After a turbulent week in which he tried to quit but his resignation was rejected, Younis Khan is comfortable talking about leading Pakistan to the next cricket World Cup.
“I’m very happy right now,” Younis told cricinfo.com on Tuesday. “The faith that the chairman and the board has placed in me again, it’s good to know.”
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt rejected Younis’ resignation on Monday in the wake of unfounded match fixing allegations stemming from Pakistan‘s semifinal run at the Champions Trophy in South Africa. He said if Younis remained fit, he’d lead Pakistan at the 2011 World Cup.
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“The environment is good right now and I am very happy with it,” said Younis, who will turn 32 next month. “All that has happened over the last eight months, all the effort is worthwhile now.”
Younis was appointed captain in place of Shoaib Malik in February when Pakistan lost a limited-overs series at home against Sri Lanka. He led Pakistan to an unlikely win in the Twenty20 World Cup in England, then retired from the format to concentrate on one-day and test cricket. His figures in the longer version of the game are impressive, averaging 50 per innings in 63 test matches and 33.58 in 194 ODIs.
Younis told the website that he hoped to recover from a finger injury and lead the side in next month’s limited-overs series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.
He hurt his finger just days before the Champions Trophy started and missed Pakistan‘s opening match, but played the last three games with the injury. Pakistan lost to eventual champion Australia in its last group match and to New Zealand in the semifinals.