Saad Shafqat July 20, 2010

Why are Yousuf and Younis missing?

Bewildered fans are now asking: what are these two doing sitting at home
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Only in Pakistan could you have the country’s two best batsmen sitting at home while the national side takes a beating. It’s really baffling when you consider that only four Pakistanis have ever attained a Test batting average over 50, and Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan happen to be two of them (the other two being Inzamam ul Haq and Javed Miandad). When Pakistan last toured England, Yousuf emerged as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year, and Younis made 173 (run out) at Leeds. Batting together on the Headingley pitch, they compiled 363 for the third wicket.

Bewildered fans are now asking: what are these two doing sitting at home? Most perplexing is the absence of any coherent explanation for their exclusion. They have been cast as troublemakers, tarred and feathered, fined and sentenced – but for what? No one is quite sure.

Yousuf’s troubles started when he grumbled about his omission from Pakistan’s World Twenty20-bound squad in 2007. Soon afterwards, he joined the ill-fated Indian Cricket League and found himself tied up in legal and financial knots. Back in the Test squad last summer, he went on to captain Pakistan in New Zealand and Australia, but that didn’t turn out so well. There was an inquisition, and he was made out to be a criminal.

Younis’s trajectory has been even more Shakespearean. He appeared set to scale great heights after making a triple-hundred in Karachi and then pulling off a miracle by leading Pakistan to the World Twenty20 championship in June 2009, mere weeks after the terrorism in Lahore. But the tour to Sri Lanka that followed was a disaster and he was removed from the team. Younis was ensnared by an inquisition too. There was a lot of tut-tutting, and he too was made out to be a criminal.

How could we have come to this impasse? There is good reason to believe that much of it has to do with an inept, moody, and vindictive PCB administration. The charges against Yousuf and Younis haven’t matured beyond innuendo, and it increasingly appears that, more than anything, they are paying the price for having run afoul of the PCB bosses. It could have been something as trifling as a heated exchange of words, a glare and stare, a sneer and a jeer – and here we are.

In all the political infighting, interpersonal friction, media frenzy, and gossip mongering, it is easy to lose sight of what Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan truly represent. The bare fact is that they are batting legends. Yousuf is nothing less than a torchbearer for Asia’s wristy batting esthetic that drives fans into rapture. Younis is a tenacious fighter who has repeatedly played his heart out for his country. Neither is over the hill: Yousuf is not yet 36 and Younis not yet 33.

As things now stand, there are two schools of thought on their recall. One view is that these players were responsible for politics and disarray within the team, and we should forget about them and look ahead; this will undoubtedly mean continued batting embarrassments out in the middle, but will be good for the team in the long run. The competing view is that one must do whatever is necessary to strengthen the spine of the middle order. If that means recalling Yousuf and Younis, then let us not delay.

The PCB’s visible stance on this issue remains tentative. Meanwhile, the public mood is split and you can find opinions on both sides of the divide. The fan base ultimately just wants runs, and won’t quibble over who makes them and how. All it takes to change the prevailing sentiment is one influential innings. If either Younis or Yousuf is given the opportunity and makes a hundred, all will be forgotten. Perhaps that is what the PCB is afraid of.

Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

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  • Waseem on July 20, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Posted by: ats at July 20, 2010 9:16 AM

    just for your knowledge Mr shafqat, inzamam's average is 49.60 and not over 50.

    Sir g he is just 10 runs short of 50 n his avg after 2000 is mnore than 55

  • M. Khalil on July 20, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    If we see the attitude of PCB Bosses it seems that first they want no one should point out their mistakes and make public what politics they play in selecting their hand pick players "purchees" and a Panjabi block has hijacked whole PCB. a Non Panjabi player like Younus Khan is untouchable now, while Shoaib Malik being Panjabi and a biggest Purchi can do what ever. Mohammad Yousuf on the other hand is from Panjab, but he made bosses unhappy yet you can hear he can come back.

    WE SIMPLE FOLLOWERS OF CRICKET WANT POLITICS AND RACISM MUST NOT HIJACK CRICKET AFFAIRS. Yousuf and Younus must be taken back and the reason of all ills Mr. Shoib Malik should be thrown out of team. We should never make captain such people like Cheaters and those who always play for themselves (like Shahid and Salman Butt.... )

  • Abid Mashwani on July 20, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    We all know Pakistan cricket is about:

    PCB Chairman (E. Butt) - Brother in law of Minister of Defence

    Imran Farhat - Son in Law of selection committee member (M Ilyas)

    S. Malik - political connections, was invited by PM while under PCB ban for ill doing, conspiring against country team.

    Team manager - PCB chairman friend

    Z. Haider - Nephew of selection committee member Azhar Khan

    Players out of favor: either have no political connection or unluckily not from PUNJAB such as Fawad Alam, M. Sami, Asim Kamal, Yasir Hameed (for most part of his career), Sarfaraz, Younis Khan, M Yousaf (though from Punjab but poor family background).

    So we are on path of PUNJAB eleven instead of Pakistan eleven.

  • Syed Sibtain Ali Raza on July 20, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    What I say about these two players ?? No one need to listen me, Mr. Saad Shafqat writer of this article wrote down quite same as i might have shared here. Very good article. Hope PCB may read it fromt his great website but let me assure you nothing will pursue them to do things good. Money is every thing for them. Money Corruption Nepotism and that's all yet I'm optimistic about this top player Mohammad Yousuf because they will be forced one day when middle order will fail continuously.

  • Abid Mashwani on July 20, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This is a very good write, unfortunately we are fueling sports with politics and ethnicity. Writer did a great job in highlighting the importance of these two Y's and ineptness of the PCB administration, but failed to specifically name Mr. Butt the Baffoon and Mr. Yawar Saeed. Additionally, I will add actual villain of all this drama Mr. Shoaib Malik. I would not be surprise that it was Malik exclusion from playing elevens in Lords that led to below par performance from Akmal brothers (for their friendship) and thus frustrated Afridi to resign after playing rash shots.

    To me the real and quick solution for Pakistan cricket is to get rid of Malik ASAP (though I like him as a player but no more as a part of Pakistan team). Although it is a hard ask for removing E. Butt since PCB patron would love to have more corrupt and incompetent person then himself under him, and unless Pakistan government changes, the Buffoon will stay as PCB chairman.

  • osmirza on July 20, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    @Anonymous: But who says that Dravid and Kallis aren't legends? Did the writer imply anything to the contrary? Can't there be more legends at one time? And besides, the fact that Yousuf & Younus are legends of Pakistani cricket can't be taken away from them, whether someone likes it or not.

  • Murtaza Moiz on July 20, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    If some people don't like Younus or MoYo return for tests, they should not expect to win than from current Pakistani test outfit which is already too fragile

  • Stromeon on July 20, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    The PCB seriously needs to get some sense into its totally muddled brain. Younis and Yousuf are by far the best batsmen in Pakistan at the moment. Yousuf has scored the most runs in a calendar year not so long ago and Younis made a triple-hundred only last year. With the honourable exception of Salman Butt, none of the current Pakistan batsmen look like getting anywhere near 100 let alone 300. Younis would be the best captaincy material now that Afridi - who lets face it isnt a Test player - has resigned; he lead Pakistan to a memorable T20 triumph in England. They made cause a few divided opinions in the dressing room, but they produce results on the field. Younis and Yousuf would give Pakistan much needed stability in the middle order, they are great players. Good luck to them in trying to get back into the team.

  • Anonymous on July 20, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    I don't agree with his article and all the hoola hoo about not including Younis and Yousuf in the national team. Both these players have been pretty useless in all format of the game from last couple of years. There performance on the tour on New Zealand and Australia were below average. Yes Pakistan were thrashed at lords but so what? We have been getting trashed by australia in Test matches for last 15 years even in the presence of Yousuf and Younis. So there absense do not make any difference. Its better to let these guys go and bring some fresh blood in, at least they will hold on to the catches that come their way and put in an effort in the field. Yousuf and younis had their time, now its time for some youngster to come and make name for themselves. An article is written everyday about having younis and yousuf but no journalist take into the account their recent performances.

  • ahmad ullah on July 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    pakistan cricket board is the worst board of all. they dont want to respect senior player who carry them for country

  • Waseem on July 20, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Posted by: ats at July 20, 2010 9:16 AM

    just for your knowledge Mr shafqat, inzamam's average is 49.60 and not over 50.

    Sir g he is just 10 runs short of 50 n his avg after 2000 is mnore than 55

  • M. Khalil on July 20, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    If we see the attitude of PCB Bosses it seems that first they want no one should point out their mistakes and make public what politics they play in selecting their hand pick players "purchees" and a Panjabi block has hijacked whole PCB. a Non Panjabi player like Younus Khan is untouchable now, while Shoaib Malik being Panjabi and a biggest Purchi can do what ever. Mohammad Yousuf on the other hand is from Panjab, but he made bosses unhappy yet you can hear he can come back.

    WE SIMPLE FOLLOWERS OF CRICKET WANT POLITICS AND RACISM MUST NOT HIJACK CRICKET AFFAIRS. Yousuf and Younus must be taken back and the reason of all ills Mr. Shoib Malik should be thrown out of team. We should never make captain such people like Cheaters and those who always play for themselves (like Shahid and Salman Butt.... )

  • Abid Mashwani on July 20, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    We all know Pakistan cricket is about:

    PCB Chairman (E. Butt) - Brother in law of Minister of Defence

    Imran Farhat - Son in Law of selection committee member (M Ilyas)

    S. Malik - political connections, was invited by PM while under PCB ban for ill doing, conspiring against country team.

    Team manager - PCB chairman friend

    Z. Haider - Nephew of selection committee member Azhar Khan

    Players out of favor: either have no political connection or unluckily not from PUNJAB such as Fawad Alam, M. Sami, Asim Kamal, Yasir Hameed (for most part of his career), Sarfaraz, Younis Khan, M Yousaf (though from Punjab but poor family background).

    So we are on path of PUNJAB eleven instead of Pakistan eleven.

  • Syed Sibtain Ali Raza on July 20, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    What I say about these two players ?? No one need to listen me, Mr. Saad Shafqat writer of this article wrote down quite same as i might have shared here. Very good article. Hope PCB may read it fromt his great website but let me assure you nothing will pursue them to do things good. Money is every thing for them. Money Corruption Nepotism and that's all yet I'm optimistic about this top player Mohammad Yousuf because they will be forced one day when middle order will fail continuously.

  • Abid Mashwani on July 20, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This is a very good write, unfortunately we are fueling sports with politics and ethnicity. Writer did a great job in highlighting the importance of these two Y's and ineptness of the PCB administration, but failed to specifically name Mr. Butt the Baffoon and Mr. Yawar Saeed. Additionally, I will add actual villain of all this drama Mr. Shoaib Malik. I would not be surprise that it was Malik exclusion from playing elevens in Lords that led to below par performance from Akmal brothers (for their friendship) and thus frustrated Afridi to resign after playing rash shots.

    To me the real and quick solution for Pakistan cricket is to get rid of Malik ASAP (though I like him as a player but no more as a part of Pakistan team). Although it is a hard ask for removing E. Butt since PCB patron would love to have more corrupt and incompetent person then himself under him, and unless Pakistan government changes, the Buffoon will stay as PCB chairman.

  • osmirza on July 20, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    @Anonymous: But who says that Dravid and Kallis aren't legends? Did the writer imply anything to the contrary? Can't there be more legends at one time? And besides, the fact that Yousuf & Younus are legends of Pakistani cricket can't be taken away from them, whether someone likes it or not.

  • Murtaza Moiz on July 20, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    If some people don't like Younus or MoYo return for tests, they should not expect to win than from current Pakistani test outfit which is already too fragile

  • Stromeon on July 20, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    The PCB seriously needs to get some sense into its totally muddled brain. Younis and Yousuf are by far the best batsmen in Pakistan at the moment. Yousuf has scored the most runs in a calendar year not so long ago and Younis made a triple-hundred only last year. With the honourable exception of Salman Butt, none of the current Pakistan batsmen look like getting anywhere near 100 let alone 300. Younis would be the best captaincy material now that Afridi - who lets face it isnt a Test player - has resigned; he lead Pakistan to a memorable T20 triumph in England. They made cause a few divided opinions in the dressing room, but they produce results on the field. Younis and Yousuf would give Pakistan much needed stability in the middle order, they are great players. Good luck to them in trying to get back into the team.

  • Anonymous on July 20, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    I don't agree with his article and all the hoola hoo about not including Younis and Yousuf in the national team. Both these players have been pretty useless in all format of the game from last couple of years. There performance on the tour on New Zealand and Australia were below average. Yes Pakistan were thrashed at lords but so what? We have been getting trashed by australia in Test matches for last 15 years even in the presence of Yousuf and Younis. So there absense do not make any difference. Its better to let these guys go and bring some fresh blood in, at least they will hold on to the catches that come their way and put in an effort in the field. Yousuf and younis had their time, now its time for some youngster to come and make name for themselves. An article is written everyday about having younis and yousuf but no journalist take into the account their recent performances.

  • ahmad ullah on July 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    pakistan cricket board is the worst board of all. they dont want to respect senior player who carry them for country

  • Praveen Nag on July 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Good Article Saad. I agree with Ashfaq shah. Yousuf and Younis are legends. They are equally great as Dravid and Kallis (Answer to Anonymous). Yousuf is one of the all time greats of Cricket who crossed 900+ points in test cricket. Shoaib Malik is no good for the Pakistan team. He is neither a bowler nor a batsman but creates problems within the team. He must banned by PCB instead of Yousuf and Younis. Younis was a good and proven captain and inspiration to the team. He must be retained as a captain. Salman is still young and might lose his batting skills while doing captaincy.

    This is my Best Pakistan Test Team: 1.Salman Butt, 2.Azhar Ali/Yasir Hameed, 3.Mohd. Yousuf, 4.Younis Khan*, 5.Umar Akmal, 6.Kamran Akmal+(need a better keeper), 7.Mohd. Amir, 8.Umar Gul, 9.Mohd. Asif, 10. Danish Kaneria 11. Waha Riaz/Tanvir Ahmed

  • Anonymous on July 20, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Anonymous: "If Yousuf and Younis are legends then i wonder what Dravid and Kallis are?". They would be someone who could not break Sir Vivian Richards's records of most centuries in a year and most runs in a year. The records that Yousuf broke. Also, they remain some who could not score a triple century. Something Younis Khan did. Anything else my ignorant buddy?

  • huni on July 20, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team during the recent years was MADE UP of yousaf,yunus and inzamam.After inzi's retirement even the two y's were enough to sweep the best bowling attacks of there feet and look what is been cooking against them.I think pakistan needs them desperately and pakistan crickrt CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THEM

  • abdul samad on July 20, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    i am bamboozeld by the comments of the people who think that it is right to make both the y's sit because they were responsible for all the mess in the team inspite of clear allegations against malik,kamran akmal,umar akmal,saeed ajmal and yawar saeed (the master mind) by previos coaches and both y's.Now waqar younis is also part of this gang who before accepting the post had given bitter comments against younis khan.

    To be honest these people should be removed and exiled from cricket for good

  • karim on July 20, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    The bottom line is that we have to somehow stop the rot & losing to Australia in Tests. The only chance of that is having the two Y's in the middle order. It's too late to include them in tomorrow's match but they should be there before the Tests against England start. It would also benefit the younger batsmen to watch and learn from the experience of You and You.

  • Aslam on July 20, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Hope the intent of the article was supposed to be humorours. Everyone is a legend in Pakistan - Shahid Afridi was hailed as a legend just a month back - mind you he averages 34 odd in tests, 23 in ODi & 18 in T20I. Wow Legend he is!

    Just after the previous tour of Pak vs Aus, everyone was asking for heads of Yousuf, Younis & Shoaib Malik. Yes they got it from PCB in terms of a ban which was overturned in no time! Isn't PCB and Pakistan cricket anything less than a circus? Don't the fans get it? We should just stop watching Pakistan matches and support other teams.

    Saad - what is the deal with Yousuf is not 36 and Younis is not 33! How does age matter here at all.

  • Ali on July 20, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @anonymous: before you start jumping into making your statements you should know the circumstances in which the two Y's are called legends. Pakistan has always been a stronger bowling side compared to its batting, with the likes of Imran Khan, Akrams, Akhtars etc. in the past and more recently Aamer, Asif, Gul and its the bowling attack that has won them the games. So the two Y's are legends as they have thrived in a team which does not produce a lot of world class batsmen. I hope it makes some sense now. Also btw, Yousaf recently scored the most test runs by a batsmen in a calendar year when he played most of the games abroad on green wickets. I don't see any Indian legend being able to do that on even their flat home wickets.

  • masterturner on July 20, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    I agree that both of these are outstanding batsmen but they have put their career on stake by getting involved in captaincy controversies. Specially Muhammad Yousaf had no background of being captain and if he had focused just on his batting he should have been as great as Javed Miandad and Izamam. Still there is time if he is called back he should focus just on batting. Sachin Tendulkar and Javed Miandad are not known for their captaincies but for their batting.

  • Dr Athar Abbas on July 20, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    There is one simple question which can decide who is who?

    Is there a batsman in Pakistan line up who can be expected to score a double hundred. I emphasize, I am asking about potential/expectation, not that who will make a double hundred. Salman Butt, the best batsman in Pakistan side, has the potential to score a hundred. All others are potentially 50-100 runs batsmen (max). In the second innings at Lords, almost everyone played to his potential and the team ended up scoring 289, which makes it very clear that the team's "batting perfect" score is 300runs. It is never going to be enough in a test match. Younis and Yousuf can score hundreds and double hundreds. They will not necessarily make such scores but at least they give the team a possibility. At the moment we can dream of success, the realistic expectation is, we shall lose.

  • KASH on July 20, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    @ anonymous.. Yousuf is much gr8 palyer as compare to Dravid. Currently Similar avgs in Tets(B/c Yousufs game affected last some yrs due to all those controversies). Still have better avg. in one days.Yousuf hasthe best Worldrecords with him. More consistenet century maker.

  • arshad on July 20, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    i think that yousif and younis would be apart of pakistan test and odi side because they both of capabale of tuern a match single handedly

  • Rehan on July 20, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    This is a perfect example how pathetic our administrations capabilities are. Pakistan cricket in last decade has been a mess. We have not produced a world class batsman for atleast 10 years. I am not a fan of Younis but Yousaf is the last world class batsman we produced for quite sometime. We definitely need to work on our domestic cricket to produce good batsmen, otherwise we wont be wining matches with just good fast bowling. I can't imagine Imran Farhat could be a part of a national team other than Pakistan, he hardly touches the ball. I wont select him in my club team. A perfect example of a SIFARSHI.

  • Tanoli on July 20, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Mr. Writer, No doubt PCB is incompetent but how could you or anyone else can claim that Pakistani players are professional and/or decent? Because of these players country is famous for wrong reasons….I am not a fan of PCB or Ijaz Butt or any past PCB Chair…but very certain that PCB did not tell the players to fight, bite ball, quit in the middle, back bite….Who represent the country on the cricket field? In my opinion, it’s the players not PCB……folks please identify the issue…. You are bragging about over 50 average in test for Yousaf and yonis but you failed o mentioned that they have a duty to maintain that average or big name at on-filed and off-field.Pakistani players need training…someone should educate them how to behave in a civilized manners….Once they get dropped, they become emotional so as Pakistani fans…they would claim, oh I want to play for country…I can play under any captain…this nonsense must be stopped. If I’m PCB chair, I will run the show entirely differently.

  • Jibran on July 20, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    The crisis is PCB's own doing. If the team has no discipline, infighting and player power, then the team management and PCB administration should be banned. Yet the same manager who was in control through the chaos is still the team manager. Same assistant coach is back and most troublesome player is back in the squad. However, two players who deserve to be pampered are not in the squad. Yes, both Younis and especially Yousuf have been idiotic in their behavior, but it is the job of the team manager to sat them down and communicate the issues.

  • Andrew sebastian on July 20, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    This is a political issue, am big cricket fan.. Let it be any team i would expect to watch the best players play each other..Pls get in Yousuf and younis IN and Show the exit doors to selectors.. Yousuf and younis are the best technical players that the team had in history and this not the way to respect the legendary players.. Please allow the team to play peacefully, Results ll come in the way...

  • safrin seyed on July 20, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    is it a usual thing of pak cricket ? nigleting the great players .i dont think this is a new matter in pak cricket this happand many occation in pak cricket history that`s why pak criket is geting down even though they have tallanted players.i hope pcb will learn a good lesson in this series and treat well the good experienced players.

  • Rizwan on July 20, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    i dint read the article but the answer of the title is "PCB wants to shows that they have the power.... but it shows their weakness that everytime they over turn the ban and let people to play again. not giving young people to perform under tough conditions and dont let exp. players to perform well after a bad performance.. our PCB is lost somewhere... i need to see complete make over of PCB soon... i m in favour of players...

  • SN on July 20, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Good Article, Only in Pakistan players of Yousuf calibre can be be left out of Test Squad. Also, I was never a fan of Younis but I can see why he is the best choice for captaincy, PCB should bring him back and give him captaincy before next world cup and kick Malik out.

    Ha Ha Ha! Those who thinks that Rahul Dravid and Kallis are better batsman than Yousuf must have their heads examined, I like Rahul Dravid and Kallis but Yousuf has been exeptional for Pakistan and could have played for any Team in the World, breaking a world record of Viv Richard was not a joke and only a world class batsman like Yousuf could break that record.

  • Razzaq Ali on July 20, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    One of truly unbiased article. I have been always puzzled with the "experimental" nature of the team selection. How can you experiment at this level where part-time bowlers are handed 5 and 6 wickets. The culprit are both the coach/selectors/capitan. The last time this happened was when Packer circus came to town and PCB sent a team bereft of likes of Imran Khan and after a resounding defeat, the Packer rebels were recalled by the then President of Pakistan. Now that is not the case as the PCB, a undemocratically elected boad see it fit to send a experimental side to face Australia and England and the likes of Waqar / Salman Butt/ Mohsin Khan are living in a cuckoo land hoping that the youngster will perform! The defeat in Australia was not that a disaster as it was made out to be as the three / four chances if they were held on the result would have been different.

  • Kiran Muzammil on July 20, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Yes Saad - Yousef is not yet 36 but he will be in exactly 38 days so nice try in attempting to justify your article. It is quite clear that Yousef has been a trouble maker ever since 2007 when he went to the IPL as he was over looked for 2007 20-20 world cup. He was overlooked quite justifiably. He is a pathetic fielder, he is slow on the field and his batting is not suited to 20-20 cricket. So what does he do? In typically self serving behaviour he quits Pakistan to go to the IPL. In equally typical Pakistan behaviour, the PCB forgives him and welcomes him back. He, along-with Younis Khan were the two players who created issues for Shoaib Malik's captaincy. Younis who seems to be a darling of the media, has had more dramas than a soap opera. He gets the honor of the Pakistan captaincy and in two occasions he quits the job and runs away. Even a 14 year old girl would show more mental stability than Younis Khan. Both of them are old and trouble-makers, let them be put out to pasture.

  • SUSHIL YESUPRIYA on July 20, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I would fire the incompetent PCB members, they are obsolete. They lack wisdom, discernment and insight. Call the best 25 players that are vying for a spot on the current team, ask them to work themselves into the team based on their experience, seniority, skills, fitness and abilities. Team should be role models.

    With regards to the team. There is no teamwork and oneness in the current prospective team. No humility and no common agenda to make their country proud. Make room for the big personalities, accept them the way they are, accomodate their wishes, after all they are not asking for the moon, are they? Divisive and loony characters should be warned / reprimanded 3-4 times and then if it still continues they should be banished permanently. The 25 should be exhorted to work together as a team, ask any one of them - ( the current 25 ) that are chosen what is teamwork - and they would have no clue as to what you are talking about. Does Australia have similar problems like this?

  • Anonymous on July 20, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    @Mohammad Waqas, if i am not wrong Younus scored 300+ in beginning of last year, and i believe that Dravid is much much better batter than Younus and Yousuf but still i will prefer Yousuf watching playing because he is more stylish and treat to watch compare to dravid.

  • Salman on July 20, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    We want or players back!!!! new and old is a lethal combination, we are struggling with the new...we need both togethter!!!

  • basharat habibullah on July 20, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Saad, I am not sure why people are not calling for Ijaz Butt's head, first and foremost. Now he has called Yousuf to go to England, but why not Younis. Nthing agaisnt Yousuf, but his good days are behind him, and his career average against top bowling sides like australia, south africa and lanka is less than 30!!! I would rate inzamam and even yunis better than him, not to mention calling him great compared to richards, lara, tendulkar , dravid , kallis or ponting. Add to that Yousuf's frequent turnarounds on retirement, his issues with other team mates like salman butt , I do not think he will be a good influence at all. Lets look to future.

  • drjill on July 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    @anonymous: So for you Yousuf and Younis are no legends? Well Younis case is debatable but I am sure any sane mind with an understanding of cricket will agree with Yousuf being a legend. I don't see him any less than Dravid (Dravid a legend?, you must be kidding) or Kallis. Take a look at his record and than you might understand the meaning of being a 'legend'. What he achieved in one year Dravid and even Kallis is yet to achieve. A person breaking a long standing 'West Indian' (huge west Indiuan Fan) record deserve all the accolades, period.

  • shabz on July 20, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    @Anonymous: my dear comparing them with the batting legends of pakistan here and yes Dravid and Kallis are also legends.

    the article is spot on and i beleive we will soon see the best batsmen of the country returning and saving the nation's pride.

  • Zahid on July 20, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Given the current situation of Pakistan cricket, I strongly believe that they should look beyond for what had happened in the past and recall Yusuf and Younis, who are the best in the bunch at the moment. The youngsters are not ready for tests as yet. The PCB should swallow their pride and recall the two most experienced cricketers for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Sir Lunchalot on July 20, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Good article, but I disagree that Pakistan is the only country where this could happen. I can think of plenty of times when England left people out of the test squad because of the ineptitude or shortsightedness of the selectors or management rather than any cricketing reason - Robin Smith and David Gower are probably two of the higher profile examples, but there are examples going back to the 19th Century of people whose faces simply didn't fit, or who weren't deferential enough to those swilling gin and tonic at Lords. It begins to look as though the PCB has followed the MCC model - perhaps Younis and Yousuf are simply seen as 'the wrong sort of chap' despite their ability on the pitch.

  • Anonamyous on July 20, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    When there is so much captaincy issues why not try out some one who keeps out of plitics but is also a dedicated cricketer and an eperience all rounder ---Abdul Razzaq .

  • Anonymous on July 20, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Why not maka a new captain with experience and dedication , say Abdul Razzaq. He is an all rounder and keeps out of politics. Pitty he does not have the necessary support.

  • Khalid Salman on July 20, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    While agreeing what Saad has said, it is the board ( Mr. Butt & Co ) for all these problems, as Mr. Butt said, lately, Younis will have to face the music of keep commenting on the board policies.......... The Akmals and Shoaibs and Butts who took oath against Younis, are there and the poor guy is sitting out..........this comedy

  • GNP on July 20, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Looks like Younis Khan's case is very clearcut. It seems to me like a ego war between Ijaz Butt and Younis. It is very sad the way PCB is treating a World cup winning captain. PCB should reinstate Younis and back him all the way but I dont see anybody in PCB with the maturity to make this call... wish Pakistan cricket gets back on its feet

  • Assad Hasanain on July 20, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    This is absolutely absurd. Neither Yousaf nor Younis have done anything of note in test cricket for a while. Yousaf's last hundred was against Sri Lanka ages ago, he stuttered in New Zealand (getting 30s and 40s without anything susbtantial) and then he failed miserably in Australia. He is way past his best form. Even at his best he has never performed under pressure, his average owes more to his exploits in 2006. To my memory he has never won Pakistan a test match in Australia, England and South Africa. Younis was so terrible in Sri Lanka and Australia that any other team would long ago have dropped him and told him to recover his form in domestic cricket. WHile Younis played county cricket this summer he has hardly set the world on fire even against the mediocre bowling attacks in the county setup. Why are Pakistani journalists parading Yousaf and Younis as the solution to Pakistan's problems? Even with them in the side we lost miserably to Sri Lanka and to Australia(in the ODIs)

  • Ilyas on July 20, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Both have to play cricket positively. And my advice to both is that, Please stay away from media.

  • Faheem on July 20, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Now If they will be back again, due to lack of practise and moral support, if they could not perform they shall be again in the highlights. Similarly in ODI's & T 20 Shoaib Akhtar, M Asif, Abdul Razzak & Shahzeb Hassan are just filling the slots. Talent from U 19 like Ghumman, Anwar Ali & Hammad Azam should definitely be considered.

  • Sahban on July 20, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Good article Saad. You are right Pakistan is the only country where best players are thrown out instead of given a proper farewell. Its pity we have two Great players waiting at home. Take India for eg how well they look after their players. No one in PCB thinks about pakistan cricket as a whole, whoever joins PCB head office just think they own that place. All they want to do is to quench their egos. I dont understand how can Ijaz Butt go on, how low is he going to take Pakistan cricket.

  • VV on July 20, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    PCB should be run by professionals as opposed to ex-cricketers. If there are team dynamic problems, there are simple activities they can administer to bring the team closer. This alienation of star performers, by PCB is beyond ridiculous. Even Afridi's resignation smells suspicious.

  • Ashfaq Shah on July 20, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Good starting point for an argument. Both Ys are prone to taking U-turns. Younis's case is more compelling, left capataincy due to lack of support (a major reason for which was his action of dropping Yousuf from playing XI in Abu Dhabi). Board failed to curb the coup and gave in to players by announcing Yousuf as Captain. Yousuf left as aftermath of Australia tour, of which Younis was only part in Onedayers. For Yousuf, I see this as classic 'what goes around,comes around' scenario. Younis has been punished for being straightforward and being man of principles. He refuses to apologize (for God knows what) and is thus banished while Akmals, Afridi and Malik were all pardoned citing one reason or another, funniest of which was Malik's case. Yousuf meanwhile is set to end his (third, or fourth) retirement while there is no end to Younis's punishment. Not till PCB management has a change of heart. PCB and only PCB is to blame for not being firm enough to control player power.

  • Usman on July 20, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Still believe younis is the bet captain material for pakistan especially in tests and ODIs.. it really was amiracle that Pak won T20 WC under his leadership otherwise they were not capable enough to win it.. it was truely leadership taht guided them to WC title.if something is wrong in team remove that part(malik) isntead of removing younis and yousuf, malik had troubled both these legends and the whole team.I wish these 2 come in the team in remaining matches and perform well.

  • Anonymous on July 20, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    he he he If Yousuf and Younis are legends then i wonder what Dravid and Kallis are? By the writers glasses i see them as gods.

  • Mohammad Waqas on July 20, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    I don't find any reason as to why the two Y's are being recalled. After australian tour,he indulged in open fight with malik when he was backing him in the tests and younis has had terrible time with bat for the last two years.

  • veezel on July 20, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    good articale.I am a person who believe strong desipline in the team but watchig this pcb handling things have made me a living zoomby i do not really know what is coming next from this board i have written few times before about this spineless board but seems like this guy is more powerfull then our friend ex president of only supper power of the world he can do whatever he likes he punish people without bringing every thing out in public then he pardoned some and not all.He changes his statments on his will he command no respect from international body malcom speeds statment is witness of that.I am sick and tired of hearing that so many commeties have been made to solve the issue but nothing has been done so far and i strongly believe that nothing will be done this reflect the whole culture of our society we are living in now.May ALLAH BLESS US ALL

  • Sheheryar Khan on July 20, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    (Continued)Furthermore, this is not an excuse that you rest/deject your senior players and keep on losing and lamely coming up with an excuse that the team is young, not groomed and will take 8 or odd months to mature and come on the winning track! No team in the world would like to 'keep' Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke 'out of the team' and let youngster play instead of them so that their talent is groomed and they should be given an extended timeperiod.

  • Sheheryar Khan on July 20, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Thank you Saad Shafqat for writing a piece in favour of Pakistan batting maestros. I asked Holsmans to do so but he didn't come up with one. I am, perhaps, of this view that Pakistan's middle order is currently spineless and they need a solid backbone so bring in the two Ys. It's encouraging and heartening to know that finally Yousuf will join the team before the 1st Test against England in Nottingham. Regarding younsters, I would like to add that it's not reasonbly acceptable that these boys should be given more and more and more chances! There is no gain if you there aren't any guiding tools for them and the best them is, for sure, are the veterans of the team which help them. Youngsters can only learn through the aid and tips of senior players who can actually tell them how it is, how it feels and how to tackle it and what the game is all about. Furthermore, this is not an excuse that you rest/deject your senior players and keep on losing and lamely coming up with an excuse that

  • Imran on July 20, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    What people seem to forget is that the PCB and the team management they appoint are there for exactly that reason. To manage the players..Rumours of oath taking, player revolts and other conspiracys all eminate from the failure of the PCB and nothing else..Surely its the job of the PCB to ensure the team is selected on playing merit and this alone. If they had managed the team properly then surely none of this infighting etc would have taken place??? Its a sad state of affairs when a captain is hailed for bringing unity to the team when in reality this should be the job of the PCB and the management. Ofcourse Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf should be in the team and their absence has got to more to do with the abject failure of the PCB then anything to do with the players in question!

  • omair shahid on July 20, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    now it time to bring them back our middle order is very weak and they cannot handle the pressure sure we should give youngsters chances but we need experience in the middle order to score big runs

  • jafar akram on July 20, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    i dont even watch pakistan play test matches anymore because i know there going to loose without mohammed yousaf and younis khan, they cant just bring in new players suddenly and expect them to fill there boots they should play alongside younis and yousaf and learn from them then take over when the two retire.... thanks PCB for ruining the future of test cricket....

    this is why india are soo good at tests and pakistan r soo rubbish, pakistan has a better bowling attack than india but india persist with laxman, dravid, tendulkar in tests... old is gold in tests u need old wise calm heads.... ppl like umar akmal etc cant replace these 2 :-(

  • Ashfaq on July 20, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    One can never understand PCB since there is no logic in what they do. They have always done similar things to other greats like Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain etc. Now they want Yousuf and Younis to compromise their dignity for Ijaz Butt who if had any should have quit by now.

  • Omer Farooq on July 20, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Its high time to call these two legends back and strengthen the national side !

  • Muhammad Iqbal on July 20, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf & Younis Khan should be part of Pakistan Test Team.Both are excellant test cricket players.

  • Aash on July 20, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    The first two lines of the article says it all.

  • ADIL KHAN on July 20, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis are the two legends of Pakistan cricket. Without the two Ys Pakistan batting seems nothing. As once our pace bowling was without the two Ws ( Wasim and Waqar ).The Ys should be brought immediately to the side to rescue Pakistan cricket from further collapse.

  • MAA on July 20, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    I completely agree with this and would like to request PCB to send Younis & Yosuf at earliest, in order to avoid batting embarrassments during this tour of England.

  • Faheem on July 20, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    It is correctly identified by the writer that Yousuf and Younus and paying the price for having incompetent PCB bosses, especially Mr. Ijaz Butt who has successfully imposed fines and bans on players to hide his incompetency. But since he is not answerable to anyone in the country, these tactics are likely to continued.

  • coolz78 on July 20, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Lets get the records straight Yousuf is a good player and has been instrumental in Pakistan wins but Younis is not. Pakistan has never won a match just because of Younis's batting skills plus add on to it his attitude problems. He is immature and keeps on leaving the capitancy and the team just when the things are not going his way.

    The team is better off with out Younis. Yousuf could add on some metal to the middle order but I personally feel that we can make a good team out of these guys. They are young and energtic and have a feel for the green flag. Give them the confidence and they will deliver. That is how Imran turned the tides of Pakistani circket.

    WE DONT WANT YOUNIS KHAN

  • rahat baloch on July 20, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Current Pakistan cricket setup and Pakistan politics are mess. None of them got any idea what their specific jobs are? What are their responsibilities and priorities? They are forgetting that they are in power because they have promised nation to server with honesty and without any bias. I don't know what was the point in carrying out that meaningless and time wasting enquiry committee. What was the fuss? Younis and Yousuf they both made scape goat whereas people like malik go away without any trouble.Ijaz butt should have resigned after disaster of Australian tour but he still wants to be around to ruin this only sports in which our nation still can compete. Where in the world chairman of the cricket board announce final team? Where in the world opener like Imran Farhat can get so many chances whereas deserving players like fawad alam never get any opportunities. There are so many examples that cleary shows the incompetence of current board. Please leave us alone. God bless Pakistan

  • waterbuffalo on July 20, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Why are they missing? Because the PCB has no brains, no class and no idea what they are doing. We have known that for decades.

  • Waqas on July 20, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    If these two were really involved in politics and other stuff then we should forget about them. We should give chance to new players as we are giving now. I think there is no shame in losing. We were losing before and still are but atleast we are fighting and giving tough time to opposition.

  • Nadeem on July 20, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Yeah, Saad you are spot on..PCB administration is behaving like angry kid in this matter, they want both Y's to come down on their knees and say sorry for the mistakes they never made and if PCB let them in without that then after playing good innings or scoring 100, everybody will forget their past.

  • mazhar on July 20, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Why India is No-1 test team in the world today. Simply because of experience player around the Inexperience player. And that’s the only way inexperience player can learn. World of Cricket seen 2W’s only because they played around greatest Imran Khan.

    Soon after 2003 World cup PCB get rid of Saeed Anwer saying they want new faces. Since then Opening Misery is continuing.

    New players should be encouraged, if they have talent, but you need polish them, considering weakest Domestic structure in Pakistan.

  • Arshad on July 20, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    If we want something in tests we need these both players back in the side. If these players are in the side it will make a huge difference to the middle order. bcoz yousuf and younis are best players of pakistan.

  • Khaleeq Qureshi on July 20, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    The existing Pakistan Cricket team needs decipline, keeping national interst on top and free of politics ( as the players who have been fined/ banned for playing dirty politics have all beig reinstated and one is made vice captain)and not Yousuf and Younus . They have played their innings brought fame and stability for themseves and for the team. Even if they are included and if they fail ( as in case of Younus when he was called in last Australian tour) their supporters will say they were out of cricket say for 3/4/5/6 months so they could not perform due to lack of practice. Moreover they are more than 34 years of age. Better to look forward for the new blood. Umar Amin and Azhar Ali are fine technically sound batsmen and given the time and opportunity they will be assests for Pakistan.Why not give some rest to Umar Akmal and his brother as they batted with irresponsible apparoach as if they were playig T20 or One day.Now comes Shoeb Malik and let us see how he performs.

  • ats on July 20, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    just for your knowledge Mr shafqat, inzamam's average is 49.60 and not over 50.

  • Aakash on July 20, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    these two must be in test team. my team for the next five matches will be 1 salman butt 2 yasir hameed 3 younis 4 yousuf 5 u.akmal 6 shoaib malik/razzaq 7 k.akmal 8 amir 9 gul 10 asif 11 danish/ajmal

  • ALI on July 20, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    PCB is a joke ..the best thing they should do is to ban this t20 format.. players are more inclined towards playing shorter versions of the game where they can earn more money and more fame.. who doesnt like shortcuts for getting famous and all. but this is creating more problems for Pakistan Cricket. We havent produced much of Test cricketers lately and thats unfortunate. We talk about talents of Umer akmal, no doubt he is MashAllah very good but look at the way he was playing in this test match.

    i really dont believe players like younis and yousaf can solve the problem alone

  • Muhammad Ali on July 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    As long as Patron in Chief of Cricket not take any action against the chairman of PCB this unfortune with Pakistan is going to last for long.

  • S. M. Bilal Kazmi on July 20, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    M. Yousuf and Younis is our Hero and Ijaz Butt, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal & Shoaib Malik is our Villan.

    Why Fawad Alam not consider for test he is first pakistani who make debut century other place and also why Asim Kamal is left out from test squad.

    Mohsin Hassan Khan is our hero but he laid down us for local selection for australia and englad tour.

  • Tariq Butt on July 20, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Ahh'''you got me started again.This is just beyond the pale that we have such a pathatic PCB in its history,, seems like with everything else in Pakistan at the moment'' that wrong people doing the wrong jobs at a wrong time and this reflects through nearly all the public sector administration conduct'''its not being political but we as a nation have lost its moral compass and thats what is wrong with Cricket at the moment,, personal egoes have overcome the national interests and nobody seems to be worried about this,,Pak cricket team is going on a road of Bangladesh cricket where defeat after defeat they will lose the confidence od winning espacilay in test cricket and we know what is happening with West indies and Bangla at the moment as one has lost the mojo and the other couldn't find it all.Apathy is a word come to my mind.

  • ash on July 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    We need both urgently

    Replace Farhat with Azhar Ali -the openers are solved.

    Play Akmal at 5 and Umar Amin at 6 - middle order fixed

    Ask Imran to head up PCB - administration solved

    Any other issues?

  • Jaan Mohd on July 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Pakistan need both Younis and Yousif. The PCB should respect these two great players as they are respected by the nation. PCB is not the elective body in Pakistan but rether they are selected. We (Pakistanis) think that they (PCB) have no rights to oppose or ignore the national Heros of Pakistan in favor of their personal pride.

  • moon on July 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    yusuf is the best bastman we ever had, he always played for Pakistan whenever needed, but on the other hand PCB and media never gave him the place he deserves.It started from the day he was first sellected for the Pakistan and in the camp when the team was introduced to MAJID KHAN, he said about Yusuf, ab ese larke bhi Pakistan k liye khelen ge (NOW THESE KIND OF BOYS WILL PLAY FOR PAKISTAN), untill now he is been mistreated. Yunus have a great potential we owe him a lot, a great batsman deserves best. we dont want to loose them as we already lost saqlain Mushtaq he was the best bowler in the world and still young, when somebody with a lot of intersts portrayed Shoaib Malik a better player than Saqlain and replacement, and in result we still have nobody even close to Saqlain.

  • Eddy Moses on July 20, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    No-one seems to want to swallow some pride here. Get the two Ys back in the fold, let them nurture the youngsters who don't look too bad. In a couple of years or so, they will both have retired and the young lads will be ready to step up.

    Getting hammered regularly isn't good for the soul and Azhar Ali, Umar Amin and even Umar Akmal may suffer as a result. If you are used to losing then you can forget about how to win.

  • Dr.Iyer on July 20, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Mate, Cheers for the first Neutral article on issue. The articles earlier has been villifying the board mostly and rare one commented on the players. Whatever the present need is these two bones. Can you imagine an Indian Test side without R.Dravid and S.R.T or even V.V.S? Or a Lankan side without Sanga or Mahela. With these 5 batsmen the two Ys along with retired Inzi and Dada are true torch bearers of Asian batting and these 8 can find place among Top batsmen of anyone's anytime list. Why is PCB still reluctant is upto them. Just Allah knows why. Can those big bosses learn something from the other neighbours of subcontinent? If they fail am sorry to say Pak cricket can't be in top 5 in long format let alone top 3 despite the best pace attack in Asia for long time. Let your Allah change those crap minds. Thats all we fans can do i.e Pray and Hope for Best.

  • Akhtar on July 20, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    They are great players but they should also make the people around them comfortable and talk to them when they are wong. They should lead from the front. Team work is part of the way to win a match or series. This is one key skill

  • Mark on July 20, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    I've never understood this obsession with preparing for the future. The aim should be to win the game you're playing in now, not one in 3 years' time. For goodness sake, stop writing off anyone over 30, or 40 for that matter if it's justifiable. Bring both of them back.

  • Mohammad Alamgir on July 20, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The PCB has run out of brains. It is nothing but a bunch of officials who are giving the idea now that they seem to know nothing about cricket. Experimentation against the world's number one test team is nothing else than creating suicide. Afridis captainship nomination and excluding Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Younus from the team are blunders that ask for explanation from the PCB. People with genuine cricketing brain should run the PCB and it is high time that the PCB should be disbanded and new administration be given charges based on democratic traditions.Otherwise failure after failure will be the result for Pakistan cricket.

  • C.K. on July 20, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The former view of "looking ahead and forget about them" is clearly evident from the amount of youngsters that have been called up for the tour in England, and it's clear that Umar Amin and Azhar Ali, whilst still inexperienced, have been broken into the squad to replace the two Ys - perhaps they will be filling the shoes that the Akmal brothers have now left to fill in the shoes of the two Ys.

    Either way, it's still very puzzling and very confusing. I'm not sure if Yousuf should be recalled due to the mouth on him, but his test average CANNOT be ignored. Younis too. For crying out loud, we only have two proper stroke-makers in Umar Akmal and Salman Butt. Pakistan would benefit greatly under the two Ys, and it's imperative that we should recall them immediately if we are to save ourselves further embarrassment in REAL cricket.

  • Rajaraman on July 20, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I just cant come to terms with the fact that Younis and Yosouf are being portrayed as the main villains responsible for all the trouble and dissent in the team. Having watched and listened to them play, speak and interact on the media, I am sure that they both are thorough gentlemen than a lot of players who are playing or have played for Pakistan. We have seen worser behviour from Asif, Afridi, Malik (both Shoaib and Salim), Akmals and a lot of other players in the past like Miandad, Aqib Javed etc. Even Imran stood who stood tall and honourable, had a perfect knack for letting his frontline trouble makers incite trouble and step in at the right time diplomatically and douse the fire. But comparitively these two were very honourable gentlemen along with likes of Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Muddazar Nazar, Wasim Raja, Wasim Bari, Mohisin Khan etc. It is really sad that the world cricket fans have to miss both.

  • Sohaib on July 20, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    The fact is that no where in the world are captains changed after a series loss. England lost the ashes to Australia 5-0 (and you can imagine what the rivalry between them is like!) but no one resigned and no one was sacked and nothing much changed. Sometimes you have to admit that a side is better than you and you just learn from your mistakes. I think PCB should have stuck to their captains (Younis and Yousuf) and that would have been much better for this team!

  • sridhar on July 20, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    The PCB and Pakistan cricket continue to baffle. Each day has a different report of whehter the two are playing or not playing. The latest is that Yousuf has declared that he is available and will play undre anyone. The ball is squarely in the PCB's court. Pakistan cricket is under severe stress, it cannot play a home series for God knows how long. It has had a succession of captains, disciplinary actions, hints of match fixing, people being recalled and players like Shoaib Malik being sidelined despite being available. Honestly speaking , what do they have to lose? They have lost 13 tests in a row to Australia, a feat no one has achieved and is likely to achieve given that Australia are a team in transition. The time to do something drastic is now, get back the senior players and try to salvage something out of the England series. The Pak bowling is good, particularly in English conditions, it is the batting and the thinking that has to be got right. Ramanujam Sridhar

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  • sridhar on July 20, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    The PCB and Pakistan cricket continue to baffle. Each day has a different report of whehter the two are playing or not playing. The latest is that Yousuf has declared that he is available and will play undre anyone. The ball is squarely in the PCB's court. Pakistan cricket is under severe stress, it cannot play a home series for God knows how long. It has had a succession of captains, disciplinary actions, hints of match fixing, people being recalled and players like Shoaib Malik being sidelined despite being available. Honestly speaking , what do they have to lose? They have lost 13 tests in a row to Australia, a feat no one has achieved and is likely to achieve given that Australia are a team in transition. The time to do something drastic is now, get back the senior players and try to salvage something out of the England series. The Pak bowling is good, particularly in English conditions, it is the batting and the thinking that has to be got right. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • Sohaib on July 20, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    The fact is that no where in the world are captains changed after a series loss. England lost the ashes to Australia 5-0 (and you can imagine what the rivalry between them is like!) but no one resigned and no one was sacked and nothing much changed. Sometimes you have to admit that a side is better than you and you just learn from your mistakes. I think PCB should have stuck to their captains (Younis and Yousuf) and that would have been much better for this team!

  • Rajaraman on July 20, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I just cant come to terms with the fact that Younis and Yosouf are being portrayed as the main villains responsible for all the trouble and dissent in the team. Having watched and listened to them play, speak and interact on the media, I am sure that they both are thorough gentlemen than a lot of players who are playing or have played for Pakistan. We have seen worser behviour from Asif, Afridi, Malik (both Shoaib and Salim), Akmals and a lot of other players in the past like Miandad, Aqib Javed etc. Even Imran stood who stood tall and honourable, had a perfect knack for letting his frontline trouble makers incite trouble and step in at the right time diplomatically and douse the fire. But comparitively these two were very honourable gentlemen along with likes of Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Muddazar Nazar, Wasim Raja, Wasim Bari, Mohisin Khan etc. It is really sad that the world cricket fans have to miss both.

  • C.K. on July 20, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The former view of "looking ahead and forget about them" is clearly evident from the amount of youngsters that have been called up for the tour in England, and it's clear that Umar Amin and Azhar Ali, whilst still inexperienced, have been broken into the squad to replace the two Ys - perhaps they will be filling the shoes that the Akmal brothers have now left to fill in the shoes of the two Ys.

    Either way, it's still very puzzling and very confusing. I'm not sure if Yousuf should be recalled due to the mouth on him, but his test average CANNOT be ignored. Younis too. For crying out loud, we only have two proper stroke-makers in Umar Akmal and Salman Butt. Pakistan would benefit greatly under the two Ys, and it's imperative that we should recall them immediately if we are to save ourselves further embarrassment in REAL cricket.

  • Mohammad Alamgir on July 20, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    The PCB has run out of brains. It is nothing but a bunch of officials who are giving the idea now that they seem to know nothing about cricket. Experimentation against the world's number one test team is nothing else than creating suicide. Afridis captainship nomination and excluding Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Younus from the team are blunders that ask for explanation from the PCB. People with genuine cricketing brain should run the PCB and it is high time that the PCB should be disbanded and new administration be given charges based on democratic traditions.Otherwise failure after failure will be the result for Pakistan cricket.

  • Mark on July 20, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    I've never understood this obsession with preparing for the future. The aim should be to win the game you're playing in now, not one in 3 years' time. For goodness sake, stop writing off anyone over 30, or 40 for that matter if it's justifiable. Bring both of them back.

  • Akhtar on July 20, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    They are great players but they should also make the people around them comfortable and talk to them when they are wong. They should lead from the front. Team work is part of the way to win a match or series. This is one key skill

  • Dr.Iyer on July 20, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Mate, Cheers for the first Neutral article on issue. The articles earlier has been villifying the board mostly and rare one commented on the players. Whatever the present need is these two bones. Can you imagine an Indian Test side without R.Dravid and S.R.T or even V.V.S? Or a Lankan side without Sanga or Mahela. With these 5 batsmen the two Ys along with retired Inzi and Dada are true torch bearers of Asian batting and these 8 can find place among Top batsmen of anyone's anytime list. Why is PCB still reluctant is upto them. Just Allah knows why. Can those big bosses learn something from the other neighbours of subcontinent? If they fail am sorry to say Pak cricket can't be in top 5 in long format let alone top 3 despite the best pace attack in Asia for long time. Let your Allah change those crap minds. Thats all we fans can do i.e Pray and Hope for Best.

  • Eddy Moses on July 20, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    No-one seems to want to swallow some pride here. Get the two Ys back in the fold, let them nurture the youngsters who don't look too bad. In a couple of years or so, they will both have retired and the young lads will be ready to step up.

    Getting hammered regularly isn't good for the soul and Azhar Ali, Umar Amin and even Umar Akmal may suffer as a result. If you are used to losing then you can forget about how to win.

  • moon on July 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    yusuf is the best bastman we ever had, he always played for Pakistan whenever needed, but on the other hand PCB and media never gave him the place he deserves.It started from the day he was first sellected for the Pakistan and in the camp when the team was introduced to MAJID KHAN, he said about Yusuf, ab ese larke bhi Pakistan k liye khelen ge (NOW THESE KIND OF BOYS WILL PLAY FOR PAKISTAN), untill now he is been mistreated. Yunus have a great potential we owe him a lot, a great batsman deserves best. we dont want to loose them as we already lost saqlain Mushtaq he was the best bowler in the world and still young, when somebody with a lot of intersts portrayed Shoaib Malik a better player than Saqlain and replacement, and in result we still have nobody even close to Saqlain.