West Indies vs Pakistan: Babar Azam century helps Pakistan level series

Pakistan batsman Younus Khan has announced he will retire after their three-match Test series against West Indies, which starts on 22 April.

“I will be retiring. with my head held high”, the 39-year-old said at a press conference here.

Not one to panic under pressure on or off the field, Misbah then took his time and probably came to the conclusion that the wiser decision was to move on.

Younis had earlier retired from T20I and ODI matches. Younis and Misbah had a significant influence on the development of players like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq.

The teams meet in the decider today with the West Indies seeking their first one-day series win over Pakistan for 26 years.

Younis’ announcement comes after captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Thursday that the upcoming Caribbean tour will be his last.

West Indies won the toss and chose to Bowl first. However, it will not be an exaggeration to say that Sarfraz Ahmed’s men are still too inconsistent to compete with the very best.

But the veteran has always been expected to call time on his illustrious career, with former Pakistan cricket heavyweights demanding he step down in January after a 3-0 rout in Australia.

He needs only 23 runs to reach 10,000 Test runs, a milestone he missed out on after his team’s disastrous tour of Australia in January this year, when Pakistan lost all three Tests.

Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 88, his 30th half-century, Ahmed Shehzad scored 67 in a good opening stand of 85 with Kamran Akmal, and Shoaib Malik provided the late surge with 53 off 38 balls.

The euphoria which accompanied Pakistan’s rise to the top of the ICC’s Test rankings seemed to bring endless joy to the country but the fall from grace was equally dramatic.

Both sides have managed to win just one out their previous five ODI matches.

He also led Pakistan to their only World T20 title in 2009.

Since taking over the captaincy in the wake of an worldwide spot-fixing scandal in 2010, Misbah – who is now the oldest global cricketer – has led Pakistan in 53 Tests, winning 24, losing 18 and drawing 11.

“I would like to formally announce that [my retirement] after this next series against West Indies and thank everyone for their continuous support in my journey”, the Dawn quoted Younis as saying.

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