March 29, 2010

Middle order

Yousuf, wait a while

Kamran Abbasi

Mohammad Yousuf had another two years of productive Test cricket left in him © Getty Images

The purge of Pakistan's cricketers has claimed an unexpected victim. Mohammad Yousuf may have captained the team poorly in the recent series in Australia and New Zealand. He may have performed below his usual high standards. He may have fallen foul of his fellows and the cricket board. But there were still Test runs in his cricket bat.

It is a dreadful situation that Pakistan's most exquisite Test batsman feels compelled to retire from the game that made him. Pakistan cricket still needs its MoYo, especially with a testing summer of cricket in England to come. Without him, and perhaps Younis Khan, Pakistan's middle order will be a horror show.

Yousuf could have stuck it out, fought the ban, but why should he? The PCB's mismanagement has wrought this outcome. Yousuf was elevated to a captaincy that was beyond him - he didn't appoint himself captain. Indeed, if the PCB was unhappy with his behaviour it should not have rewarded him with the captaincy.

When the poor fellow was clearly out his depth, in the middle, in the media, and in private, the PCB did little to support, guide, or gag him. The final insult was announcing the end of his captaincy before the Australia tour had ended.

To punish him now--along with Younis Khan--is an absolute nonsense and national disgrace. I can understand his decision to quit this world of injustice. Yousuf may not have been the easiest fellow to command or control but such is the way of talent. How many great players have been infuriating personalities?

Once more, the PCB has failed Pakistan cricket and the Pakistani people. That's what you get when people are promoted beyond their capabilities.

In Pakistan cricket, as we all know, a retirement isn't necessarily the final act. Yousuf surely has at least a couple of years of productive Test cricket left in him. I hope he can be persuaded to wait a while. Pakistan cricket still needs his lofty elegance.

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Posted by pharmacy tech on (July 2, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

Posted by Shirazi on (May 10, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

Yes Its Right He is such A Batsman Like Never Before as shown the record of pakistani Batsman.also no one behind her to support middle order.remember that no pakistani reaches 10000 runs ever in test just support her to achive that record for pakistan so he deserve .......!

Posted by MG hashmi (AUSTRALIA on (May 7, 2010, 18:40 GMT)

DEAR MR ABBASI can you do something about MISBAH UL HAQ or somebody tell him try to bat straight first than sweeping wrongly.In the first T20 WORLD CUP because of his sweeping habit we lost the CUP,if he like to sweep alot we have plenty work for him in many streets in PAKISTAN AND THAT SWEEPING WOULD BE WORTHWHILE.

Posted by S.M.J on (April 28, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

"The road to any kind of success is long and arduous but it needs to begin with the immediate exit of Messrs Butt, Alam, and Yousuf". I wonder who wrote these lines??? Aaah!!! Mr.Abbasi.

Posted by waterbuffalo on (April 27, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

it was because of ignorant people that he retired, you can count yourself amongst one of them, sir.

Posted by saqib sarwar on (April 21, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

pakistani team still greadley nead him,because his gaurgious cover drives and also fliks;may no one can play these shorts like him.if that person left the cricket the pakistani onday and test criket completely destroy

Posted by Ali Ahmad on (April 13, 2010, 7:13 GMT)

PCB has taken right decision. He was making big blunders and was showing his true colors by blaming other. I admit that he has played very well. And Pakistan would take many years to make a player like him. But now at this moment he was not going good. I think he might have taken rest from international cricket instead of retirement. Whereas Younis Khan was a good captain, and he proved it in ICC Champions Trophy. And Shoiab Malik should be in Pakistan Side as he helped previous year in winning the T20 world cup, and especially the match against India. Pakistan Zinda Baad.

Posted by Taufique Ahmed on (April 9, 2010, 12:45 GMT)

The farce involving Shoaib Malik in India clearly shows that the fellow is incapable telling the truth in his pernal life. What he said and done regarding his marriage so far is nothing but dishonest. It's a pity that this fellow is considered to be a role model for young Pakistanis. No wonder that Pakistan cricket and the country itself is in such a mess when people like Malik are integral part of both. I pity Sania Mirza; she definitely deserves better!but then again, it's her choice!

Posted by Dr.Naveed Haider on (April 8, 2010, 13:01 GMT)

Dear Yousuf bhai! Please come back. Don't make any decision in haste. We need you. Pakistan cricket needs you.

I request Kamran Bhai to please show this article and comments to Mohammad Yousuf. Please let Yousuf know, how much we love him and want him back.

Posted by Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on (April 7, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

Oh Dear Yousuf it is regretful the way PCB has treated you.It is not first time it has happened with many star players before.As with Waseem,Waqar,Miandad,Saeed Anwar etc.PCB will keep doing this unless cricket lovers will come on roads and through PCB management out of offices.I request cricket fans to do some thing before the cricket of Pakistan ends.May ALLAH your in your future cricket which not ended I believe.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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