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Pakistani Test cricketer Younis Khan on Saturday announced his retirement from global cricket bringing an end to an illustrious seventeen year career.

Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad benefited from an early slice of luck to get to 67 while Shoaib Malik, who also capitalised on continuing errant out-cricket by the West Indies, flailed away for 53 off 38 deliveries as Pakistan equalled their second-highest total against these opponents in the 50-over format of the game.

Khan said that it is right time for him to leave cricket with respect, and has not taken this decision in any haste. After all, it was rather evident in the recently-concluded four-match Twenty20 worldwide series that a new-look Pakistan took 3-1 after some grave twists and turns that the series had on offer. Whether the PCB had an influence on this decision is hard to say but given the stable head on Misbah's shoulders, it is probably a conclusion that is well thought out and in the best interests of the team he has groomed for many years.

Mohammed's superb innings followed on the backs of two half-centuries in the three-match ODI series against England last month, as well as a good run of form in the Regional Super50.

Pakistan will play 3 Tests in West Indies starting from April 21. Chadwick Walton's 80 runs in the T20I series were impressive enough to earn him a spot in the first two ODIs as West Indies' reserve wicketkeeper, behind Shai Hope. But then I had some great moments too where we became the number one Test team in the world.

West Indies batsmen ran rampant on the Pakistani bowlers in the first game and won the match by four wickets in hand and an over to spare. The crowning glory for Misbah and Pakistan was their 3-0 whitewash of England in the 2012 series, which was their first win against England in seven years.

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".

"I chose to go after the fast bowlers and and where to hit them". Such was his dejection that an early retirement would not have surprised many and frankly at that point, Misbah could have easily joined the long list of has-beens who had flattered to deceive in their desire to play for Pakistan.

"Our batting at the top again let us down because I felt, on this pitch, we definitely had a chance to get to 283", said Holder after the match.

The captain also inspired Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history.

  • Julie Sanders