There comes a moment in any aspiring sportsman’s life when a decision must be made about his future and say good bye to the game he loved.
It is always a hard decision to abruptly switch off and fade into a different world where there is not that much exposure in the media what he has experienced in his early days.
The players who stand up to realize the time of truth and go for it with a big heart, get the opportunity to leave with respect and people always remember them in a positive way.
But a majority of the athletes don’t get such opportunity and this has happened many times in every game and in every country. At the end of the day, they have only themselves to blame for the way they were removed or were asked to leave.
Recently, two of the most amazing batsmen of test cricket recently announced their retirement from international cricket. The most fertile batsman of Pakistan’s test side, Younis Khan and fantastic captain, Misbah-ul-Haq will quit international cricket after the 3-test series in West Indies.
The 39-year old batsman, Younis Khan’s announcement had come after captain Misbah-ul-Haq announced his decision to quit on last Thursday following months of speculation.
The three-match test series against West Indies which is scheduled to be started on 21st of April, will be their last series for the side in international cricket.
Both of their contribution to Pakistan cricket and its success at the highest level is a sort of a fairy tale. They brought the team in a new level which the people of Pakistan will always remember.
Misbah, who made his debut in test cricket against New Zealand in 2001, has played 72 Test matches so far, scoring 4951 runs at an average of 45.84 and is currently seventh on the list of his team’s highest Test run-scorers.
The right-handed batsman, who made his first- class debut back in 1998-99 for Sargodha, took over the reins of captaining Pakistan’s Test side in 2010 after the spot-fixing scandal that broke out in England.
As a captain, he is the most successful ever for his side with 24 wins in 53 matches. Under his outstanding leadership, Pakistan climbed to No. 1 spot for the first time in the Test rankings.
However, after Pakistan hurtled to a 3-0 whitewash in Australia, Misbah came under severe pressure to quit captaincy.
Another senior cricketer who announced his retirement, having made his debut in 2000, Younis Khan has scored 9977 runs in test cricket at an average of 53.06 from his 115 matches for Pakistan, which is the most for a Pakistan batsman.
The redoubtable cricketer has a great chance becoming the first Pakistan batsman to reach to 10-thousand runs milestone as he is only 23 runs away.
Earlier this year, The gritty batsman became the first batsman ever to score centuries in all 11 countries that have hosted Tests after completing his set with a maiden ton in Australia.
Younis Khan’s highest score 313 in test cricket, is also the third highest for his side, after Hanif Mohammad’s 337 and Inzamam-ul- Haq’s 329. He has scored 34 centuries in this format of cricket, which is the most for a Pakistan batsman.
Although both of the cricketers who announced their retirement, leave on their own terms, it is fair to think that ultimately, a decision could have been forced upon them.
The chief selector of the team, Inzamam Ul Haque was always keen for both of them to retire as he wants to build a younger side around a new Test captain.
However, the retirement of Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haque after the three Tests in the Caribbean will cost the Pakistan team more than 190 matches worth of experience. They had a notable impact on the improvement of players like Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali.