Younus Khan, the world’s oldest 39-year-old, might yet play on

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Photo by Sarah Ansell
Photo by Sarah Ansell

Ain’t no retirement like a Pakistan cricketer retirement, because a Pakistan cricketer retirement is highly conditional.

For a man who’s already resigned, quit, been rested, stood down, walked and been banned for life, Younus Khan is still strikingly present.

He is due to call it a day (again) following this Test series against the West Indies, but has now floated the possibility that he might play on if someone – anyone – asks him to.

“If they request me or people want me then why not?”

Well we’d quite like you to play on, Younus.

It’s worth mentioning at this point that not only is Younus 39, he’s also the world’s oldest 39-year-old, having been born in 1975.


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


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    1. Giving with one hand and giving with the other there, Ged. Some service.

      Meanwhile at Old Trafford… c’mon KC, hit me with what I deserve. I like my revenge served at room temperature like a proper pint of ale should be.

  1. Capybara Herath is the retirement I’ll really miss, as he is the last international cricketer still playing who debuted in the 90s. Younis just misses out.

  2. Durham!

    They’re the best second-division county in the world! Shove it up yer Carse!

  3. Brilliant tactics from Lancs in this match. Their carefully controlled first innings (109 all out, five ducks) misled Somerset into the wrong way of thinking, as intended. Leading by 170 after the first innings, Somerset literally had virtually no chance whatsoever. It was a position which when viewed with hindsight could be seen at the time to be a dead certainty to result in a 100+ win, as ultimately and inevitably proved to be the case.

    1. Insightful analysis from Bert, there – thank you, Bert.

      Meanwhile Middlesex are using the same tactic as last year – heaping on the draws early season, keeping the metaphorical head below the metaphorical parapet, while planning world domination.

      As Mike Brearley used to say in days of yore, “all can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but none can see the strategy out of which victory is evolved”…

  4. As an Essex fan, I am very admiring of Middlesex’s joint tactics of late declarations and reliance on the English weather.

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