When Steve Fleming was called up to captain New Zealand for their tour to Zimbabwe in July 2005, Nottinghamshire signed Younis Khan, the Pakistan Test batsman to fill in the gap before Fleming’s return in September. Younis played in five Championship matches, commencing on July 26 v Surrey at Trent Bridge and ending on Sept 6 v Gloucester at Trent Bridge. He also appeared in three Totesport matches.
He created a minor sensation on his debut in the Totesport competition. Introduced into the attack as a fourth change bowler. He captured a wicket with his first ball and ended with three for five off 3.1 overs.
In 131 one-day games before arriving at Trent Bridge, Younis had captured just 10 wickets in total! In the next Totesport game in which he bowled, he took three more wickets, the victims being well-known Northants batsmen, Love, Sales and Shafayat.
In contrast Younis achieved only moderate success for Notts with the bat.
He was born in Peshawar on 28 February 1978, making his first-class debut in Pakistan in 1996/97 and his Test debut in 2003/04.