Middle order March 29, 2010

Yousuf, wait a while

He may have performed below his usual high standards
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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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  • pharmacy tech on July 2, 2010, 13:55 GMT

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

  • Shirazi on May 10, 2010, 7:17 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 cricket.so just support her to achive that record for pakistan so he deserve .......!

  • MG hashmi (AUSTRALIA on May 7, 2010, 17:40 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.

  • S.M.J on April 28, 2010, 7:25 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.

  • waterbuffalo on April 27, 2010, 12:52 GMT

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

  • saqib sarwar on April 21, 2010, 12:12 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

  • Ali Ahmad on April 13, 2010, 6:13 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.

  • Taufique Ahmed on April 9, 2010, 11:45 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!

  • Dr.Naveed Haider on April 8, 2010, 12:01 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.

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on April 7, 2010, 10:21 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 S.W.T.help your in your future cricket which not ended I believe.

  • pharmacy tech on July 2, 2010, 13:55 GMT

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

  • Shirazi on May 10, 2010, 7:17 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 cricket.so just support her to achive that record for pakistan so he deserve .......!

  • MG hashmi (AUSTRALIA on May 7, 2010, 17:40 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.

  • S.M.J on April 28, 2010, 7:25 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.

  • waterbuffalo on April 27, 2010, 12:52 GMT

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

  • saqib sarwar on April 21, 2010, 12:12 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

  • Ali Ahmad on April 13, 2010, 6:13 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.

  • Taufique Ahmed on April 9, 2010, 11:45 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!

  • Dr.Naveed Haider on April 8, 2010, 12:01 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.

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on April 7, 2010, 10:21 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 S.W.T.help your in your future cricket which not ended I believe.

  • Gohar Iqbal, (Asker, Norway) on March 31, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Ohhh, Dear Mohammad Yousaf I will miss you a lot. You are a GREAT crickter for me. Its very sad the way PCB, Shoaib Malik & Younis Khan behave against you. You are a class batsman. I like your batting style and the way you play. (SHAME ON PCB)

  • Faisal on March 31, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Shame on PCB! What a pathetic organization to say the least. Yousuf still have 2-3 years of cricket left in him. Whatever the problems were, they should have been handled in private without making too much noise and insulting thier own players.. But again, it's PCB, a incompetent organization that still has not learned from their mistakes. Whats new?!!

  • desihungama on March 31, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Yousaf's presense was nothing but a sheer distraction. He is known to be invlolved in petty scuffles with fellow peers and was in no way of deserving to run the team as captian as his ways are nothing but condensending. Good riddance!

  • Arshad Minhas on March 31, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    M. Yousaf u r a legend. we are shoked here in Canada to hear about your retirement. Pls reconsider and come back. Right now there is no one who can fit in your shoe at middle order.

  • Javaid Abbasi on March 31, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Don't worry he will reverse his decision inside a year. Like everything else in Pakistan Cricket, it is just a temporary hoo-haa! Also, what sense does it make for PCB to appoint Afridi as a captain and at the same time put him on probation and fine him - reward and punishment at the same time? Never heard of that. What if he messes up again while he is still on probation! Then, the PCB will be scratching their heads again in order to come up with a new captain! This is not the way to rebuild a team.

  • asaltafsayed@gmail.com on March 31, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    its been hard to believe that MoYo is retiring from international cricket yousaf has been finest cricketer ever produced.a remarkable middle order bat..elegant stroke player.what sad end to his wonderful career...thnks to PCB banning from playing....pak cricket is run by govt body...so pls yousaf bhai....come again and play for pakistan we love you....countries higher authorities step in saving this elegant stroke player

  • Talal Ahmed Siddiqui on March 31, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    i have read so much in last few days this is typical Muhammad Yousuf this is how he leaves Pakistan in Boiling waters as always i am not happy with the way he has been shown the exit but its time we move forward as PAkistanis and yeah we might be a horror show but it might be different some of the guys deserve a second chance may be in middle order guys like hassan raza farhand adil asim kamal they should be given there chance in the sun as well. i rate him as the best player when on song but he never corrected his faults learned to controll agression by buying singles but never learned to control the stroke which brings his downfall cut to slip. greatness is what we see in tendulkar and he is no such thing another batsman who liked milking lesser opponents as he didnt fair good against the quickies of aust or south africa i hope we find people like umar akmal more to show fearless cricket which miandad was known for inzy was known for

  • Mehdi Singapore on March 31, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    What a classy batsman.I think one of the most elegant batsman in the present cricket arena.PCB should be revamped and private sector CEO's should take over and proper first class auditors should be appointed to manage the funds.Corporate governance is required.Think this(PCB) is also a pricy chair and only guys who are from the inner circle get the post.No one cares of the millions of Pak cricket fans all over the world.Pray that Mohammad Yusuf changes his mind.Pakistan needs you MY.Do justice to us fans.These things do happen in our beloved country,how many names you want us to take?

  • shahid on March 31, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    God bless you Yousaf bhai.

  • MShah on March 31, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I agree with you to the point that still some test cricket left in Pakistan's most prolific batsman. However I would add to the statement that Muhammad Yousaf must be playing tests, that it should be conditioned with fitness, I mean he must also concentrate on his fitness which eventually would help him to improve his fielding, another aspect of his cricket which needs to be improve. I would also say that he has not justified his talents during the NZ and Aus recent tours, for most of which he must be blamed. Yousaf is one the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced, still he lacks stong mental attitude while playing cricket i.e. unnecessary run outs, both himself and others etc..... I wish he comes back to the international cricket and wish him best of luck...

  • Rihat on March 31, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Well Done Yousef. An average of 53 in Tests is praiseworthy. Consider yourself fortunate to have lasted that long.

    Consider other consequencies. If you hadn't converted, God knows what other blames would have been put on you, a Yahudi, infidel, Mossad agent etc. So be thankful and keep up the hope.

  • M KHAN FROM LONDON on March 31, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    K AKMAL - What idiot dropped him, he just needs some help to work out why he was making drops - loss of concentration - too much pressure? U GUL - Reverse swing M AAMER - It’s about time a new Wasim came along, improve your batting M ASIF -You’re good but not that good to be arrogant D KANERIA - Under rated, needs to be used better by captain

    PS: MOYO IS A LEGEND AND DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE TREATED THIS WAY _ HE IS NO CAPTAIN _ YOU COULD SEE IT A MILE OFF.

  • M KHAN FROM LONDON on March 31, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    LOOK AT WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR MONTHS

    S BUTT- Of all the useless players he's the best, has centuries against Australia. FARHAT/MALIK/ALAM - Farhat, useless, but is there anyone better? -Malik, if he wants this spot, but he shouldn’t open his mouth - Alam, allegedly the second best young batsman in Pakistan, if in, give him a clear run of 10 matches)!) Y KHAN -Should have remained captain - now ignore captaincy M YOUSUF - Leader off the field, definitely not on the field U AKMAL - The future S AFRIDI - Captain on the pitch (should remain humble off the pitch) excellent cricketing brain, excellent spinner, has aggression, extra bowler, can change game with bat, Kaneria will bowl better

    Continued below

  • boxing_kangaroo00 on March 31, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    hmm...i think everybody missing out on Shoaib Malik here...MoYo has been made a scape goat.The real culprit seems to be let off with a slap on the wrist here.I mean i read in the newspaper yesterday tht Shoaib Malik gonna marry Indian tennis player Sania Mirza shortly....nd he met her while in melbourne for test match with aus team....did anybody notice 1 thing? what was he doing in melbourne....i mean why was he ws in aus??the answer is simple to play cricket for pakistan rite? but instead of concentrating on the job in hand he was roaming around the town hand in hand with his gf?? what a joke?? was he on a payed holiday?? why he was let off lightly and more deserving player like Mond. Yousuf was banned for life?? ru serious mate??

  • Kamran Qureshi on March 30, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    I will echo with some of the writer's here.You have been totally negative about one of the best and treat to watch batsman Pakistan has produced.Now he announced retirement and you are writing this column,it's really a shame.All I can say I hope he comes back.Although he did'nt scored much in Australia,still looked the best batsman.I would like to see him play as long as possible.At this time he is still our best batsman.

  • Khalid Awan on March 30, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    What fickle public this is! Barely a month ago everybody was screaming for the heads of the Pakistani cricketers for their abject play in Australia. Now that the PCB has actually done something to put the integrity back in cricket, everybody is blaming the PCB. And you Kamran what a asinine mainduk (frog) you are ..after crying for years for more discipline, now you are also blaming PCB. You acknowledge Yousufs shortcoming but dont want to hold him accountable. There is no one player above the game of cricket and it is high time Pakistani players learn this.

  • Naeem on March 30, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Can everyone SHUT UP and stop calling for MoYo's comeback. We are making a mockery of our cricket by calling back failed individuals. So what if his average is 53 in tests, he is still a non-accomplished batsman and never really won matches; much in the same mouuld as Tendulkar. His fielding was so bad in the last ODI that he played in Australia recently that after keep fumbling the ball, Ian Healy in the commentary said if there was any bees on the ball. He is an embarrassment in the field and I really believe he is done. He doesn't even have five days left in him. Please leave him alone; at least he has an excuse that the PCB kicked him out when he tells stories of how great he was. But if he comes back and fail again, then there won't be any shame left in him.

  • IndianFan on March 30, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    This is ridiculous decision.Being and Indian and fan of cricket, I always admired MOYO. A one middle order batsman who saved pakistan number of times from collapse. You will be missed. Hope to see you soon in some cash rich tournament soon. You still have lots of talent left. You have great talent and someone will offer you something. Of course playing for country is biggest owner one can get. Just want to see you playing again. :)

  • Anneeq Anwar on March 30, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    This was one of our finest cricketers, credit has to be given where its due, he was a very stylish cricketer. He was our Mr Dependable for so long. Unfortunately tho he will be remembered by one word SYDNEY. That was the most horrific captaincy we had ever seen it defied our beliefs that a man who has played international cricket for 15 years put 8 fielders on the boundary when the opposition were 60 for 6!! The part he played in the bickering really annoyed me too. As the senior member of the team, he should know better than to get involved into pathetic team politics!! All is not his fault tho, the PCB is the biggest joke there is!! It is so awfully run!! Giving a ban to Younis, the man who was brave enough to captain Pk and won us some silverwear after so long!! How could he ban Younis but not Umar Akmal? who blatantly faked a back injury to punish the board for dropping Kamran? + in the process dishonoring his country. And what exactly did Rana do to deserve a ban?

  • Mohd Tanvir Ch. on March 30, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Hey guys, do not worry, he will be back, he is just playing mind game. I am 100% agree with Dr. Saira Khan, he is using media and his fans to achieve his selfish motives. He is a greedy opportunist, he is talking about love of his country, where his so called love gone when he signed a deal with IPL, and when they kick him out, he once again started talking about love of his country. He accepted Islam openly in 2005 but he said again and again that 3 years ago he acceped Islam but due to fear of his family he was hidding, my question to him is why he is making sign of cross (christian symbol) whenever he crossed 50 or 100 mark? Now you tell me he is a hypocrate or not? "A MUNAFIQ". See how he is dodging media questions in his so called press conference, Was he acting as a noble man of God? they way he was talking to media with cunning approch is hopeless incident to watch. Go and watch any non muslim athlete's press conference? full of dignity and class... don't worry he will be back.

  • Tariqaue on March 30, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I am disgusted at the way Yusuf- a magnificant batsman has been treated and also his fellow team mates. The PCB are shower of greedy self pocket lining idiots who do not recognise a talent that can be retained, PLEASE PLEASE GET RID of this lot and try and talk into and appoint the likes of the great IMRAN KHAN to sort this mess out because only HE understands the game and let nobody else meddle in his decision making and especially back-handers given by some PCB members to draft useless players (like their relatives and or friends in to play international cricket just so they can be given fame)I firmly belive that this sort of thing goes on and should be stopped in its tracks by somebody honest who will pick a player for their talent and not because somebody has money and influence over the selectors. it is called (RISHFAT). I enjoy my sport and espeically being a uk resident both i and my other fellow countrymen living over here look forward to Pak cricket in action and good games.

  • Syed Ali Khan on March 30, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I am sad to say this but it is Yousuf who destroyed himself. Yes, he is a world class batsman, yes he was probably the last one in the Pakistani team, but no one is above cricket. Our senior and accomplished players consider their right to play the game according to their own whims and wishes. Look at younis khan: he goes fishing without informing PCB about his whereabouts and expects/gets the selection into the squad for Australia merely on the basis of his seniority and past accomplishments. He scored not more 50 runs in the domestic circuit, he was not even committed to prove his form but he was, nevertheless, selected. Yousuf ( and Razzaq, Afridi, Misbah..) threaten to retire if dropped or asked to prove fitness/form etc. These players are not as great as Steve Waugh, Hayden, Hussy, Gilchrist, McGrath (who in the final leg of their careers proudly justified their selection on merit through domestic cricket). Yes Yousuf even you are not bigger than the game itself infact on one is.

  • CRICKETEXPERT on March 30, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    All I have to say about this is: GO IJAZ BUTT GO!!!!!!!!

  • Jadoogar Spin on March 30, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    PCB has always disgraced its captains and finest players and hounded them out of the game. They offer no solutions while the team flounders and then execute the captain after the loss.

    Yusuf is the latest victim of the PCB. Why didn't Mohsin Khan of PCB make his 'England' announcement before Yusuf retired? PCB is led by a failed batsman of 6 tests - Ijaz, you can kiss my Butt!!!

  • Abir on March 30, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Honestly, I do not think he is going to stand by to his emotional decision. It would not amuse me if he comes back with another press conference eventually taking his retirement back. In my opinion, he did the right thing to retire. With all due respect to him and his illustrious career, I second with my fellow blogger R to the H, you cant put him in the category of Javed Miandad and Steve Waugh.

  • Shoayb on March 30, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    You can judge a players importance by the way the opposition celebrate when they take his wicket. Australia targeted Yousef and when they dismissed him they celebrated as if they had won the game.

    Yousef was placed as captain and made no open gesture to take the position.

    Can you imagine the Indian cricket board treating Dravid or Tendulkar like this. You have to elevate your assets not destroy them.

    If changes in the PCB aren't made now they certainly will be by the time the team get back from England, I'm fearing the worst.

    I hope Yousef does change his mind but I hope players like Akmal and Butt understand they have a responsibility to improve and build on their experience, we need more players with averages above 40.

  • Zahid on March 30, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf should stay retired and play elsewhere where he is appreciated. The PCB treated him with no respect, despite what he has done for pakistan. A sad day for Pakistan cricket. A bunch of idiots on the PCB. Will loose more players, if they continue..

  • showkat ahmad lone on March 30, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    yousuf is a legend,he is the crown of pakistani cricket,pcb is responsible for all the bad that is going with pakistani cricket,yousuf has a lot to offer for the international yet,he must reconsider his decision and pcb must apologise him and many other ex players for ruining their career and for its heart breaking behavior with many of the legendary players,yousuf is a star and he deserves to be saluted,we request him to come back for the sake of pakistani and international cricket.

  • USUK on March 30, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Now I don't believe in conspiracy theories but it seems that PCB is bound to destroy the one thing that makes Pakistan look good at the international level and that is cricket.

    I mean come on people just look at the decisions that they have made. Each and every decision they make and every step they take, takes Pakistan cricket many a step back.

    They can not be that stupid? These are not random decisions by the pcb, it is a very systematic approach to fullfill their objectives. Now this may sound like a movies plot out of a hollywood suspense thriller and many of you may laugh it off but Like some said "when there are 100s of such theories the chances are that one might be true."

  • Maaz Ajaz on March 30, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    M.yousuf is a asset of Pakistan Cricket i think he is the only reliable batsman left in the team PCB has to look after his dessicion as they are not good to there jobs they put pressure on such a great batsman yousuf have to come back for Pakistan till Worldcup2011

  • Zaheer Javed on March 30, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    I just wants to say, Reconsider your retirement, donot think what thay(Board) gave u, just think what u can deliver to Pakistan Cricket, Just think what u can give to the viewers arround the world. Allah will help u, today and after.

  • muhammad wasim on March 30, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Yousaf should play test & odi for three or four years more. pcb is resposible for all the situation.

  • drmqislam on March 30, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Here starts the circus again, be ready. Chief selector Mr. Mohsin Khan who did not like cricket for too long in his career said he has a plan for Yousuf for the upcoming tour. Please do not become a part of the circus cricket lovers are seeing in last few years with Pakistan Cricket. PCB has put a ban on him for reasons no one knows clearly. How in the world you are saying you have a plan for him. What about the headless shameless PCB chairman who has put you in this position. Are you two are in collusion to save you all from the wrath of people all over the world? People like good players not shameless manipulators.

  • Saad Tariq on March 30, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Yousuf always put his personal interest before the country's, he was always greedy for captaincy and also one of the reasons for division within the team, no matter how good a batsman is if he is only interested in personal gains there should be no room for him in the team (Yousuf was a pathetic fielder and only good against weaker teams or on sub-continent pitches, never a finisher like Inzi or Miandad), "good riddance to bad rubbish".

  • Asad on March 30, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    No player is above the tea, no matter how classy he or she is. Someone who causes rifts within the team does not deserve a spot in the coveted 11. How long was MoYo going to survive based on past performance. Having played for more than a decade his professionalism matches that of a new entrant. Good bye and good riddance.

  • Fayyaz Haider on March 30, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Dear All I was shocked to see Mohammed Yusuf, the legend cricketer annoucing his retirement whereas he still have a lot of cricket left in him. May Allah provide sense to PCB officials so they can re-consider their decision of banning him and Younis not only they are great players but for the sake of Pakistan and the cricket. Its high time that Mr. Ijaz Butt, Miandad, Wasim Bari, Yawar Saeed and Intehab Alam leave PCB before they are forced to do so and have young crickers take charge of the PCB affairs. People like Inzamamul Haq, Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir should be appointed to look after PCB right away and I am sure Pakistani cricket will improve.

  • Yousuf Zaman on March 30, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Do not worry ,this is our local police procedure ,first chhitar in public place,insult,disgrace and accusing openly ,taking special visits of drawing room. calling accused as culprit with known or unknown charges. Burden lies with accused to first find charges ,then prove innocence, . Looks like MOYO is going for an encounter . Do not forget Malik is going to use this layoff for an extended honeymoon.

  • lalarathi on March 30, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    what you think he wont play again for pak.he is also drama like PCB , I asure you he will play again in england tests for pak.just pressure on PCB.PCB should not persuaded by any one.let he remain on his decision.

  • Kash on March 30, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Your infatuation with the once-great players is beyond belief. Too many great pakistani players far exceedd their welcome. Miandad, Imran Khan, Inzi and now MoYo and Younis. MoYo WAS a great player, but he has been a negative force for way tooooo long. His love for captaincy, while not capable got him this position. Younis was never a top class player, he can only play on the slow pitches of India and pakistan, and that too only in tests. I'd say let the "senior names" retire and bring fresh blood in. Team is already loosing, better to loose preparing for the future than letting the names leech on Paksitan cricket.

  • Wajid on March 30, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Whether it was SA,ENGLAND,INDIA,AUSTRALIA,WEST INDIES,NEWZEALAND OR SRI LANKA he performed everywhere , I remember his inning in champions trophy against India. It was one the best inning I saw, and I hope Yousuf will come back soon to show us more innings like that. Come back MoYo world cricket needs you.

  • Danish Mahmood Qureshi on March 30, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I will be posting my comments once more but I did post my comments yesterday just hours after this article of your was posted, but strangely I don't see my comments. There were no comments when I sent in my comments to you under the my name Danish Mahmood Qureshi and e-mailaddress:dennissthemennice@hotmail.com.Would you be kind enouhg to check Mr. Abbassi. Many Thanks.

  • Wajid on March 30, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Wajid from India MoYo we want to see those lofty corver drives , please think about your decision.

  • Inty on March 30, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Deja vu!

    The same MoYo joined the rebel ICL league for getting dropped from T20 World cup. This is a classic case of emotional blackmail to win public support and stir up his supporters in high places! I accept PCB is a disgrace but there are proper ways to go up bringing a change and not threaten to leave at every juncture when things and decisions don't go your way!

    A big cry baby. Thanks but no thanks!

  • ali imran on March 30, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    yousaf will be back himself in couple of days i think.

  • Raza Younas on March 30, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf is a greatest batsman of Pakistan in this era. It is very sad that he has been sacked by bad PCB governance and internal team politics. I wish some compatible chairman took over PCB and realize the actual strength of Pakistan Cricket. Yousuf was only batsman of Pakistan who can make some new batting records for Pakistan in term of runs and average. But PCB always treat same with good players like Haneef Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Minadad, Inzmam. Now there is no such batting star in Pakistan. God help Pakistan Cricket..

  • rihat on March 30, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Well what can you say.

    Pakistan have in the past produced players, statesmen, poets, nobel laureatte of the highest caliber. But they are all treated like dogs instead of being honored for their greatness and role model.

    Go on Yousef, bite the same dust. Soon you will be accused of numerous other misappropriations.

  • farrukh on March 30, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Yusuf was elegant but not dependable like Miandad.But to be fair to him there is no crime in playing for ICL, if there is no crime in playing for Kerry Packer and IPL.Pakistanis from all the provinces elected the most corrupt person to be their President.The President in turn selected corrupt and incompetent people like PCB and PHF chief executives.What is the all fuss about??

  • hamza on March 30, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    thank you mahomad yousuf

  • Muhammad A. Dalvi on March 30, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Hey all first of all he has given "temporary retirement". This is what happened when you focus more on off field activites rather than onfield activities. I have great respect for Sachin because he let his bat do the talking for him. We can see now that entire World is requesting him to participate in 2010 T20 World Cup. Yousuf better batsman with no brains & mind you he is not captain material. I dont know what makes him think to be the captain for all 3 formats. He should also be realistic that he is not fit for T20 cricket & he is a poor fielder who dont want to improve it. If his is so patriotic than he should not have joined ICL. My advice to him is to stop discussin his affairs with Inzamam-ul-Haq as he is the man behind all his stupid decisions. Most important of all why we are crying for Yousuf when we have got talent like Asim Kamal in middle order who is continuously neglected by PCB? We should move forward rather than crying over spilt milk.

  • Go Deccan Chargers!! on March 30, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    As an Indian cricket fan who has seen the whole Ganguly fiasco, I can tell you that Yousuf was wronged by the PCB. The way the Pakistani players were treated after the 2003 worldcup is just sad. We are talking about Inzamam, Wasim and Waqar. These are LEGENDS!! not just some senior players who you are benching to show that you are a cricket board with some power.. Cricket cannot have these BCCI and PCB act like the Zimbabwean govt. Please, give a fuck about cricket and your fans. Take your money and leave our cricket alone!!

  • Cricket Fan on March 30, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    For those criticizing Yousuf should get their nuts and bolts right. We are talk'g about him as a batsman and not as a captain, nobody said he was a good captain anyway. Those who know cricket would still agree that he is still the best batsman in the team for test cricket and may be for 50 overs matches because when the PURCHEE players like Salman Butt, and other non-competent openers leave the crease early, without Yousuf there is nobody to stay and you would see it in next coming games. The culprits of the whole chaos like Shoaib Malik and the company, along with Ijaz Butt, are still there which is really shameful but unfortunately that is what we are facing at every level in our country. If I had authority, I would have sacked Umar Akmal for a year as well for showing his attitude after Kamran's name was taken out. That is the kind of descipline we need in the team and not the politics. What a disaster. Plus we are ruining the beauty of the game through 20/20.

  • Jawad Hashmi on March 30, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Another horrible carrier ending for a great pakistani Player but a mistery for me again when i heard this news that the behaviour of PCB Force to Quit an other great player in such an insulting way, one more captain send out from ground to hell by PCB. A very huge chapter of Cricket ends yesterday in fom of Muhammad Yousaf. One more Pakistani Captain went out from ground in a traditional way , a great book of cricket burns out BLACK DAY FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET AND WORLD OF CRICKET AS WELL

  • Hasib Rahman on March 30, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    I was reading Mushi's book and he narrated how Imran was misunderstood after the world cup. Imran exit happend on his newspaper column.

    Akram, Waqar, to some extent Miandad and Inzi -- all had sorry exit. I am not going to go further back and dig up the exit story of Majid, Zahir and rest of the greats. But I would assume, most of them didn't get memorable fairwell.

    I feel sorry for Pakistani cricket fan to see their cricketing great being treated like this. Really, its sad. Not sure who to blame or who not to blame but Pakistan seems like failing everywhere. It's a wonder to me when it has some of the most talent people.

  • Naveed Khan on March 30, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    It is the management of PCB that should be held responsible for this debacle. They should all be dismissed to save Pakistan Cricket. Ijaz Butt should resign.

  • Tahir khan on March 30, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    His number are very deceiving. If you analyze his stats carefully, you will find out that majority of his big scoring innings were scored in meaningless situations. Whenever Pakistan needed him to stay for a meaningful inning to win or save a match for his country, he would always depart sooner than later. I think it would be better for Pakistan cricket that he retires and make room for a youngster.

  • Ashok Sridharan on March 30, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Its not just Pakistani criekt's but also the gam's tragedy that a class act and a thoroughly decent man like Mohd. Yousuf has been treated so shabbily by his board. I just don't agree with those who say that he betrayed his country by playing in the ICL- given the way the PCB treats its players, is it unreasonable for a man to try and secure his future, knowing fully well that he could anyway become a scapegoat sooner rather than later?

    By treating committed and decent men like Yousuf and Younus so shabbily, the PCB has betrayed the Pakistani public.

  • khalil on March 30, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    When he was retained as captain after the NZ series,people cried to save Yousaf by not appionting him captain against AUS. It happened according to the script. A scapegoat was required & there was no better person than him to become a victim of the circumstances . We have lost a very fine & capable batman, a bit early. Every one has to retire at some stage but the exit of Yousaf in an unceremonial way is very very painful. God bless him. It speaks of the apathy of the cricket board.

  • steve dias on March 30, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    these sort of things only happen in pakistan cricket, you will never see them anywhere in the world. anyway let me add the only face saving solution from me to the management is to find a young talented cricketer anywhere in pakistan who can replace him. then only the management is right to sack him. and everyone knows for sure that the worst place you can be there in this wworld is the pakistani dressing room. god bless pakistan cricket.

  • Tariq Abdullah on March 30, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Assalaam Alaikum ... So sad, so bad for those who prove themselves right but pulling wrong triggers and pulling wrong strings.The PCB suked into this shame even more then before. MOYO Bhai,you are the best in all.We all respect you and all proud of you.We love you for your game and will be there for your support at all times. I will miss you as i miss Inzi bhai, as i miss Saeed bhai.We lost talent cause of politics.And the politics we do the best in our country and specially our govt. who just wants to make money more more and will be buried with their money lying right next to them.Thats the truth of our GovT. One knows to much cause one have seen this. One's emotions are open cause one knows what goes with the BesT players. In the last,i hate PCB and those whose managing it+ the Cheif patron.The real man behind all.Though im a pakistani but will say this,I am supporting aussie,ind&SA from 3yrs cause of politics in PCB.Im gonna miss ya Yousuf bhai,you are the best player for me

  • MZ on March 30, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Was he ever single-handedly a match winner or boisterous, fun-giving glamorous cricketer? He was rather a very annoying, sleep-aiding middle orderer with a very fanatic gesture! What are you guys expecting of him in next couple of years at the expense of young fire powers with long term prospect, a 50 every five match and your team still lose? No wonder that's Pakistan! For Pak's sake: let these(Yousuf Yunis, Razzak, Sohaib Malik and Rana Naved et al) clowns go.

  • Imran Iqbal on March 30, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    I am disappointed but not shocked at all. All I will say ' PCB did it again!".

  • Himayun Mirza on March 30, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    A class player and a great human being like MY, does not belong to a bunch of thugs. He never degraded or ridiculed Pakistan's reputation on or off the field. Unlike the current bunch of thugs in the team with mediocre averages in 20,s and 30,s. No wonder they have been jealous with MY and Younus. After all said and done, all the morons and clowns are in the team with contracts and money and the two best batsmen are out! It can only happen in Pakistan. Now wonder we are last in the world in our national game and very near the bottom in test cricket. It is simply shameful and cannot happen in any other country.

  • Habeeb on March 30, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    First thing that I thought after hearing the news that Mohammed Yousuf was banned for life, is If I were at his place would have retired immediately, If somebody doesn't need my service inpite of my excellent dedication and skill application into the game, Why should i hang around in anticipation that they will call me someday. Though I'm not perfect but at the same time I have some self respect.

  • Kameeer on March 30, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    one of the most elegent batsmen i ever watched, i will miss him, I hope IPL will consider him fothe next year

  • Akif on March 30, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Come on cricket lovers, players come and go. Yousaf was great, no doubt but now he has lost his touch and will to win which drives the whole sporting world. I'll miss hime as a batsman but again no one is inevitable in this world and sooner or later someone will replace him. As a cricket fan, we should move on rather than crying/begging for him to comeback. No matter whose fault it is, if he decided to retire, let it be like this.

  • Musthafa From India on March 30, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    I cant find any current batsman in Pakistan team who is equal to yousuf. He is a classic styler like Tendulkar in India. Tendulkar also had some bad days in his career. Many people from Indians hated him and wanted him to retire. But most of the people and even BCCI supported him as much as they can. Now he came back to his better form than he was in 90's and early 20's and hit 200 which anyone cant reach. This is what we cannot get from PCB. The people support, but the PCB don't want him to play. Really a fucking Commitee

  • anwar usman on March 30, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Once again, the politics have struck pakistani cricket. Clowns like Ijaz Butt should be punished rather than people like Yousuf or Younus. Ijaz Butt himself was a less than mediocre cricketer and hence his methodology. You need more cranial capacity than this to be successful.

  • obaid beg on March 30, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    It is really sad that a fine cricketer has fallen victim to Baba's PCB, controlled by illiterate cricketers of their time. A world record holder and good prospect for many years to come has fallen to stupid decisions made by PCB-a company of crooks. I think there is a conspiracy by the hand picked selectors and officials to dismantle Pakistan cricket, and they have succeeded. Currently, there are no batsmen of Yousaf's character and talent in Pakistan side. Finally, it is a sad day for Pakistan cricket. May Allah bless Pakistan cricket.

  • Mohan on March 30, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Indeed Yousuf is one of the legendary Pakistani cricket players. Its sad that he is leaving. Hope to see a new face with equal capacity ... if not better.

  • malikjb on March 29, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Without yousuf, Pakistani batting lineup is as good as that of Bengladesh. He is one of the best who played for Pakistan. Pakistan cricket board is a total disgrace. Ijaz Butt should be sacked immediately.

  • Ahmed Sarwar on March 29, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    I think its end of Pakistan Cricket. PCB always wrong on players we also have nothing and we lose a man who is alone runs machine. Muhammad Yousaf firs player in Pakistan cricket history which have a 53.00 avg in test cricket and 43.40 in Odi. I appeal to Mr ejaz butt the chairman of PCB. Please see in our Decision. Thanks

  • Haseeb Sadiq on March 29, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I believe Mohammad Yousuf was the best talent Pakistan ever produced.He was full of true eligence and class. I feel fortunate that i saw him play so many wonderful innings.Its a very dark day not just for Pakistan cricket but for world cricket,that such a wonderful batsmen has said goodbye. Along with Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf held the batting together for Pakistan.He saved Pakistan on so many occassions. As a true cricket lover, i thank Mohammad Yousuf for providing us all with some wonderful cricketing memories. I hope that one day people will give him the credit he truly deserves. Well Done Mohammad Yousuf.

  • Oman on March 29, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    The reason I followed pakistani cricket in the recent time was M Yusuf. Never seen a batsmen so elegant as him. I feel really sad that pakistan is treating him the way they are. I hope that the nation stands up to the pcb en force them to take Yusuf back, Inshallah

  • raja on March 29, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Kamran, give me the names of Pak cricket greats who have received fitting farewell from PCB and not humiliation. I dont remember anyone else than Imran Khan and I am confident you wont either.

  • Sumeet on March 29, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    This is what happens when you dont take control and leave everything for upstairs. None the less, a very good batsman and world class player but not a smart cricketer.

  • Nadeem Mirza on March 29, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Take it easy guys! I don't think we have seen last of Mohammad Yousuf. He will InshaAllah come back and play for another couple of good years at least. Don't ask how, These are mysteries of our part of the world.

    Inquiry committee should have been independent and PCB and its board member should have taken responsibility for the mismanagement also. PCB Patron should also take some responsibility. As Imran Khan always says that fish rots from the top. At least Iqbal Qasim realized that Yousuf wasn't a captaincy material and quit for his part of mistake. I am somewhat disappointed with Miandad being part of this board, doing absolutly nothing, just milking the system, like everybody.

    As for you Mr. Abbasi, you were asking for his head all along, only because of his fielding and running. As though we have rest of the team in Johnty Rhodes reincarnation. Now you must be happy, rubbing it in with this spin.

  • Naqvi on March 29, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    All of you please write letters to media against PCB, Malik, Kamran Akmal & Butt. They should bring back two Ys (Yousuf & Younis) with respect. Yousuf should be test captain, Younis Should be One day captain and Afridi should remain T20 Captain. This is the best answer to player mafia. Unfortunately some of them are still in the playing eleven. Shoaib Malik should be ban forever.

  • Adnan Javed on March 29, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Love you so Much Yousaf Bhai.... You are one of the great batsman in the world.... But this should not be the end of your career.... why anybody asked the PCB management that when nobody was there to accept captaincy M. Yousaf came forward for that honor.... I think PCB management should be penalised rather than players.... all these disputes arrived because of poor management by Ijaz Butt..... Ijaz Butt should be banned.... I will miss you Yousaf bhai... You are one of my hero... love you

  • Gulab Khan on March 29, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Stop Yousuf, Kick out problem makers Kamran Akmal & Shoaib Malik. Some one send or parcel Salman Butt and Muna (umar) Akmal to Peshawar, they need huge performance tuning.

    Gulab Khan Peshawar

  • Kiran Muzammil on March 29, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    I agree 100% with Aamir Ali comments below. Mr.Abbasi please do us a favor and stop promoting your favourites like Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousef. Both are past their prime and think they are the next Tendulkar, when they cant even lace his boots.

  • Mahmmod But on March 29, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is the snake. He should be out not Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan. Every one can see player mafia made by Malik & Akmal brothers. They have insulted Younis Khan first and than Yousuf.

    Please imposed life ban on Malik and Kamran Akmal. We hate Shoaib Malik.

    Mahmmod Butt Kashmir

  • Saima Khan on March 29, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Pakistan team number one problem maker Shoaib Mailk and kamaran Akmal should be out not the Pakistan best current batsman Yousuf. he is far better than Inzi, Zhaeer, Salim Malik, Ijaz etc.

    He should be in.

    Please send email to media, stop him. Malik should ban for ever.

    Saima Khan Lahore

  • farhan on March 29, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    One of the best of the best today retired from cricket...i luv him actually he is the batsman of his own class..and may be this is also retirement for me as a viewer of cricket...

    GOD BLESS HIM>>>>>...

  • RS on March 29, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    This is what happens when power hungary people make decisions for sports. Ijaz Butt has been succesful in his mission of ruining PCB its time to go Mr.Butt, Yousaf still one of the best in world and he should stay put.

  • Bosco Martyres on March 29, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Just Consider this. Yousuf is THE # 1 batsman for Pakistan. He accepts the captaincy which no one wants. The snake, Shoaib Malik who gave Younis Khan a hard time, continues with his intrigues in Australia, causing dissension in the team.The tour is a disaster. What happens? Instead of supporting Yousuf !00% in Australia, sending Malik home, and taking a hard line with other trouble makers, the situation is allowed to fester, and the tour is a disaster. To add insult to injury, Malik is given a slap on the wrist, and Yousuf is handed an indefinite suspension. Can you blame the poor man for not wanting any more of this nonsense. Pak cricket needs to urgently fire the entire PCB and hire someone with brains to run the show. Bravo Yousuf. You are a class act.

  • Pak Fan on March 29, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    wow.. This is what Pakistanis and Pakistani Media is good at. First they complain about a person and when something happens they will go make a Uturn and start defending them. Mr Abassi should be on the top of that list. I am glad PCB is making sure that this player power crap is over with. Neen an example? Look at india! They made sure none of the players were able to start the BS and they are one of the best teams out there due to that. Great job PCB. THank you MOYO for what you did but everyone has to go. Have a safe time off.

  • Hassan Ali on March 29, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    thank u yousaf for quiting international cricket. we wil look forward to the future now. may be this is the end of the old mindset of draging the old horses and leaving the young blood aside. A CHANGE IS ALWAYS FOR THE GOOD

  • kazim on March 29, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    It really is a pity that such a classy batsman would have retire from international cricket under such circumstances.Any casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that the PCB is the enemy of Pakistan's cricket.In a team that has a bunch of mediocre batsmen,and with two tough series against Australia and England,how on earth can any sensible cricket board justify the treatment to Yousuf.Yousuf captaincy was a disaster in Australia we all acknowledged that,but the fact remains that he is by far the best Pakistani batsman in the team.I can see the present Pakistani team getting hammered left,right,and centre because of the absence of Yousuf and to a lesser extent Younis.I do hope that he reconsiders his decision he still has a couple of years of test left in him,not to mention next year's world cup where his experience would be greatly missed

  • Jawed Saleem on March 29, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    All goods things must come to an end - Sadly ! As a batsman, He was the “CLASS-ACT” coated the “ELEGANCE” , “POETRY IN MOTION” ! He was the “SAVIOUR” and delivered in “pressure-cooker” situations ! Deserves all the accolades for his batting prowess.

    M. Yousuf never had the “GENES” to be a leader.

    So as to rub some of his batting magic on youngsters, PCB should reverse their decision and allow him to stay for Test Cricket and arrange a decent send-off ! And after retirement, he can take up the “Batting-Coach” assignment (of Green Shirts).

    Mohd. Yousuf - We SALUTE, ADORE and THANK YOU ! Your “SILKY” batting was a joy to watch !.

    Also, MY you've the unfinished business of explaining to fans the rationale behind : • yr “field-placement” on 5th Morning of “SYDNEY-TEST”. (“field-placement” were as if Australia was 800/2 - whereas actually Australians were 80/8) ! • and Hara-Kiri Style batting of Paki. batsmen while chasing a modest total.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Salim from India on March 29, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Don't worry. PCB will soon call him back. Every player in Pak retires multiple times. It's as easy as quitting cigarrette. You start it just so that you can quit! Similarly a Pak player announces retirement just to start freshly. I have healthy admiration for Yohanna alias Yousuf. It's a treat to watch him and we will soon see him on ground. So don't mourn. Just like Hindi cinema, in the end, everything will be fine. Right now it's just Interval times....

  • Luqman on March 29, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Sad day for Cricket for Pak fan and for every cricket-lover One of the finest cricket one of the best middle order player is going. I Bet and i request to everyone who is close to Moyo PLEASE PLEASE STOP HIM anyhow tell him to play for HIS BEST WISHER FOR HIS FANs i am so sad Please Mojo come back there are so much Cricket left for you We need you! Pcb sucks!!

  • ROHIT TRIPATHI on March 29, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Its very unfortunate for cricket esp. for pak that such a players like YOUSUF career ended at that point when pak cricket want some senior players like him...

  • OM MANI KARKI on March 29, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    i'm so sad with Yousuf's decision to quit early b'coz of the action taken by PCB.....i agree if some player performs below par he should be taken action or fair scrutiny...not to impose any ban..coz' it puts pressure to other players...it'll be a huge and irreparable loss to Pakistan Cricket and the fans ...i love Yousuf's batting so much..i'm Nepalese in Nationality but i love Pakistan...and Pakistan Cricket...I'm a great fan of Shahid...

  • Jamil Shaikh on March 29, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, I admire you writing skills, however I don't agree with your assessment about Yousuf, yes he is very talented batsman but his behavior on & off the field is very disturbing. He doesn't seems to be getting any maturity as a person and as a cricketer. Like his lazy approach in fielding, his mind has become lethargic, not making any proper judgment! I call it Inzy effect, It was Inzmam who taught some pak players how to score but did not teach how to behave and play international cricket with pride & dignity. I think Pak will be better off without these players, we are loosing any way, at least in that way young players get chances.

  • Mobin H. Bhatti on March 29, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    What a shame that Yousuf had to quit the game. Ejaz Butt and his cronies should have been thrown out of the board. But we all know how accountability works in Pakistan. It is the same way as it is when it comes to our corrupt generals and politicians. We need to learn how to treat our heroes. Will someone ask those incharge of PCB of this fall out? Ejaz Butt and his cronies are hardly test players of any stature with any management skills. Please stop incompetent people from smashing cricket giants like yousuf and younis.

  • Badar on March 29, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    An humble appeal to the Honorable CJ of Pakistan: Your Honor, I'd like to draw your kind attention towards the mistreatment of one of our legends, Mohammad Yousuf at the hands of PCB. He has always played with honor and dignity and brought lots of pride to the nation as his record speaks for itself. The culprits running the PCB are nothing but morons and they all must be shown the exit door immediately before they bring anymore disgrace and chaos in cricket affairs. I'd request Your Honor to take a SoMoto action against the PCB, appoint a judicial commission to look into the affairs of the board and get rid of any and all office holders who are there not because of merit but because of their connections within the govt and please save the careers of legends like Younis and Yousuf. The Pakistani nation is proud of the current judiciary and have hopes that something be done immediately to rescue cricket in Pakistan. May God bless you. Long Live Pakistan. Thank You.

  • moosa on March 29, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    PCB should be retired once for all. They don't know what they are doing. I have never seen any board like PCB going all against their players all the time. Many captains, many mismanagement, always trying to pin down the players, its like a hell for such great players to be under this board. Yousuf was one of my favorite players and seeing him going like that is so sad.

  • Noor Effendi on March 29, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    I am not surprised & shocked on this retirement of a great awesome & stylish bats man like MO YO.PCB has upheld its most ridiculous stupid & jokester decision which has no bearing & weight in the book of Logic.MO YO is not the only one who got disgraced ,most of the crickters who served with there heart & soul for their country got this treatment nothing new .So readers please don't get angry & upset ,we all know & should know this PCB is there to make money for their pockets .Drive fancy cars live big .They don't care about the country cricket or its players .All the Yes men are there .Bari,Yawar Saeed who can't even speak a straight word of English(classic Paindoo)and so many others & then the big daddy Butt who needs to be shut for good .He is there because of his brother in law who is the defense minister,and I really don't want to talk about the Patron .He is another character .I can really go on & on & will be no end to the illogical ,unprofessional,despicable,unpatriotic individuals,OH MAYRAY ALLAH. MO YO I have a message for you .No matter what happens .I love you yaar .You have been & will be my one of the favourites of all times .It is still fresh think several times on your decision .

  • Khalid Faruqi on March 29, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    WOW!!M Yousuf is a great batsman.How pakistan suppose to play 6 test matches without him and younnus i am sure pakistan will loose 6-0.look at ricky he is a captain for a almost 9 years and look at pakistan they changed captain like they change cricket balls. shame on PCB and mr 5% Zardari.

  • Sheikh Khalid Basharat on March 29, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I can't uderstand why is everyone surprised at the dreadful end of such a marvelous carrer. We should not be surprised at un-graceful end of grceful mohd. Yousuf's carrer, after all this is how LEGENDS OF CRICKET are rewarded in PAKISTAN. Remember... WASIM AKRAM, WAQAR YOUNUS, SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ..........shame on you PCB- if you have some left.

  • Sumera on March 29, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I am crying, and have tears all over my laptop. Having a beared don't make you old. Look Saeed Anwer and now MOYO retiring only at 35 and Look Jayasurya still playing at 41. :,(

  • Shoaib Afridi on March 29, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Take it easy every one, he has NOT retired. Havn't you noticed the repeated use of "FOR NOW" about his retirement? Prediction: He will be back playing for Pakistan this summer!

  • Sheikh Khalid Basharat on March 29, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    I can't uderstand why is everyone surprised at the dreadful end of such a marvelous carrer. We should not be surprised at un-graceful end of grceful mohd. Yousuf's carrer, after all this is how LEGENDS OF CRICKET are rewarded in PAKISTAN. Remember... WASIM AKRAM, WAQAR YOUNUS, SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ..........shame on you PCB- if you have some left.

  • Kamran Abbasi on March 29, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Kamran, I used to hate you for your articles against MOYO but today you proove that you love Pakistan Cricket by writing this.

  • bilal on March 29, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf or Yusuf Youhana - you were an elegant, masterful and at times fearless batsman. You saved your team from countless full collapses, along with Inzi. You will be remembered for your knocks against India in two special ODI champions trophy matches. You were a solid middle order batsmen when the rest of the team had an ounce of the patience and determination with which you built innings. Many bowlers will rest easy that they now will bowl to ordinary batsmen, now that you are out of the team.

    THANKYOU very much for your services, I hope you read this, and that you realise as a batsmen you were respected fully.

  • Pakistani on March 29, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    there is nothing being shocking. I have never seen idiotic behavior. I want to kill that Butt.

    You would never see that if a team loses, it has been penalised. Yousuf did the right thing but retiring with all the respect. InshALLAH pakistan team will never ever win from now.

  • ADIL on March 29, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    good he deserved it no second chance for match fixers in cricket

  • Kamran on March 29, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    This time Yousuf is not energetic to face the cruel culture of Pakistani Cricket anymore. I dont think so he will back this time.

  • Zeeshan Bhayani on March 29, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Honestly, I don't think Yousuf has made a mistake by announcing his retirement. He is past his sell by date. And he was the one who betrayed his country by joining ICL after being dropped from the 20-20 squad. He dropped the proverbial axe on his own foot. Plus, I feel he is trying to impose his religious enlightenment on others. His fielding is atrocious and he is pathetic running between the wickets. So, I would say we will miss you Yousuf but only a little. The more interesting part is why he is throwing in the towel. Its pretty obvious that he is not happy with the treatment meted out to him by PCB. Lets back the PCB for once. Let them make these sweeping changes but with one clause. After all that they have done, is the PCB and especially the moron Ijaz Butt ready to put money where his mouth is and ready to resign if the team performs poorly in 2010? Food for thought. Tit for tat. Perform or go. Are you listening Ijaz Butt

  • Hassan on March 29, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Still he is one the finest batesman in the world of cricket and could be a asset for any team. What a shame filthy politics in cricket in Pakistan. Please show some morality and patriotism and remove the jokers from the PCB. Pakistan does not have a leader at this crucial time.

  • bhasky on March 29, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    he knew about PCB...he knew about corruption in PCB.......he did mistake. If he is not capable for captaincy role he should not have taken that. if he did not he would been there and he will be playing atlease for 3years....he losted his hopes on PCB...even if he take back i do not think PCB will keep in central contract after the ban....

  • Shamit on March 29, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    It is sad that Yousuf had to retire. He did so because the PCB are mismanaging cricket in Pakistan, and because they did not show enough faith in him. Yousuf had openly admitted himself that captaincy does not come naturally to him, but if he gets the responsibility, he usually takes it very positively and sportingly. I think the PCB should not have removed him from the captaincy immediately after a bad tour of Australia, they could have given him a few more series to lead and evolve as the "captain" Pakistan Cricket so badly needs. What about Tendulkar, he is not "captaincy" material, but he was given a run for a year in 1999-2000, and he was forgiven all his sins after that, the Indian board never took any extreme step against him, when we lost all our 3 tests in Australia at the time, and when we got trashed in the ODI series in every single match by Australia, and of course our dearest "arch-rivals" Pakistan!!

  • Basant Kumar on March 29, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Yousaf has been one of my fav cricket from pakistan n it is a great loss for pakistan cricket..he has been the backbone pakistan middle order for so long time that it will require a great lot of efforts and talent to fill his place..yousuf should rethink of retirement.. still lot of cricket is left in him..n i am sure whole cricket loving fans would like to watch him play at the highest level again..

  • john on March 29, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Yousuf is a treat to watch, don't let him go like that when he still has 2-3 years of cricket left in him. About PCB, i can only laugh about those bunch of idiots.

  • Hur on March 29, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    to me he made the right decision and he should stick with it. Such a great person he is.

  • Shaan on March 29, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Too much disappointed from PCB,M Yousaf is great player,how Pakistan will play test matches without him.PCB is I think anti-Pakistani peoples.

  • drmqislam on March 29, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    @dr Saira Khan: Please read all the comments here and see how your comment fits here. You did not mention any event other than putting a bunch of negative comments. You must justify your comments with proof, otherwise people will consider your comments as personal disliking. How was he selfish and manipulator? Arrogant? More than Imran? Achievers are little arrogant, nothing wrong. Manipulator? More than Shoeb Malik? Your comments are substance less to me.

  • Dr. Mubashir Hanif on March 29, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! poor scape goat, the decision from BUTT has made a mockery of PCB and Pakistan around the globe. Any one with a little bit of self respect and dignity would do that what Yousaf has done. Our non-deserving ruling elite has rubbed salt on already wounded Pakistanis but inshallah a time shall come very soon when tables will turn, jab taj uchalaiy jain gay, jab takht giraiy jain gay.Sorry Yousaf there is no rule of law in Pakistan, I am really sorry that we could not carry you as long as Australia carries her heroes, another premature retirement and yet another downfall. I am waiting like many others for merit, rule of law, justice and equality in Pakistan, till then its no big issue, think from "a butt head"- Peace

  • Shahzad on March 29, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Please, please, please pass my comments onto PCB. Many of my friends and myself will not be going to watch the Pakistan B Team play in England this summer. Why should we pay so much money (and it's very expensive in England) to go and watch a team that does not include greats such as Mohammad Yousaf. Pakistan are almost guaranteed to lose, and lose badly to both Australia and England - without Yousaf and Younis, they have no chance. I don't believe Pakistan will be worth watching this summer. If the PCB has any sense, they will pursuade Yousaf and Younis back into the team.

  • Assad on March 29, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I really don't have a problem with Yousuf retiring. He has become old, his reflexes have slowed down, his defensive attitude towards cricket is seeping into the team..And his assertion that he didn't need to improve his fielding because he had been fielding poorly for 7 years makes his lack of professionalism so painfully visible...There really is no point in keeping someone in the team who is not performing, has a massive ego and is merely resting on past laurels...I'd rather see Fawad Alam being groomed as the next mainstay of Pakistan's batting..

  • Anand on March 29, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    I am shocked that PCB can has taken harsh step of banning him indefinitely ,at least he was not involved in Match Fixing, I think Australian Board is the best,they support their players and players are not made scapegoat for the fault of other cricket officials.

  • Noor on March 29, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    In Pakistan when a players says he is retiring he means that he will come back. Yousuf will change his mind and will be back playing for Pak. One cant take Pak's players seriously when they say things like "I Quit" or "I retire" Yousuf is another fool who will do a 180 degree .

  • Hamza Iftikhar Abbasi on March 29, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    He is such a great batsman,he should not retire.Come back Yousaf Pakistan still needs you.Forget what has PCB done, the days came when these kind of personalities like ejaz butt and others like him should out of seen....I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH....

  • satheesh on March 29, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I admire him of his capabilities on the field. The PCB has downed his abilities as a captains. how many captains have more failures than Yusuf. Its cricket that lost a promising batsman, and as far as i can see.. there is no replacement for younis as well as yusuf in Pakistan's team and wel as Asian XI team. sad end to a brilliant career.

  • Zia Khan on March 29, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    In a sad way in Pakistan cricket very few ever realized that its time to hang the cap and there are some who made the decision and came back to tarnish their reputation. at the same time there are very few who got respect and honor like Yousuf. Best wishes to him and I hope life after cricket treat him better.

  • umar ishtiaq on March 29, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    yes i do agree with kamran that yousaf have couple of years of test cricket. as we all know that pakistan's next engagement would be in England against the home team and the aussies, altogether six test matches to be played. i know yousaf is suffering with bad form, things are not going right for him. but as we all know that last time yousaf played test series in England he was the top scorer ,scoring almost 600 hundred runs on those tricky conditions and bowler friendly seaming tracks he played brilliantly. in my opinioin his place in the test team is much more necessary then ever before.i dont think any of a newcomer has that kind of patience and calmness to stay on the crease for the longer period of time as yousaf has,so it is quite hard to replace yousaf in the test side now,yousaf should take back his retirement decision. plz plz

  • alex on March 29, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I do 100% agree with your article. Yousuf still have some cricket left in him. PCB awlays mis-handle our heros.

    I thin Ejaz Butt should quite first..

  • Jamshed on March 29, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Wishing you a very well time with cricket - from bangladesh

  • adnan on March 29, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    im sorry.. there is no room for genius in pakistan.. yousuf is better off for it.. we as a ppl are masters at squandering anything positive in our lives.. why should our sport be any different.. wtg yousuf.. pakistan never deserved your services nor did it deserve the akrams and the miandads

  • Emm on March 29, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Would anyone stick around if treated in this manner?? Its Butt that should go, he's done nothing for PAK cricket.

  • mainul on March 29, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    yusuf,we want you.

  • Arif Hussain on March 29, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I personally thought it was time for him to hang his shoes with pride. he has done well for the country. He should have bowed out now rather than spend a few years scratching out less than glorious runs. It is a pity that he went after the punishment (which was a little overboard IMHO). PCB and Moyo could have talked things out in private and both could have saved face. But I end with the words i began with, it was time for him to go (as is YK's... this form ain't coming back and we need to groom young players now. Thank you Moyo and YK for your services to the nation, now enjoy your retirement with price.

  • Eyecone on March 29, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Poor Yousuf feeling sorry for you but nevermind coz this is the reality of being a senior cricketer in Pakistan national team.

    PCB charged Yousuf that his presence with the team is harmful for the team! Guys what about the PCB chairman, Mr Bari, director cricket operations, yawar saeed, Intikhab Alam, Javed Miandad and Aaqib Javed??

    Simply WHO CARES!

  • Dr. Saira Khan on March 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    He maybe a great crickter but a trouble maker in the team, he is a dictator & manipulator. He is the man who love to use dirty street tricks and filthy politics to divide the whole team. He is a extremely selfish and selfcentered person, and it was in the best interest of pakistan national team to show his real face. In our culture we use religion to manipulate others, I know him personally, he is dishonest, jealous, greedy, stubborn, arrogant, opportunist, and a big time lier. He love to fool others but thank God, his selfish ambitions are publically exposeded, and we saw his real hypocrate face.

  • Zubair Peer on March 29, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    I feel really gutted for the fate that Yousuf has faced. I am almost in tears as i hear that Yousuf will no more be a part of Pakistan team.I fully agree with Kamran saab that there were a lot of test runs still in his bat. I think that this PCB is the worst of all times. Even horrible and dreadful than Dr. Naseem ashraf. How can someone exile a batsmen like yousuf for a life time. Is it the fruit of his spirit with which he played always or it is the reward for the fact that he is country's best batsman ever. Whatever it is but i would really like to see the back of Ejaz Butt.i dont think he has a sense at all wat he has done. An i am sure he will go soon. Aaameen. And yousuf this is not the end for u. I know u have been a fighter and will come back. All the country and fans are with you. May allah bless u.

  • Haroon Patel on March 29, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    What must I say here if somebody ask me to explain Muhammad Yousuf? Well, off course I would say THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST! Whatever is the reason behind his retirement from international cricket, he is absolutely an Special Unlucky Legend of modern days cricket. He is truly a master classic in the middle order, bypassed SIR VIV’s record and proved to be the strong sports tank that couldn't resist against the octopus of PCB and its alienated administration. What an injustice with him that the ex coach Intikhab Alam has been promoted to Director Academies with nothing doing and everyone else nominated as suspects. It’s something like very bad with very good and very good with the worst.

  • Md. Mahmudul Hasan on March 29, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    I want to see the end of the danger game played by PCB. PCB made him (yousuf) bound to retire. Pak test team can't be immagined without him. I hope PCB 'll realize there fault & take effective step to withdraw his retire announcement.At last I want to say to Yousuf like Abbasi "Yousuf, wait a while"

  • salim on March 29, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    yes for sure it is very disgrace that PCB had taken such a shame ful & injustified decesion on yousf he is agreat batsman of pak's cric team.

  • Ehtshaam Sarwar on March 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Hi, Its a really sad news to hear abt. the retirement. But unfortunately thats the way Pakistan Cricket is being on the show since last 2 decades & despite they had been world champions in both fromats, one in 1992 & one in 2009 T20. This is the right decision made by him. When someone loses integrity and respect, there is no harm to quit,

  • tariq mir on March 29, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    its a great loss for pakistan cricket and for the world of sports a batsman like yousuf you can hardly find now a days a very cool and calm batsman withj a wonderfull strokes and beautifully conected cover drives i am really sorry to say that the P C B is zero nobody is there to whom we can trust that they are there to save our national cricket team or our national game all the members of P C B they are paid by the mafia mostly doesnt even know about cricket how can they bring justice to the players what mr ijaz is doing at the age of graveyard all the members are crupt totally crupt if all the 7 players were punished they should have punished equally but not like that i hope they are not doing as mafia is asking them to do it all the p c b members should be brought to justice a court of public where they should answer the crises they are 100 percent resposible of our defeat not the players for the last 3 years tell me how many coaches managers and other members ha

  • Salman on March 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I think its a great decision Yousuf has made for the good of Pakistan cricket. He wasn't doing much with the bat anyway in the last 6 test, could not field to save his life and managed to get his partners run out at every available oppurtunity. Give a young middle order a chance and start rebuilding with a new coach. I would have been sad if he was scoring runs but his time is done and its a great decision by yousuf. May Allah be with you . Peace

  • RQ on March 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Congratulation to PCB on destroying yet another career of a cricketer. If performance is the sole criteria for banning someone, then the entire PCB Management team ought to be fired indefinitely. As said by Kamran Abbasi – people fail when they are promoted beyond their capabilities. If we are questioning Yousuf’s capabilities as a leader then isn’t it only fair to question those who in their infinite wisdom put him (Yousuf) into that role and then failed to support him. Congratulations to you Mr. Butt. You have truly made Pakistan Cricket the laughing butt of all the jokes. We always talk about conspiracy theory and betting within the Pakistani team, I wonder if there is a running bet inside the PCB boardroom on whose career can they destroy next!!!

  • ammar ahmad on March 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    I think he is blackmailing PCB; he released the news in the media last week that he is going to announce his retirement on Monday to judge PCB's reaction. As far as Pakistani team is concerned; we need Yousuf only for Test cricket. His fielding is pathetic for ODIs and T-20 format of the game. Having him in playing 11 doesn't make a huge difference for the team currently as we are already performing poorly on the filed so why not give a chance to you young blood.

    Yousuf: wish you all the best whatever you have decided for yourself to do.

  • Raja on March 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    I dont think it is such a bad thing for yousuf to retire, at most he may have been able to stretch out till the 2011 world cup.

    His place in the odi and t20 teams is not guaranteed, and although his presence will be missed in the test team, there is no need to chase him to play in tests if he doesnt want to, then so be it, pak team played and won before him, they will play and win after him.

    No player is bigger than the team, however with his behaviour yousuf seemed to think otherwise.

  • Luqman on March 29, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    The worst part about this state of affairs is how casually the public takes such disheartening news. Its beyond ridiculous to state Yousuf was causing infighting in UAE and was asked to Captain in Australia. This is not the first time Pakistan's Cricket Board has mistreated this gifted player. What an unfortunate end to such an amazing cricketer.

  • khurram on March 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Disgusted and disturbed. We seem to have a habit of doing this to our legends. Yousaf was a great inspiration when it came to batting and his stats speak for themselves, and then his record of scoring most runs in a year in test cricket, come on Pakistani board shame on you for doing this to him. If a player does not behave well what is the captain to do? You punished him for what any captain would have done and every captain should do. A very sad day for our cricket.

  • jahan on March 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    I m very sorry for u Usuf,thats very sad news,this is not right time to go,this is emotional dicision,,,,u should come back again for cricket

  • Mustafa Fayyaz on March 29, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    kamran I disagree, when a player becomes bigger then the game, its time to go, he complained a lot, too much actually, Malik asn bad as he was, was disturbed first by Yousuf. Yousuf expected his reputation to make him untouchable, Malik did not think so, and that is where it all started. Whether Malik was wring or is not the point, Yousuf left Pak to go to ICL, bad move, destroyed his career. Players are responsible for this mess, sure the board is no good, but players are out there doing the job, they are 19 yr old kids, these are professionals, and if they commit stupid mistakes, may be they need stupid punishments.

  • Moid A on March 29, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    When will this politics will go away from Cricket of Pakistan. We are the known nation of finishing careers of most talented cricketers in the world. He would have been the second batsman of Pakistan cricket to complete the milestone of 10,000 runs in ODI. I have been watching MOYO for last ten years, naturally gifted and a fighter who can a game on his own. After his retirement i have no desire to watch jokers who are playing in Our international team.

  • Zahid on March 29, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    It's a shame that it came down to this. Pakistan cricket is in turmoil. They need to elect a new board, because this board has done injustice to the players. The present player s such as: Umar Akmal, Kamran Kamal, Afridi, Mohamed Asif, Mohamed Ameer should drop themselves in protest with what is going on.

  • sudeep sharma on March 29, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Its a sad moment for all his well-wishers. Pakistan will pay dearly for his absence. He was the finest pakistani batsman. I hope he could revise his decision.

  • zain on March 29, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    hats off to PCB for kicking out another legend like this yet again as if there there is n fairy tale in the fate of our national heros who bring smile on our faces. best of luck pakistan and pakistan cricket coz the future looks gloomy and dreadfull but really bright for all "parchee walas" as there are lots of slots available in the test side.

  • Sami on March 29, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Sad state of affairs, yet another career ruined by PCB. We don't know how to treat our heroes. Who is Ijaz Butt to curtail a career of a guy who has broken records and won accolades for Pakistan..

  • zaid_sl on March 29, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    unless pakistan cricket have a patriotic and cricket loving chairman nothings gonna get better.there should be a chairman,a captain and a coach who are united and patriotic.hope pakistan can fill the gaps of younis and yousuf through players like ASIM KAMAL and good young cricketers

  • aka on March 29, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    deja vu

  • Mohsin on March 29, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Pakistan Test Team - Yousuf and Younis. Not good!

  • Indian on March 29, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Kicking him from the International cricket is Purely Utter Nonsense. The same decision will be taken whoever is in his position. All the best to his rest of life. My god blesses you always.

  • Farrukh Momin on March 29, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    i knew this day will come since the starting of new zealand's tour

  • James Aldous on March 29, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    You said it best Kamran. Yousef could fight the ban but why should he? He's Pakistan's best batsman by a country mile and yet he's been treated with little to no respect.

    To an outside observer such as myself, it appears as though Pakistan cricket generally is out of control and has been since Bob Woolmer passed away.

    I really want to see a good, high quality cricket team from Pakistan as there is a rich history and bags of talent. But Afridi is currently on probation as a result of his bad behaviour, has been filmed chewing on a cricket ball and roughing up the middle of a cricket pitch in recent years. Is he really the right person to be given the captaincy? And then Yousef who is one of the best batsman to have ever picked up a cricket bat is sacked indefinitely for reasons that are not fully known? What sort of message does all this send to youngsters?

  • Javed Khan on March 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    It is shameful the way Pakistan treats its national heroes.

  • Asif Qureshi on March 29, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    PCB is run like the country itself e.g. it should be people on the top who should be shown the door and not otherwise. Look at what PHF is doing; the team and selectors resigned and not Monsieur Zia. Yousaf's captaincy was not good, but there is no one can deny his batting. In my opinion, the PCB administration should be shown the door and players should not be penalized for more than what they deserve. Mr Zardari can you listen for once...

  • Stani Army on March 29, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Dr Kamran, In your 'A captaincy to forget' post, you were one of the biggest critics of Yousuf and I hope you feel bad about it now. You clearly overdid it.

    What you also failed to mention is that the reason Yousuf was left with the captaincy was because your favourite player, Younis Khan, decided to go fishing.

    It is sad that he had to retire for writers like you to discover their humility.

  • Cricster on March 29, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    "Indeed, if the PCB was unhappy with his behaviour it should not have rewarded him with the captaincy." Point well made. This is one of many signs that the Pak board has been out of its wits. In general, cricketing boards across the world lack oversight and are run like fiefdoms. Cricket has become a big-money game and it is only a matter of time before yet another board goes out of control.

  • Yas on March 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Unbelievable that the PCB has let this happen in all honesty. Yousef has been one of our best batsmen for a very long time and the way the PCB have treated is simply disgusting. Shame on you PCB for leaving such a humble man out to rot...what next?? Younis to retire?? wouldnt be surprised.

    Pakistan cricket is a bumbling joke...we are quite simply the laughing stock of world cricket due to the sheer ineptness of the PCB.

    Frankly they should each and every one of those jumped up muppets at the PCB and replace them with proper cricket people...people who arent interested in lining their pockets but then thats endemic within Pakistan as a whole...bunch of corrupt no hopers.

  • Danish Mahmood Qureshi on March 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    It is very sad day for Pakistan cricket that a someone like Mohammad Yousuf was forced to leave the test arean prematurly, only due to the incompetence and inefficiencey of but(t) one single person, namely the chairman of PCB. I just wonder what was going through the minds of person who banned the batsman who still stands on the top of the list who scored most test runs in a calandre year, a list the best of contemporary and past such as R.Ponting,G.Smith,V.Sehwag, S.Gavaskar,S.Ganguly,SR,Tendulakar,M.Hayden and not to mention Vivan Richard all time great batsman whose record he broke. Even if PCB had any solid evidence of any wrongdoing by Yousuf he did in no way deserved such harsh treatment. I one of my previous comments on one of your blog I said what i will repeat once more, that"Cricket in Pakistan has gone to dogs" and the longer Butt stay more turmoil ever worse than this we will experince in the coming days.I predict a disasterous end to 20-20 campagain of Pakistan in SAf.

  • Zed Fazel on March 29, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    It is sad but not surprising. Tell me which Pakistan cricketer in recent years has had a graceful retirement with the exception of perhaps Imran Khan. As a non-Pakistani, it surprises me why egoism, infighting, conspiracies are a never ending phenominum with Pakistani cricket. The world cricket scene has moved a long way. Players have become more professional in their attitude. Example, greats like Tendulkar,Dravid,Laxman,Sehwag play under a young captain Dhoni. Murlidharan,Jayawardene,Vaas,Jaysuria play under a younger aged Sangakara. But no...in Pakistan, its intrigues etc. If Pakistan team does not awake to the realities, I am afraid, they will be left so far behind, it will be diffcult to climb back. In this trying times, atleast the cricketers should have remained united.

  • Zeeshan on March 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Same end for another pakistani legend i dont remember anyone in history of pakistan since i borned except Imran who retired gracefully. Wasim, Waqar, Inzi, MoYo, Moin Khan, Rashid latif, Javed Miandad all went the same way....

    Look at Shane warne and Glenn Mcgrath how they were retired contributed white wash in the Ashes thats the way to go.

    We need new Management in PCB.

  • szn on March 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Is there any way to overhaul the entire PCB and start from scratch? Bring in some business people who know how to run an organization and have a well though out 4 or 5 year plan that revatilizes cricket in Pakistan. Call it a partial rebuild. Mohammad Yousuf is the only sure bet in a fragile middle order for Pakistan in terms of Test playing ability. Its a shame that the PCB is handing out fines and bans and have conveniently absolved themselves of blame. If I am Zardari, atleast do one thing right, fire the entire PCB for bringing the game into disrespect. Sad sad times for Pakistan cricket, will probably be knocked out of T20 WC in the first 2 days.

  • FARRUKH on March 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    He should take his deceision back because he is the only reliable batsman in the team and Pakistan will need him in 2011 worldcup

  • drmqislam on March 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    This is a disgrace created by two persons. The PCB chairman and the president of the country. When you have shown utter disrespect to a world class batsman, he has no other option. The tragedy is the trouble makers, Shoeb Malik and Kamran Akmal have/will come back to the team. If they were dealt with serious punishment at the right time, Yousuf would not face this situation today. Well, history tells that all big cricketers in Pakistan were involved in dirty games as captain. Only few did not make much indecent acts also had to face the same ending as others. I blame Pakistani people for not being with Mohammad Yousuf and Younus against the corrupt, inefficient and shameless PCB. An indefinite ban for what? This will go down in cricket history as the worst farce and joke made by headless jokers.

  • Masaood Yunus on March 29, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Once again we have seen a national hero forced to save his legacy and grace. We manufacture the fall of our heroes and hold ourselves un-accountable. Shame on you PCB. How many batsmen have Pakistan produced in the past decade ? Once againw e will go throught he "re-invent" Pakistani Team and re-discover the talent. Well, we have been doing it for almost 15 years. Sounds familiar ? Same bells and whistles once again. Its obvious the problem is Top-Down and not Down-Up and yet, the players always pay the price for the incompetence of the management. A truly sad moment and no argument that MoYo and YK are one of the most non-political folks in the current team. Who quits the Captaincy in Pakistan Cricket at will ? Pakistan Cricket has reached its depression and I wonder which "Aladin ka Jin" will fix it now.

    Shame on PCB.

  • wanderer1 on March 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    You should look to yourself Kamran at some introspection. How many columns have you made lambasting Yousuf for being in the team or for his human mistakes? How many times over the past 9 months have you chided something Yousuf has done wrong, only to show silence when he did something right (Champions Trophy innings against India as an example)?? Thanks to all the snakes that litter the news media world another lamb, completely innocent of anything other than human error, has been sacrificed, but it's OK, because column inches have been filled and deadlines have been met.

    As for the PCB, I'll say what Gandhi said a century ago, you're under imperial control because you deserve it, if you wanted anything else you'd rise up and get it. We all love to chastise the PCB for incompetence and corruption but can those speaking out do so without being hypocrites themselves? When you start to clean your own act, so to will others.

  • M. Alam on March 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Yes Kamran, I fully agree he still has few more years left. He is not a leader type and is victim of a poor board, who are now throwing away their mess on others. If we have a strong captain, I am sure Yousuf can get his confidence back and will perform. We need the same Yousuf back, who carried the burden of Pakistan batting and was the top batsman in test and one day cricket from 2001-2007.

  • Imran on March 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Assalamu Alikum, I am so dissapionted with what has happend to Mohammed Yousuf, his captaincy was awful in Australia and the way he performed was also poor. But like you said Bhai Kamran it was Yousuf who put himself forward for the captaincy,but it was Yousuf who until 2 years ago got a huge reward from the Pakistani Prime minister for scoring 1788 runs in a calendar year and was a national treasure for beating Viv Richards record. However having said that he was then forced to play in the ICL for which he was banned, and since his return he has had one thing or another, similar situations and circumstances have always followed our best players, whose enemy has not been foreign teams or players but our own governments and politicians, who after all want for themselves, this is why our country will always be behind, the root of the problem is never investigated. Now our BEST test player is no more forced to QUIT. To be honest what a joke, the world laughs at Pakistan cricket.

  • steven smith on March 29, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    PCB = a Joke

    why are such fools elected to destroy a great cricketing nation?

  • Saleem Hatoum on March 29, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    This is a travesty!

  • Umair Fazal on March 29, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    He is the best for me in the current era... pure Elegance... I simply Love him.... He will be missed...

  • arslan on March 29, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    i think he has taken the right decision after the treatment that was handed out to him by pcb...this is no way to treat one of ure best ever batsmen...i hope that he does not reverse his decision bcz he is doing the right thing...

  • Basanta on March 29, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    yes you are right Yousuf its a better time to take this decision. but m sure i will miss your shots.

  • David Furrows on March 29, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis' suspensions are absurd. They were accused, no, sorry, convicted without a right to defend the charges, of plotting against one another.

    But we all remember that throughout the Test series in Australia, captain Yousuf implored the PCB to send Younis to reinforce the team and it was the PCB which refused.

    There should have been a set of life bans issued against those responsible for the failure in Australia. Against the PCB, not the players!

  • Faraz on March 29, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    GO IJAZ BUTT GO!!! The old man is ruining PAKISTAN CRICKET!

  • Dawar on March 29, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    He is the best Pakistan Batsman. He is far better than past palyers like Inzimam & Zhaeer. Shoaib Mailk is the problem all issues, Life ban should be imposed on him. Malik created problems for Younis Khan first and then for Yusuf.

  • Mahmood on March 29, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    well said, it is failure of Board not of players. He has 2-3 years of excellent test cricket. I hope some miracle happens and we see him in England's summer.

  • R Sivasubramaniam on March 29, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Dear Kamran If the PCB condemns Yousuf and says that he is a bad influence and suspends him, why should he carry on playing International cricket. The sensitive soul that he is, he has no choice but to announce his resignation. You will note that while you and Afridi want him to continue - there has not been any request from the people who run cricket in Pakistan - the PCB. If at all anyone had to be suspended it is those who hold the reins of power - the Chairman and his friends at the PCB. It is they who should have been given life sentences. Alas Pakistan cricket will be poorer without the cricketers, but does the PCB care? Kamran let him go with dignity. He was a beaty to watch (unfortunately I could only watch him on TV) what grace and style. Siva from Singapore

  • Javed Butt on March 29, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    May be the sadest day in pakistan cricket.Its all PCB fault yet they walkaway clean. PCB should applogize to Yousaf reinstate him back in the team if for nothing else but for the sake of all he has given to pakistanis fans for so many years.

    Yousaf let me thanks you & I am sure there are thousands of pakistani canadians who share my feeling we all love yu & would like to see yu back in the pak. team . Do it for the sake of pak. Your stature is too high then PCB. We will do our best to have PCB applogize to you.

  • Hammad Fayyaz on March 29, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    The ending is bad, but the thing is... lets accept that his fielding lacks the valour and athleticism which is a crying need of hour in today's cricket scene. In today's cricket, one MUST be good in 2 depts. (if not in all 3) to get counted. Like VVS Laxman & Rahul Dravid, Yousuf also should have mastered fielding in slips rather than on mid-on/off... See More or in-front of wkts. They (dravid n laxman) are wiser enough to understand changing times and they adapted accordingly. Tendulkar also fields on third-man or fine-leg. One must accept that its body who has to do the labour than the mind. No matter if ur mind is young, its the body who has to do the labour to make ideas counted.

  • chandar on March 29, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    don't let him go otherwise pakistan's middle order will be left in ruins.with the experience he has he can change a game.now pakistan will find out when they play australia and england this summer they will again be whitewashed and this time yousuf won't be there.so please pcb bring him back because he still has 2 years of cricket left in him.

  • SafHat on March 29, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    What don't you let them go. In peace with self respect intact.

    Players do not choose the time or matches they will play in. Selectors do that. Players do not choose captaincy. The board does that. The only thing a player can choose is to quit. Let them quit.

    There are always runs he can score. The question is should he? and for whom? The spectators who have no stake in the process and have fickle loyalties or the board that does not value him.

  • Simon Smith on March 29, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    I remember watching him on Pakistan's tour of England back in 2006, I'd only been following the game for a year following England's 2005 Ashes victory and so I understood very little about this complicated game we all love. I remember the Pakistan team just being a complete shambles, Old Trafford being the nadir, but two people stood out to me. Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, especially Yousuf. The way they just seemed to bat forever in Headingly, even though the rest of the team couldn't buy a run, they way they were the only two who stood up to Stephen Harmison on that lighting quick track at Old Trafford, his double hundred at Lord's. It was inspiring and left more of a mark on me than any of the England batsmen did. It's disgraceful the way he's been treating. Pakistan are coming to England this year and I hope someone can capture my imagination again but I fear Pakistan will be shambles without Younis and Yousuf and it makes me sad.

  • James, UK on March 29, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    We all get what we deserve, and the Pakistani public have now lost a wonderful batsman, because the nation does not deserve him. Plain and simple. What is most infuriating with the Pakistanis, in every walk of life, is that every Tom Dick and Harry will wave banners and burn effigies for totally ridiculous reasons, and yet no one will budge an eyelid when incompetent PCB and politicans go about systematically dismantling and destroying the only real source of national entertainment for the masses. Well done all you Pakistanis for hiding under your blouses when you should be demanding justice. Stand up and be counted or these leeches will leave nothing standing in your slowly decaying nation.

  • Syed Ahmed on March 29, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    When great players like Mohammad Yousuf displayed an example of bad behavior, playing for self, not the country, scoring for self not the country and not winning the matches due to personal vendetta, agitations and or differences, forgetting about the Nation and the people he represent on a foreign ground, then he should be Exited/ Exiled from the game, as he is a senior and he should post an example for the love of game & country not for thy self, and he should possess the qualities of leading and choosing the right/ competitive team for the game, not the personal favorites. Sometimes I think if Pakistan will ever cross 400 runs mark (50 OVERS)or any other batsmen will make 200+ runs in an ODI or any other record. I think not only Mohammaed Yousuf be exited the whole current Pakistan Cricket team should be removed and young blood should be introduced as if they play loose then we will pardon them due to of experience unlike senior teammates with 200+ matches with 25.0 Average).

  • Atif Khan on March 29, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    sack the bloody board....what's the president of the country waiting for...bloody christmas? isn't it obvious that PCB is being run by clowns...they dont even know how to talk to media..what news to reveal and what not to reveal...sack the board I say...I think the people have had enough.

  • Kashif on March 29, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Its a disgrace that we treat our legends so badly, no wonder we are where we are in the world today. He still has a lot of offer in test cricket and the PCB and Ejaz Butt should be given the sack.

    What i find however sad is the pakistani public have not protested at this, this lack of public support from them is very sad.

    If there had been a public backlash like I thought there would be , PCB heads would have rolled and the Yousuf and Younis could have gone so we are as much to blame as the PCB.

    You always get the leaders you deserve, we got Butt and Zardari

  • Danish on March 29, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Truly Said, it's very sad to know about this. We needed the solution of all that fuss and indiscipline but this was not the solution. Well last three paragraphs of the articles are repeated, please make correction

  • Nauman Ali Khan on March 29, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Banning players who have been the corner stones of Pakistan cricket over the last decade is reckless and I cannot see how this will help Pakistan cricket, in the short or the long term.

    Losing is the biggest source of demoralisation for any team and therefore Pakistan will need to put out a competitive side, especially against major test playing nations so that the belief in winning remains. Is removing players such as Yusuf without suitable replacements not going to affect the competitiveness of the side?

    Why could the situation not managed better by having two separate units, ones for test (with Yusuf and Younis) and one for One days (with Afridi, Malik and Co)? Would this not have prevented conflict and also preserved Pakistan's competitiveness?

    Mr Ijaz Malik - Its easy to throw toys out of the Pram when faced with a difficult situation as opposed to working through the problem to reach a proper resolution. Which one have you opted for here?

  • Kaiser Mukhtar on March 29, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    He was test run making machine which only needed a capable leader to get the most out of him. Captaincy as is well said in the article was beyond his capacity, so he was there to produce runs just like queen bee producing worker bees to produce honey, vital for many ills. But it was not to be, just like 10dulkar he was not a captaincy material. Its a shame to see such a genius of batting quit the international and national game altogether. Better the sooner to avoid the further disgrace. Good luck Yousuf for your future life. My prays are with you. Thanks.

  • Shahzad on March 29, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I simply announce my rtirement as a fan of cricket. There are the limits of stupidities to comment on, this stupidity of PCB is beyond the limit to be commented. So disappointed

  • khan on March 29, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Kamran did u copy and paste your blog??? when you have such a cricket baord where generals or people are close to president this will happen. Sad day for Pakistan crikcet such a waste of real talent. I could see Pakistan performing great in T20 format followed by misreable summer of real TEST in Summer...

  • Adeel on March 29, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    None the less, Mohammad Yousuf I salute you for what you did for pakistan cricket. May God Bless you. You were iconic for Pakistan cricket. cricket world will miss you.

  • junaid khan on March 29, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    I agree with the article that fine and ban imposed on MOYO and Younis Khan was rediculous and did not make sense at all. Winning and losing is part of the game and one cannot fine some one for losing. Secondly, if there was a fighting and grouping going on in the team than that should be PCB's job to fix it and not blame the players. After all PCB is the management. there are not the players playing the game. they are the administrators. They are the ones who appoint the team managers. He is the one who is suppose to take care of this. Secondly, If he did have attitude problem, then why was he made a captain in the first place? PCB administrators are a joke.Now the problem is the entire nation will be before MOYO and PCB will be forced to get him back and thnik about the message that will be sent to other players. Its their way, or retire. I believe both sides payers and administrators need to be more mature. Player power never works. look at west indies.

  • Clifford on March 29, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    I could not agree more, that these things are bound to happen when a person is given authority to captain the National side, who is not capable to perform the duties. In addition to that, and also does not command respect. It could be because of the limitations and exposure or your own self behaviour, where you cannot impose yourself to your juniors. With the all important tour of Australia, where Yousuf himself has not performed well, and Pakistan Team needed a leader who can lead by example, but not a person who is doubtful about himself.

  • Abbas on March 29, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    We can safely say this is the END of Pakistan cricket...next one to go is Afridi...wait 1yr...Pakistan's cricket will be like its hockey..pretty sad

  • SALIM SHAIKH on March 29, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Mohammad yusuf is one of the best player in test cricket which i loved but only after one bad performasnce PCB could ban him His decision is very shocking but playing after this kind of insult its not easy to play for player like yousuf we miss a very big cricketer......

  • Naeem on March 29, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Agreed. Pakistan still needs him. The way he was treated in past was really a disgrace to him. I guess the only way to protect Pak Cricket is to get rid of useless people in the PCB administration. I don't know what the hell PCB is upto. Is it a bunch of stuupids? Only God can help us. I believe all the fans want Yousuf back.

  • Jamie Dowling on March 29, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    One Scottish footballer refused to be selected for his country until the incumbent manager was gone. It would be nice to see all the Pakistan team take this stance. As you say, the PCB's mismanagement is responsible for this situation. They really couldn't manage to urinate in the mornings! MoYo's retirement is another indictment of the incompetence of Ijaz Butt and his cronies. It is a massive vote of no confidence in them. MoYo is a very fine player and Pakistan can't afford to lose him. That they have is a crime Butt and his followers should be brought to account for.

  • Abid Bashir Baba on March 29, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Plz yousf Bhai dnt retire.pak is incmplete wd out u...

  • Krishnadeep on March 29, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf will be missed period. You do not get a player averaging 53 plus everyday. Add to it the fact that the runs scored have been so easy on eyes. His captaincy had its fallacies, but then even Sachin failed as a skipper, but is that a parameter to judge a player. If Pakistan are now faced with a seaming or bouncing track or for that matter more than decent bowlers even on a flat track, god save them. Surely, PCB doesn't expect Nazir, Farhat, Butt(awful technique), Misbah, Kamran etc to click. Its beyond there capabilities period. To make a joke out of such a glorious talent, is surely inane to say the least. Yousuf will be lapped up by counties and T20 leagues and he won't miss the money part for sure. PCB be frank, you have got yourself in a muddled situation where you know your new captain is gonna fail for sure(lack of resources cannot be made up with good captaincy)and you have shown yourself to be inept again...Howzatt

  • Asim ghaffar on March 29, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    i think yousaf has realised "enough with the BS"... best of luck to yousaf to whatever he would do next.. he was a gem of a player - always a treat to watch..

  • John on March 29, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    It might be true that there are many more runs left in MoYo's bat, but a team sometimes is better off without individuals who are not team players. I personally found his public reaction following his run-out in Oz, toyally unbecoming of a player of his stature.

    Thr purge was good, but not good enough. The Board and the selectors need to be replaced 'en banc'.

    That would demonstrate the will to clean up Pak cricket once and for all. But who will bell the cat?

  • T.BUTT on March 29, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Congratulations to PCB, once again they manged'' hange on,,"mis-managed" one of the great world class batsman Pakistan had, to be felt so alone,let down that he has to quit the cricket, what a shame, I've bought a family ticket to see Pak v Ind test at Lords, thinking of returning the ticket now as I've 4th day ticket and I'm not sure that any of the Pak test will last till 4th day. Y may not be a good captain but player,,wow,elegance at its best.Not sure Pakistan can afford to lose such talent,tragedy is that most of the decisions made in "inquiry" are silly to its core and PCB has not been able to show why such extreme steps have been taken against these players? Good managements don't announce change of captains when the team is still playing and how many punishments have been handed out by other boards after desasterous Aussie tours by so many other teams in last 15 years. NONE-PCB inquiry was not fair and can't pass judgments on its own actions.What a Waste.

  • Salman on March 29, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    What a terrible loss to Pakistan. Our struggling batting line-up has lost one of its finest batsmen ever, thanks to the board's mismanagement and stupidity. Another legend of Pakistan cricket has been given an incredibly insulting and ungrateful exit, like many legends in the past. I feel sick of the countrymen who due to their incompetence and ignorance have turned Pakistan's many institutions into personal board games. Yousuf, we salute you and thank you for each and every innings you played for Pakistan. Your elegance will be based and so will the line "we still have Yousuf"

  • John on March 29, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    It might be true that there are many more runs left in MoYo's bat, but a team sometimes is better off without individuals who are not team players. I personally found his public reaction following his run-out in Oz, toyally unbecoming of a player of his stature.

    Thr purge was good, but not good enough. The Board and the selectors need to be replaced 'en banc'.

    That would demonstrate the will to clean up Pak cricket once and for all. But who will bell the cat?

  • Ali Khilji on March 29, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I agree with all of what you have said. Mr Butt who is an incompitatnt nincompoop doesnt realise what he is saying most of the time has brought this upon Pakistan cricket. The rot that has set in has been going on for sometime, but the PCB chose to ignore it,in my opinion the board more ^than anyone else needs to be sanctioned. Yousaf is still Pakistan's best batsman by a country mile. He might not have been the best captain but that is not his fault rather the fault lies with those who appointed him. I seems a premature end to what was a great career

  • me me me on March 29, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Can't we do something for him? Petition? Signed letters to the PCB? I don't like this attitude of our failing a hero who's been playing for our country for 12 years. I'm not gonna give up, i'm going to see what I can do about it.

  • Yassar on March 29, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Yousuf must be talked out of retirement because Pakistan cricket needs him and cricket in general needs him.

    He is a fantastic player and is Pakistan's best batsman in both Test and ODI cricket. The indefinite bans on him and Younis Khan are unjustified. The PCB is a joke of a administration and should be dissolved immediatley with new competent administrators.

    The reason Pakistan cricket is at it's all time low is because of the country's ruling body and NOT the players.

    Bring Yousuf back as well as Younis.

  • Irshad on March 29, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    I am from Sri Lanka and we are shocked and sadenned by the retirement of MoYo. Despite SL being a nation which had produced classic batsman such as Mahela and Marvan we were always awe of MoYo's batting. Hope he reverses his decision and Paki cricket board get kicked out.

  • Mokammel Hoq on March 29, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Please Yousuf Bhi change your decission.Save Pakistan cricket.May Allah bless you & pak cricket board.

  • Mohammad Asad on March 29, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...

    I fully agree with you Kamran Bhai.. I am really shocked to hear the news of retirement of a talented batsman like Yousuf. Especially in this crisis period when Pak needs dependent mid order batsman. Due to PCB's nonsense move and to hide their dirty activities; Pak are losing a great batsman like Yousuf. I hope the higher authority of Pak should come forward to persuade this great batsman....

    Asad from USA.

  • PCB is a Joke on March 29, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    PCB is a joke organization, where there is not even a single one know what a Cricket Boards is and how to run it? Ijazz but is just there because of our Accidental President (Zardri)otherwise no one even let guys like Butt and Wasim Bari to Run a Donkey Race, how can these pupet run a cricket board, Please Yousaf think i know you have done this for Pakistan before and you have to do it again and come back for atleast couple season. Other wise i can not imagine Pakistani Middle Order playing in English Conditions. DO CONSIDER YOUSAF BHAI IF YOU ARE READING THIS.... Tahir UK

  • Kumar Venkat on March 29, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Yusuf is the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced - better than miandad and inzamam. This is a disgrace. Pak cricket has become the butt of all jokes (pun intended). Get rid of the butt that runs PCB. All will be well. Don't let politics ruin one of the better teams in world cricket.

  • Rev on March 29, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Another nail in the coffin really. It is all the more ridiculous when you consider that MoYo was so talented he could have walked into any side playing the game. I'm Australian and I won't be watching the series in England. Even if the Pakistan side use this latest disaster to motivate themselves to win against the odds, the inept PCB will find a way to undo the progress. The PCB should have stood behind Younis Khan and pulled the dissenters into line then, not leave it to fester and then completely overreact.

  • Mohammed Abdul Raoof on March 29, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Hi, This is Abdul Raoof my comment in this connection is any how one day one has to retire from cricket or from life but the situation in which Mr. Yousuf is retiring hurt me a lot coz player of such a caliber should be retire in a very bad situation specially the behavior of PCB is not good i think so coz i am too far. I think he should be given full respect by whole nation. and each and every Pakistani citizen should stand with him. Now days players are for not long run they face fitness problems and after little success they try to change them self and spoil their carrier

  • Atif on March 29, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Pakistan is desperately out of depth in terms of batting resources, can't afford to lose MOYO & Younis in test matches & ODIs.

    Butt seems like a stupid donkey with the jack of zardai who is nothing less than a shameful act himself.

  • Maleeha on March 29, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Great write up. We need him, and will sorely miss him. His great innings will always be remembered.....Shame on the PCB, this is how they treat our heroes. They deserve to be landed in this mess without any real classy seniors left in the team.

  • Mooni on March 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Love you MOYO.....Will always miss YOU.Can anybody answer following questions: 1) Why Ijaz Butt announced his removal of captaincy when he was captaining the side? 2) If Younis and Yousuf had a rift then what about rift b/w Ijaz butt and Miandad? Has someone read Wasim Akram's recent views? 3) Whole world knows that Younis stepped down because of Shoaib Malik and he was also creating problems for Yousuf. Can anyone check his test average both with bat and ball. Why is he part of test team after constant failure? 4) Ijaz butt announced names of few ppl. who underperformed because of money/to let captain down. Shouldn't they be banned for life?

    I must say Pakistan team has no classy batsman now and you'll soon see failures in future.

  • Muhammad Sohaib on March 29, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Yousaf, a gem of a batsman and one of the graetest ever produced by Pakistan. The annoucement will come as shocker for every one who has seen him around. Bowing out in this way has brought another disasterous end to a brillant career at the hands of PCB. We would have loved to say him good bye in fashion seen around the world i.e Shane warne, Glenn.... . It was decision which came as result of treatment metted out to him by PCB. How shameful would it get...

  • Ketan Mayecha on March 29, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricket can surely sacrifice the entire PCB in exchange of Md. Yousuf....Democracy is no solution for these "bunch of idiots". Selection was their choice and when they go back on their choice - soemone else gets penalised. Why not prenalise the guys who selected him. If his captaincy and media management was reponsible ban him from captaincy - why the game itself. No man is bigger than the game - but yousuf has been a boon for the game - not the other way round...For how long will the entire nation remain mute spectators to this utter nonsense.

  • NGD on March 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    MoYo may not be media savvy but he is a class act. It's a shame the PCB treated him this way. You may blame BCCI for showing muscle but look at how it protects and trains our players. People who couldn't say even one sentence in english now talk fluently and this adds to their confidence. Anyway, I hope MoYo changes his mind and plays again.

  • R to the H on March 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    There is no difference between PCB and Mohammad Yousuf's attitude. If playing for the country was far too important and something Yousuf has always made a priority, then I am not too sure why he signed for ICL and made a bid deal out of getting dropped from first T20 world cup. Yousuf has been a great servant to Pakistani cricket and a joy to watch over the last decade! If he loved the country too much and wanted to play for the pride of the nation as he mentions in the emotional retirement speech, he should have fought it out, scored another 700-800 runs this season against Aus England and SA and then retired after a successful and respectful end to a wonderful career. This is the reason why he will never join the league of Javaid Miandad, Steve Waugh ----- I hope to see one Pakistani cricket retire on on a high after Imran Khan!!

  • awad from india on March 29, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    i salute mohammad yousuf he was a great cricketer as well as a great human being but i really hurts me the way pcb treated him which losed a valueble player

  • Kumar on March 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    After braying for his blood on every single post during the last few months, now you are asking him to wait and blaming the PCB? Mr. Abbasi, if I were you, I would feel at least a tinge of guilt at hounding out one of the best Pakistani batsmen.

  • Aussie Fan on March 29, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    What a sad day for cricket. The PCB has no shame, no pride, and no guts. The Japanese had a solution for the PCB, it's called hari kari.

    I will miss your elegance Yousuf, as will all genuine fans of cricket. Come and play for NSW, you are welcome here any time.

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  • Aussie Fan on March 29, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    What a sad day for cricket. The PCB has no shame, no pride, and no guts. The Japanese had a solution for the PCB, it's called hari kari.

    I will miss your elegance Yousuf, as will all genuine fans of cricket. Come and play for NSW, you are welcome here any time.

  • Kumar on March 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    After braying for his blood on every single post during the last few months, now you are asking him to wait and blaming the PCB? Mr. Abbasi, if I were you, I would feel at least a tinge of guilt at hounding out one of the best Pakistani batsmen.

  • awad from india on March 29, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    i salute mohammad yousuf he was a great cricketer as well as a great human being but i really hurts me the way pcb treated him which losed a valueble player

  • R to the H on March 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    There is no difference between PCB and Mohammad Yousuf's attitude. If playing for the country was far too important and something Yousuf has always made a priority, then I am not too sure why he signed for ICL and made a bid deal out of getting dropped from first T20 world cup. Yousuf has been a great servant to Pakistani cricket and a joy to watch over the last decade! If he loved the country too much and wanted to play for the pride of the nation as he mentions in the emotional retirement speech, he should have fought it out, scored another 700-800 runs this season against Aus England and SA and then retired after a successful and respectful end to a wonderful career. This is the reason why he will never join the league of Javaid Miandad, Steve Waugh ----- I hope to see one Pakistani cricket retire on on a high after Imran Khan!!

  • NGD on March 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    MoYo may not be media savvy but he is a class act. It's a shame the PCB treated him this way. You may blame BCCI for showing muscle but look at how it protects and trains our players. People who couldn't say even one sentence in english now talk fluently and this adds to their confidence. Anyway, I hope MoYo changes his mind and plays again.

  • Ketan Mayecha on March 29, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricket can surely sacrifice the entire PCB in exchange of Md. Yousuf....Democracy is no solution for these "bunch of idiots". Selection was their choice and when they go back on their choice - soemone else gets penalised. Why not prenalise the guys who selected him. If his captaincy and media management was reponsible ban him from captaincy - why the game itself. No man is bigger than the game - but yousuf has been a boon for the game - not the other way round...For how long will the entire nation remain mute spectators to this utter nonsense.

  • Muhammad Sohaib on March 29, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Yousaf, a gem of a batsman and one of the graetest ever produced by Pakistan. The annoucement will come as shocker for every one who has seen him around. Bowing out in this way has brought another disasterous end to a brillant career at the hands of PCB. We would have loved to say him good bye in fashion seen around the world i.e Shane warne, Glenn.... . It was decision which came as result of treatment metted out to him by PCB. How shameful would it get...

  • Mooni on March 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Love you MOYO.....Will always miss YOU.Can anybody answer following questions: 1) Why Ijaz Butt announced his removal of captaincy when he was captaining the side? 2) If Younis and Yousuf had a rift then what about rift b/w Ijaz butt and Miandad? Has someone read Wasim Akram's recent views? 3) Whole world knows that Younis stepped down because of Shoaib Malik and he was also creating problems for Yousuf. Can anyone check his test average both with bat and ball. Why is he part of test team after constant failure? 4) Ijaz butt announced names of few ppl. who underperformed because of money/to let captain down. Shouldn't they be banned for life?

    I must say Pakistan team has no classy batsman now and you'll soon see failures in future.

  • Maleeha on March 29, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Great write up. We need him, and will sorely miss him. His great innings will always be remembered.....Shame on the PCB, this is how they treat our heroes. They deserve to be landed in this mess without any real classy seniors left in the team.

  • Atif on March 29, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Pakistan is desperately out of depth in terms of batting resources, can't afford to lose MOYO & Younis in test matches & ODIs.

    Butt seems like a stupid donkey with the jack of zardai who is nothing less than a shameful act himself.