Karachi: PCB Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan showered praises on prolific middle order batsman Younis Khan for becoming the highest run-getter for Pakistan in Test cricket on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.
Younis Khan clouted England off-spinner Moeen Ali for six over long-on to go past the salient batting landmark of Javed Miandad’s 8,832 and became the highest run-getter for Pakistan.
“Younis Khan has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket. The number of records he has set in the recent past is something we as a nation can take great pride in.
“He is the only Pakistan batsman to score centuries against every Test playing nation. The feat he achieved against Australia last year — scoring over 700 runs in a space of just 30 days was no mean achievement,” Shaharyar said.
“I congratulate him on rewriting the record book in becoming the highest run-getter for Pakistan. It was a mountain that none had been able to climb since Javed Miandad played his last innings in December 1993.
“I know that he shall, to the delight of Pakistani cricket aficionados, continue to serve Pakistan cricket in his own inimitable style”, concluded Shaharyar.
Chairman, Executive Committee Najam Sethi voiced similar sentiments. “Younis Khan has been the leading batsman, along with Misbah-ul-Haq, behind Pakistan’s rise in Test cricket. He is the reason behind Pakistan being the best Asian team in the ICC Test Rankings. The fact that he is world’s only batsman to score five centuries in the fourth innings of the Tests vindicates the notion that he has always performed under pressure. The innings in Palekelle was epitome of his brilliance. I also congratulate him on completing 15,000 runs and 50 hundreds in first class cricket.”
The Chief Operating Officer PCB Subhan Ahmad also congratulated Younis, termed him as the lynchpin of Pakistan’s batting. “If it was not for Younis’s twin centuries in Dubai and a double-century in Abu Dhabi the whitewash against Australia in 2014 may not have materialized. Becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score twin centuries away from home was indeed a great achievement.”
Younis needed 19 more runs to pass Miandad’s record, which he did scoring 38 on Tuesday in the first inning against England before losing his wicket to Stuart Broad.