Pakistan in England 2010

Yousuf returns to limited-over squads

Osman Samiuddin

August 24, 2010

Comments: 269 | Text size: A | A

Mohammad Yousuf shares a laugh with team-mates during training, The Oval, August 16, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf is back in Pakistan's World Cup plans © Getty Images
Enlarge

Mohammad Yousuf's rehabilitation back into the Pakistan fold is complete as the batsman was recalled to a 16-man squad to face England in a five-ODI series and two Twenty20 internationals in September. There was no recall, however, for Yousuf's long time middle-order ally, Younis Khan, the selection committee and captain claiming he has not been "cleared" by the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.

In another significant move, Shoaib Malik, a limited-overs fixture in Pakistan sides for a number of years, has been dropped. Mohsin Khan, the chairman of selectors, was economical with his words when asked about the significance of Malik's dropping. "Lack of form, lack of performance," he told Cricinfo.

Yousuf was retired from all cricket until recently in protest at an indefinite ban from selection the board had placed on him. After being cleared by the PCB, though, he answered an SOS to bolster an inexperienced and flimsy middle order in the England Test series and played a vital role in Pakistan's third Test win at The Oval. Yousuf had led Pakistan in four ODIs in Australia at the turn of the year but missed their last ODI assignment, the Asia Cup in June, because of the punishment.

Younis had also played in the ODIs in Australia, but with limited success. In the aftermath of the tour, he was also handed the same punishment as Yousuf but has not been able to reach a resolution with the board. A number of other players who were banned have reached a compromise with Butt and had their punishments overturned. "I asked the chairman PCB about the situation with Younis twice," captain Shahid Afridi said. "But the clearance wasn't given by the PCB. I did what I had to do."

The other major news is the axing of Malik, who also had a ban imposed and lifted in quick time after the Australia tour. Malik was in poor form during the ongoing Test series in England and was dropped from the side for the third Test. Over the last 12 months Malik averaged 30 with the bat in 11 ODIs, with only one fifty-plus score: a Champions Trophy hundred against India. Take that out and he averaged 20

The squad is a significant one as the countdown begins to the 2011 World Cup, due to start in February. Afridi said he was looking to build a pool of 20-25 players between now and then; Pakistan are scheduled to take on England, South Africa, New Zealand and possibly Zimbabwe in ODIs in that time.

In that light, two notable performers from the Tests against England have been called up. Azhar Ali, who played two innings of immense significance amid a sequence of low scores, had his first limited-overs call up. Wahab Riaz, who was a part of the ODI squad two years ago, also returned following an impressive Test debut at The Oval.

"In a 50-over game, there is still a lot of batting to be done," Mohsin said. "We've had problems batting the fulll quota of overs in the past so we felt the need for batsmen in this squad who can play long innings. Yousuf is one, and that is why he is in the side, and Azhar we feel is another."

Three others picks are significant. Fawad Alam, whose exclusion from the Asia Cup and the England Tests , was criticised, returned to beef up a lower middle-order in which he impressed in Australia. Mohammad Hafeez, in and out of the side, over the last two years came back in place of Imran Farhat, presumably as an opening option. And Shoaib Akhtar continued his remarkable return to the international scene, retaining his place from the Asia Cup and the Twenty20 internationals against Australia to complete a strong pace attack that includes Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and a fit-again Umar Gul, alongisde Riaz.

Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Wahab Riaz.

Reserves: Sarfraz Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Irfan, Abdur Rehman.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

RSS Feeds: Osman Samiuddin

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by AEDIANS on (August 31, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

A.O.A. I THINK WE ALL PAKISTANI SHOULD TAKE ALLEGAETIONS ON PLAYERS IN A POSITIVE SENSE AND WE SHOULD THANKS TO SCOTLAND YARD TEAM.BECAUSE INSHALLAH NOW WE WILL WATCH THE PURE AND GOOD CRICKET PERFORMENCES FROM TEAM.BECAUSE OUR PLAYERS NEED SOME KIND OF DOSE WHICH MAKE THEM SERIOUS ABOUT UPCOMING SERIES AND SPECIALLY WORLD CUP.NOW THEY HAVE TOO PERFORM TO SHETUP AND TO CALM THEIR FANS AND COUNTRY.THEY HAVE TOO PERFORM TO REMOVE ALL ALLEGETIONS.OTHERWISE,THEY WILL BE DEGRADE FOR ALL TIME.THESE ALLEGETIONS WERE NECESSORY FOR TEAM MANAGEMENT AND ITS RESULT WILL BE COME OUT IN T20 AND ODI SERIES AGAINST ENGLAND IN FAVOUR OF PAKISTAN.AGAIN, THANKS TO SCOTLAND YARD TEAM TO PUT ALLEGETIONS ON PLAYERS TO BRING PAKISTAN TEAM ON THEIR VICTORY TRACK.INSHALLAH WE WILL WIN,WIN AND WIN.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2010, 11:28 GMT)

taken squad imran nasir should

Posted by s.bijoy1 on (August 30, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

hai all,

Its pathetic to see pakistan cricket in such a disray. I was a regular viewer of the Npower Test match But tha last day when i watch the video's of matc fixer .I feel ashamed as a cricket lover. Young guy like amir into the spot fixing was the most shocking from all.I was expecting a emergence of worldclass player into the central stage but amir u disappointed me.The only thing that ICC can do know is ban the players so that in future no one repeat this anymore. If you guys are not taking any actions against them then you are going to miss lot of cricket lovers who doesn't want to be a Fool !!! again and again.

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (August 28, 2010, 18:26 GMT)

LOL, the flat track bully/minnow basher scored 0 and 10 in the 4th test match, when his team wanted him to score big and save the Test.

Posted by Marghuzay on (August 28, 2010, 17:45 GMT)

I dont understand PCB policies, the bring new talent, then no one see where they are now, where is Khalid Latif, Ahmad Shahzad, both are better then Hafeez, and Shadzaib, Hamad Azam is future of Pakistan Cricket, he has not given any chance at National level, if some one not understand cricket, why they make him Chairman of the PCB, i think they must give this job to some one like Aamir Sohail, Zaheer Abbass, Abdul Qadir, if they continue with such policies as they are applying now, i think Pak will be home in 2011 World Cup in initial stage, they must give chance to Asim Kamal i rate him Good batsman after INZE bahi, Yousaf, Younas, he would play in test matches for Pakistan with out any dough. Good Luck Pakistan Cricket Team

Posted by Marghuzay on (August 28, 2010, 17:24 GMT)

What do you think about Pakistan,s cricket?If Stuart broad can score 169 and unexperiencd player Jonathan Trott scored 185...The player like Muhammad yousaf should score 0? Pakistan should have to think seriously about the selection of the team.... what do you think Pakistan is missing Younis khan,Asim kamal? Pakistan should have to make separate teams for the odi,test,and t20... bcz the player like umer akmal should have been confused about his technique.... Imran should be out of the team but kia karain uska sussar selection commitee main hain......................... Qasid Ali from Swabi

Posted by AEDIANS on (August 28, 2010, 13:57 GMT)

Pakistan one day team out of selected squad 1.sulman butt 2.kamran akmal 3.muhammad hafiz 4.muhammad yousaf 5.umar akmal 6.shahid afridi 7.abdul razzak 8.muhammad amir 9.umar gul 10.saeed ajmal 11.shoaib akhter

Posted by dArders on (August 28, 2010, 10:04 GMT)

As an England supporter it has become clear during this summer that if the PCB stop sabotaging its own team then Pakistan could develop into a really competitive unit. A batting line-up built around Yousuf/Younis with the youger players around them would score enough runs to let the Pakistani bowling do its job. As for the bowling there are a number of quality seamers around, and Amjal/Kaneria are more than most test teams have in the spin department.

Posted by Marghuzay on (August 28, 2010, 8:16 GMT)

PCB should bring Younis Khan back into the team.2ndly Asim Kamal should have been included in the test squad against Newzealand..3rdly Hafeez shouldn,t be included in the T20 squad he shoulad have been replace by Imran Nazeer...Hamad Azam should have been given a chance bcz he performed very well in the under19 world cup.....

Posted by   on (August 28, 2010, 8:11 GMT)

mohammad yusuf is a great help in odis n in tests but not in the t20s

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Osman SamiuddinClose
Osman Samiuddin Osman spent the first half of his life pretending he discovered reverse swing with a tennis ball half-covered with electrical tape. The second half of his life was spent trying, and failing, to find spiritual fulfillment in the world of Pakistani advertising and marketing. The third half of his life will be devoted to convincing people that he did discover reverse swing. And occasionally writing about cricket. And learning mathematics.
Tour Results
England v Pakistan at Southampton - Sep 22, 2010
England won by 121 runs
England v Pakistan at Lord's - Sep 20, 2010
Pakistan won by 38 runs
England v Pakistan at The Oval - Sep 17, 2010
Pakistan won by 23 runs
England v Pakistan at Leeds - Sep 12, 2010
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
England v Pakistan at Chester-le-Street - Sep 10, 2010
England won by 24 runs
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days