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Younus Khan

یونس خان

Personal information
Full name Mohammad Younus Khan
Born 29 November 1977 (1977-11-29) (age 32)
Mardan, NWFP, Pakistan
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Legbreak
Role Batsman
International information
National side Pakistan
Test debut (cap 159) 26 February 2000 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 20 July 2009 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 131) 13 February 2000 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 9 November 2009 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 75
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007 Yorkshire (squad no. 75)
2005 Nottinghamshire
1999–2007 Habib Bank Limited
1998–2005 Peshawar
2008– Rajasthan Royals
2008/09– South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 63 197 145 255
Runs scored 5,260 5,698 10,689 7,456
Batting average 50.09 33.12 51.38 34.51
100s/50s 16/21 6/37 34/43 10/46
Top score 313 144 313 144
Balls bowled 540 224 2,347 1,007
Wickets 7 2 31 25
Bowling average 48.71 112.00 44.58 38.32
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/23 1/3 4/52 3/5
Catches/stumpings 67/– 104/– 151/– 141/–
Source: CricketArchive, 14 November 2009

Mohammad Younus Khan (Pashto: محمد یونس خان), (born November 29, 1977 in Mardan, North-West Frontier Province) is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Younus' name is often spelled Younis Khan, but he has been quoted as saying, "My name is Younus Khan. I tell people that everywhere, but they don’t listen."[1] He is only the third Pakistani player to score 300 or more runs in an innings.[2]

On March 10, 2010, Khan, along with another player, Mohammad Yousuf were axed by the Pakistan Cricket Board from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, following an inquiry report which suggested that both the player were involved in breaches of discipline by inciting divisions within the team.[3]




International career

Younus Khan made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Karachi in February 2000, and has since played over 150 ODIs for Pakistan. He has also played in over 50 Test matches. Younus was one of the few batsmen who retained his place in the team after Pakistan's disastrous World Cup campaign in 2003, but lost it soon after due to a string of poor scores in the home series against Bangladesh and South Africa. He came back for the one-day series against India, but failed to cement a place in the Test side.

It was his return to the side in October 2004, at the pivotal one-down, against Sri Lanka in Karachi that laid the groundwork for his emergence as a force in Pakistan cricket. He was the top run-getter in the disastrous 3-0 whitewash in Australia immediately after and on the tour of India, for which Younus was elevated to vice-captain, he blossomed. After a horror start to the series he came back strongly, capping things off with 267 in the final Test. It was his highest Test score and came off 504 balls in the first innings, to set up a series levelling victory in Bangalore.

As well as being an accomplished batsman, Younus is also a skilled slip fielder and a very occasional leg-spin bowler. He has performed particularly well outside Pakistan, including on tours of Australia, India, England and Sri Lanka. In the six Tests he has played against India, Younus averages an exceptional 106, the highest average against India by a Pakistani.[4] Apart from his 267 at Bangalore, Younus also made 147 at Kolkata in 2005 and a pair of centuries during India's trip to Pakistan in 2006. More importantly, the tour to India also showcased his potential as a future captain of Pakistan and his energetic and astute leadership has impressed many people. Also in 2006, Younus made a century in the third Test against England at Headingley. On 22 January 2007, he scored a matchwinning 67 not out in the 4th innings to guide Pakistan to victory over South Africa in Port Elizabeth. The five wicket win levelled the series at 1-1.

In 2005, he was one of the 15 nominees for the ICC Test Player of the Year. He is the second fastest Pakistani in terms of innings to reach 4000 Test runs, behind Javed Miandad. Younus reached the milestone in 87 innings, just one more than Sachin Tendulkar took.[5]

Younus Khan topped the ICC's Test Batting Rankings in February 2009 after an acclaimed innings of 313 in his first test as captain, in the process of helping save the match for Pakistan. [6] His ranking score of 880 is the third highest achieved by a Pakistani batsmen after Mohammad Yousuf (933), Javed Miandad (885) and just ahead of Inzamam-ul-Haq (870).[7]

On Wednesday 10 March 2010, Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Younis Khan has been banned indefinitely for "infighting which brought down the whole team".[8]

Captaincy situation

He first led Pakistan against the West Indies in 2005. In September 2006, he was offered the position of captain for the course of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, following the suspension of Inzamam ul Haq. He turned down the offer, stating he didn't want to be a "dummy captain".[9] However, on the morning of October 7, 2006 the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Khan would lead his team in the tournament.[10] Following the resignation of Inzamam after the side's exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Khan was offered the captaincy on a permanent basis, but turned it down. He blamed the angry reaction by the Pakistani public to side's early exit from the tournament.[11]

After Pakistan's 2009 2 matches to 1 defeat to Sri Lanka, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt appointed Younus Khan as the permanent captain of both the Test and ODI teams. The appointment became effective as of January 27, 2009.[12] Shortly after accepting the post Younus was quoted as saying, "I will try and fix things that aren't right at the moment...I want our team to be consistent above all, in everything we do and that will require everyone to put their hands up." [13] Younus went on to say that he expects full support from former captain Shoaib Malik whom he called a senior player in the side.

Resignation of Captaincy

Khan resigned as captain on October 13, 2009 due to an parliamentary investigation into match fixing that was alleged to have taken place during his reign. Despite being cleared in the investigation, Khan said "Yes I have submitted my resignation because I am disgusted by these match-fixing allegations made against me and the team."[14]

Khan also dropped a catch of Grant Elliott in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final. He had a hair-line fracture in his finger prior to the match. Later PCB Chairman requested Khan to take back his resignation and Khan did it under his conditions.

Domestic career

Australian first-class cricket

In 2008–09, Younus is playing for the Southern Redbacks in Australia's domestic circuit on a short-term basis. He scored a century against Queensland Bulls in the first innings of a Sheffield shield match in Brisbane, which helped the Redbacks to win their first Shield match for a year.

County Cricket

In 2005, Younus played county cricket for Nottinghamshire in England. In the 2007 English domestic cricket season, played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club as an overseas player. In doing so he was the third overseas Asian cricketer to play for Yorkshire following Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh, and was succeeded by fellow Pakistani Inzamam.

On his County Championship debut for Yorkshire, he made a disappointing 4 runs from 4 balls in his first innings, being bowled by Rikki Clarke of Surrey, and just 12 in his second innings.[15] However, on his one-day debut in the Friends Provident Trophy, Younus hit a superb 100 from 92 balls against Nottinghamshire to lead Yorkshire to victory.[16]

He made his first County Championship century, 106 off 151 balls, for Yorkshire against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in the third match of the season and followed it up with an unbeaten double hundred, 202 off 290 balls, in the second innings to steer Yorkshire to a confident declaration. In doing so, Younus became the first Yorkshire player to score a century and a double century in the same match. Younus also made a useful contribution bowling during Hampshire's second innings, picking up four wickets for just 52 runs, however despite his and the team's efforts the match ended in a draw.[17] He repeated the feat of an unbeaten double century at Scarborough in a rain-affected drawn match with Kent. He played a superb innings to finish on 217* off just 252 balls with 18 fours and 6 sixes. He left Yorkshire following the 8-wicket drubbing of Glamorgan Dragons. However, the nature of the victory denied him of the chance to sign off in a fitting matter as he was not required to bat.

Indian Premier League

In 2008 Younus signed with the Indian Premier League and was drafted by the Rajasthan Royals for a bid of $225,000 USD. He however played only 1 match in the tournament against Kings XI Punjab and scored 1 run.

Playing style

Younus is regarded as one of the best players of spin bowling in the world, being particularly strong on the leg side. His favourite and trademark shot is the flick, but it has also been his shortcoming, with him being particularly prone to falling lbw during the early stages of his innings. He is also prone to getting down on one knee and driving extravagantly. But this flamboyance is coupled with grit. One of his main weaknesses is playing away from the body, he also has a tendency to leave straight balls, a trait that has been exploited by bowlers in the past, particularly by the Australian attack. Along with Mohammad Yousuf and the now retired Inzamam-ul-Haq, he formed a formidable middle order batting line up for Pakistan.

Younus is a skillful infielder, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the third highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket (joint with Andrew Symonds), with the highest success rate.[18]


Pakistan captain Younis Khan announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket after leading his team to the ICC World Twenty20 title by beating Sri Lanka at Lord's.

"This is my last Twenty20 game [for Pakistan], so I am retiring from T20 internationals," Younis said "I am now 31, I am old for this kind of cricket." No immediate announcement was made as to the identity of his successor as 20-over captain, it was confirmed on July 29th 2009 that Shahid Afridi would succeed him as the Twenty20 captain.


An innings-by-innings breakdown of Younus's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

The following tables illustrate a summary of the Test and ODI centuries scored by Younus Khan.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.

Test centuries

Test Centuries of Younus Khan
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 107 1 Sri Lanka Rawalpindi, Pakistan Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 2000
[2] 116 8 Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2000
[3] 149* 10 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 2001
[4] 119 16 Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Chittagong Stadium 2002
[5] 153 18 West Indies Sharjah,United Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium 2002
[6] 124 29 Sri Lanka Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2004
[7] 147 34 India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2005
[8] 267 35 India Bengaluru, India Chinnaswamy Stadium 2005
[9] 106 37 West Indies Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2005
[10] 199 40 India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2006
[11] 194 41 India Faisalabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 2006
[12] 173 46 England Leeds, England County Cricket Ground (Headingley) 2006
[13] 126 54 South Africa Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2007
[14] 130 55 South Africa Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2007
[15] 107* 57 India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2007
[16] 313 59 Sri Lanka Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2009

One-Day International centuries

ODI Centuries of Younus Khan
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 144 103 Hong Kong Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2004
[2] 101 137 England Southampton, England Rose Bowl Stadium 2006
[3] 117 158 India Mohali, India Punjab C.A. Stadium 2007
[4] 108 170 India Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2008
[5] 123* 174 India Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2008
[6] 101 178 West Indies Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2008

Personal life

He married his wife Amna on 30 March 2007, and their son Owais was born on 26 December 2007.[2]

Younus had to deal with a number of deaths in his family during 2005 and 2006. Earlier in 2005 he had to fly back from a tour to Australia after his father had died. Later in the year during the England tour to Pakistan, Younus' eldest brother, Mohammed Sharif Khan, aged 41, died in a car accident in Ukraine.Who in Youins's words taught him to play cricket[19] . Another older brother, Farman Ali Khan was only 39, when he was killed in a car accident in Germany, in December 2006.

Younus was batting in the second ODI against West Indies in Faisalabad when the news of his brother's death reached the team management. Younus only came to know about the situation after he returned to the pavilion at the end of his innings. Younus, immediately, left for his home town Mardan and did not participate in any of the remaining matches.

Younus also mentioned his grief at the death of Bob Woolmer in March 2007 after Pakistan's exit from the World Cup. He stated that he saw Bob as a father figure after the loss of his own father and that he was able to share many personal thoughts with the cricket coach.[20]

He is known to enjoy fishing, when not playing cricket.[19]


  1. ^ Why we call him Younus Khan. Yorkshire CCC. Retrieved on 15 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Cricinfo - Record-eyeing Younis puts team first". Cricinfo. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Rana, Malik get one-year bans, Younis and Yousuf axed from teams". Cricinfo. March 10, 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Boundary avalanches and scoring rates. Retrieved on 5 May 2007
  5. ^ Tests - Fastest to 4000 Career Runs. Retrieved on 5 May 2007.
  6. ^ ICC Batting Rankings 25 Feb 2009 LG ICC Cricket Rankings. Retrieved on 6 May 2007.
  7. ^ LG ICC Best-Ever Test Batting Ratings. LG ICC Cricket Rankings. Retrieved on 6 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Younis Khan banned indefinitely by PCB". 10 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Yousuf handed Pakistan captaincy. BBC News. Retrieved on 5 May 2007.
  10. ^ Younis back as Pakistan captain. BBC News. Retrieved on 5 May 2007.
  11. ^ Younis rejects Pakistan captaincy. BBC News. Retrieved on 5 May 2007.
  12. ^ Younis appointed Pakistan captain. Retrieved on 2009-01-27.
  13. ^ Younis wants 'magical' support. He also went on to say that he had a excellent relationship with former captain Shoaib Malikand expected his full Retrieved on 2009-01-27.
  14. ^ [1] Younus resigns over fixing claims BBC. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  15. ^ County Championship Division One, 2007 Season, Surrey v Yorkshire. Retrieved on 7 May 2007.
  16. ^ Younus century shoots down Outlaws. Yorkshire CCC. Retrieved on 7 May 2007.
  17. ^ Younus top bowler, but Yorkshire lack final thrust. Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Retrieved on 7 May 2007.
  18. ^ Basevi, Trevor (8 November 2005) Statistics - Run outs in ODIs. Retrieved on 5 February 2007.
  19. ^ a b "Bigstar Players : Younis Khan : On the Spot". Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  20. ^ The Worst Weekend of My Life. Retrieved on 6 May 2007.

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Preceded by
Shoaib Malik
Pakistani national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Mohammad Yousuf


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