BOOM July - Page 42

CRICKET the story of younis khan from the pen of Rashid Latif W hen Younis reached his century in the first Test at Dubai against Australia last year to rescue Pakistan after it had been tottering at 7-2, many people expressed surprise as to how he had managed to bounce back in such a manner after being dropped from the national ODI squad barely a few weeks ago which was followed by a rare outburst from him at the National Stadium.But I was not surprised in the least at the fact that he had decided to play the Test series after all and that he got to his century in such difficult circumstances.I have known the affable player since the time he came to our club when he was barely 16-years-old and I saw how he loved to be a part of the game of cricket any way he could, whether on the field or off it. He had a lot of passion for cricket with brimming patriotism. All he ever wanted to do was to play for Pakistan.It was the early 1990s and an ethnic war was raging in Karachi. This was as much against the drug mafia as against the communities. Wh ]