Date of Birth : 29th November 1977
Place of Birth : Mardan, NWFP (now Khyber-
Height : 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Style : Right-Handed
Bowling Style : Right-Arm Medium, Legbreak
Test Debut (Cap159) : 26th February 2000 v Sri Lanka
ODI Debut (Cap 131) : 17th December 2000 v Sri Lanka
ODI Shirt No. : 75
ODI Shirt No. : 75
Mohammad Younus Khan is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Younus' name is often spelled Younis Khan, but he has been quoted as saying, "My name is Younus Khan. I tell people that everywhere, but they don’t listen." Younis Khan is only the third Pakistani player to score 300 or more runs in an innings.
On 10 March 2010, Younus, along with another player, Mohammad Yousuf were axed by the Pakistan Cricket Board from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, following an inquiry report which suggested that both the player were involved in breaches of discipline by inciting divisions within the team. The ban was overturned three months later.
It was his return to the side in October 2004, at the pivotal one-down, against Sri Lanka in Karachi that laid the groundwork for his emergence as a force in Pakistan cricket. Younis Khan was the top run-getter in the disastrous 3-0 whitewash in Australia immediately after and on the tour of India, for which Younus was elevated to vice-captain, he blossomed. After a horror start to the series he came back strongly, capping things off with 267 in the final Test. It was his highest Test score and came off 504 balls in the first innings, to set up a series levelling victory in Bangalore.
As well as being an accomplished batsman, Younus is also a skilled slip fielder and a very occasional leg-spin bowler. Younis Khan has performed particularly well outside Pakistan, including on tours of Australia, India, England and Sri Lanka. In the six Tests he has played against India, Younus averages an exceptional 106, the highest average against India by a Pakistani. Apart from his 267 at Bangalore, Younus also made 147 at Kolkata in 2005 and a pair of centuries during India's trip to Pakistan in 2006. More importantly, the tour to India also showcased his potential as a future captain of Pakistan and his energetic and astute leadership has impressed many people. Also in 2006, Younus made a century in the third Test against England at Headingley. On 22 January 2007, he scored a matchwinning 67 not out in the 4th innings to guide Pakistan to victory over South Africa in Port Elizabeth. The five wicket win levelled the series at 1-1.
In 2005, he was one of the 15 nominees for the ICC Test Player of the Year. Younis Khan is the second fastest Pakistani in terms of innings to reach 4000 Test runs, behind Javed Miandad. Younus reached the milestone in 87 innings, just one more than Sachin Tendulkar took.
Captaincy situation. Younis Khan first led Pakistan against the West Indies in 2005. In September 2006, he was offered the position of captain for the course of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, following the suspension of Inzamam ul Haq. Younis Khan turned down the offer, stating he did not want to be a "dummy captain". However, on the morning of 7 October 2006 the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Khan would lead his team in the tournament.Following the resignation of Inzamam after the side's exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Khan was offered the captaincy on a permanent basis, but turned it down. Younis Khan blamed the angry reaction by the Pakistani public to side's early exit from the tournament.
After Pakistan's 2009 2 matches to 1 defeat to Sri Lanka, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt appointed Younus Khan as the permanent captain of both the Test and ODI teams. The appointment became effective as of 27 January 2009. Shortly after accepting the post Younus was quoted as saying, "I will try and fix things that aren't right at the moment...I want our team to be consistent above all, in everything we do and that will require everyone to put their hands up." Younus went on to say that he expects full support from former captain Shoaib Malik whom he called a senior player in the side.
Khan also dropped a catch of Grant Elliott in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final. Younis Khan had a hair-line fracture in his finger prior to the match. Later PCB Chairman requested Khan to take back his resignation and Khan did it under his conditions. However after captaining the team for a three-match series against New Zealand Younis took a break for test matches in New Zealand and the series in Australia the captaincy was given to Mohammad Yousuf and since then Younis has not captained the national team.
Post-captaincy: sacking, troubles and return (2010)Younus's career after he gave up the captaincy continued on a downwards spiral as he was banned on 10 March 2010. Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Younus Khan had been banned indefinitely for "infighting which brought down the whole team during the tour of Australia in January". Younis Khan ban was however overturned three months later in June 2010.Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing, Younus was not selected for the series against England. Pakistan continued to suffer frequent batting collapses against England in Test cricket; this put the Pakistan Cricket Board under pressure to restore Younus to the game, also Pakistani batsman and Test Captain Salman Butt was suspended on being involved in Spot-Fixing this resulted in several former captains including Moin Khan and Zaheer Abbas wanting Younus reinstated to the test team as captain. However the Pakistan Cricket Board did not clear Younis Khan for selection on the tours of South Africa in 2010 and despite being the first-choice captain for the selectors panel Mohsin Khan announced that Misbah-ul-Haq was recalled and made captain due to the PCB refusing to clear Younis Khan for selection. Signs of an improvement in the relationship of the Pakistan Cricket Board and Younis Khan began to emerge after the board contacted Younis to potentially be selected for the tour Against South Africa in October 2010
New Zealand Test Series: 2011
Twenty20 Cricket (2007 - present)Pakistan captain Younis Khan announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket after leading his team to the ICC World Twenty20 title by beating Sri Lanka at Lord's Sri Lanka suffered an 8 wicket thrashing.
"This is my last Twenty20 game [for Pakistan], so I am retiring from T20 internationals," Younis said "I am now 31, I am old for this kind of cricket." No immediate announcement was made as to the identity of his successor as 20-over captain, it was confirmed on 29 July 2009 that Shahid Afridi would succeed him as the Twenty20 Captain.
However after Younus returned to the national setup he announced that he was willing to play Twenty20 cricket for Pakistan as a senior batsman Younus then confirmed that he was available to play in all three-formats of the game. Younis Khan also announced that he was no longer in the race for the captaincy After announcing his comeback to Twenty20 cricket Younus was selected for the three match Twenty20 series against New Zealand in December 2010. Younus played in all three-matches but struggled for form
Domestic career Australian first-class cricketIn 2008–09, Younus is playing for the Southern Redbacks in Australia's domestic circuit on a short-term basis. Younis Khan scored a century against Queensland Bulls in the first innings of a Sheffield shield match in Brisbane, which helped the Redbacks to win their first Shield match for a year.
On his County Championship debut for Yorkshire, he made a disappointing 4 runs from 4 balls in his first innings, being bowled by Rikki Clarke of Surrey, and just 12 in his second innings.However, on his one-day debut in the Friends Provident Trophy, Younus hit a superb 100 from 92 balls against Nottinghamshire to lead Yorkshire to victory.
Younis Khan made his first County Championship century, 106 off 151 balls, for Yorkshire against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in the third match of the season and followed it up with an unbeaten double hundred, 202 off 290 balls, in the second innings to steer Yorkshire to a confident declaration. In doing so, Younus became the first Yorkshire player to score a century and a double century in the same match. Younus also made a useful contribution bowling during Hampshire's second innings, picking up four wickets for just 52 runs, however despite his and the team's efforts the match ended in a draw. Younis Khan repeated the feat of an unbeaten double century at Scarborough in a rain-affected drawn match with Kent. Younis Khan played a superb innings to finish on 217* off just 252 balls with 18 fours and 6 sixes. Younis Khan left Yorkshire following the 8-wicket drubbing of Glamorgan Dragons. However, the nature of the victory denied him of the chance to sign off in a fitting matter as he was not required to bat.
Younis Khan signed for Surrey for the 2010 season.
Indian Premier LeagueIn 2008 Younus signed with the Indian Premier League and was drafted by the Rajasthan Royals for a bid of $225,000 USD. Younis Khan however played only 1 match in the tournament against Kings XI Punjab and scored 1 run.
Younus is regarded as one of the best players of spin bowling in the world, being particularly strong on the leg side. Younis Khan favourite and trademark shot is the flick, but it has also been his shortcoming, with him being particularly prone to falling lbw during the early stages of his innings. Younis Khan is also prone to getting down on one knee and driving extravagantly. But this flamboyance is coupled with grit. One of his main weaknesses is playing away from the body, he also has a tendency to leave straight balls, a trait that has been exploited by bowlers in the past, particularly by the Australian attack. Along with Mohammad Yousuf and the now retired Inzamam-ul-Haq, he formed a formidable middle order batting line up for Pakistan.
Younus is a skillful infielder, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the third highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket (joint with Andrew Symonds), with the highest success rate.
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Younus's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).
Test Centuries of Younus Khan
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
 107 1 Sri Lanka Rawalpindi,Pakistan Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 2000
 116 8 Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2000
 149* 10 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 2001
 119 16 Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Chittagong Stadium 2002
 153 18 West Indies Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium 2002
 124 29 Sri Lanka Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2004
 147 34 India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2005
 267 35 India Bengaluru, India Chinnaswamy Stadium 2005
 106 37 West Indies Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2005
 199 40 India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2006
 194 41 India Faisalabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 2006
 173 46 England Leeds, England Headingley Stadium 2006
 126 54 South Africa Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2007
 130 55 South Africa Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2007
 107* 57 India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2007
 313 59 Sri Lanka Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2009
 131* 63 South Africa Dubai, UAE DSC Cricket Stadium 2010
 122 71 Sri Lanka Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Stadium 2011
 200* 72 Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2011
One-Day International Centuries
ODI Centuries of Younus Khan
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
 144 103 Hong Kong Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2004
 101 137 England Southampton, England Rose Bowl Stadium 2006
 117 158 India Mohali, India Punjab C.A. Stadium 2007
 108 170 India Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2008
 123* 174 India Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2008
 101 178 West Indies Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2008
Career Best Performances As of 11 December 2011:
Tests : 313 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Karachi 2009 2-23 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Galle 2009
ODI : 144 Pakistan v Hong Kong Colombo (SSC) 2004 1-3 Pakistan v Hong Kong Karachi 2008
T20I 51 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Johannesburg 2007 3-18 Pakistan v Kenya Nairobi 2007
FC 313 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Karachi 2009 4-52 Yorkshire v Hampshire The Rose Bowl 2007
LA 144 Pakistan v Hong Kong Colombo (SSC) 2004 3-5 Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire Cheltenham 2005
T20 70 Peshawar Panthers v Islamabad Leopards Lahore 2009 3-18 Pakistan v Kenya Nairobi 2007
Personal lifeHe married his wife Amna on 30 March 2007, and their son Owais was born on 26 December 2007.
Younus had to deal with a number of deaths in his family during 2005 and 2006. Earlier in 2005 he had to fly back from a tour to Australia after his father had died. Later in the year during the England tour to Pakistan, Younus' eldest brother, Mohammed Sharif Khan, aged 41, died in a car accident in Ukraine, who in Youins's words taught him to play cricket. Another older brother, Farman Ali Khan was only 39, when he was killed in a car accident in Germany, in December 2006.
Younus was batting in the second ODI against West Indies in Faisalabad when the news of his brother's death reached the team management. Younus only came to know about the situation after he returned to the pavilion at the end of his innings. Younus, immediately, left for his home town Mardan and did not participate in any of the remaining matches.
Younus also mentioned his grief at the death of Bob Woolmer in March 2007 after Pakistan's exit from the World Cup. He stated that he saw Bob as a father figure after the loss of his own father and that he was able to share many personal thoughts with the cricket coach.
During a tour of the West Indies in May 2011, Younus was given permission to return home early due to the death of his elder brother Shamshad Khan in Germany.
He is known to enjoy fishing, when not playing cricket.
Pride of Performance Award Recipient
Younis Khan was recipient of the Pride of Performance Award 2010
Presented by Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Date 2010 Country Islamic Republic of Pakistan