Younis Khan had announced before the World Twenty20 that he would retire from T20 cricket after the tournament.
I thought that he would not have retired considering his performance in the World T20, but he stuck to his plans.
Younis was never considered a 20-20 batsman. He had a lot of critics who felt he was not suited to this format.
Pakistan's chief selector had even announced publicly that he would not have had Younis in Pakistan's T20 team if he had had his way.
Younis dished all that criticism out the window by scoring 172 runs at an average of 57.33 and a strike rate of 140 in the World T20.
He was Pakistan's leading run scorer, before Afridi and Akmal over took him in the final, and he ended the competition among the top 10 leading run scorers.
Despite this performance, I believe that Younis Khan's retirement from 20-20 cricket could not have come at a better time for Pakistan.
The fact that he led Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title and then announced his retirement just makes it all the more sweeter for him!
But that's not the reason why Younis has timed it perfectly.
I have called for Shahid Afridi to captain Pakistan for a long time now. Younis has now paved the way for Afridi to take over the top job in one format of the game; one that Afridi has made his own.
What that will do is also groom Afridi to take over the captaincy in ODIs and Tests once Younis Khan hangs up his boots.
Yes I said tests as well, and I will explain why in another post soon.
Shahid Afridi has got to be the leading candidate to take over the captaincy of Pakistan's T20 team, and if the PCB are not thinking along the same lines, then someone needs to punch some serious sense into them, and quickly!