KARACHI - Disgruntled Pakistan batsman Younus Khan said Friday he was disappointed at being dropped from the one-day side and would step aside from all cricket for five months as the team is rebuilt. Next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is due to be held in February, and the 36-year-old is unlikely to be picked given his poor form in limited overs in recent years.

But he remains Pakistan's best middle-order batsman in Tests, where his absence could seriously hurt the team's chances against Australia and New Zealand in upcoming series. "Don't select me, not even in Tests. I sacrifice my future," Younus told reporters in Karachi, questioning why the lineup was being altered with just months to go before the World Cup. "If we wanted to rebuild the team then (the) World Cup was held four years ago, why are we rebuilding this in the last three to four months?"

The stylish right-hander, who averages over 51 in Tests with 24 centuries to his name, has seen turmoil in the past and has a reputation for his outspoken comments. In 2006 he refused to stand in for then-injured skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq, saying he did not want to be a "dummy captain". He led the team to World T20 glory in 2009, lost the captaincy, and later refused to take it back when offered.

Younus said experienced players like himself were mistreated by the selectors. "I came back and then suddenly they said for me, or for players like me, that we have no future. Then who has a future? So a player like me should shoot himself, should we abandon playing cricket?" he asked. "They have hurt me, if you say that I am not in future planning then it hurts. I am fit and I am committed. If they had told me that (last month's) Sri Lanka series is your last then I would have left with respect."

Younus was recalled into the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka tour in August, after a year and a half. But he had to leave the tour midway, to return to Karachi, because of the death of his nephew. In his only ODI in the series, he scored 3 off 7. While announcing the squad for the Australia series, Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan said the decision to select Younus for the Sri Lanka series had "backfired".

"I came back after almost 17-18 months, but they said he is not in our future plans. Who has a future then? I give my 120percent as a player, I am perhaps the only cricketer [who does so]. I am not saying drop a youngster and let me play. I am just saying that justice should be done with players like me, give us what we deserve. My nephew died and I came back. When they do such things with senior players, what will youngsters think. Change doesn't come like this, you can't wave a magic wand. Don't let everyone be treated in a similar manner, those who have raised the flag of this country, don't disrespect them otherwise no youngster will play for Pakistan."

He also cited the examples of Javed Miandad, M Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq as past greats who were forced out of the team unceremoniously. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it would consider what action to take over Younus's statement. "We have taken notice of his media talk and we are in the process of getting the entire transcript, whatever action will be taken it will be under the terms of the players' central contract," a PCB spokesman said.