Younus Khan raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates his century.
Younus Khan raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates his century.

Butt gets the message from Younus



DUBAI // Class, as an oft-repeated cliché goes, is permanent. Ijaz Butt, the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board, was given a stark reminder of that yesterday by the man he almost banished from international cricket, Younus Khan.

Banned "indefinitely" for some mysterious reason earlier this year, Younus returned to Test cricket with aplomb, showing the champion that he still is and the grace under pressure that makes men like him greats.

Younus scripted a defiant unbeaten 131, his 17th Test century, to save the first Test against South Africa at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

On an engrossing final day, with Pakistan chasing a record 451 for victory, he brought every ounce of his 63-Test experience into play to frustrate South Africa's bid for victory and helped his team post their highest-ever score in the fourth innings of a Test: 343 for three.

The Proteas were forced to give up their bid with 14 overs still remaining for the end of play. Pakistan were 108 runs short of their target and South Africa needed seven wickets, but Graeme Smith deemed both tasks improbable. His attack was grounded on a lifeless track by the 186-run unbeaten stand between Younus and Misbah-ul-Haq.

"Generally, we could have closed that game down at any stage," Smith, the South Africa captain, said. "I knew it would be tough to bowl them out [in the] second innings. The wicket got a lot slower as the game went on. I think once the batter got in, it was very difficult to get him out. We needed to create some early chances this morning, which we didn't.

"I guess we are a little bit disappointed we couldn't close it off, but it was always going to be a big push I think.

"Once Younus got in, he batted superbly well. Credit to him for his knock."

This was Younus's first Test since July, 2009. He had missed four series since. He opted out of the Tests in New Zealand and Australia due to "personal" reasons, following his resignation from the Pakistan captaincy after a player revolt.

In March this year, he was banned for still unknown reasons and missed the Test series against Australia and England. Wisdom, however, eventually dawned on the mandarins of Pakistan cricket and the ban was reversed.

Younus was absent for 12 Tests and Pakistan had lost eight of them. It would not be difficult to imagine a similar result for the "home" side yesterday if Younus was not in their midst.

Younus added 82 runs with Azhar Ali (63) for the third wicket, but it was his partnership with Misbah (76 not out), which really shut South Africa out. They batted for 57 overs, adding 186 runs through a mix of caution and aggression, which kept South Africa guessing about Pakistan's intentions - to go for a win or save the game.

The South Africa bowlers and fielders did try to distract him with some chatter. The batsman reacted and a few words were exchanged in the middle, but Younus remained unperturbed. And, as batsmen of his class are wont to do, he gave a befitting riposte.

He reached three-figures with a six, deliberately lofted, it seems, into the one stand packed with Pakistan fans.

It was his first three-figure score since the 313 he made against Sri Lanka in February last year.

"A world-class player is always world class and he just proved it again," said Misbah, praising Younus. "He is a wonderful team man and played another great innings. I always love to bat with him. We have really enjoyed a lot of partnerships and this was one of them.

"Our plan, for every batsman, was to try to stay on the crease for as long as possible and stay positive, not just get stuck there. Thankfully, it worked for us and we were able to save the game."

The second Test in Abu Dhabi starts on Saturday.

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Mercer Wealth, which globally has $160 billion in AUM, plans to boost its AUM in the region to $2-$3bn in the next 2-3 years from the present $1bn, said Yasir AbuShaban, a Dubai-based principal with Mercer Wealth.

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- Diriyah’s first of 42 hotels, the Bab Samhan hotel, will open in the first quarter of 2024
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- The $63.2 billion Diriyah project will contribute $7.2 billion to the kingdom’s GDP
- It will create more than 178,000 jobs and aims to attract more than 50 million visits a year
- About 2,000 people work for the Diriyah Company, with more than 86 per cent being Saudi citizens

Libya's Gold

UN Panel of Experts found regime secretly sold a fifth of the country's gold reserves.

The panel’s 2017 report followed a trail to West Africa where large sums of cash and gold were hidden by Abdullah Al Senussi, Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief, in 2011.

Cases filled with cash that was said to amount to $560m in 100 dollar notes, that was kept by a group of Libyans in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

A second stash was said to have been held in Accra, Ghana, inside boxes at the local offices of an international human rights organisation based in France.


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