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Chitral-born Muhammad Rasool will represent Karachi Energy in the lucrative League.

KARACHI:( The News) Pakistan’s experienced playmaker Muhammad Essa will represent Sindh’s outfit ‘Karachi Energy’ in place of Quetta Zorawar in the Super Football League while License A coach Nasir Ismail has not been given any coaching job in the event which will be held here at the Peoples Football Stadium from June 12 to July 31.Director Operations of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Pervez Saeed Mir confirmed to ‘The News’ on Monday that both Chaman-born Muhammad Essa and Chitral-born Muhammad Rasool will represent Karachi Energy in the lucrative League.

Essa and Rasool’s induction into the Karachi Energy team came under rules in which the sponsor of a team has been given authority to pick four players in its outfit irrespective of their origin of birth. Because KESC have sponsored Karachi Energy for the five-team competitions, they have opted to bring the duo to Sindh team.

Essa, who has recently returned from Iran after attending the AFC License C coaching course, is expected to join the camp on June 5.

Mir said all the away teams will assemble in Karachi on Tuesday (today) where they will start their preparatory campaign for the competition. Mir said that matches are scheduled to be held under lights with only one match a week to be played in the day.

However, the participation of prime goalie Jaffar Khan in the event is not yet confirmed.

Meanwhile, the bad patch of the License A coach Nasir Ismail has continued as he has again been ignored for the coaching job. Nasir was sent two weeks back to Peshawar to supervise trials for the Tribe FC. He picked 25-man squad for the Tribe FC but surprisingly the PFF issued orders to take trials once again after nullifying the selection of Nasir Ismail and his fellow coach Gohar Zaman on the ground that Nasir had not sent a comprehensive report about selection of the players to the PFF. Faisalabad’s Bashir Ahmed then picked Peshawar’s Tribe FC.

Allah knows best and as long as Allah wants, I will play for Pakistan: Younis Khan جب تک اللہ چاہے گا میں پاکستان کے لئے کھیلتا رہوںگا

ISLAMABAD, Apr 2 (APP): Currently facing an indefinite ban handed to him by the PCB after the recent debacle of the Australian tour, Younis talked about how he would like to see himself make a final exit from the world of international cricket. If you look back at the period right after the 2003 World Cup, you will see that a handful of players including Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, Ijaz Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq were discarded from the team. Wasim Akram didn’t even actually retire; he was in England when he got the news (of his ouster).

Over the course of the next five years, Younis Khan matured into a brilliant cricketer and became a powerful force in Pakistan Cricket. His efforts culminated to him leading Pakistan to victory in the most recent T20 World Cup in England.


“After winning the World Cup for Pakistan, I don’t know how much higher I can go,” pakpassion.net quoted Younis as saying, content with his decision to retire from T20s.

“That is when I decided that I want to retire from cricket when I am at my peak.”

And what an illustrious career it has been too! 63 Test caps for his country; an impressive career batting average of 50.09;

16 centuries, 21 fifties, and to top it all off, a Test top score of 313 in a match-saving effort. Such a momentous feat can only be achieved through a unique mixture of hard work, perseverance, level headedness and most importantly, sheer talent.  However Younis Khan is adamant that the buck of the Pakistani batting line up does not end with the Younis and Yousuf pair.
“A lot of people say that after Younis and Yousuf there isn’t much depth in our domestic cricket – I disagree. There are several players out there who can take up the mantle after us,” was Younis’ optimistic and confident prediction.

In his opinion however, the presence of senior, experienced players in the team is absolutely crucial for the benefit of younger members such as Ahmed Shehzad, whom he classified as a “very good, promising youngster.” Younis and Yousuf both agree that in the final years of their careers, what matters most is that they are available to support the younger generation, ensuring that the depth of talent, class and skill is maintained long after their departure.

In a message to his fans and the media, Younis remarked that it is very easy to misunderstand players’ attitudes as they are constantly being scrutinized and the smallest actions are blown out of proportion. “When I was playing for the U19s, some people felt I was proud although the fact that after 10 years of cricket I’m sitting here in front of you should prove to you that I’m not. I just wanted to do my best with the bat. I had very little interactions with the media and didn’t want to get involved with the publicity of it all.”
Younis made it clear that he wanted to contribute more to Pakistan cricket. “Allah knows best and as long as Allah wants, I will play for Pakistan,” the words of a truly humble and down to earth person.