammed’s healthy average of 44 in List A cricket versus his modest 26 at the first class level
has seen him pigeon-holed as a one-day player but the Trinidadian said he would continue trying to
prove his value in the longest format.

“The selectors have their own options on who they are looking at to play what format,” he
explained.

“In the past I think I have deserved a [Test] spot but was never given the opportunity, but I am still
pressing and hoping to play Test cricket sometime soon.”

He continued: “It was good coming back into the international scene. It is always good to perform
and I worked hard leading up to those series [against England and Pakistan] and even before that,
so it is nice to have the results behind me.”

West Indies face Pakistan in a three-Test series starting April 21 at Sabina Park in Jamaica, hoping
to reverse their recent trend of poor results which has left them winless in their last seven tours.

And Mohammed, who was a welcome boost for the Windies top order in the series ODI series,
said he felt he could make a difference in the Test arena though conceding the challenge would be a
stiff one.

“I think I will help a little bit but myself going into Test cricket for the first time it will be difficult,” he
acknowledged.
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Jamshed charged by PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board has formally charged Nasir Jamshed, the former Pakistan opener, as
part of its ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption in the 2017 Pakistan Super League.
Jamshed has been charged with two violations of the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code, which deal,
essentially, with obstructing and not cooperating with an investigation.

Jamshed, who is presently based in Birmingham, has 14 days to respond to the charges. The
former batsman was arrested by England's National Crime Agency [NCA] in February and is also
being investigated by the agency as part of the same case.

Jamshed is alleged to have breached clauses 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code,
for "failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to cooperate" with a PCB investigation and
"obstructing or delaying any investigation" of the board. Those charges stem from unsuccessful
efforts the PCB claims to have made to try and meet or communicate with Jamshed - two officials
were in the UK recently but were unable to meet him.

The board believes him to be a central figure in the corruption controversy that occurred during the
second edition of the PSL and the possibility of laying further charges, said one official, has not
been ruled out. Jamshed was arrested on the same day that he was provisionally suspended by the
PCB, and was later released on bail.

At the time, the NCA released a statement which said that the two men were arrested "in
connection with bribery offences as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match
spot-fixing." The agency also stated it was "working closely" with PCB and ICC anti-corruption
units.

Four other players - Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan - were
also provisionally suspended as part of the investigation. Irfan was later banned from all forms of
cricket for one year after he pleaded guilty to failing to report details of two approaches to corrupt
the game. Sharjeel, Latif and Shahzaib were charged for alleged breaches of the Anti-Corruption
Code. Hasan was charged with breaching three major clauses of the PCB's anti-corruption code,
including allegedly inducing players in corruption indirectly. However, like Sharjeel and Latif, Hasan
has contested the charges and the three players will attend hearings before a three-man tribunal
constituted by the Pakistan board.

Not that long ago, Jamshed was Pakistan's first-choice opener in limited-overs cricket, and with
three ODI hundreds against India between March 2012 and January 2013, one with a potentially
long career ahead of him. Thereafter, however, a dip in form and confidence led to his ouster.
Between the end of the India series in January 2013 - a peak in his short career - and the start of
the 2015 World Cup, Jamshed scored 458 runs at an average of 19.91 with only two fifties,
featuring in 23 of Pakistan's 50 ODIs in this period. Before this, he had averaged 50.26 in 22 ODIs
since his debut, scoring 955 runs, with three centuries and six fifties.
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After Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan announces his retirement

Long-serving Pakistan batsman and former captain Younus Khan on Friday announced he will
retire from international cricket after the upcoming Test series in the West Indies.

"I will be retiring... with my head held high," the 39-year-old said at a press conference here. "I
think this is the right time as every sportsman has to take this decision in his career," he added,
bringing an end to a 17-year Test career.

Younus, who has led Pakistan in all three formats and guided them to their only World Twenty20
title in England in 2009, needs only 23 runs to reach 10,000 Test runs. Younus, thus, joined
teammate Misbah-ul-Haq in retiring from international cricket at the end of the tour of the West
Indies in April and May.

Younus has so far scored 34 Test centuries in 115 matches -- the most by any batsman from the
country -- and is set to become the first Pakistani and 13th batsman in the world to score 10,000
or more runs. He has so far accumulated 9977 runs at an average of 53.06. India's Sachin
Tendulkar currently tops the charts with 15,921 runs in 200 matches.

"People are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time,"
Younus said. He added, "A time comes in every player's life when he has to decide and I always
tried my best to serve my county with my head high. No player always remains fit, the motivation
never remains the same, so this is the time when Younus should leave the field after the upcoming
series in West Indies."

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Younus hit a hundred in his first Test against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi in 2000, kicking off a glorious
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