It has been over two months since Younis Khan retired from the international level but he is still remembered when cricket is discussed in the country. Experts and frenzies spend countless hours contemplating the options that have the potential to reach the benchmark set by the legendary batsman.
The PCB has set up a three-month-long training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore to nurture young talent. The cricket board invited the media to cover the camp on Wednesday and put Mudasar Nazar, who is the head of all the PCB-run cricket academies in the country, on the podium to talk about its success. After a few questions regarding the camp, a reporter asked whether any of the youngsters in the camp had the ability to be Younis’ replacement .
“It will take a lot of time to fill the vacuum that has been left by him.” Nazar replied to the reporter. “Younis is a player who has 34 Test centuries and the number one run-getter for Pakistan in the format. It is not easy to replace him.”
Nazar, who is considered to be the king of the game development in the country, suggested Asad Shafiq to bat up the order and take the responsibility in the absence of Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq. “He [Asad Shafiq] should come at number three and take the team forward,” Nazar said, adding that the batsman has been in the side for a long time and he has runs to back himself in the format.
The 31-year-old Shafiq has 3,431 runs in the format at an average of nearly 40. He has batted at one-drop on six occasions, scoring 198 runs with three 50s.
Nazar concluded Younis’ discussion with what may be regarded as a cliché but stands true: “Players like Younis surface after a long time.”