Time for Younus and Misbah to call it a day, says Asif Iqbal; Younis Khan talks about his retirement plan
KARACHI, July 1, 2015 (MAMOSA Report) — Former cricket captain Asif Iqbal has advised senior batsmen Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq to call it a day and pave the way for youngsters to be groomed in the national team after it lost the second cricket Test to Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday.
Iqbal, 72, who now resides in London said while Younus and Misbah had given a lot to Pakistan cricket but now it was time for the duo to move on. “I think we need to stop trying to find excuses for every defeat we suffer. Cricket has changed and it is a young man’s game now. I think the seniors must now step down and allow younger players a chance to ESTABLISH themselves in international cricket,” Iqbal said.
The former captain, who played 58 Tests and 440 first class matches, rarely speaks on Pakistan cricket but on Tuesday he broke his silence in an interview on a local television channel. “I don’t want to sound unkind to these two as they have done a lot and Younus by playing 100 Tests with an average of 53 has proven himself to be a world class performer. But I think now it is time for Pakistan cricket to think about FUTURE and change its mind set on how to play cricket,” Iqbal said.
The Colombo Test was Younis Khan’s 100th Test, a landmark that only four Pakistan players before him have achieved. Though personally the match was not successful for Younis but after his 100 Test match he has been placed at the top among Pakistan batsmen at that point of csreers.
Before playing his 100th test match batsman Khan said in an interview that he wants to achieve a lot more than this and have certain goals in his life which he wants to fulfil before quitting his cricketing career.
He said, “I believe I still have a lot to achieve and there is a lot to do in life. But I managed to get to 100 Tests, which is a big honor. A country like Pakistan, where the number of matches is fewer compared to other parts of the world, even Javed Miandad took about 18 years to play 124. For me it has taken 15 years to get to 100,” espncricinfo reported.
While talking about his retirement plans, he added, “It’s very near and obviously I will call off my career with grace. I will walk away myself, but I still have some goals in my mind and I am close to achieving those goals as well. I can’t share that goal at this point, but you will know very soon”.
Incidentally Younus, who turns 38 in November, said on making his 100th Test appearance that his ambition was to break Javed Miandad’s record for most Test runs and most Test centuries and he had no intentions of retiring. Iqbal also took captain Misbah, 41, to task for again criticizing Pakistan’s domestic cricket after the second defeat to Sri Lanka on Monday. “I didn’t hear him say these things after Pakistan won the first Test. It is time to introduce younger players in the team. They bring in fresh incentive and a hunger for success. We already have suitable replacements why keep them waiting. The problem is once you have achieved as much as Younus and Misbah have done in Test cricket without realizing it, your desire for success does subside,” he said.
KARACHI, July 1, 2015 (MAMOSA Report) — Pakistani film Bin Roye is being simultaneously released this Eid in Pakistan, India, USA, Canada and UK.
HUM Network and B4U Films have joined hands to release Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed starrer ‘BIN ROYE’ in international markets.
Two of Bin Roye songs ‘Maula Maula’ and ‘Ballay Ballay’ are reported to have already made the romantic drama worth watching.
The film has been shot at various scenic locations in Karachi, Dubai, Santa Barbara and San Francisco over a period of two years. The much-awaited film with makers Momina Duraid and Shahzad Kashmiri at the helm will be broadcast as a television series as well.
Mahira chronicled her love for the movie in a soulful, heartfelt and beautifully worded tweet right after the HUM Films Press Conference in May.
Speaking at a press conference in May, Mahira said, “Since Humayun — the ‘King of Romance’ in Pakistan is called the Shah Rukh Khan of Pakistan, that makes Shah Rukh Khan the Humayun Saeed of India.” Humayan has earned the ‘King of Romance’ title in Pakistan just like SRK in Bollywood.
Mahira Khan is currently working on her Bollywood debut “Raees” opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
Bin Roye — a romantic drama which is being touted as one of the grandest releases of the year is the first Pakistani film to release simultaneously in India this Eid.