England v Pakistan, 1st npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Mohammad Yousuf added to Test squad

Nagraj Gollapudi and Osman Samiuddin

August 1, 2010

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Mohammad Yousuf drives through the off side, Australia v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Sydney, 2nd day, January 4, 2010
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Mohammad Yousuf has been called into Pakistan's squad for the remainder of the England tour, as the PCB reacted swiftly to Pakistan's 354-run defeat at Trent Bridge. Danish Kaneria has also been axed from the group following his disappointing bowling display, with the left-arm spinner Raza Hasan called up.

The addition of Yousuf, who in March announced his retirement from international cricket, came just hours after England completed their big win in Nottingham. Earlier this year, Yousuf was handed an indefinite ban by the PCB after he captained Pakistan on their disastrous tour of Australia, during which the side fell apart under his control.

"We got a request from the tour management for Mohammad Yousuf and I then discussed with our selectors and we have okayed it," Mohsin Khan, the chief selector, told Cricinfo. "As far as I am aware Yousuf has been training and is fit. He has played in local club tournaments as well."

As a batsman, Yousuf has the potential to strengthen Pakistan's line-up immeasurably for the remaining three Tests, although he has not played any form of elite cricket since March. A team source told Cricinfo that Yousuf would definitely play in the second Test at Edgbaston starting on Friday, provided he arrived in time, and if he had the correct visa, which was as yet unclear.

"A man with his experience and his runs cannot sit out," the team source said. However, Cricinfo has learnt that the captain, Salman Butt, and the coach, Waqar Younis, were not consulted on Yousuf's inclusion and they were only informed about the reinforcements after the Trent Bridge defeat.

There was no similar call-up for the former captain Younis Khan, who has been playing county cricket with Surrey. But while Pakistan have gained an experienced player in Yousuf, they have also lost one of their veterans after the PCB said in a statement that Kaneria would be released to play county cricket for Essex.

The board said Kaneria would remain available to the Test squad if required, but for now Hasan, 18, would join the squad as his replacement. Hasan has played only two first-class matches and will almost certainly be second in line behind Saeed Ajmal for the Birmingham Test.

Kaneria struggled to have any impact at Trent Bridge, where he finished with match figures of 1 for 171, and he was also well below his best in the two Tests against Australia. The captain, Butt, told Cricinfo that the team hoped Kaneria would regain his spark if he was given a chance at county level.

"He [Kaneria] is our most experienced guy," Butt said. "We need to give him time to get back into form and to get his confidence back in a competitive game rather than sitting in the dressing room and getting frustrated. One way is to allow him to play on the county circuit which will give him a chance and be in the middle and dominate and get his rhythm going."

Butt said he and Waqar spoke to Kaneria for ten minutes after reaching the team hotel in the hours after Pakistan's loss. "He was obviously disappointed," Butt said. "But the best thing he said was he would come back strongly. That was what I wanted to hear."

Butt said the matter to release Kaneria, who has 261 Test wickets, was discussed between he and the coaches and the team management. Kaneria declined to comment.

England's coach, Andy Flower, would not be drawn on the merits of the call-ups. "We are not overly concerned with the decisions they make," he said. "We don't waste energy on analysing their decisions, we will play as well as we can whoever they put out."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 21:44 GMT)

Now you bring Yousuf why can they bring Younis Khan and Yasir Hameed in the team most experince players in the squad.Why the board treat them differently.Just one yearago Younis Khan brought T20 world cup and bring joy and happiness to the nation.Now he is no where.Pls change attitude and be fair with everyone.We are one nation.So take care of our sportsman.Pls for ALLAH sake don't take it personel.

Posted by hammad_uet on (August 3, 2010, 21:42 GMT)

Team management should introduce Mohammad Yousaf,Yasir Hameed and Saeed Ajmal in the next matches.....

Posted by zkaleem on (August 3, 2010, 21:01 GMT)

To the blokes calling for the return of Afridi and Kaneria. Have you ever considered switching to wrestling as your hobby instead of cricket? How exactly would you classify Afridi in test cricket? Batsman, never in light years and he found out himself in one diifficult match. A bowler, can't be because he did not have the guts to bring himself on until late in the innings and when he did Watson hammered him for over 20 runs in one over. A fielder, well a fairly decent fielder but that is never enough. For his IQ? Well everytime I see him biting the ball, I am overwhelmed with embarassment and shame. As for Kaneria, he went backwards with every test and series because batsman always found him out. He was more of a Kumble than Warne. That kind of bowling requires patience and intelligence. Kaneria had neither. IT IS GOOD RIDDANCE for our cricket. Let young players grow. I don't care if we lose 4-0 but in the years to follow, these youngster will be our future, if we want one.

Posted by boomboom6 on (August 3, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

I think PCB should bring back Younis/Razzaq/Akhter in the test cricket... we need experience, also I think we can try salman with kamran as openers, I know you guys think kamran is not playing well, but that guy has talent, he hasnt managed well, remember when malik was playing in lower order, he was not performing, but he started playing well in third position, PCB need to manage their team better, and should use all their resources... Pakistani team are blessed with talent, but the talent is not utilized... I think we can make these players better, the only way is to play them, give them more chance, because experience and skills are not made over night, it takes long time for a player to obtain that, these young players can be used against low profile teams, not England/Australia, they are the best, to be the best you got to beat the best, and that can be done when you bring the best...

Posted by yashjayin on (August 3, 2010, 20:34 GMT)

Yosufs Inclusion is surely a positive for pakistan cricket but kaneria's exclusion could prove costlier

Posted by salmaan_2007 on (August 3, 2010, 20:01 GMT)

looking at the way pakistan has been performing i think its worth loosing with experience on the field atleast people wont say that pakistan lost because of inexperience..

My suggestion for the 2nd test.. Open with kamran .. maybe he can score more at the top because hes useless anyway.. and umar amin????? no clue why he keeps on getting chances over the experienced Y.Hameed

1. Salman Butt 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Yasir Hameed 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Azhar Ali 6. Umar Akmal 7. Shohaib Malik 8. Mohammad Amir 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Saeed Ajmal/Raza Hassan

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 18:45 GMT)

Its a good news for Pakistan Cricket that Muhammad Yousuf is Back in Test Sqaud well in Test Cricket Senior Cricketers can handle it better it Test Cricket is a Real Cricket in which experience is Must........I Hope they Must Bring Younis khan and Misbah-ul-haq so that Middle Order must become Strong Department

Posted by mrcruizy on (August 3, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

i say bring back the loin-heart Afridi... this team looks like pussy cat without him.. what the hell is wrong with these guys out there..against australlia it was a mental-barrier..fine, its good enough for an excuse as we have never been able to beat them fairly.. but what the heck is wrong with them now against england? i thought we always performed better against england-in-england than england-in-pakisstan...ahhh this is all going no where.. please somebody tell me i realy want to SUE PCB i swear to God, i realy realy want to .. its insult, disgrace for us,pakistanis, as a nation that we are led by such a jerk i.e. Ijaz Butt...

Posted by Hasso29 on (August 3, 2010, 18:12 GMT)

both younis and yousuf are the best

Posted by Saweja on (August 3, 2010, 18:11 GMT)

Pakistani team on of best team .......................

Indian team also not bad but they don't have experience bowlers tendulker is playing from 1967 he is not giving chance to young talent................................

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (August 3, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

Awaiting the Pathan Y's now i.e. Younis Khan and Yasir Hameed.

Posted by Anandacool on (August 3, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

"hahahaha"... I think this says it all :)

Posted by awais.khawaja on (August 3, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

I think yousuf should come back and help pakistan, but seaming conditions are too hot to handle for batsmen and Yousuf is out of practice for a long time.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 17:01 GMT)

All that follow Cricket will make fun of PCB, enough said.

I am very happy he is back and even more happier if Younis returns... Pakistan had the best middle order in the World (Younis, Yousaf, Iny) but now we have worst.

In my opinion, it will help Azhar Ali to develops further if a mentor like Yousaf is at the other end.

Make as much fun as you want of PCB, but they are not the one on the field playing the game, Yousaf will be.. What I want to heat at the ground once more is "Pakistan Zindabad" let the drum roll.

Posted by Maneies on (August 3, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

Its a bold move by PCB and a well taken decision .... may Allah bring attainability and perfection in pakistan cricket ...

Posted by espak on (August 3, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

MOHAMMAD YOUSAF AND YOUNUS KHAN IS THE FIRST CHOICE FOR PAKISTAN TEAM IN TEST MATCH BECOUSE WITHOUT THEM PAKISTAN CAN;T WIN . THE RESULT OF FIRST MATCH IS IN FRONT OF US .THEY ARE KEY PLAYERS FOR PAKISTAN IN BATTING .ONLY THEY CAN TURN THE MATCH. PAKISTAN BOWLING LINE IS SO STRONG IN THESE DAYS SO IF THEY JOIN PAKISTAN TEAM THE BATING LINE OF PAKISTAN WILL ALSO BECAME A STRONG.SO PAKISTAN TEAM NEEDS THEM.

Posted by wiiCricket on (August 3, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

Do you guys think that Multiple Captains formula can work for Pakistan Cricket Team? I think former Kolkata coach would love that his idea would work somewhere where bunch of idiots run another bunch of idiots. I have no words for this PCB chief and no words for Pakistan Cricket itself who are keep hitting their own foots by their own axes. I guess I would have to cheer for India or SL for WC.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

Muhammad Yousuf Welcome back to Cricket Life

Posted by Stark62 on (August 3, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

To all those people saying "Wasim, Waqar and Imran should come out of retirement".

Are you guys idiots or what?!?!

Pak's bowling is their strength and the batting is fragile. So, why are you people showing dissent towards the whole of Pak team?

Only the BATSMEN should be criticised not the bowlers who are doing their best and Pak's bowling attack looks like top 3 in the world atm.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

To win a cricket match we need a team I think what they(PAKISTAN) need is a "TEAM" .

Posted by Saweja on (August 3, 2010, 14:05 GMT)

i think while playing no need any education ..............

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 13:40 GMT)

You will need Younus khan, Mohammad Yusuf, Yasir Hamid and Fuad Alam to compete with England. In the current team there is no one to captain the team, they are all failed candidates. Get rid of Malik and Akmals, that will give some stability to the team. If Salman Butt does not agree, get rid of him too. his performance does not say he is required any more than many others with 31 average in tests in the past.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 13:25 GMT)

Guys ! Pak need Sohail Tanvir as a bowler ! and i think we should bring back Shahid Afridi !

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (August 3, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Never mind Yousuf. What about Kaneria. A side in a poor position after a big loss and full of youngsters needs every bit of experience around. Kaneria is not the man to axe. he should be the hub of the side.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (August 3, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

Pakistan needs Geof Boycott as the batting coach, even for a short term. The young Pakistani batsmen have no idea how to bat on English wickets. Also its a bit unfortunate that the Akmals are regarded indespensible. Salman Butt is back to normal after a short honemoon period, just look at his averages!!

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (August 3, 2010, 12:23 GMT)

There will be no change in Pakistan's fortunes unless the PCB changes its working practices. Currently Pak on the track tol lose the series 4-0.

Posted by ThinkSports on (August 3, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

If Yousuf is called why not Inzi and Younus? We have to loose more to learn? Mr. Chief Selector playing cricket and selecting cricketers r 2 different jobs. Please see your performance in the last year only. I don't know what r ur aims for the Pakistan team for future. Even you could not select the right Captain and vice captain of the team, what would be for the whole team. When will you drop Kamran? I mean what r u waiting for?

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

PCB Funniest Cricket board in the world....

Posted by ghazan2003 on (August 3, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

I THINK PAKISTAN IS THE BEST BUT PROBLEM IS THE PLAYERSALWAYS INVOLVRDIN POLITICS AND SECONDLY THEY ARE NOT EDUCATED. IF SELECTORS SAY GOOD BYE TO SHOAB MALIK AND KAMRAN AKMAL IT WILL BE BETTER FOR PAKISTANI TEAM.BECAUSE BOTH ARE DIRTY EGG.

Posted by umarsps on (August 3, 2010, 10:36 GMT)

There is severe politics in Pakistan cricket. Every player in the team want to be captain. Pakistan team is just like Captain vs rest of players. Look how senior players like Malik and Kamran Akmal Let the Salman Butt from hero to zero. There can be only captain in the team who can be match winner single handedly. Like imran or like wasim. Otherwise there would be like same in the future. I am true Pakistani but i have to say that .....Shame on Pakistan Batsman.

Posted by ansh0071 on (August 3, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

guys if u people can't say something good about someone then dont say anything

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 10:12 GMT)

Both Akmals have a lot of talent but they are also stupids with their heads on backwards.... They should be left out in the cold for a few months so that they can wake up to the harsh realities of life.....

On top of that we need to get rid of the BUTT who is heading the board... It is due to his personal grudge with Younis that a person who is a tried and true test player, who also has been playing in the english conditions for the last few month is not being considered for a first team position.... Mohsin Sb. please accept the facts as they are get him back into the team....

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (August 3, 2010, 10:11 GMT)

RECENT BEST AVERAGE IN TEST BY PAKISTANI BATSMEN : Openers : Yasir Hameed after 23 matches 34.52 , Mohammad Hafeez after 11 matches 33.85 ( Imran Farhat 33.47 & Salman Butt 31.60 ) :Middle Order: Mohammad Yousaf after 88 matches 53.07 Younas Khan after 63 matches 50.09 , Fawad Alam in 3 matches 41.66 , Asim Kamal after 12 matches 37.73 (Umar Akmal 35.66 ) , All rounders : Yasir Arafat after 3 matches 47.00 ( abdul Razzaq 28.61) Wicker Keeper: Kamran Akmal in 51 matches 32.00 .

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 3, 2010, 10:10 GMT)

nice to see KARTHICKFROMCHENNAI coming out of his hole. He will be back after second test for sure

Posted by Ali5258 on (August 3, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

This is the good decition made by Mohammad Yosuf. But i never understand that why he chose to retired from international cricket and then decided to come back. By the way Yosuf is a good player, only in test despite in ODI's.He got a chance to show his perfomance at his best. THATS IT!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by angel on (August 3, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

First his big boss mr. zardari has won us a tag 'the beggars' and now thanks to mr. ijaz butt, he has earned us another 'the jokers'. well done mr. butt well done, you couldn't have done better, brainless bastards.

Posted by Sonoual on (August 3, 2010, 9:01 GMT)

Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik & Umar Amin should be out. They should be replaced with Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Fwad Alam & Abdul Razzaq if Pakistan want to leave some impacts over world cricked specially in tests. Otherwise with current batsmen they will get rant # 10 in ICC ranking. PCB please listen us & do the needful. Ijaz Butt & Yawar Saeed should go or sacked from PCB.

Posted by FIPL on (August 3, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

@ karthikfromchennaI : thanks GOD you are still alive otherwise will be missing some great comments from you which give us a laughter and we don;t have to spend time to watch laughter videos or program. Comming back to the main point, you just wait when tendulkar, dravid, laxman & shewag will retaire, yuvrage already kicked out of the team and then India will be fighting to beat Baglais & Zambawain

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

plz call yonos khan he is test player

Posted by PCBs_advisor on (August 3, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

when pakistan loss 1st test against to england i thought couch and captain will think about batting line to change some body for drop some body specailly akmal brothes and two new guys asad and amin but here totally negative pakistan loose the match not by bowling by batting so need change batting line specially akmal brothers from last 3 test every body can check their reputation in last 3 test 6 innings umer make total 64 and kamran make just 74 so why change any bowler nood to change batting line :) what a couch what captain and what selector of PCB

Posted by majawaid on (August 3, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

Whether Yousuf's inclusion will make a difference or not is debateable but my point is that both Yousuf and Younis should be in the present team notwithstanding the un-explained ban. why PCB wakes ups when there is public pressure? is this the way a sports body should manage itself? it only shows they are incompetent and are therefore not in control of cricket affairs in Pakistan. if this is so they should themselves be banned. their irratic behaviour towards players and their selection is never going to create a sound professional team. Yousuf's addition at this stage, when a young Salman Butt is only 2 test match old, however, will not go well with him. It is showing already, reference his today's statement! and as the tradition goes the rest of the team members also may not give him a welcoming hand. It's only the addiction with the game which keeps us following it otherwise there is nothing left in the Pakistani cricket which deserves watching them play.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

One thing is rubbish, They called Yousaf back,,good, they should have been called him earlier.. but the question is , if A man (Yousaf) who have not played any sort of 1st class cricket is back, then a Man (younas khan) who is playing currently in English conditions for last 2 months, why they did not call him.I think he deserves more than Yousaf. Because he is playing in english conditions. I don't know what is selectors and board employees are doing. I mean they are paid with handsome salaries, but why their mind is not working on this point? I think guys,, we can do better job in board than those, at least our mind is working for better than those. Younas should have been called back, they are destroying Pak cricket. Currently he is playing for Surrey County.. Why the cant call him back??

Posted by muhmmad7676 on (August 3, 2010, 6:56 GMT)

ooohhh,i was so missing karthikfromchennai.welcome back.

Posted by ilyasshaker on (August 3, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

i think that yousaf is a player who need of pakistani teem in test because the condition of england is not perfect for youngsters

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

To all the people who think Imran, Wasim, Miandad, Inzi should still be playing, so can Geof Boycott's grandmother.. Give her a green shirt please..

Posted by satanswish on (August 3, 2010, 5:56 GMT)

After losing this test, Pakistan will call back Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Salim Malik, Inzamam & probably Javed Miandad-Imran Khan either for third test match. LOL

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 3, 2010, 5:52 GMT)

bring back inzy, wasim, miandad, imran khan....

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 5:19 GMT)

Wasim akram,imran and Inzi are still capable of playing...

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

A captain must be on merit. this is the history with pakistan cricket team, that they make a lobby and isolate the captain. the captain always thinks if someone more talented/experienced is in the team, his position is in danger that is why pakistan captain is not entertaining younis/yousuf. this is history...... a team making 80 runs against england and losing more then 350 runs, is the school team/pakistan team. they are professional players and every player must be held responsible for his performance, not single handly out kaneria, who secured 20runs out of 80, shame on Salman Butt...... who want king of pawans not king of kings

Posted by tigersofasia on (August 3, 2010, 4:28 GMT)

what is wrog to select this team. salman butt, imran farhat,yasir hameed, younus khan, muhammad yousaf, asim kamal, sarfraz nawaz, muhammad amir, umar gul ,danish kaneria and asif.this is best team to perform in all conditions.and best team pakistan can have. only problem is corruption. no problem with kaneria.kamran is big virus in team.kamran should say good bye to test cricket.

Posted by Humanoids on (August 3, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

I guess the team management and players have still some remnants of politics! Y's cannot sit out based on the the allegations. If that is the case then they all should fire Salman Butt and Kamran as well. The need is not who will play, the need is to look accurately what caused it and how to avoid it. Yes, new talent is needed but not like this. A win against Aussies was due to the bowlers who bowled well. Rest the batsmen failed miserably. Now Kamran repeating his heroics of Sydney puts an extra burden on the bowlers who's task already is uphill. They should simply drop Kamran. If he does not make runs its ok, but if you cant take catches and do stumping what else a team needs a keeper for? HIm along with his brother (a hyped find in my opinion) should be discarded as soon as possible. This surely will harmonise the team. The problem with Pak has always been inflated ego's, that hurt the junior guys immensely as they start thinking they are irreplaceable. Y's should be back!

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 3:03 GMT)

i think pakistan should play with 11 bowlers and no batsmen.what is the use of batsmen if they don't score runs. 1st innings highest score by gul and 2nd innings highest score by kaneria. so playing with 11 bowlers will at least help to put some runs on the score board apart from getting wickets.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 2:17 GMT)

Definately a welcome news.Dayr Ayad Durst Ayad.Have been saying this since a long time.We only wake up when humiliated.Get both the Y's as Younis is already in England.Maybe Razak too.The combination of youth and experience is a win win situation.Danish is over rated,get Ajmal in.Help the pace trio which are lethal when it comes down to swing bowling in England.Ejaz Butt please move away for the sake of Pakistan cricket.Old habits die hard.We need new blood now.Are you listening!!!.Mehdi Singapore.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2010, 1:20 GMT)

Some one I think said Inzamam, Ijaz, salim etc.. will come back, as a joke, but I think its not a joke, specially if you talking about Inzamam, I think he got a lot of cricket left in him, look at Sachin, Kallis, Jaysuriya etc... they all playing. For me Inzamam is always best and will stay the best... he dont need to run to score, he can bash any bowling attack with his powerful pullshots, amazing player, COME ON Inzi, save Pakistan cricket, yOur CoUntRy Needs yoU... Also Younis who is not retire, but for some reason he's not playing, we need their experiece in our batting... Pakistan Zindabad !!!

Posted by FOOD4THOUGHT on (August 3, 2010, 1:10 GMT)

I am speechless. Do we need to lose another test to call Younus Khan? Granted younus Khan is outspoken and speakes his mind but still he is not to be treated in this manner.He is a smart captain and a wonderful cricketer and we owe it to him for all the services . Abdul Razzaq , another victim of incompetent management.Pakistans best all-rounder is sitting on the sideline and we are looking for talent in coffee shops.RAMBO, ARE YOU NOT TIRED OF DEFENDING IT ALL YET? I feel so sorry for you when a questions ,intentionally,is raised and you have to play it down.

Posted by gghdty on (August 3, 2010, 0:34 GMT)

Yes good news hes back. Now we need the other established player Younis and then we also need fawad Alam. Umar akmal needs to be given some tips by Javed Miandad. The older stalwarts need to help Pakistani players out as obviously the management is incapable of doing anything except make a mockery of selection and management. We know the whole cricketing scene in the country is in a mess cause of bad security arrangements and some crazy fanatics who need to be taught a severe lesson in public if caught . But how does the management cope with it by firing and banning and fining every chance and player they get. Thats ridiculous. They should either calm down and manage the best 11 Pakistan cricket has or simply step down or let someone like a coach manage selection and players issues. They can manage the international arrangements and politics and finances but not selections. Stay away from Selections and Players.

Posted by ManHOOS on (August 2, 2010, 23:37 GMT)

mohammad yousaf come and share the taste of adventure old time gone its cricket gone past u ugly style player u can never perform i bet

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 23:31 GMT)

That means "Ijaz Butt is big Joker".

Posted by cricketman96 on (August 2, 2010, 23:29 GMT)

There's something about the way Pakistan would bring us on a high, like beating Australia, a few weeks back and then turn around and let us down. I would like to see some consistency in this Pakistan term. Stop being so PREDICTATABLE. You have one of the finest bowling attack. You do have some first class batsmen, that can compete on the international scene. All we ask is that you put more fight into your game. Don't just fold up and die in a matter of hours. Make England fight for their victory. Let your bowlers know that they are not toiling in vain. The team is just as talented as England, if not more. If you can beat the 3rd ranked Australians, why are you can beat the 5th ranked English? Wake-up from your slumber and play cricket like how Imran, Waqar and the many greats that played before you PLAYED.

Posted by RA122 on (August 2, 2010, 23:25 GMT)

If someone deserved to be recalled it was Younis Khan but instead the greatest cricket board in the history of the game proved it yet again by recalling the retired Muhammad Yousaf. What a bunch of jokers. And Muhammad Yousaf by playing again for Pakistan will prove what a big loser he is as he keeps going back on his words be it ICL or Pakistan cricket team. We Pakistani's can only sit back and wonder why we do not deserve better people and only people like Ejaz Butt and Muhammad Yousaf will keep embarrassing us in future and also keep ruining it too. May Allah help us.

Posted by ShuaibMalik on (August 2, 2010, 23:16 GMT)

Malik should open the batting because of his average ! because hes not a proper middle order batsman i think he should open the batting !

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 2, 2010, 22:50 GMT)

You want to know about state of Pakistans batting line. In 1st innings Umar Gul is top scorer, in 2nd innings Keneria is top scorer, in both innings Mohammad Aamer stayed at the wicket longst in terms of balls. There havn't been many more such shamefull defeats for Pakistan and still Shoaib kamp wants Yousef & Younis to stay away.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 22:48 GMT)

yippyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 22:10 GMT)

I bit of surprised and failed to understand why they called up the MY. He may be a good batsman, let it be. He will again go back to his decision to retire at max of 2/3 years. Best solution / brand thinking should be grooming youngster, failing few test matches are fine in the current squad, but this would give lot idea to the youngsters realistically. Need a good selectors to think about it. My points may / maynot be right. But grooming youngsters are always a best possible solution in every team....

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (August 2, 2010, 20:58 GMT)

Wah ! Mr. Butt , You are really historical Chairman of PCB . I am watching your performance keenly because you have talent to play with rules , players and emotions of Pakistani people. Two Butts are presenting Pakistani Cricket in the world.

1.Salman Butt vs Senior Players ( He has not enough ability to lead the team, He can,t play under Pressure and in Fielding he is the worst fielder in Pakistani Team , only english is not enough for captaincy) Ijaz Butt vs Younas Khan. I think I have no words to explain about this butt. ( In this age , Mentally he is not fit therefore we see some childish things in present days by him ) GOOOO BUTT GO , Go BUT GO , GO BUTT GO

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 20:56 GMT)

Sign of desparation. Way top order batted against swing bowling, there is no hope for Pakistan till the batting is sorted. Younis or Afridi, i don't think there is a proper leader captain available. unfortunately Pakistan team plays so little test and occasional wins ( like against Australia) is a rarity and doesn't tell us anything about the team. remember beating England on home soil is a rarity for pakistan.

Posted by ratee on (August 2, 2010, 20:54 GMT)

One of the best Pakistani spinner Kaneria does not perform well in one match he has been kicked out of the team for the whole series.This is the reward you give to your best spinner ever?

Man they do not understand the problem is in batting where the main failures are still there, so there seems no chance of any improvement in this series.

Posted by Saad.Navaid on (August 2, 2010, 20:20 GMT)

there is not a tiny bit of doubt in Yousuf being one of the best batsman that Pakistan have ever produced and he would be a great asset to the team but i thnk he alone can not change anything... he needs some support from his partners and Umer and Kamran are neither in the mood nor even capable of doing something like that.... i think the team needs drastic changes on Test level... yes the akmals are great talents but for limited overs... i thnk azhar ali shld be provided with more chances... Kamran shld be replaced by Zulqarnain and Umer Akmal shld be replaced by either Fawad Alam or Asim Kamal shld be called up in his place... by the way where the heck is Asim Kamal....!!!!!!

Posted by ihaq1 on (August 2, 2010, 20:12 GMT)

while i do not think that mohd yusuf is fit or in form but there is no other option but to try him just to see if he can block and score...shoaib malik also has tobe played and might be as a specialist spinner...the case of bringing in a specialist keeper in zulqarnain haider seeing that kamran akmal keeps fluffing chances...i have never seen a ball spin out of a keepers gloves before and he is batting terribly...salman butt we are forced to play..yaser hameed has more experience and should be tried as the other opener..umar akmal and azhar ali form the rest of the batting...playing a fourth medium pacer is better than a spinner...tanvir ahmed has over 400 wickets in domestic cricket and can be played as the stock bowler...since they are already batting terribly they should probably take advice from omar gul...hit the ball and hit it hard...play into the gaps and drive the straight balls..pull and hook the short ones...what other advice do batsmen need. do not depend on the 3rd umpire

Posted by razmataz50 on (August 2, 2010, 20:08 GMT)

No one has understood pakistan cricket not even pakistanis them self, how true this is by this decision of yousaf coming back, supose one can understands the boards decision from humilated deafet.But what i can not understand is the pundits who were shouting for 2ys are asking y yousaf is here and young guys should have been givin chance, so is their any wonder we are always complaining and when we get we ask 4 we r still not happy come on guys start suporting the team let the board and team settel down we have lot of talent juststay with the talent

Posted by a.s.r on (August 2, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

... and the PCB drama keep's going on. If Yousuf fails to impress may be PCB would ban him again, and Yousuf would resign again. FINGERS CROSSED!!!

Posted by ZainAkhtar on (August 2, 2010, 19:49 GMT)

Why younus khan not picked..? 1 month ago on Geo Super bottom line i read that younus score70 notout for surrey and he is now in england so why PCB chairmen and Mohsin hassan khan chief selector not consider him..././../////.....? Why mirza iqbal beig , abdul majid bhatti ,usman sami uddin , waheed khan ,yahya hussaini , asked to chairman pcb and chief selector...about the selection of younus khan ....

Posted by Shamsherbaloch on (August 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT)

Its a good news that they call Yousuf back but we still need Younis khan. for me against England Pakistani them must be like that 1.Salman Butt (cap) 2.Yasir Hameed 3.Shoaib Malik 4.Younis Khan 5.Mohammad Yousuf 6.Kamran Akmal 7.Umar Akmal or Asim Kamal 8.Saeed Ajmal 9.Umar Gul 10.Mohammad Aamir 11.Mohammad Asif. this team will give England tough time.

Posted by IGL2010 on (August 2, 2010, 19:20 GMT)

bring back younas.. and bring back rana so there are 4 seamers... and see if that makes any difference to the result... team batting and fielding ....

Posted by Sanks555 on (August 2, 2010, 18:56 GMT)

The PCB has landed itself in such a soup that even when it makes a correct decision, it becomes a laughing stock. Recalling Yousuf is good. By the way, how can a player who is under life-ban and has not appealed against his ban, represent the national team? The PCB must lift the ban immediately and think twice before shooting themselves in the head again.

The PCB should soon take the more logical step and recall Younis Khan again. Afterall, Younis Khan had appealed against the ban and hence, legalistically speaking, lifting his ban is easier.

Even Inzamam resigned due to politics. I believe he can still play well as talent, not fitness, is his forte.

It may seem insane but PCB could actually ask these legends to withdraw their resignation for a while and play. Pakistan cricket badly needs positive news in some abundance.

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (August 2, 2010, 18:49 GMT)

Rakesh_Komal, Dude, anything is possible in Pakistan team. They even bring Miadad, Imran, Akram, Muddssar, or Kaadir back if those players want to come back. They don't have dignity, nor self respect. Despite Yusuf already declared his retirement a while ago, and no one in the PCB cared, and now the selectors of PCB want him back after they embarrassingly got defeated against England. What a jock PCB is creating for their own and the Yusuf's also. This matter shows that PCB don't have good enough cricketers in the academy. They are only depending on senior players, no matter they are already retired. Including Yusuf in the squad is the good decision, but its also a good decision if you include Inzamaam Ul Haq, or Saeed Anwar, or Aamir Sohail. They would bat a lot better than the current team's batsmen. Including Yusuf in the squad is the great decision, only if Ysufuf did not declare his retirement, and he is waiting for to come back.

Posted by NomZia on (August 2, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

Experienced players like Yousuf and Younis are required to give batting strength. The younger players need to learn from them. This also gives confidence to them. Pakistan should play Yasir Hameed, Fawad Alam and Muhammad Hafeez. Politics should be out of the team and management. Some players have the backing of some ppl in management, which has caused groupings and disunity in the team and it still looks to be there ... Salman Butt looks uncomfortable with the return of Y's. The PCB should be overhauled and a high discipline should be maintained, otherwise we will end up like the West Indies.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

First of all yousuf should have never ever been dropped pakistan should not have given debuts to two players let alone one KAMRAN AKMAL should be dropped for at least a year he misses simple chances and then the face that he makes after is just pahatic a new keapper could not do worse then him what has he done with the gloves and bat kaneria should become part of the history now as he is no good at all he is one of the few spinners i know that bowl full tosses umar akmal should watch it as well i believe he should only play one dayers and t/20 for now. There is too much immuturity in this team even before pakistans tour of england started i posted a commet and said there is no one in the team that can bat the whole day SULMAN butt says give this team a chance and they will perform have people forgotton we have beaten australia after 15 years and it was the same team that won yes i agree its the same team but the way the test was won was unconvincing i say get MOHAMMED IRFAN in the team

Posted by East_West on (August 2, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

Bring back 2 Ys - atleast one is already in but Younis will be a huge asset and will stay for long, whereas Yousuf may retire AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN! Both are class players who were put down by idiotic PCB. If this cricket board has any sense they should bring these two and then, Pakistan team will be an unbeatable one! With such a pace [may be one of the best - A A and U in the world as compared to India, may be the worst pace attack in the world], and strong batting lineup, then can get their LIFE back, until then, Pakistan has the ability to cut down the opposition with their pace and then they cutdown themselves with poor batting! Afridi! are you listening! this is the time Pakistan needs you but you chickend out in the last minute for these tests! and then you call yourself a PATHAN!

Posted by chokachaka on (August 2, 2010, 18:11 GMT)

I think Ijaz Butt and his selectors should be removed and give these jobs to someone who is really capable and not involved in politics. Secondly, Shoaib Malik, Akmal Bros, Imran Farhat and Danish Keneria must not selected for test matches because they are useless.. If I am selector, I will keep Salman Butt (not as a batsman, rather only for his English who can atleast speak on behalf of Pak's team), Azhar Ali, Aamir, Gul, Asif, Yousuf, Yasir Hamid, New wicketkeeper, Raza Khan, Asim Kamal,Fawad Alam and one or two from under 19.. I hope my dream come true. InshahAllah!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 18:02 GMT)

These youngsters have great talent and skills. What they need is an experience batsmen like MOHAMMAD YOUSUF or even YOUNIS KHAN to support them in the batting line up. Decision to call back yousuf is a great one form the PCB. InshAllah under salman butt's captaincy pakistan will win second test match.

Posted by sanjay_khan01 on (August 2, 2010, 18:00 GMT)

Where is FAWAD ALAM guys? is he dead or alive? His average is over 50 in first class cricket, and he just made 68 not out against Essex in 3 days match.

Posted by Wasif_Minhas on (August 2, 2010, 17:53 GMT)

This is what happens when a game's governing body turns into a profit making body. The sole purpose of PCB is to earn money and they are least bothered to do something for the betterment of the game.

Posted by banglafan on (August 2, 2010, 17:36 GMT)

The Pak team should be : Salman, Farhat, Azhar, Yousuf, Younus / Misbahul Huq, Mohammed Hafiz, a keeper other than Kamran, the three pacers and Saeed Ajmal / Raza hasan. Note the omission of the Akmal brothers - let them repent at leisure. Umar amin will be a standby, he will come good soon. The person I definitely want in is Mohammed Hafiz, a very useful allrounder. Also we dont need any schemers around. Another thing - Salman Butt must taking nonsense.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 17:23 GMT)

Here we go again.Mr.Mohammad Yousuf is back in the team after what he did to the team.Destroy the who team to become captain.He went against Younis Khan .Now our pcb welcome him.What did wrong younis khan in the first place to treated differently.For Allah Sake pls don't play dirty politicts.I think our people don't have any fear of Almighty Allah.Everybody is in the same boat for there own benifit.Everybody is power hunger.They dam care about Pakistan.Let whole world laugh at you.We blame each other when things go wrong rather admit there mistake.I can only pray for Pakistan from now on.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

No good comedy movies around?!?! Read the Pakistan Cricket News :-) Funny things are happening. Can anyone tell me what is the meaning of retirement?!?!

Posted by wiiCricket on (August 2, 2010, 16:56 GMT)

Please stop bringing retirees/axed players. Stick with the young guns. It took Australia more than a decade to build a competitive team with strong work ethics. Give the young ones time to shine. Don't put them under pressure by making these hasty decisions. This will not do any good to young players who are making their way into the teams. PATIENCE...

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 16:55 GMT)

Great News - its treat to watch him batting ...... but i wonder if he can change whole game by himself. As rest of the Pakistan batting line-up can not stand in front seam/swing bowling.....

I hope PCB improve strategy and help to improve test ranking ....bring back Ys and let youngster to learn from them ... I hope pakistan get batting pitch which should encourage youngsters .......

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 16:39 GMT)

I just knew that this was about to happen...recalling Mohammad Yusuf back into the squad....i am very very happy by PCB's decision.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

Pakistan needs Yousuf and Younis desparately. As long as politics prevailed over game, Pakistan can not come out from this sort of disastrous outcome. Pakistan prduced some magnificent talent in the past but could not capitalize because of mostly Lahore-Karachi egoism. We have seen Akram-Miandad, Akram-Waqar, Aamir Sohai-Selim Malik issues. The question is how long PCB will continue to allow these things happening in the team? Can Pakistan play as a "TEAM" ever? Waiting for that day to come. They should also kick out Umar Amin right away.

Posted by PAK-92 on (August 2, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

well done ijaz butt for recalling yousuf. now do us all a favour and recall younis as well and plz drop k akmal for nxt game. and why is fawad alam being overlooked in place of farhat? he has had 3 tests and has a good healthy average. he showed good temprement and scored century on debut! one should realise he has an average of 55.98 in 57 first class games. this is amongst the best in the world and still he is being ignored. come on pcb, do what is right for the team!

Posted by PrinceKler on (August 2, 2010, 16:00 GMT)

i just want to know why asim kamal is not being given a chance despite his wonderful record for pakistan

Posted by klobania on (August 2, 2010, 15:53 GMT)

@ indian fans calling back wasim, anwar n blah blah are jokes apart what abt tendulkar, dravid, laxman when they r getting retired i mean they have started playing well before saqlain, waqar, moin anwar etc. i hope u r getting wat i m trying to comment here

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

Hopefully Yousuf brings some stability to the batting order. The PCB has had to deal with some horrible play lately and their not keeping captains very long. Afridi was only their for a few months. It is good to know Yousuf is coming back though.

Posted by rohit657655678776 on (August 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

the whole pakistan cricket is full of comedy, they are giving new directions towards the banning and retiring in sports, ask javed miandad if he is available or not?

Posted by smjr on (August 2, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

I have been watching cricket for over 30 years and I could not find any Pakistan team worst selected on this tour than in any other series home or away. It seems that this is the team of one city because Ejaz butt. and his buddy, future all time Manager Yawar saeed, and Shafqat Rana belongs to that city. Secondly the management is totally immature and lacks imagination and planning which is causing shame to all of us. One test win after 6 or7 test defeat means there is something wrong with our domestic cricket. In batting line up we have test averages in 30s that could not win test series . I doubt if Pakistan will ever cross 300 in any of 12 innings in England. The coach is setting no game plan that is why every now and then Australian and England tail enders scores heavily and at will. The fielding is the worst, there seems no improvements with the main culprit is our beloved batsman cum wicketkeeper. I pray Patron of PCB should interfere and remove PCB management instantly.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 14:29 GMT)

on a different not .. Raza Hasan ? really? who is he???? according to his stats he has only played 2 first class matches yes that is right only 2 first class matches how can the PCB ignore Saeed Ajmal and albeit out of form Kaneria and call in a teenager who has no experience ... AT ALL!!

Posted by prudential on (August 2, 2010, 14:15 GMT)

See this has been the history of cricket. Imran came back after retirement thrice. Miandad came back i think once. Afridi after a self imposed exile from test cricket came back and that too as a captain !!! Without any creditable performance and as he himself said " lack of temperament needed for test cricket " and now comes back Yousuf..... no surprises here as i think Younus Khan's comeback is round the corner. Good luck Pakistan . Although only one comeback proved fruitfull for Pakis and that was the return of the great Imran. Else all just filled the slots.

Posted by MyComments on (August 2, 2010, 14:02 GMT)

Great news, Yousuf is a world class batsman and definitely Pakistan team will be greatly benefited by him.

Posted by wgr2010 on (August 2, 2010, 13:57 GMT)

i dont understand the selection policy of pcb...what the hell are they doing...they are continously making fun of pakistan cricket...these people are ineligible to run pcb...they have selected raza hassan as a spinner...i cant understand why they have slected him...he hasnt played domestic cricket...and he has just played 5-9 matches for u-19...this is getting worse day by day for pakistan cricket...Mohsin hassan khan used to sit at tv channels and criticize selection of pakistan...someone should ask him what the hell is he doing now????

Posted by funsuk on (August 2, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

It could be a good decision to get Yousuf back in a team. There is a sure need of experience player in Test game. Current team is perfect for T20 not for test game. They play test like a one day game, after every 4 dot balls they want to hit boundary. But Yousuf will need time also to get his form back, he can't be in for 2nd test and start hitting century. There could be a possibility of get Younis back in also for third test but only concern is after having many senior players in a team again could result in clash within a team and tour can be disastrous as Australia.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

its always good to have your best batsman in the side. yousaf and yousaf should be in the team. they are the best in all available options

Posted by mrehananis on (August 2, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

I think ODI and Test team should be different. Why we spoil our good ODI and T20 team with test cricket. Muhammad Yousaf, Younas Khan, Fawad Alam, Yasir Hameed and Muhammad Waseem should be in Test Matches.

Posted by shaantanu on (August 2, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

kaneria got kicked out.fair enough.he ddnt play well to keep his place.but then neither did kamran akmal(0,0).dropped catch,misstumping.not only in this match but also on earlier occassions......yusuf youhana had to change to mohammed yousuf to keep his place in the side.i suggest danish kaneria also to follow suit.

Posted by Tansah on (August 2, 2010, 13:32 GMT)

Finally, PCB made a good decision to call up Yousuf. We need Younis Khan too... forget the politics Mr Ijaz Butt and focus on the Game of Cricket... seriously. Kaneria was not very good... to put it politely and generously and it was what was going happen... he got dropped. I think they should bring in Saeed Ajmal. Spinners don't get tha worn out after playing Test matches as much as fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 13:24 GMT)

One of the best decision PCB have made (1st was appointing Afridi the Captain) in many many years...........with his (M.Yousuf) experience he can guide the other youngsters to play around them and they all will get some good advises while playing with them.... Its a bit harsh to through youngsters in where bowlers are getting all the help....... Both young guns specially Azhar Ali have potential to become the new stars of Pakistan cricket but they need some guidance and who could be better the M.Yousuf.

Posted by mic1203 on (August 2, 2010, 13:24 GMT)

Great Choice, Mohammad Yousuf is a wonderful and gifted batsmen and believe it or not is my favourite batsmen of all time even though i am from Australia,he will cetainly add the necessary stability and Class to the Pakistan batting lineup.In saying that though i really think the Pakistan selectors should also include Younis Khan to the batting lineup because along with Mohammad Yousuf they both average over 50 in test cricket and together form a formiddable batting partnership.The bowling choices are great they have a wonderful 3 seam attack,sorry Shoiab Akhtar you were a great bowler but fitness has let you down and you would be hard pressed to get back in the test team now.Right decision to repace Kaneria with Ajmal,Kaneria is a great bowler just needs some first class cricket to get back into form and a great chance for ajmal to cement a spinners spot for now.Do not forget about Umar Amin And Azhar Ali they are the future of Pakistan Cricket once the two great Y's retire. Go Pak.

Posted by benjer on (August 2, 2010, 13:20 GMT)

This pakistani team looks not to set to play against ENg in their country it's immmatiur cricket team.Here in middle order really need like Yusuf&Yunis to keep strong to give fight aginst ENG.Otherwise you will see more difficulties in comming test.So if Yusuf & Yunis is comming to included in their side then could be do something different.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 13:20 GMT)

what is javid miandad doing these days? any selectors have his phone number?

Posted by Israr-Ali on (August 2, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

Go Yousuf bhai strengthen your group now, bring younis and misbah back and appoint inzi as batting coach. get shoaib , akmal ,ajmal , butt out. other wise mark my word one of them will get you run out.

Posted by Bazk on (August 2, 2010, 12:55 GMT)

Absolutely great new! inclusion of Yousaf will undoubtly strengthen the batting. The only experinece the youngsters were getting was fielding practice, playing 20 balls, missing 15, edging 4 and getting out is not getting experienced, its getting nervous and losing confidence. PCB must have an issue with Younis, as he is already in UK but was not selected. Hats off to PCB for another half measured step.

Posted by buggzy on (August 2, 2010, 12:52 GMT)

my pakistan team

butt hamid younis yusef malik misbah kamran/ haider amer gul ajmal asif

Posted by obstreperous on (August 2, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Raja Madhavan suggests that the best way to get back into the Pakistan team is to retire. But there's a surer way: get yourself banned, suspended or fined.

Posted by buggzy on (August 2, 2010, 12:36 GMT)

hi anyone who has been following pakistan cricket for the last 18 years will know they have only had rwo world class batsmen in that time inzi and yusaf. younis is also a miss and go his had a few good inings here and there.... if you look back almost all games were won due to inzi and yousef. thayve many batsmen over the years who have all failed.. If im honest dont think the future is looking good for pakistan in test matches.. Pakistan does not have one world class batsmen in the current line up salman butt been around many years now and has an av of 33 for an opener that is crap his centuries have been scored in the sub continent.. there batting has been rubbish in all three test matches umar and azhar are a waste of time... england is a world class team now back to being where they should be good luck pakistan thats all i can say

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 12:22 GMT)

GOOD DECISION

PAKISTN MUST BE TOW SPREAD TEAM ONE FOR TEST 2ND FOR ODI

TEST SEQUAD

1. IMRAN FARHAT 2. M. HAFEEZ 3. FAISAL IQBAL 4. HASAN RAZA (KEEPER) 5. M. YOUSAF N (CAPTIN) 6. M. YOUNAS 7. AZHAR ALI 8. M. ASIF 9. UMER GULL 10. M AMIR 11. M.SAMI 12. DANISH KANERIA 13. MISBAH

ODI SEQUAD

1. SALMAN BUT 2. KAMRAN AKMAL (KEEPER) 3. UMER AKMAL 4. SHAHID AFRIDI 5. SHOAIB MALIK 6. SHAZAIB HASAN 7. ABDUL RAZAQ 8. RANA NAVEED 9. M AMIR 10. UME GULL 11. M ASIF 12. SAYED AJMAL 13. HAMAD AZAM

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

Why ijaz butt not Recall Younas, ? More then 50 averge in test cricket.

i know the reason , yauro saeed the friend of ijaz butt, do not want to come back whats the nation , due to friend ship , we destroyed our cricketer and cricket, whats the qualification of ijaz butt, and yawar saeed ,,,,,,,, some one tell me.

Posted by satanswish on (August 2, 2010, 12:19 GMT)

I heard even Hanif Mohd., Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan, Salim Malik, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc. are also trying to make their international comeback.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

@cricinme

Imran was dropped after his first series. It took him another three years to make a come back where he corrected his pitfalls. Morover comparsiion with Wasim, Waqar, Inzi is ridiculous. For Waqar it took only six months to become a star. In that period nowhere his performance was disappointing. Wasim took 10 wickets in his 2nd test. His performance since then remain more than satisfactory. Inzamam was selected less than a year before the world cup and had already two centuries. During world cup, he played his best inning for ODI career. He never yielded to pressure in the WC92. So don't make these silly comparision.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

I am amazed at the lack of integrity consistently exhibited by PCB. Banning senior players for one year\ indefinite period etc. and recalling them shows utter confusion in the minds of selection committee. Members of the selection committee can only be respected if they stick to their original decisions, come what may. By accepting recall to the test squad, Mohammed Yousif has fallen in the eyes of his fans as an unprincipled and selfish person.

Posted by vxttemp on (August 2, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

Surprising!! Is PCB kidding? How short PCB's memory is? Not so long ago Pakistan failed solidly against australia under Yousuf' captaincy. Now they are bringing him back. How bad the current team is doing? After so many years they won against australia which they couldn't do with younis and yousuf. Come on guys, spare these youngsters. Let them settle down. At least they are fighting to score runs and not for captaincy/politics?

Posted by Manwani on (August 2, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

Could Anyone Please Tell Me WHAT DOES THE TERM RETIREMENT means becuse looking at Mohammad Yusuf it looks like it means a Tempoarry break and back so please Mr. Yousuf in the future even if you really retire at 40 also it wont be surprising if you play again... keep on retiring....

Posted by yasir_88 on (August 2, 2010, 12:08 GMT)

It's surprising to see, how we Pakistani expect so so much from just a single person, use your comon sense he can't alone score 359 runs...huh

Yasir Hameed is such an amazing batsmen, but still after such a huge failure of Imran Farhat we are still giving him a chance, and what the hell is there a need of including another 18 year old to a squad, how immature, we don't need youth we need class and experience, include someone like hafeez or anyother all-rounder to increase the batting lineup, just a single person won't do...

...And how can you miss Taufeeq Umer & Asim Kamal, such a huge talent for test and still looking for more, currently what Pakistan needs is to realize it's own talent no need to try newer batsmen, and please please don't expect from Yousuf to win a whole match, he's not a genie.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 12:07 GMT)

This is great news for Pakistan team that Yousef is coming back, but we also need another class batsman who is Younis, I dont think including these two will hurt the idea of bringing youngsters you can still bring youngsters there is plenty of space, but these two shouldnt be replaced, just look at the records, last time Yousef scored 200 runs in these pitches, tell me any other Pakistani batsman who done that in recent times, answer is no... PCB always destroy their own cricket... These players are not magicians, they work really really hard to be where they want to be, but when they start to click, PCB take them out, now they need to start again but it will be easy for them because form is temporary but class is permanent, but hope that the form come back soon in this series to save Pakistan...

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 12:04 GMT)

PCB decision are always make no sense and bringing back Yousuf will not solve the batting problem... PCB is giving chances and chances to player with very good "First-Class Relationship" but very ordinary "First-Class Record". Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam are great example.. Now this Raza Hasan only 2 first-class matches and he is in national team. PCB should keep Akmal brother's out of white uniform.

Posted by SheeeraZ on (August 2, 2010, 11:55 GMT)

This board is good for nothing. the left younus and yousaf out out and said we want to groom youngsters and they are calling in 37 years old yousaf back into the team and probably umar amin will end up as a bench warmer. This board has no policy. i am sure pakistan will loose the series because of a captain who doesnt have a big heart

Posted by smarty1979 on (August 2, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

Great.... I think Even Mushtak Ahmed can also return to Pakistan Sqaud if he announce his Availabiliy to international cricket, after all Kaneria is out of the schene now and the team is ready to take any body on there board.

Posted by Owais2009 on (August 2, 2010, 11:43 GMT)

well yousuf is called now and if they lose 2nd one as well,thn younus will be called n if they still lose thn?how many more times we ll listen after defeat tht that fellow wasn't playng,they can;t select thier best before any series,its gud tht yousuf is back bt if he scores less thn azhar ali thn???????

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

In today`s cricket there should be different team for every time of Cricket.

2020 players donot have patience to play a 5 days test match.

We can not secure our future team by destroying the present team !! We MUST understand this....!!!

Posted by ahmadhk on (August 2, 2010, 11:24 GMT)

@ Aly Safdar: Why don't you instead have Younis Khan for slip catching? he is as good as Mark Waugh, if not better.

Posted by beardyian on (August 2, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

what ever happened to naming a squad and only being able to make changes if there were injuries - not just because your side got thrashed??

Posted by ahmadhk on (August 2, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

yousuf hasnt played any form of cricket since january and we are all aware of his usual fitness level and his incapability to negotiate swing bowling anyway. i can bet that we will lose again coz of our batting. only younis can fix our present batting woes. he was pakistan's highest run getter in their 2004-05 tour of australia. he will manage anderson.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

Time for Yousuf and Younis to step in,politics need to stay out.

Bring Abdul Razzaq in the squad,

i dont see Shoib Malik place in the team as well and since all combinations have been tried why there is no signs of Abdul Razzaq in the test team.

Posted by jawana on (August 2, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

Great news... Yousuf is one of the master bats in the world. Also, we need Younus in place of Shoaib Malik who nothing more than a white elephant for the team. He should be kicked out forever.

Posted by AUSTRALIAZINDABAD on (August 2, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

Same old story crap team ... crap players .... crap pcb ......come on aussies!

Posted by KXAH on (August 2, 2010, 11:01 GMT)

Our selectors are making fun of us ... It seems that PCB officials don't have the brain at all ... Why can't they decide once about what they want to do/achieve and how will they succeed in achieving it ... huh!

Posted by Amir_D on (August 2, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

Younis Khan has been playing county cricket in England! Why put a player who is older and not played for months??? Our players are struggling in english conditions, Younis has played five tests and averages 52.22 in England !!! Yousuf does average higher at 65 but he hasn't played for so long and is older, Younis is by far the fitter player.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

A cricket stupid will not pick up a this team for England tour, But hats off to selectors that they selectd this team yes we need young talent but checking new talent and grooming is two difrent things check them nd drop wont do nd yes experience is needed aswell so a right move but now the old issues might jump in again

Posted by SreedharGanduri on (August 2, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

What a Mockery!!! someone redefined meaning of retirement!!!!

Posted by ice6430 on (August 2, 2010, 10:47 GMT)

they shoulg bring back younis as well, get rid of akmal brothers because they are crap.elder akmal really made too many mistakes behind the wicket ,missed stumpings catches.get rid of junior because he thinks hes playing 20/20.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:46 GMT)

It is fortunate that Pakistan pace bowling is vey good. Otherwise they would have recalled Wasim & Waqar.

Posted by Rehan.Durrani on (August 2, 2010, 10:40 GMT)

Mohammad Younus, the most experienced player of Pakistan Cricket Team, has been called up for the test matches, which is a good news, and has been always a key player for the team. If the PCB had called Younus Khan, and Misbahulhaq to replace Umar Amin and Umar Akmal, would have been good, since Azhar Ali has been already replaced by Mohammad Yousuf. I think, if Pakistan wants to win matched, it should call up senior players like them. Because you can not win a test match by having junior players. And they play with such teams; such as, Australia, England, New Zealand, and ETC. In order to have a strong team, you need to have Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan, and Misbahuluaq for the position of 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Posted by razasyed on (August 2, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

how surprising dis fact is dat in cricket crazy nation we cannot find wicket keeper better than kamran akmal, and how irrationally some ppl come up wid the logic dat as he can bat so we can live wid his poor wicket keeping, kamran must be having some strong backing in pakistan politics because of which he is still surviving, he has source of irritation for most of cricket fans , i m amazed about his own self respect which if he has any , he should leave cricket himself as soon as possible , plz some one to communicate him

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:33 GMT)

Pakistan will still loose the next game till the call Younis khan, Misbah ul haq and Fawad alam into the test squad. Because Akmal brothers are totally out of form at the moment, Umar amin is bad player he should given a chance in ODI against small teams. If Pakistan want to win test matches then the squad should be like that:

1) Salman Butt 2) Shoaib Malik 3) Azhar Ali 4) Younis Khan 5) M, Yousuf 6) Misbah-ul-haq 7) Haider 8) Ahsan raza 9) M aamir 10) M Asif 11) Umar Gul

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

I don't want to give a name to Chairman, PCB for what has been doing so far, especially his never ending jealousy with Younis Khan. The Board must send Younis along with Yousuf for the remaining of three tests. Kamran Akmal deserves to be dropped from the tests as he has lost many matches to Pakistan due to his poor glove work and pathetic batting in test matches. Shoaib Malik is not a test player at all. Yasir hameed and Tanvir should be given a chance in the next match. Raza Hassan is talent. His inclusion in the side would boost the spin attack.

Posted by Jethro77 on (August 2, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

How many more woeful performances does Kamran Akmal have to put in before he gets the sack? The PCB seem to be merciless with batsmen and bowlers, meanwhile the worst keeper in the world is allowed to continue!

Posted by SUNNY221 on (August 2, 2010, 10:24 GMT)

What do you do with a retired / banned player having not played any form of cricket for last 8 months or so ? Bring him back straight into the test team ! Only PCB with Mr. Butt can do such a thing. It will be a miracle if Mr.Yousuf performs though I hope for the sack of Pakistan fans , he does.It was not a desperation situation for Pak , they just won a test match against Aus with the same team. Why such a knee jerk reaction for just one lost test match.Let us admit , given days Eng was a better team than Pak on those seaming / overcast conditions.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Man where's younus?......need him badly.....who's there to support yousuf.....secondly axe u.akmal, k.akmal and u.amin from the team.....bring in zul.haider,yousuf and younus.......NEED A BALANCED TEAM BADLY......AND YES MAKE UMAR GUL THE BATTING COACH.....;)

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Akmal Stays to drop more... Pity Kaneria shud had more than 261 had there been a wicketkeeper behind the stumps. Yonis is required more than I am (retired) , Sorry I am not (retired )Yousf. At least he is keen to play and is playing...... And finally hope no more players retire in between the series.... Some may still after the Tour ends....

Posted by CricAsN on (August 2, 2010, 10:13 GMT)

i dont know what waqar bhai is thinking inzi,yousaf,younis ,they strated thier carier as lower order batsman.And look what azhar ali ,and umar amin is doing they are batiing at the number of (tendulkar,kallis,ponting,rosstaylor,dravid,clark,chanderpaul,lara)

Posted by Udaas_sanwal on (August 2, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

Im a very big fan of Yusaf but i think he is making the biggest mistake of his lyf as he been out of team for so many months

Posted by rkannancrown on (August 2, 2010, 10:05 GMT)

Good but long overdue decision. however, it has put extra burden on Yousuf. Pakistan also needs to look at Kamran Akmal. They need a decent keeper - I find it difficult to believe Pakistan does not have hundreds of better keepers. if nothing else, Moshin khan should select himself or even Wasim bari - both will do better than Akmal.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 10:04 GMT)

I think pcb has at last made the right choice.yousuf is just too gooder player to be left out. Still no younis khan.. that is surprising.. Probably it is only possible in pakistan where two of the team's best test players are left out..

Posted by Palanpuri on (August 2, 2010, 10:03 GMT)

This is a strange and a good decision by the PCB .. Strange because apart from a few new faces its the same side the spoke against Yousuf's lack of leadership skills and also blamed him for creatign rifts between players. Who knows what the atmosphere of the dressing room would be like. Good decision because we need someone experienced enough to cope up with the swinging menaces like Anderson and Finn in this fragile batting order. Moreover I feel Kamran should be given a rest and try Zulqarnain as Salman butt is so keen to give youngsters a chance .

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:58 GMT)

Pakistan is totally unpredictable .if they bowled out aus for 88 but in another test they himself got bowled at 80 runs.i think test is a cricket of staying at the crease .so best thing is that yousaf younis and misbah should be in team.Plz Plz if we have three seemers donot use them badly in the match.so they may get injured .a big big loss for the team...another suggestion put kamran out of squade for his poor display.............

Posted by vinodkd99 on (August 2, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

Any one interested in knowing what Permutations and Combinations are, follow Pakistan Cricket team. So many P&C of players over past 2 years, but still same results.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:45 GMT)

Thanks that Mohammad Yousuf has been recalled by the management, he will prove that he is still the best batsman INSHALLAH.

We have seen in the past and we will see in future that he will play for Pakistan as one of the great batsman.

he was the back bone after Inzi bro retired, and with his inclusion our team will have a positive impact in the coming tests against Good English Side.

Our prayers are with you Yousuf Bro.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:44 GMT)

Thats a good improvement in batting side

Posted by fzmkh on (August 2, 2010, 9:44 GMT)

dont change anything... just change the pcb chairman ijaz butt and everything will be smooth and the team will be stronger as ever.... CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE IJAZ BUTT.... i think pcb is more like an old ppl house where each and everybody is nt less than 60 and the youngest is 61....

Posted by Daveptee on (August 2, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

Brilliance,loads of talent and inconsistency have always been a feature of Pakistan cricket.Recalling Ys would be great.So would getting a batting coach like Javed/Inzi. The fast/medium bowling stock is tremendous as always with guidance from all the greats and Waqar as coach.My only concern is increased workload and fitness problems !In order to preserve them,the fast bowlers could be rotated especially with an abundance of quality.

Fielding is another area where work can be done.

Kamran Akmal should keep wickets only in one dayers and play as a test batsman like Sangakarra.He may average in 30s but he would still have loads of experience and is just 28!Bythe way,Shoaib Malik has a similar average and he is well past his expiry date as an international class player. Abdul Razzaq should also be a part of the test side. There are many areas of concern as mentioned above but they all can be taken care of if the administration is in the hands of people who really know the gam

Posted by ranakhalid on (August 2, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

Yousaf is a good player and there is no doubt about it. But the chances should be given to youngster team. Few more defeats are no problem but that should groom our youngsters to become worl class players. Kamran Akmal is making fundamental mistakes and should be dropped from squad to give way for another youngster. Kamran should get his form in county or domestic cricket before he makes to squad again. Keneria is a spent bullet and we should say him bye bye. No more younis and no more misbah or yousaf. We should learn to live without them.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:32 GMT)

We require three players in TEST cricket especially in Pakistan current team 1.Yousuf, 2. Younis 3 Misbah ul Haq. Besides batting Coach is required for TEST match, can can helpful if Inzimam, or Saeed Anwer asked for batting coach. Pakistans also require TEST wicket keeper who can stay longer period of time than current Kamran Akmal as he's accustomed to play 20-20 and ODI. Third is to look for very good spinners like Saqlain mustaq. Saeed Ajmal can be good option, but Pakistan needs killing sort of spinner. Aussie was number 1 for long period of time because of SHANE Warne, Srilanka is good team because of MURLi. INDIA was good team in spinner department because of Kuimble. To be Good test team, u need to have 3 department to be working in effective and efficient manner 1. batting, 2. bowling(fast and spinner both), 3. Fielding. besides capability to consume balls if wicket falls regularly, the batsmen MUST HAVE defensive approach.

Posted by Nauman.Khattak on (August 2, 2010, 9:32 GMT)

what the hell is wrong with pakistan cricket Board,why they are not playing top class crickter who are consistently performing in Domestic season. some of them are 1: Fawad alam firsclass avg 55.5 2: Asad shafiqe wicket keeper avg 44.4 (Kamran has 32.2) 3:Hassan Raza first class avg 50.0

currently they are playing umer amin and azhar ali check their career avg on cricinfo.

I don't know what is the criteria to make your place in Pakistan team. as that domastic cricket or Ejaz ahmed aproach.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

call yunis back he is the only player who iz best at test carrer and he is an awsum captain also ...

Posted by raahils on (August 2, 2010, 9:20 GMT)

my pak eleven is 1yasir hameed 2 salman butt 3 younus khan 4 azhar ali 5 mohammed yousuf 6 asim kamal 7 fawad alam 8 zulqar nain hyder 9 mohd aamer 10 umar gul 11 mohd asif with these team they can win some good matches .with the team which they r playing they cant win one single match with aussie they won just by luckily if it will be more 20 or 30 runs they cant win also.and just take waqr younus as coach and ijaz ahmed and aaqib jaavid just keep in inzamam as batting and main coach bowling coach to wasim and fielding coach to jhonty or any other so it will be tough team.is the4y want spin attach they can drop azhar ali and can bring back addul rehman.you selector come from dream and think it for team and nation no politics nothing u idiots.

Posted by sniffadawg on (August 2, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

That is again one funny and stupid move i would say. at one side the captain is adamant that he wants the youngster to play and perform and at the other side the old wine in new bottle is going to the UK to help the team. Can one player save the team from any sort of disaster? Not really. The most important and annoying thing that happened lately was inclusion of raza hassan, the left arm spinner who hardly played any international matches. Why not the experienced ABDUL REHMAN, who is already there and has been axed wthout any rhyme or reason. He took 8 wickets in his first test against the Proteas and still sitting out. I am a huge fan of him but I reckon one more good player is going to get wasted by the management as he really deserves place in all formats. Give him a chance vicky bhai as I know that IJAZ AHMED wants raza instead of Rehman and that is so unjustified. I love ya Rehman and I will always stand by you my brother. Allah is watching all this and you will get justification

Posted by bigrhinos on (August 2, 2010, 9:04 GMT)

It is the right call by the PCB. Pakistan have a good pace bowling attack that is performing very well. Their batting is letting them down. Younis Khan should also be brought back in to bat at 3. Followed by Yousuf. Pakistan need to be patient with their batting and be willing to bat 'ugly' for a period of time while there is pressure. The experience of Younis and Yousuf should help the guys like Umar Akmal control their temperament. I believe the performance of the Akmal brothers is the key to Pakistan success.

Posted by akshayUNITED on (August 2, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Hahaaha..The same old PCB story continues..

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:00 GMT)

i think not only Mohamad Yousuf should be recalled in the squad but also Younis Khan, Mizbah ul-haq and Abdul Razzaq!!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 9:00 GMT)

i thnk its a great news that yousaf is back...and well if the paki golden players lik waseem and waqar are fit to play then why not i welcome them back to the team ...unlike ipl phonies who break the records at there domestic circuit and fail at the world cups bats men like inzi and yousaf are pressure players who hav always delivered pressure...and most of all they are not afraid to retire and let the youngsters comein unlike a few batsmen who have had more then there share of cricket are the highest run scorer in test cricket but still are to selfish and self centered to let go of there test slot in there national side....anyways there is a joke abt the indian side as wel nowadays and thats that all the indian mega cricket stars are standing infront of the bcci buildings with ply cards "will win u a world cup,if you give us the big bucks":*

Posted by KXAH on (August 2, 2010, 8:57 GMT)

First of all there was no need for 'Y's at all, still our board thought to have one of them in the team for rest of the games and again made a wrong selection of 'Y', this had to be Younis. Yousuf is indeed a fine batsman but he is totally out of sorts, has not played cricket of late and most importantly he does not possess a responsible character, moreover, he is lazy on the field. Whereas, Younis is also a fine batsman and at least playing cricket in England, he adds spark with his fielding and motivates the team mates on the field when their shoulders droop.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (August 2, 2010, 8:54 GMT)

It is a good move. PCB sould be responsible for all these batting problems. Any way England is the best team right now, at least they got best bowling.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

win or no win Pakistan is the best our bowling battery the best in the world I LOVE PAKISTAN

Posted by cricinme on (August 2, 2010, 8:35 GMT)

Hey guys, all those great stars like Imran, Waqar, Inzi, Wasim did not be stars overnight. They started as youngsters and had their ups and downs and then became stars only after playing over a long period of time. So youngsters should be given chances to prove themselves. Replace one youngster with another if he fails again and again and given the chances a talented one will definately become a star. But doubt the politics in Pakistan cricket in team selection will ever allow this happen.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 8:32 GMT)

In comes Yousuf, if they stil lose, then in comes Younis for 3rd Test, and if they again lose??. YOunis next captain? Axe/ban salman butt? recall afridi for Final test???

Posted by Pakbigfan on (August 2, 2010, 8:31 GMT)

i think should get ready for younus and misbah and very good to here kenria out he cant bowl more wanted saeed ajmal .Well done to get yuonus back

Posted by HBZ585 on (August 2, 2010, 8:31 GMT)

Thanks to PCB at least they took one good decision. now you need to remove Shoaib Malik from the team otherwise he will create problems in the team because he is not a clear person, i mean his nature is political. and warning to Akmal Brothers. thats all new team is good give them chance and they will play well INSHAALLAH.

Posted by AamirFiaz on (August 2, 2010, 8:29 GMT)

Fawad Alam, Yasir Hameed, Yousaf, should be added in next match. Both akmal brother are big burden in text cricket they should be kicked out. Any way they way Anderson Bowled i dont think any player could stay front of him. hope in next match condition will be different and pakistan will come back strongly. INSHALLA

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

good, you called yousuf who has retired from cricket for the second time after icl, "he is training and fit to play" says selector. so may be you can also recall Waqar Younis, anwar, moin khan, etc,,etc,, from retirement too. you can say "they may be fit, may be not, but they have the experience on their side".

if yousuf is willing to play now why he has to retire after he is axed and fined. " just to save his face and his own selfishness", this shows as in his captaincy aus that he has no fighting potential and stand up for himself. this may get routine if we allow him to play, and future generation will be tempted to follow his lead if they think team cannot progress without them.

insted of recalling him we have to have faith in youngster and build the team for future.

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 2, 2010, 8:21 GMT)

If you search the name "YOUNIS" in all comments, the total number exceeds more than 40 which shows how much people want him back. Poor guy can't make it only due to Ijaz butt. Shame on Ijaz Butt.

Posted by Manik_mia on (August 2, 2010, 8:16 GMT)

Can't imagine Pak team did worse than even the Bangladesh team against England I think there should not be more than 4 to 5 new players in the team.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 8:14 GMT)

The joke these days...What is a best way for someone aspiring to get into Pakistan team for world cup 2011 ??......... RETIRE NOW.... :-) Btw, Wasim akram and Inzi are still capable of playing....

Posted by frehman on (August 2, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

I think by bringing un-fit yousaf will not be good for cricket. He has not played cricket and was not working on fitness as he was in tableegh. Has anybody checked his match fitness? I think if we bring in mental hospital patient and make him PCB chairman, he will make good decision than this one. Whom world call a "joker". He should be immediately removed. He is doing all things in PCB including selection. Mohsin khan have no integrity he should have resigned.

Team can not perform untill Sohaib Malik is there.He is always making rift in team with Akmal brothers. Whom selected Sohaib Malik and Akmal brothers, they are T20 players. They do not posses temperament for 50 overs game. Have Australian included Warner for test and one day? He is better hitter. Please get rid of these three idiots then sailing will be smooth.

All in all we have complex problems but root lies in administration, which have not supported their Captain (Younas Khan) and allow the player power to grow.

Posted by Kaka4pope on (August 2, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

This is not the series for Amin and Azhar to learn, what can you learn after fending off ten deliveries before before being snared.

Why have neither played any one day cricket? something that youngsters tend to do to get them in the groove...

Younis , Yousuf and Alam should all return and bat in that order followed by Umar Akmal at 6.

Butt should be partnered by Malik. Everytime Malik has opened he has at the very least seen off the new ball....

Asim Kamal is another option, while surely Kamran should get dropped.

Come on batsmen, give our bowlers half a chance. Asif Aamer Gul have been masterful this summer so far.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:58 GMT)

Great news. Yousuf is a class batter.

Posted by whyowhy on (August 2, 2010, 7:57 GMT)

Bloody waste of time, even if he scores a hundred in each innings, Pakistan will lose the match. Yousuf now runs on the field like a rickshaw walla and will not threaten any english batsman with his throws. When will the PCB and its selectors ever learn ?? To lose with a young side (with a fight) is far better than losing anyway with washed out oldtimers. If you select a young side you have to persist with them instead of lowering their confidence by bringing in past cricketers who have been either sacked or resigned. The winning will come and when it comes it will stay on unlike the temporary lift you are trying to give them like a steroid (oops pardon me Akthar and Asif) But them drowning old men have to clutch at straws........

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:56 GMT)

Cant understand why Younus Khan did not get the call, he is playing in England and knows the conditions. Muhammad Yousuf, would do exactly what he did against Australia back in Jan i.e. Fail. Moreover, Why Kamran Akmal is continuing to be a part of the test team is a mystery. Failure with the bat and with the gloves. Don't know what is the rationale of these decisions. All Pakistan can hope for is the bowlers hi

Posted by mtjmirza on (August 2, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

At last, PCB understood what is missing badly in the team and it is indeed a very welcoming news for the fans that Yousuf has been included for the second test. But it would have been more appropriate if Younis could have been included in the team as well. But I am sure that Younis would also join the team for the third test. But how about our golden boy with a hole in his hand and gloves Mr. Akmal. Will the team persist with him for more disgraceful under par performance. If he plays no doubt another drubbing is round the corner. As he keeps on missing vital and simple catches, stumpings which he is doing very consistently for the last 8 years or so and will keep doing it for the rest of his life as a cricketer. Best of luck for Pak team for the rest of the England series.

Posted by muno2010 on (August 2, 2010, 7:54 GMT)

I strongly not happy to take Yousuf and Younis because we should open our heart and give more chances to youngster like azher ali, umar amin and umar akmal, also to shoaib malik.

Why can't call Faisl Iqbal? may be because Javed Minadad, please consider Faisal Iqbal, currently he is playing in england.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (August 2, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

Yousuf has been a great player and there should be no doubt it in anyone's mind about that. It is his mild manner that has denied him his due position in Pakistan cricket.However, I am not too sure how well he is going to acquit himself upon his comeback. He played in Sri Lanka in 2009 and scored one hundered in a losing cause though. What is surprising is that Pakisan have not included the likes of Fawad Alam, in the side. Besides being a long innings player, he is also a useful spinner.The present top order batsmen seem inexperienced both against quality swing as they seem ill equipped to really fast bowling. In Sri Lanka in 2009, they lost the 3 Test series 2-0. Sri Lanka won mostly through Kulasekhara a medium pacer who swings the ball in the mid 120s and Herath a left arm spinner. While I agree that the system is wrong in Pakistan as Imran says often, I think it may be very difficult to bring about technical correctness too soon

Posted by cric4zh on (August 2, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

nothin is impssible by pk board of cricket.........they have the power to sack any cricketerr anytime 4 any reason and takin him back anytime .........shame on pk cricket board.......not good for the cricket.

Posted by nataraajds on (August 2, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

why only Yusuf ? what about younis ? is he not deserve a place ? they two have left only few years of cricket and make best use of it. Kamran should work on his glouse seriously, otherwise his days are counted.

Posted by Itchy on (August 2, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

I find it hard to believe that MoYo can be called back to the team (visa permitting!) not having played any reasonable level of cricket when Younis Khan is in the country, presumably with the correct visa, and has been playing regular top-grade cricket.

Posted by DMPK on (August 2, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

If Yousaf is back, then why not Younas, who is playing country cricket, and Misbah. Shoaib Malik has no place in this team. He should be replaced by a proper batsman-Yasir Hameed. Sulman Butt tried to put up a brave face over the defeat, asserting his faith in the "young" team, but failed to realize the manner of defeat. Junior Akaml needs to come out of the 20-20 mode, and senior Akmal should sit out. It is painful to see him dropping sitters and keep saying loudly, "well done, well bowled" to bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

"But the matter ... was discussed between he and the coaches ..." - what kind of English grammar permits that usage. Between he and the coaches.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:44 GMT)

The country which is being run by a man like Zardari and corruption has spread into its every department has no chance of achieving success in any battleground even cricket.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:38 GMT)

He is clearly out of practice and he have similar issues with swing as with any other Pakistani batsman. Remember him being third of the hat-trick victim of Anderson in one day? swing also got him in Australia recently.

In my opinion, considering batting performance of our bowlers and keeping performance of our keeper, we should play 11 bowlers, they will get much better result.

Posted by bkraks21 on (August 2, 2010, 7:34 GMT)

And the circus continues. What a joke pakistan cricket is.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:31 GMT)

Good to see a legendary player in Yousif coming in. It would be icing on the cake if he can gel up with this new look team and support the younger captain. If things pan out as per the plan, the younger, inexperienced but talented batting line up of Pakistan can learn a lot from this great batsman. It would also be good for the ultra talented bowling line up of Pakistan, knowing that there is experience in the middle supporting them. As far as Kamran Akmal is concerned, there is only one word that can describe his performance. PATHETIC!!!!!

Posted by Wazzi on (August 2, 2010, 7:13 GMT)

As long as Eijaz Butt and Yawar Saeed are there, Pakistan cricket will remain in the headlines as a joke and for all the bad reasons. they should be kicked out !!!

Posted by satanswish on (August 2, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

Is Yousuf making comeback with his beard shaved?

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:08 GMT)

Call Hanif Mohammed, Zahir Abbas, Javed Miadad, Inzmamul Haq, only the pakistan deserve chance.

Posted by HamidMushtaq on (August 2, 2010, 7:06 GMT)

Bring back Hassan Raza and Asif Kamal!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

THIS IS NOT A GOOD MOVE BY PCB, AXING KANERIA WILL NOT DO GOOD. PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE FACTS HERE, EVEN IF THE TWO Y's COME THAT WILL BE A 50-50 CHANCE FOR PAKISTAN, BECAUSE EVEN THE ENGLISH BATSMEN HAVE STRUGGLED ON THESE CONDITIONS. FURTHER, YOUSUF IS UNDER NO MATCH PRACTICE, SO HOW COME PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING HIM TO PERFORM RIGHT AWAY.

YOU HAVE SEEN KP's FORM, HE DID NOT PLAY SINCE JUNE AND NOW HE IS STUGGLING SINCE LACK OF MATCH PRACTICE. SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND GROUND REALITY AND DO NOT BE EMOTIONAL. THIS TEAM IS GOOD ENOUGH TO TROUBLE ANY OPPONENT. JUST NEED TO MAKE FEW CORRECTIONS, THEY NEED TO PUT IN ABDULRAZZAK; A GENIUN ALL ROUNDER IS ALWAYS HANDY, JUST AS YOU HAVE SEEN IN SHANE WATSON WITH AUSTRALIA. THIS WILL GIVE PAK A 4TH SEAM BOWLING OPTION. TRY SAEED AJMAL IN NEXT 2 TESTS. THE RESULT WILL CHANGE IN PAK FAVOR.

I WONDER IF PAKISTAN LOOSE EVEN IF THEY INCLUDE YOUSUF THEN WAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENSES, I WONDER WHAT PEOPLE WILL THEN TALK ABOUT. I M WITH SALMAN BUTT

Posted by Jawaidnazir on (August 2, 2010, 7:00 GMT)

We have to accept this defeat, its hapen in cricket some time win some time loss. Yousuf inclusion is good for the team atleast one experience player must in team.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 6:58 GMT)

Till when our bowling will save us,, we need to think about it Mr Management. A team of maximum numbers of youngsters cannot win with the team like England which is the best at the moment in test cricket. We should have a combination of seniors and juniors, then the juniors will learn from it, otherwise how it is possible that one junior teach other jonior to play. this is a request to our selectors please save Pakistan cricket.

Posted by apatti on (August 2, 2010, 6:56 GMT)

In this article, the chief of selectors mention that team management have asked for Yousaf but if Waqar and Butt (according to cricinfo's article), both didn't want any of Y's but instead were looking for a team with fresh faces. Any idea on what exactly is going on?

Posted by Niju_001 on (August 2, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

First of all Yousuf retired at a wrong time... thanks for PCB policies... mgmt... etc., imposing life ban and withing weeks asking the player to be part of the next team. Its ridiculous for players and cricket in Pakistan. They first need solidity in the board than in the middle order. Unfortunately its very unlikely to happen so at least these ever inconsistent ever entertaining Pakistan can atleast strengthen their batting line up with Yousuf. If as almost everyone has pointed out Younis too can make a come back and Shoaib Malik play up the order with the Akmal bros coming late down they will be a tough team to beat by any opposition. But they also need a quality opener... here is where Saeed Anwar is being missed... should we call him too?

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (August 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT)

They (PCB) must have call YOUNUS KHAN before the YOUSUF as Younus is alrady there and playing county cricket but Yousuf is not part of any 1st class cricket since Australia tour , WHY WHY WHY they not calling YOUNUS ???????????????????

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 6:52 GMT)

old is GOLD ............................................

Posted by pankajkumarsingh on (August 2, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

I dont understand why Pak board isnt considering Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas. Its sad (pun intended)

Posted by qaanan on (August 2, 2010, 6:48 GMT)

good decission but it proved again that there is nothing impossible in pakistan cricket.

Posted by ben.pullan13 on (August 2, 2010, 6:48 GMT)

In my point of view having someone like Yousuf in the middle order would only be a positive for Pakistan. The veteran would be a steadying head for the two youngsters (Azhar Ali and Umar Amin) and as Yousuf is a great player one would expect him to score big runs almost immediately. Being a big leg spin fan I am sad to see how badly Danish Kaneria has gone off the wall.Many great leg-spinners have retired recently (Kumble, Warne, Macgill) and if he fades away it will be the end of another great leg-spinner and I cannot see many good young leggies at the moment.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

PCB IS MAKING A JOKE OF THIS TEAM. IST SELECTING A SO INEXPERIANCED TEAM AND THE NOT LETTING IT SETTLE. NOW SENDING MUHAMMAD YOUSAF FROM PAKISTAN AND NOT CONSIDERING YOUNAS KHAN WHO IS PLAYING IN ENGLAND. WHAT A JOKE SENDING A BOWLER AHO HAS PLAYED ONLY 2 FIRST CLASS GAMES IN PLACE OF DANISH KANERIA WHO HAS PLAYED 61 TESTS AS IF RAZA HASSAN WAS BORN TO PLAY INTERNATIONAL TEST CRICKET AND NOT FIRST CLASS CRICKET. WE ARE TIRED OF THESE JOKES

Posted by leggully on (August 2, 2010, 6:46 GMT)

Its certainly a step back..but a step in right direction because under the circumstances Pakistan didn't have too many options. Firstly, those advocating the win against Aussies with a young team should understand that the win was setup by Bowlers and the batters hardly deserve credit for it!! With captaincy on his shoulders, Pakistan's only consistent batsman Salman Butt is also looking rusty and hence someone with experience need to come, around whom remaining can bat. Secondly Yousuf in the team is far better to guide youngsters rather than Inzamam giving batting tips to these fragile heads because it is the latter whose lust to have a grip on the team after retirement, has brought affairs to such a sorry state!! Thirdly, as far as Younis is concerned, he is naive to survive in these circumstances. He stands for cricket which is the last agenda in a place where everyone is out to sort personal grievances.So his return in near future seems bleak.

Posted by TurboKam512 on (August 2, 2010, 6:46 GMT)

The bowlers did an excellent job but the batsmen again & again dissapopoint to a newer level than the previous one. If only the PCB can have a mixture of experience with the guile of the youth .. The 3 & 4 batsmen are not at all the standing pair to put up a resistance of +150 runs and thas making all the difference to the side. well lets see where they go from here after yousuf arrives and takes a spot in the side... the captain again is misfiring and un-leading by example which is a worry for the whole team ... there are some capable batsmen in the side who need to be given a chance.. Younis needs to head the team and Yousuf needs to be the anchor player ... the conditions are difficult ,...true but if the English can do it so can the Pakistani's

Posted by adeel.sarfraz on (August 2, 2010, 6:42 GMT)

Nice decision from the PCB but I feel that the main cause of the Pakistani team not playing well on these pitches is more to do with infighting among team members rather than seaming pitches. If people are expecting Yousuf to weave his magic then that will be wrong as 11 players have to perfrom to win a match. If the rest of the players do not perform then they should be dropped like Kaneria and asked to perform in domestic/county matches

Posted by JawadSyed on (August 2, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

Haha, Cricinfo - this is really funny. The time of posting a comment is written as 20:53 PM on the website. As far as I know, you either write 20:53 or write 8:53 PM but you cannot have 20:53 PM.

Anyway, I think Shoaib Malik should also be axed and younis should be included in his place otherwise with shoaib and yousuf both in the squad, the atmosphere of the dressing room is bound to get sour and team would again be underperforming.

Posted by mzrafiq on (August 2, 2010, 6:26 GMT)

Late decision but everybody knew it was necessary right from the beginning. You cant play so many tests with so many youngsters. Younis must accompany Yousuf.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

PCB should include Asim Kamal in this squad due to 2 main reason first he is the most consisent perferomer. He scored 8 fifties in 20 innings which confirmed that he has potential to stay on a wicket and score, Second he is left arm batsman and he need some left arm in the side to put pressure on the opponent bowler to keep on changing the line. we need 1 bad ball in every over to send the ball to boundry and it is possible when you have left and right combination. It is my resquested to select the team for Pakistan not for any region. Country pride is more important.

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 2, 2010, 6:12 GMT)

Pak can recall even Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shahid Afridi. But with Kamran Akmal in the team. Pak has very best bowling attack in the world. But they have to ensure that none of their deliveries should reach Kamran Akmal. The need of the hour is to find an alternate wicket keeper.

Posted by chess_aakash on (August 2, 2010, 6:12 GMT)

Can anyone please explain why Fawad Alam (avg 41 in test match and 55+ in first class match)is not getting chance to play?

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

lol!! when are Inzamam, Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmed coming back?

Posted by abaidawan on (August 2, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

yups....Ejaz makes no sense....younas kahn had appealed against ban..and he is not been included yet...and yousaf is included without any further discussion on the matter...Pakistan need both yousaf and younas back..and some other guy like Asim Kamal for the test sqaud..including one by one will just add pressure on the persons...like in next game yousaf will be in tremendous pressure because of high expectations...our management and players both have no patience...they want quick results and take quick decisions with out any sense

Posted by N1ZaMaN1 on (August 2, 2010, 6:07 GMT)

This is a good choice and hopefully Pakistan will now show a better performance in the next 3 test matches. The way that they played in the first test was just an absolute joke. Now that a experienced and a fine batsman with a good technique is in the team, they should play as a real international team.

Kamran Akmal... this guy is showing poor performance with both the gloves and bat. He should be replaced for atleast this series with a class young wicket keeper like Sarfraz Ahmed. Although Sarfraz has a horrible average in the only test he's played, but on the other hand he averages about 43 in domestic first class cricket. They should give him another chance and hopefully he'll prove his spot in the team.

Posted by Abbas_Quereshi on (August 2, 2010, 5:59 GMT)

our cricket board is biggest joke. everybody laughed about our cricket board. there is no shame in loosing test match in big margin. cuz we're young site. but we need to set good example. this is not good news for pakistan cricket.

Posted by ahmadhk on (August 2, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

what the hell?! the guy hasnt played any form of cricket since january and we are all aware of his usual fitness level and his incapability to negotiate swing bowling anyway. i can bet that we will lose once again coz of our batting. younis is the only solution to our present batting woes.

Posted by Badreshian on (August 2, 2010, 5:51 GMT)

I mean this is joke, I was just sharing among friends that after one loss we will see dramatic changes.. still we expects after 2nd test.. May be others like Misbah and younus... But I dont think this is wise they should have accessed the situation well before or after the Aussies test. Our team is a 20 20 team, even worse at the moment. For our team the bowler would do both batting and bowling as what Umar (Gul, not the the other Umars).... We need wise heads at the top!!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 5:48 GMT)

Honestly i don't like this decision, because yousaf was a trouble maker in past, it would be good if the call younus instead of yousaf

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

the victory over aussies was just a nice fluke... and asif and amir is not the best bowler in the world.. coz i think butt was in his nappies when akram and imran were bowling together... he forgets the great pairs like ambrose and walsh, mcgrath and brett lee, akram and waqar... call to yousuf is just a madness about PCB.. i think they are marching towards the end...of Pakistan cricket.. its dying stage..

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 5:40 GMT)

What a frickin joke. They are all a bunch of cheats heavily into match fixing starting with Ijaz 'TMF' Butt down to everyone in the team including the two faced Yousuf.

Posted by GreenCap on (August 2, 2010, 5:40 GMT)

Too bad. Coach and captain don't want someone in the team, and still included in the side. I'm afraid it will cause dirty politics in the team again.

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (August 2, 2010, 5:38 GMT)

Not unpredictable,because it is One Man Show (ijaz butt's show).Also not fair enough decision.If Yousuf can include then why not Younis? Although i am not in Favor of Both to be include in the team , but if you want to include some one by this way then Younis deserve more because he is still young and for the time being playing county cricket there.Surely he(Younis) is in batter form and fitness.If a player like Malik(who deserves no place in any form of the game) can make his way to the side then Yousuf and Younis must be in the team.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 5:38 GMT)

How can Pakistan win test matches with T20 players who dont know to survive 40-50 overs in test. Players with class of Yusuf and Yunus are being left out and the young guys are being thrashed by every team.

Biggest problem is Pak team's unity

Posted by Wasif_Minhas on (August 2, 2010, 5:33 GMT)

How can we pin our hopes with someone who is out of competitive cricket for so long and is short of match practice, Mr. chairman these decisions are not taken during the series, if Kaneria performed poorly he should have sat out in the next match what is the point in excluding him from test squad? what message does it give to other players? What about kamran Akmal... will he be packing after next match? Mr. chairman don't make fool of yourself try to put in some method, give your guys some confidence. and the best thing you can is to enjoy a retirement life and handover the job to someone who has some wisdom.

Posted by AB2010 on (August 2, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

That's really wonderful!! why don't you call back Miandad and Imran khan as well, what about Waseem and hey couch!! you could do it better!! why dont you step in again.... hahahahahha!!! this retirement thing is the biggest joke of Pakistan cricket; guys!!! why don't you just GO forever.........

Posted by Sal_CricFan on (August 2, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

Take away ball tempering and the pakistani team suddenly looks so ordinary. There were superstars in your team who made their career by scratching ball on one side, but those are now retired and ICC became aware of that. Now the team can't do that anymore. Akmal borthers and Amin need to go. Kaneria must be captain.

Posted by Wasif_Minhas on (August 2, 2010, 5:28 GMT)

Drama continues... Ijaz butt is chairman but he acts as a team manager who accompanies the team on tour, he is acting as a head of selection committee by sending in players of his own choice. the person who seems to know nothing about management and cricket is doing it all. PCB doesnt gives its players margin of one match they simply start making changes after every defeat which marks the beginning of another disaster. Let a 25 year old graduate take his place and im sure he will do better.

Posted by Kunal-Talgeri on (August 2, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

Well, I can only thank God they didn't recall Miandad and Ijaz Ahmed. At least, they weren't cry babies. Sure, Yousuf is the best bat in this squad now, but it still seems to be a step backward. It was less than a year ago that the tension between skipper Yousuf and S.Malik made the former retire. How will the two complement each other in the same line-up? Just hope for the best, and wishing Pakistan builds a strong team for the future. Its bowling unit deserves a complete team.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

What a brave decision from PCB. Please bring back the back bone of Pakistan cricket team the great YOUNUS KHAN. It will strengthen the Pakistan Batting line up.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

What about YOUNIS KHAN, These polish PCB is Playing with his career.

Younis khan you we want to see you back on track......

Posted by msshohag on (August 2, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

it's a good move from pcb. yousuf is one of the greatest test player in the world. but i think younis should also include who's average is more than fifty. azahar ali and umar amin are good but they are not technically fit for test cricket.pakistan are in now in danger zone in test match game. to solve this problem they should back some solid player. asim kamal is another choice for pakistan. whay don't they take him? he made 99 against SA in debut match. i think he is another good test player.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

Very good move to bring Yousaf back. Good luck Yousaf! Our young side is in dire need of an experienced batsman so that they can get guidance on the pitch based on the conditions. Younis' return is imminent to restore the backbone of the middle order. I see a comments on Yousaf's retirement. His situation was an example of poor management and he made himself available, what's the big deal. We South Asians have a disease of loving or hating the personalities of the players instead of their talent and track record. Looking at Pakistan's overall situation, it is a miracle to have a team. Things will get better as the country gets better and we will see savvy board and improved team management. Good luck Pakistan!!

Posted by ShaniKhan on (August 2, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

Dont worry guys Younis is next once they lose 2nd test there will b call for younis Khan ...

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

i thnk this very nice act done by board but the batting will be more better if they recalled also younis i hope that this could happen

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:36 GMT)

if the captain and coach are unhappy with yousuf coming then it won't matter... when there is tension in the dressing room.. then no one really performs... i just am happy to see our bright future guyz(azhar and amin) flop...

Posted by Madmast_Hathi on (August 2, 2010, 4:34 GMT)

As Younis Khan once said, the team is only a reflection of the country. What can we expect from a team, when the country has gone to the dumps? What a terrible mess this Paki cricket is. Even countries such as Somalia or Ethiopia would manage their teams better. Phew! Why don't you bring back Javed Miandad and Imran Khan? Atleast, there would be some orderliness.

Posted by Dax75 on (August 2, 2010, 4:34 GMT)

Oh yes! About time! This man is a true champion, not as a captain, but I hope he tears England apart. That team was never going to defeat England on their home turf. Bring in some fellas that can bat! Now wheres Younis Khan? The only people that seem to be tearing Pakistan cricket apart are the people running it, put your best players out there and get on with it!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:32 GMT)

Calling Ageing stars is one trick that has seldom worked historically for any sport. Gatting / Gooch Ashes, Mike Dennes (Ashes Tours), Zico / Socrates (1986 football world cup), Venkat Raghvan ( 1983 WI tour ) etc. Dont know what miracle a Younus with so little practice would do. I know Pakistan is desparate but keeping faith in the team and doing a rejig would be better idea. Why cant Shoaib Malik be promoted to no. 3 rather than leaving Azhar Ali and Umar Amin at 3 and 4.

Posted by Hokage on (August 2, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

Good,but younus khan also has to be there

Posted by Cricfan27 on (August 2, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Good to hear the living legend is back. But will he able to play his role of savior without Younis's support from the other end? Test cricket is to play from the both end. Allah Ijaz Butt ko samajh ne ki silahiyat ata formayen!( May Allah give Ijaz Butt the power of understanding!).

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:22 GMT)

Isn't Mohd. Yousuf retiring from cricket 3rd or 4th time?

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:21 GMT)

Atleast now they have brought M.Yousuf. But tats not enough 2 strengthen the pakistani side. Younus Khan should also be brought back coz Yousuf-Younus partnership in test cricket can be devastating 2 the opponents. I pray Younus 2 come back 2 the team and thrash england bowlers, so tat england will think of a new squad in the upcoming test matches...

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:17 GMT)

Only few day back it was the beginning of a new era and by this week it is an end of the new era, really very sad!!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

they r doing this for long.....so there is no thing lik retirement in pakistan cricket.anything is possible from nowhere.

Posted by OnlySujit on (August 2, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

PakCartoonBoard...guy retires, life ban, no appeal, now called back, no visa yet..he will land on pitch on fri morning before toss

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

thts good decision, it will be better if they call Younis also for remaining test match.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

good move for Pakistan team, but where is younus Khan, PCB should be recalled to Younus Khan................................

Posted by muizuzair on (August 2, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

Some guys in Pakistan retire not because of age but due to various other reasons. The come back of Yousuf is very good news for the present Pakistan batting line up which is lacking experienced batting in the middle order. Yousuf is the right man and this will help Pakistan to atleast square the series.

Posted by Sumeet.Gupta on (August 2, 2010, 4:02 GMT)

Good to see Yousuf back, though it was waiting to happen sooner rather than later. One thing that I don't understand is how Malik is batting at 6? Being the most experienced middle order batsman, he is OUGHT to come in at 4 at least, if not 3. Isn't it a common sense thing? You cannot have Azhar and Amin at 3 and 4, even if they are the most talented batsmen in the world. Having Yonus back will not harm Pak though. Would love to see him back as well.

Posted by Deepfreezed on (August 2, 2010, 4:02 GMT)

Younis Khan is already in England playing county cricket.

Posted by ZEUS00 on (August 2, 2010, 4:01 GMT)

Excellent news for Pakistan, however we must be aware of the following scenarios:

If pakistan lose the 2nd test match, it will all be Younis' fault! If Pakistan win, all the defeats of the last few months will be the PCB's fault! A king pair to Younis could mean the end of his career yet again! A report containing Younis's conspiracy to reclaim the captaincy might be leaked! Younis Khan is gearing up to play the 3rd test match in case Pakistan lose again! Imran/Miandad have volunteered to play the next World Cup if the nation needs them! PCB (without consulting Oxford) has redefined the word 'retirement' as 're-hire-ment'!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 3:57 GMT)

All of sudden a retired person will give you performance when current batting line is sttffed up? what a joke,they are going to disgrace him again. why getin rid of kaneria isnt he our highest scorer in 2nd innings with 16 runs,lol.

Posted by was33m on (August 2, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

Bowlers were not there to be blamed but hats off to the decision of dropping Kaneria.... Raza Hasan is I think too young to be the part of this system, they r trying to spoil one more talent...Please let him be groomed more and then take him.....

well... wat to say else.......... Younus Yousuf have served Pakistan for so long but couldnt come up with the goods enough to bring Pak team at top.... destiny of Pak will change only if density of corruption comes down...

Posted by ROLAYH on (August 2, 2010, 3:44 GMT)

Stupid PCB, they've dropped our top scorer of the second inning...:D

Posted by pranksnepal on (August 2, 2010, 3:43 GMT)

pakistan should go with Younis and Yousuf

Posted by ermalai on (August 2, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

what a Joke? How many players', how many time they will retire and come back? what a joke? at least this makes up for the comedy that is missing in International cricket

Posted by Gilliana on (August 2, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

Perhaps a little too late. Younis should have been considered too. Anyway what are the main culprits the PCB trying to prove? Acting on their whims and fancies have not only destroyed the careers of some class cricketers like ul Haq but have broken the spirit and morale of a very good young side, Perhaps the only solution lied in sacking the entire PCB and induct Imran and Javed to run the board.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 3:34 GMT)

Pakistan need younus and yousuf in test squad and imran nazir call for the ODI.Pakistan strength is bowling and weekness is batting & fielding.Pak have to improve there fielding and batting.pak have ability to beat any team in cricket world if they improve there concentration and inner believe and focus on his plan.Attention depend on concentration, concentration focus on an object.

Posted by hungrytiger on (August 2, 2010, 3:32 GMT)

M.yousuf will retire after test.salman butt will b axed.shoaib malik will b captain .pakistan , a joke

Posted by satanswish on (August 2, 2010, 3:29 GMT)

They will again force him to retire after this test

Posted by wallstreet on (August 2, 2010, 3:21 GMT)

Its a good move by PCB i guess.Mohammed Yusuf is a big game player,pakistan will be boosted by his inclusion

Posted by Imran-74 on (August 2, 2010, 3:20 GMT)

I don't think there will be any improvement, what he will do after a long time out of team. Come back always a difficul as have a start a new life and when you have a so many dispute with you its harder. At the same time Younas should also be recalled so he not if Yousaf? To me biggest problem of Pakistan cricket is chairman Ejaz Butt, as long as he is there nothing will improve. I pray mother currupton Zardari and Butt go ASAP.Ameen

Posted by rakshit_dosti on (August 2, 2010, 3:17 GMT)

It's better for PCB to call Younis back as well. Otherwise, He will retire next week, come back to International Cricket after 1 month and PCB will pick him for last test. I think PCB is playing Tic-Tac-Toe.

Posted by ratee on (August 2, 2010, 3:12 GMT)

So little and too late!! Mainly they got it all wrong as well.

This is usual happening for PCB. Poor Kaneria the person who dropped two catches and one stumping of his bowling is still there!!! What a justice for incompetence?Do you punish your best spinner for one match? This is the way PCB works short term measures!!The problem is in the batting,,,and you still want to carry the same baggage and not the bowling, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal, are you still going to play this lot? Expect the same results!!

How can one man Yousuf who has not played cricket since his last tour save your team, what do they expect a miracle from him?

Posted by alamgir09 on (August 2, 2010, 3:09 GMT)

Yousuf welcome back.Im glad to heard that I could see him again with bat for PAK. I would raise the question to PCB why they didn't call him before 1st test again England as he declared himself available for recall. However, PCB woke up after thrashing by England. you can't always expect to win like against Aussie with these fracture talents of batting. Umar Amin should be axed along with Keneria as he got so many opportunities but couldn't utilize them. He can be a good batsman in domistic arena but not for international level. There wouldn't surprise if Yasir Hameed gets chance in opening position instead of Imran farhad.PCB should call younis Khan as well to make depth in middle order. Good luck for next one...

Posted by PAK-92 on (August 2, 2010, 3:07 GMT)

i really welcome this decision from the pcb however mr big butt needs to stop acting like a child and recall younis aswell! and why is fawad alam being overlloked. he is a decent opener and way better than farhat. he's had 3 tests and has shown good temperemnt, scored century on debut and has a better average than all other players selected in the squad. this is injusice shown towrds alam. he is nt t20 player and pcb expect him to perform there. pcb need to realise that his first class averge is 55.98 in 57 matches. this is pretty good and is among the best in the world!!!!

Posted by jawaid1 on (August 2, 2010, 3:03 GMT)

Butt is saying that Pakistan hasnt won lot of matches when 2 Ys were in the team. Pakistan's bowling line up for some time was very weak and if 2 Ys had the bowling line up of today Pakistan would have won lot of matches with them in the team.

Posted by aljento on (August 2, 2010, 2:55 GMT)

Prabhakaran Subramaniam wts ur problm whoever retires n comes bck jst jealous ppl

Posted by crick50 on (August 2, 2010, 2:54 GMT)

Haha! Laughable its just some funny Monk sitting at the head of selction.. May be they don't whats exact meaning what they say.. Afridi ..& Co banned for life time.. After few days they called back Banned for match fixing after.. again they are back in the squad.. PCB do you have brain or atleast you know what you talk.. Ban according to PCB.. Back Again number of times... its applies to retirement as well. Lets ban PCB oh no.. they will be Back Again number of times...

Posted by India2world on (August 2, 2010, 2:50 GMT)

Test match squad should be of combination of experienced and new talented batsman and bowler. You can not keep it out your experienced batsman out and totally rely on new comer particularly in test match where your temperament is tested. While talented new comer will be get much better experiences only with playing with experienced batsman or bowler. It's OK for 50-50 or 20-20 format where you can make an experiment on new comer. Look at India Batting line up, lot experienced batsman with young talented player and that's make India no.1 in Test match ranking. I don't understand What Imran Khan is doing? His services in more needed in Pakistan cricket rather than in politics.

Posted by FarhatAliZaidy on (August 2, 2010, 2:41 GMT)

What can Yousaf do alone? Here we need along with Yousaf, Younis is a must.And Why only Danish Kaneria axed? why not the Akmal brothers and Umer Amin must be OUT of the eleven for couple of months . Yes give Shoaib Malik a bit more chance he is a seasoned player may be he Klick on his true class.We need a good wicket keeper plus (batsman) and a good spinner also. Yousaf and Younis are good players may be they do not perform as we are expecting from them,but they have experience and the courage to face this english bowling side.Which is fortunately not having Holding ,Lillee.Thomson or Imran Khan.They are normal bowlers who can use the conditions otherwise ,there is no exceptional bowlig terror in english side.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (August 2, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

What will Yousuf and Younis Khan do? They were part of the team the lost heavily to Australia and NZ....

How do selectors believe that they can probably save some face for them?

Posted by whyowhy on (August 2, 2010, 1:58 GMT)

Is Sarnia Mizra now qualified to play cricket for Pakistan ? She can take over the wicketkeeping gloves from Kamran and we will not have any adverse comments from Indians either.

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (August 2, 2010, 1:54 GMT)

guys - expect that younis khan might do the same.

Posted by A_S_M on (August 2, 2010, 1:17 GMT)

While Yusuf is being recalled, it is also impoprtant, if not essential, to have Yunus back too. As a batting pair they are the highest batting partnership pair in Cricinfo statistics. They average about 107 runs followed by the next best at around 77 runs!

Posted by chokkashokka on (August 2, 2010, 1:09 GMT)

Pak cricket soap opera continues..are these guys for real? No conviction and no forethought in any decision...everything appears to be knee jerk. Basically putting band aids on a cancer patient. Everyone knew this was coming - so no surprises there. The real contest now will be - yousuf against shoaib malik. If Pakistan lose another game, don't be surprised to see a Yousuf and Malik scuffle while practicing. And the clandestine oaths will start. I've go my popcorn ready - waiting for the fireworks.

Posted by vignesmadhu on (August 2, 2010, 1:00 GMT)

i am an Indian.........disappointed by the first test......its a good sign as Yousuf is returning back also it will be good to replace umar amin with Yasir Hameed and it will be better to recall Abdul Razaq for test squad also i hope peoples still remember Asim Kamal......he is a left hand batsman pakistan team needs him he should be recalled the bowling part is so good.......more over this is the time for Pakistani cricket fans to backup the team and support them......as Salman Butt mentioned the side is young and we will make mistakes the thing we required is your support.........

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 0:50 GMT)

I think this is a step in the wrong direction, I know pakistan lost the first test to England badly, but to be honest, most teams would've struggled in the conditions, pakistan is a young side and the selectors need to stick with the youngsters, although umar amin hasn't really played a substantial lock, he looks like he is a real talent and he needs to be given time. I don't really know what to make of Kaneria's omission, leg spinners can have bad games, but they are wicket takers, Saeed Ajamal is a good bowler in the limited overs cricket but it remains to be seen whether he can lift his game and bowl well in Test Cricket as well. I would've loved to see pakistan stick with same bunch of guys, again, the move to bring back Yousuf is a step in the wrong direction.

Posted by santhoshkudva on (August 2, 2010, 0:47 GMT)

this was always on the cards. yousuf is just the tonic pakistan needs. also younis khan. but the big question is: is yousuf really willing to play or has he been asked to do his former team a favour?

Posted by Waqar_Javed on (August 2, 2010, 0:21 GMT)

Get Younis back PCB, he is the only man who has the potential to save Pakistan Team from more embarressment, the Nation should stop expecting a miracle but a fight to resore some honour needs to be put up, I hope we can come out of the politics of captaincy and let the best man for the Job lead. Yousuf return can bring us back into the same divide in the Team but with Younis there thing can be blanced, I really hope well for the team that is looking like it wants to lose the Test status and become a 20/20 team only which is the easy and quick buck for them. Yousaf should hope England does n't reject him a Visa in time and Pakistan should hope that the only statement he make is by stick on the pitch and getting a few big ones his reputation will be at stake here........... Anyways balling has been good more runs will give them more confidence that they sometimes lack and Butt is having to carry too much burden for himself , hope he comes out of it strongly too.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 0:17 GMT)

I agree with Dani. Why is it that they are calling Yousuf who has not played any competitive cricket and is retired, and leaving out Younis Khan, who is already in England playing county cricket. The administration is making a mockery of itself despite the fact that earlier administrations set a pretty low bar anyway.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 0:14 GMT)

good.. but pakistan still need another coach for batting.. waqar is a good coach but he was a bowler.. so pakistan now solid in bowling.. but need to be good in batting..

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 0:14 GMT)

i think Pakistani team needs good players at this time for victory in 2nd test like, Muhammad Yousf, Younis khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Yasir Hameed, Fawad Alam, Abdur Razak n Muhammad Sami against Imran Farhat, Umer Amin, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal(specially), Umer Akmal, Umer Gul n Danish Kaneria.

Posted by   on (August 2, 2010, 0:05 GMT)

What a joke!

If anything, Younas Khan should be called into the squad.

MoYo has played no cricket in four months! 'Local club tournaments'? Those games aren't competitive.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 23:55 GMT)

i think if shoaib could be added any one could be added to the team and by shoaib i mena shoaib malik .. Younas is the man with the right temprament .. I apeal PCB .. Please stop being stubborn you have to face it these new kids are not worth a bit ... I dont see a reason a guy who is available is not called ... Please spare cricket from the filthy politics ..

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 23:50 GMT)

Pakistani batting was pathetic, they need Younis and Yousuf back in the squad. no team can win by their bowling only. Someone has to put some score on the board.

I would also remove the cancer, Malik and Kamran Akmal, from the team as soon as possible.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 23:49 GMT)

PCB should plead Younus KHAN to join the team before they lose an other match...

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 1, 2010, 23:39 GMT)

I suggest only one thing. Bring back yousaf and younas in test and ODI team Bring Inzi as batting coach along with ijaz and waqar All problems in pakistan cricket will be resolved. Akmal brothers will start playing too and malik will perform too.

If these guys will not be back the politics will keep on going in pakistan cricket until worldcup.

All Inzi, Yousaf, Younas, Akhtar, Malik wants to participate in next worldcup.

Allow them to do that and give pakistan a chance to perform in all formats.

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (August 1, 2010, 23:28 GMT)

Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali need to be replaced by Younis Khan, Mohammed Yousuf, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Hameed as Wicketkeeper.

Azhar Ali needs guidance......the rest? Useless......i sense a 4-0 thrasing.....just what Pakistan deserve....

Posted by Azmat_Siddiqui on (August 1, 2010, 23:20 GMT)

Kick Ijaz Butt out. Out source the management of BCCP to one of the English cricket counties. It will be free of any political pressure to clean up the mess in our cricket. Azmat Siddiqui, Canada

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (August 1, 2010, 23:16 GMT)

And one more thing-If Yusuf will come back despite he declared his retirement earlier, I am sure he would loose his self-respect. Next time when he would declare his retirement, no one is going to believe him. PCB also should give a chance the new comer who has good average in domestic cricket, and give him a chance to become like Yusuf, Miadad, Muddasar. Under the captain-ship of Butt, Pakistan won one match, it doesn't change the fact as Salman Butt is not the right candidate as a captain, moreover; he is even struggling to stay in the Pakistan Cricket team.

Posted by SKKhan on (August 1, 2010, 23:13 GMT)

Well he's already in England playing for Surrey, but right now Younis/MoYo won't make a difference as team has started to play Tests after a very long time, it will take time before they be consistent, I know we are not know for being consistent but 80 all out is way too much even for our standards. But don't be surprised if their inclusion doesn't yield much. Well instead of 80 may be we are looking at 200 but nothing more.

Posted by kingstonsfinest on (August 01 2010, 18:41 PM GMT)

So what about Younis? Im sorry but Pakistan needs all the help they can get right now Younis Khan needs to be on a plane to England right now.

Posted by raheem030766 on (August 1, 2010, 23:06 GMT)

I am glad Mohammed Yusuf is back in the team as a batsman but please do not make him captain. However, the country also needs Yunus Khan and I urge him to make peace with PCB for the sake of people of Pakistan who love him dearly and not for Ijaz Butt. It is disappointing that Danish Kaneria has been discarded. I am of the opinion that captain and coach do not know how to get the best out of him and have failed to show confidence him. For this reason and dare I say Kamran's wicket keeping that his performance has been below par. By the way when players do not perform they get dropped or discarded, should not PCB Chairman be treated the same way. Since his been in office TEAM PAKISTAN's performance has not been up to the mark. Therefore, he with his cronies in PCB must be SACKED!!!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 23:02 GMT)

very good decision m.yousaf is a great player

Posted by rfarroqi on (August 1, 2010, 22:59 GMT)

The Pakistani team's display in the 1st Test Match at Trent Bridge was humiliating for all Pakistanis. Ijaz Butt and Salman Butt should be ashamed. The top 6 batsman were absolute rubbish. Mohammed Yousuf and Younis Khan should be brought back for the rest of the series. I only wish we could replace the rest of the top six as well. They can't bat at all. In addition, Kamran Akmal is a poor wicket-keeper who keeps on dropping catches. I hope Pakistan play better otherwise they will lose this series 4-0.

Posted by allstyllz on (August 1, 2010, 22:53 GMT)

Bring back Ijaz Ahmed.....

Posted by cric12007 on (August 1, 2010, 22:52 GMT)

I don't know why managment eagers to keep kamran akmal in the team. How many catches and stumps he missed in last two years when kaneria was bowling. If you count, I believe more than dozen. So instead of axing kaneria why not kamran?? If every captain wants to keep faith in kamran then why not in kaneria?? You are grooming new batsmen and bowlers so why not wicket keeper??

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 22:48 GMT)

Why didn't they recall Younis Khan? What has he done wrong? Can't help but think that he's being victimised and for those who thought that winning against Australia would hide the cracks of the pathetic batting that was on show must all be sacked by which I'm refereeing to are the stupid selectors!! I mean in both of Pakistan's batting innings they bowlers were the highest scorers!!

Posted by hopwood on (August 1, 2010, 22:48 GMT)

I think new boys should be given more chance as i don't think yousuf and younis can do any better.They choose to retire and lets have a long term plan.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 22:37 GMT)

Great Mohammed Yousuf is back, I also want Younis Khan, with out these two batsmen we cannot make 100 runs!!

Posted by Nervewrecker on (August 1, 2010, 22:35 GMT)

Yousuf now holds the world record for the maximum no. of comebacks from retirements and bans. Cheers.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 22:35 GMT)

In the end PCB listened me ! This is one positive thing they have done after their extremely wrong and harsh step to remove him and younis. Still they should bring Younis back, Yasir hameed , Asim Kamal & Saleem Elahi should be back for Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (August 1, 2010, 22:32 GMT)

Self respect pays! Younis appealed against the life ban, and he is still not in the squad. Yousuf refused, and announced his retirement instead. Even when asked if he will reconsider his retirment, he said it is pointless since he is under life ban. The board had to first say he is not under life-ban, and now they have to bring him back without announcing lifting the ban. What a joke this PCB is. If they have any sense, they would let go their ego and bring back Younis too. Pakistan batting is non existent without the two Ys.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 22:22 GMT)

I think new players should be given more chance as long term plan.

Posted by sharprider on (August 1, 2010, 22:20 GMT)

A good decision no doubt, but it should have been a unanimous one as Waqar was not consulted, as reported above. However, it is an important move and should be welcomed by one and all, including the Coach and the Captain of this Pakistani side who has the potential to deliver but need proper guidance and exmeplary performances from the like of Yousuf as well as Salman himself alongwith the other seniors in the team. Another change should come at the middle order where Razzaq needs to find a place and Shoaib Malik to go up the order (in order to give him morale booster), with Umar Amin and Azhar Ali vacating their spots, unfortunately. This should strengthen the upper and middle batting order as well as the back-up bowling so as to give more options to Salman to play with. After effecting all the changes and seeking proper guidance from a batting coach, I would imagine things will change for the better for Pakistan, hopefully.

Posted by landl47 on (August 1, 2010, 22:18 GMT)

Yousuf will certainly be better than whoever he replaces, but he'll be 36 this month and hasn't played any good class cricket since March. Anyone who thinks he can step straight off the plane and save Pakistan is dreaming. Younus might be a better bet, he's at least been playing some county cricket and is only 32, but has he any commitment to playing for Pakistan while these selectors are in place? Pakistan's problems go so deep that bringing in these two won't fix them. In fact, the way it was done, without consulting either the captain or the coach, is likely to cause more problems than it solves. Pakistan needs to realize that it's in for a period of weakness while the young players mature and accept it. Then Salman and Waqar can start the job of rebuilding the side. Bringing back old players and reopening old wounds isn't going to help.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 22:13 GMT)

piss up... brewery, anyone?

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 22:07 GMT)

For God sake where's the common sense gone bring Younis back as well !!

Posted by Imad_K on (August 1, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

Politics aside - Pakistan really need batsmen like M Yousuf and Y Khan. Experienced players who are reliable, have good averages, can bat without playing stupid shots or giving their wickets away and are technically sound. But it can't be the same old story - that they are 20 for 3 and then expect the middle order to bail them out. Just relying on one player won't be enough. Like I said in my previous comments before the England test - Pakistan shouldn't take anything from the Australia win apart from the fact that their bowlers bowled well. It's not many times that Australia or other good teams are going to collapse for 88 runs - well, apart from Pakistan themselves. But the problem with Pakistan for last 10/15 years has been their batsmen. Whereas previously it's been more the case of lost 10 wickets, but 8 of them have given their wickets away themselves, now it seems it's a case of not having the technical ability to play a moving, swinging ball.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 21:49 GMT)

bring back taufeeq umar! plzzzzz

Posted by JAMX on (August 1, 2010, 21:43 GMT)

I think this is a sensible move. Yousaf probably has about another two years of test cricket in him and could help some of the youngsters woth the art of constructing an innnings and occupyng the crease. Every one else seems to have kissed and made up after the sydney fiasco and all the disciplinary drama that transpired after that, so why not MOYO. I think they should also bring in Younis aswell for the same reasons, but he is also a good slip fielder and tactician. I know people are saying that we may still have lost this game even with these two in the team. That is true and bringing these two does not mean that we will start suddenly scoring 500 runs, but the margin of loss may not be so bad, and with our bowlers we may just win one or two test matches to and square the series.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 21:37 GMT)

They are right to get Yousuf in, but they should also get Younis in as well, get rid of Farhat & Umar Amin, I believe Azhar Ali opens domestically, let that happen, but the PCB(Pathetic Cricket Board) will probably not do that

Posted by bluethroat on (August 1, 2010, 21:35 GMT)

I hope BCCI does the same with Harbajan and bring in Ashwin and Mularli Karthick.

Posted by Goldenduckie on (August 1, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

Not to detract from England's performance, but is it possible the Pakistani's were distracted by what's been going on back home? On the first day they wore black armbands for those killed in the airplane crash, but with over 1000 deaths and 1m hit by monsoon floods, would they have been thinking of family and friends who might have been caught up in this devastation? It would only be human...

Posted by crikkfan on (August 1, 2010, 21:31 GMT)

importantly y and y should be mentally cleared of the cobwebs and come to even terms with PCB, captain Butt and rest of the team - the investment to bring them back will definitely pay off then. There is no point having a feuding Y and Y - or for that matter anyone - team gelling together and playing as a unit is the underrated and far more important aspect than individual talent.

Posted by srtyder on (August 1, 2010, 21:23 GMT)

we all knew that our new batting line up wasnt exactly the best in the world. this was a time for patience and support for the young team and not to get deperateand go on knees in front of conspirators like M.Yousif

Posted by wellahi2 on (August 1, 2010, 21:22 GMT)

Guys I am so glad finally Yousuf is back in the team. I still don't understand why Younis has not been called up and I am also very disappointed how our seniors who're currently in the team like Butt, Farhat, Akmals, and Malik keep flopping. They have to pick it up and lead from the front otherwise I don't care who we have we'll continue to be inconsistent!

Posted by wellahi2 on (August 1, 2010, 21:21 GMT)

Guys I am so glad finally Yousuf is back in the team. I still don't understand why Younis has not been called up and I am also very disappointed how our seniors who're currently in the team like Butt, Farhat, Akmals, and Malik keep flopping. They have to pick it up and lead from the front otherwise I don't care who we have we'll continue to be inconsistent!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 21:20 GMT)

salman butt is poor captain,just speaking good english is no qualifiaction for a good captain,i am really happy for yousuf best player and he averages 70 against england!!!make younis captain again he's the best choice

Posted by srtyder on (August 1, 2010, 21:17 GMT)

KAMRAN AKMAL SEEMS SIMPLY INVINCIBLE ! i dont understand what does he need to do make his way out of the team. the poor guy has simply tried every blunder possible by a wicket keeper . as if this wasnt enough that he even stopped scoring in matches. EVERY TIME THE AXE FALLS ON A NEW VICTIM . THIS TIME KANERIA WAS GIVEN THE HONOURABLE ROLE OF SCAPEGOAT FOR MR AKMAL. YES HE DIDNT BOWL ALL THAT WELL BUT YOU SIMPLY CANT SEND OFF GUYS FROM YOUR 15 MAN TOUR SQUAD . HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BENCHED AND COACHES SHOULD HAVE WORKED WITH HIM INSTEAD OF SUCH AN INSULTING TREATMENT.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 21:16 GMT)

younis is in england right now :) ... he dont need to catch a plane ... all pcb need to do is .... call him :)

they wont 4sure ...until ejaz butt and younis arent on one page

Posted by mohsin11 on (August 1, 2010, 21:15 GMT)

its a good move but it vil be difficult for yousuf to do a come back after a long time and i hope that pak vil make a strong come back like they did against australia.Its not kaneria's fault for his bad performance, it is the conditions that are favoring fast bowlers and at last pak should come up with 4 fast bowlers in the next tests......

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 21:15 GMT)

Picking up the batsmen who have retired already !, its all fun

Posted by Nampally on (August 1, 2010, 21:08 GMT)

Pakistan's batting is as anaemic as the Indian test bowling. Addition of Yousuf and Yunus will add to the batting strength immensly. With Aamer, Asif & Gul in bowling they could have used the off spinner who is almost unhittable in the ODI to reinforxe the spin bowling. Pakistan can beat England if and only they have the batting to do so. Just bowling alone will not do the job. Secondly don't let the team compile runs on you after you have them 100 for 6. Pakistan did it in both the innings. Even against Aussies they did the same.

Posted by rookie4u on (August 1, 2010, 21:08 GMT)

Well, that was inevitable. The current team is probably the most in-experienced team for a long time. They can't play so many newcomers at the same time. They need tough players like Yousuf/Younis not only to strengthen the middle order but also to pass-on whatever they've learnt while playing with great skippers like Akram & Inzi.. Also, they should make Mallik play at No.3 rather than making him bat so late down. Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali & Umar Amin are all talented and should get opportunities. But, they all cannot play together in the same team. The batting becomes very vulnerable in all. Goodluck Yousuf.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 21:03 GMT)

I think its a great gesture.. current Pakistani team plays like amatures and we need a big time veteran presence in out line up. Salmaan Butt can say all he wants as he is the captain but i know for a fact that he is feeling the heat of may be loosing his capatincy to a veteran guy. Yousuf is a classy batsman and his presence will def have a positive impact on our batting lineup.

Posted by BoonBoom on (August 1, 2010, 20:52 GMT)

Younis would have been a better choice. Yousef will bring mullah culture in the team. Nevertheless, no matter whoever is included in the team, the result would still be the same. This team has NO talent. Imran Farhat, Umar Amin, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal do not have test temperament. Kamran needs rest so that he can improve his keeping.

Result of this series: England will win 4-0

Posted by braindead_rocker on (August 1, 2010, 20:47 GMT)

This is injustice to Kaneria. He would have got 3-4 more wickets and maybe more if Kamran had not missed so many chances.

And if Kamran had not missed the numerous catches and stumpings, Pakistan may have drawn this match. The bowlers have lost confidence it seems when he is keeping.

He needs to be dropped ASAP and a replacement flown in..Let him practice and get back.

Kaneria is their frontline bowler. He should be persisted with. On a slow track, he can be devastating.

Posted by mohsan123 on (August 1, 2010, 20:46 GMT)

nice to see mohammad yousaf in pakistani line up for 2nd test the time since he retired from test cricket he use the word that its his current decision at that time i wrote yousaf for sure comeback another mistake by PCB raza hassan is typically t20,and odi bowler but its difficult for him to perform in test against tough condition the right opition was Abdul rehman agin pcb showes immurity in decision taking.

Posted by Icyman on (August 1, 2010, 20:45 GMT)

Its a big joke. Pakistan loses one Test and the reactions are horrific. Now Yousuf has been called back. Wait for the PCB to announce that Akram will be making a comeback too.

Posted by SAIM_Akram on (August 1, 2010, 20:43 GMT)

Great News Still two middle order batsman missing, only one man "Muhammad Yousaf" can't help pakistan to become a strong and winning test team. Also Muhammad Yousaf needs support of other batsman who can stay with him at pitch for a long. this is the call up time for Asim Kamal and Younis Khan.

If we look at bowling its a good decision to call a new bowler which can support fast bowlers.

Posted by Stark62 on (August 1, 2010, 20:40 GMT)

YES!!!!

I am soooo happy!!!!!

Posted by ifthikhar on (August 1, 2010, 20:38 GMT)

they should bring younis khan back too

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:31 GMT)

He will bring some stability in the batting order, but he alone cannot do anything. He must have batsman to stay with him at the crease.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

Its Younis who should have make a comeback because he is 32, Yousaf is 36 and will obviously RETIRE next year, so Younis has still 3 or 4 years to play with a new comer and groom him.. Anyhow lets see what happens, both Yousaf and Younis were our best Test and ODI batsmen.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:26 GMT)

So far so good,but it is too late, after a humulating difiit at the hand of England, it was looked that PCB would take some action. still one unknown leg spiner was indicated in thetest side which is not looked so good, thre was A/Rehaman who is a good leg spiner and also some intnational experience. Still we are missing one experience player Younes khan who is already there and should have a good experience of English weather condition. Actualy our batting line up is tottaly clopsed against english fast attack.there is a question mark on most of the frunt line batsemenm specially captain salman,akmal brothers,azahr and umer ameen it is too early for them to test cricket on sch a high leveal.I am afraid thety might be lost some where in futre.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

gooooooooooooooooood newssssss

Posted by AyrtonS on (August 1, 2010, 20:24 GMT)

Will he retire after the test? What joke !!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:23 GMT)

good decision but also need younis back cos we don't have choice yet we hope Yousuf perform SOLID back

Posted by Omair24 on (August 1, 2010, 20:22 GMT)

Being a Pakistan├Č very sad to say that with this batting line we can't score 350 or play for 5th day. Now need is to prepare a team of senior and junior combination. Akmal Brother's need rest. Zulpurnain Haider and Yasir Hamed should be given Chance. And great Muhammad Yousaf should be in for Umar Amin. Saeed Ajmal Should Be In For Kanaria. Very Unfortune that there is no management in board. Our heart cries after watching board affairs. All The Best Team Pakistan For Rest Of Tour. Muhammad Omair Naeem

Posted by PanjabiSher on (August 1, 2010, 20:21 GMT)

One thing i still don't understand is the exclusion of Younis Khan who at his age has prob. still around 4-5 years of cricket left vs Muhammad Yousuf prob. may be a year.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:12 GMT)

Good move. But will PCB stop making a fool of itself?

Posted by avmd on (August 1, 2010, 20:11 GMT)

Why not recall Inzi---- The only problem is Inzi is now old, unfit to play any competitive cricket and has not played any cricket for sometimes and-------------- so does Yusuf. Whatever was the margin of defeat, it reflects the of state of Pakistan cricket, no quality batsman exists and you cannot produce one overnight . All they have to do is to try the new batsmen, if one fails bring in the next one. Also what the Yasir Hameed was selected for. He is experinecd, inform, just played one side game and scored a sparkling 50. Discard Kaneria for ever now, if he could not learn after 10 years and 60 odd tests, no need to persist with him. Kamran----less one says about him is better. If, for some strange reason, he has to play for Pakistan, let him be the goal keeper for the hockey team, he is born to stop the ball and not to catch it.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:08 GMT)

as expected,now let the yousuf drama re-start X)

Posted by Arthaurian on (August 1, 2010, 20:02 GMT)

And the body (PCB) shakes again. We need to come up with a better name for it though...

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

This is a another joke from the behalf of pcb and management of the Pakistan team which is in u.k with the team right now, yousuf has not play any type of cricket for the last several months and they have decided to recall him back.. On the other end younis is playing in england in county cricket and he is in good form as well and yet they have not selected him is a complete joke this shows the politics which have been going on in the team since the arrival of ejaz but who has no clue what is he doing with this team he does not deserve to be in pcb and yet no one is taking action against him.. i think Pakistan team's future looks black as long as he is in charge of pcb...

Posted by israrraja on (August 1, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

I think Pakistan team needs more one Yousaf and we have seen last in Australia.if Yousaf would be in Pakistan team defeat might be 50runs less.Yousaf can not make 303 to 400 runs for Pakistan. i think Pakistan should send some Batsmen home as well.

Posted by apatti on (August 1, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

Hi,

In this article the chief of selectors mention that team management have asked for y's return but in other article both Butt and Waqar are not willing for their return. Interesting to guess who that team management is? :)

Posted by absarnaqvi on (August 1, 2010, 19:57 GMT)

I knew that this will happen, few months ago Cricinfo ask people through polling about Yousaf's retirement majority of them were suggest that he will take his decision back in future.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:53 GMT)

Well there's half of their problem solved. Now they've only got to dangle the olive branch to Younis Khan, and they have a fighting chance in this series.

@BobbyBamber on twitter

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:49 GMT)

i dont think salman butt will remain captain for much longer. it is having a a effect on his performances with the bat. umar akmal cant play test match innings even though i am a big fan of his he is just not consistent enough for this game. kamran akmal cant catch, unless the game bes nearly over. then he pulls stunners, also his batting is deplorable. the only reason he is in the team is cuz of the test he saved against india. imran farhat is likely to drop at least 2 out of ten chances he gets in the slips respect to amir and gul the only players performing for pakistan. asif does it to but on his terms

Posted by iamyourharry on (August 1, 2010, 19:43 GMT)

Ah...that was expected.......... they r trying to fool people........they ban them and call them back.....i think u can also call ban salim malik if he is in his 30's....

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:42 GMT)

the team needs experience. they should bring back taufeeq umar who has played at his best on bouncy pitches. mohammed irfan should also be selected for one test even though his fielding is likely to be not up to standard, he should get away with it in this team. asim kamal and younis khan will tighten the middle order for pakistan. ijaz butt should be kicked out of office looks like he is on a 1 man mission to destroy Pakistan cricket

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

This is a sensible decision by PCB at last. It would be better if they can reconcile with Younis khan aswell. Team really needs their experience as we have seen. Even the youngsters need them to know how to bat in tests. Even these two Ys were mentored by their seniors like Inzamam. So why we deprive our youngsters to get knowledge of the game from these two v seniors and proven palyers.

Posted by m0se on (August 1, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

Yousef knew Pakistan would come crawling back to him. Haha.

Posted by Nking2 on (August 1, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

That's good. But I think everyone is asking for the inclusion Yousif & Younis, but we are really forgetting an other hero of Pakistan cricket. We are forgetting the person who make Pakistan able to get to the final of first worldT20, and helped Pakistan, when it was struggling in tests against India. I'm talking about Misbah-ul-Haq. He is also a great player with ablity of staying at crease & make opposition confused. Thats right that we've a good bowling line up, but if we'll have those three world leader middle order batsmen in our side, trust me than Pakistan will be a tough team for any opposition in the world.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:19 GMT)

younis is victimized ........ will Mr. Ijaz Butt tell me that a player who has not appealed against the ban is permitted to play (yousaf) and one who,s ban is lifted by PCB judge, is why not included? its only politics i must say only politics

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:16 GMT)

Danish Kaneria, Kamran Akmal and Umar Amin should be replaed by M Yousaf, Zulqarnain (wk) and Saeed Ajmal or Raza Hasan.

Posted by Winfried on (August 1, 2010, 19:15 GMT)

Good move. Now bring back Younis Khan.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

most welcome yousuf bhai...........but wt abt raza hassan he played just 2 frst class matches no experience..........still pawa in pcb........

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:10 GMT)

Not only Pak as a team but PCB is unpredictable as well and players too. Thanks for making cricket unpredictable game.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:09 GMT)

i hope its work............ he come back after a long time in international cricket he work pakistan its 50/50

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:04 GMT)

This would hardly make a difference ! We need to look forward to the future instead of looking at Past..These young guns would definitely loose..but these are the people to look forward too.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:04 GMT)

Some players have enjoyed their tour, now is the time to come home. Umer amin replaced with Yasir Hameed who is still waiting for a green signal and umar akmal replaced with M.yousaf. No flaws in the bowling but witness the worst batting performance ever. If younas also get call then change him with Azhar ali.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

He said he is retired... he was banned for life.. he did not even appeal his ban.. where is younis K. enough is enough YAAR, ijaz monkey should go NOW

Posted by aahd81 on (August 1, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

TOUR MANAGEMENT? Didnt we just hear the captain and coach saying they don't want him? Who is Moshin kidding...!!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:46 GMT)

hopefully Younis will b back soon..............................................

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:42 GMT)

would Mohammad Yousuf make 10 other players to play as well ? i dont understand this nonsense at all, younis khan is the right man to be called instead of yousuf who hasn't played any international level cricket at all, my GOD save pakistan's cricket from ejaz butt.

Posted by kingstonsfinest on (August 1, 2010, 18:41 GMT)

So what about Younis? Im sorry but Pakistan needs all the help they can get right now Younis Khan needs to be on a plane to England right now.

Posted by Zohaib.R.Q. on (August 1, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

yippi--- if they could only take this decision before this test match,, in that case we would lost by 100 runs :P

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:33 GMT)

This is completely a one man show...Younus Khan already available in England has been ignored by these bastereds! Butt has owned this PCB from Ulloo Ka Patha Zardaree.

Posted by BUTT_093 on (August 1, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

Personally I would love to see Yousuf back in the team and playing knowing the talent and experience he possesses. But isn't just because Pakistan have the lost the first test. It is another reactive decision. Why didn't the PCB take this decision before the series started, seeing the difficulty with which Pakistan chased down the target in the 4th innings against Australia. Pakistan two steps forward after winning against Australia, albeit with difficulty, but they have taken one step back, not because they are giving Yousuf a place in the team, but because it will be at the cost of one of the youngsters (Azhar Ali or Amin) who look to be gaining valuable experience, and it will give a chance a to once again raise the frictions in the team, notably between Yousuf and Malik.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:25 GMT)

wtf man???? this man M. Yousaf has not played any sort of cricket since past 8 months... this board really sucks... call up M. younas who is intouch with the game at least...

Posted by Himayun on (August 1, 2010, 18:20 GMT)

Pakistan would do the right thing after they have tried everything else! It is a shame that after sitting on their hands for this long, finally it dawned on the tour selection that they need a world class batsman in the team. Even then they have not included Younus and are still persisting with the repeatedly failed, mediocre batsmen and politician who would not find a place even in B. Desh test team. I am glad that the test against England separated men with boys and cut down the brittle Paksitani batting to size. What can one say except better late than never. The team management has finally decided to save their skin from the lynch mob on their return home!

Himayun Mirza, USA

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

Hope he is not coming back to play "The Retirement Circus" after playing test or two! It seems like there is a huge gap in the Pak batting line up especially at no 3 and 4! The lacks of quality spinners is also a big concerns! I strongly believe they need a good coach!

Posted by ifthikhar on (August 1, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

thats a good choise PCB they should also kick out umar amin let some new to come because they need someone who can play in test

Posted by klobania on (August 1, 2010, 18:13 GMT)

the same was expected as pak immature batting again flopped i think pcb should have taken that step way before but u know its never too late now call younis as well n keep ur personal issues behind fans want victories or atleast good cricket n if team management is having any trouble than plz resign n do not play with pakistan just think for pakistan

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (August 1, 2010, 18:13 GMT)

The current squad is young and full of talent and only needs a little more backing. By chopping and changing this team with impatience, the PCB will only end up killing their confidence levels. C'mon guys, it was almost the same team that defeated the aussies. Give them some time, they will win some and lose some but please keep faith and build a central pool of 7-8 players as the core. Please keep the larger picture of Pak cricket in mind along with the short term goals. This team is gelling well so please let them grow as a unit. Mohd Yousuf is a undoubtedly a great batsman and a class act, but, calling him back is a quick fix and not a long term solution. A cricket team has 11 players and every player has a role which needs to be explained and they need to be made to feel at feel at home at this level. My request to PCB is not to be so impatient. What if Mohd Yousuf fails? what next then sirs; or for that matter What if he succeeds but Pak doesnt, then what?

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:12 GMT)

I hope he is not out of form. He will be pivotal and would be helpful to youngsters. I think Kamran should be axed too. Where is Younas Khan? Why not recall him? Hope all the players get united and play for their country.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:12 GMT)

It will make a difference but not much..I think Younas and Yousaf both Should be in test squad to make middle order strong a bit.Anyways Something is better then nothing ............Best Of luck Pakistan for next games.......

Posted by prakash.s on (August 1, 2010, 18:11 GMT)

where is Misbah-ul-Haq ? He, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yusuf will make a formiddable Pakistani middle order.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:09 GMT)

When their young seamers bowl their heart out, there has been absolutely no batting support to back them up.. Calling yousuf back is one the best decisions PCB has taken in recent past.. But wonder how 'll the relationship btwn team management, yousuf and butt will be.

Posted by Murtaza90 on (August 1, 2010, 18:09 GMT)

And Mohammad Yosuf is always welcomed ... he is still 10 times better than the likes of Shoaib Mailk ...

Posted by Murtaza90 on (August 1, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

i m very happy on Raza Hassan being included ... i m not like those people who only see the averages ... i've seen this guy from u-19 world cup ... he is a great talent ... hope he get a chance in coming series :) Go Raza go :)

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

Finally some intelligence shown by d selectors Now plz recall younis or play Hameed in place of d new batsmen Ali or Amin

Posted by azd7 on (August 1, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

wow.. so a failure is coming to rescue other failures. why arnt the debudents playing to the level required. pak cricket shouldnt kneel down to senior failures like this. why not call upon more younger players.

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 1, 2010, 17:59 GMT)

Looking at Younis Khan's average of last two years (he has not played any tests in last 12 months), he averages 63 with a triple century. Similarly Fawad ALAM averages 57 in first class and he is out only because he was favoured by Younis Khan. Mr Ejaz butt, please leave this personal grudge with Younis.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:59 GMT)

Is Cricket become a yoyo game? Somebody gets fired, somebody gets hired or rehired at wll - fired for non-performance, unethical tactics, drug use/abuse etc etc. I wonder why did the likes of Ben Johnson got the boot for ever for a 1-time mistake when the likes of Asif and a series of baseball players get away with it? Should not all sports be handled equally?

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 1, 2010, 17:53 GMT)

One more person should be axed today. i.e., Mr Ejaz Butt.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:52 GMT)

Not surprising at all considering the present state of pakistan cricket. It wont be surprising either to see Younis Khan being recalled very soon. C'mon PCB officials, think about long term benefits. When there are so many budding cricketers waiting in the ranks, why recall someone who has already retired? If this is not an excellent opportunity to give the youngsters a chance the WHEN?

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:52 GMT)

What happen to the replacement of Kamran Akmal ? There is definite need for Wicket Keeper replacement. We don't mind to have Sarfraz Ahmed or any other legitimate wicket keeper after looking at ducks in both innings of scorecards that are associate to Kamran's performance.

Also, it is imminent to try Fawad Alam, if Pakistan wants to try young guns. :)

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

Good decision but i feel sorry for Younis Khan..he has been punished just for the sake of his loyalty and culprits like Shoiab Malik are still with the team. A very sad thing we have seen Malik was clearly batting with no sense in all three tests Pakistan played on English soil. He always tryed to go not out in pavilion with exposing his fellow tale batsmen.

ANy ways Younis you would be soon in line the sense less management has realized their mistakes but they will accept them one by one

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:48 GMT)

In continuation from my last post, why aren't people thinking about replacing technically flawed, impatient, impetuous,flashy-outside-off-stump Imran Farhat with someone like Taufeeq Umar or Fawad Alam. I admit that the names I've mentioned aren't technically flawless, bradman like cricketers but at least they would not take the chances thrown at them as granted. It's bewildering how the selectors with heaps of cricketing experience can't spot a talent who will re-pay the investments. Nurturing cricketers such as Kaneria, Farhat, Imran Nazir will do no good to Pakistan's cricket. Selectors sitting up there, aggrandizing heaps and heaps of money, running their private businesses should have at least an eye to winnow those who are talented from the trash. Laymen such as myself could see the hostile enemy lurking in foreign conditions but myopic PCB remained blissfully unaware.

Posted by cricpolitics on (August 1, 2010, 17:48 GMT)

Yet anohter U-Turn by the PCB. Why not Younis Khan, he's already playing in England? The current PCB administration is a joke and destroying Pakistan cricket.

Posted by saqo_ss on (August 1, 2010, 17:47 GMT)

i think this is good decion to bring senior players back to the team ist of all they should not drop yousuf in first place they shold make a test team saprate with senior players and they should add just few youngsters not all midale order good luck to pakistan team for next matches

Posted by FarhatAliZaidy on (August 1, 2010, 17:46 GMT)

As I mentiond earlier first they will lose with big humiliating defeats and then they will act in the Best interest of the nation and team.This is worst PCB executive body in the history of Pakistan Cricket.From A to Z all "SAFAARISHI".I am really feeling shame about all this cric.Saga.Listen to their talkings, watch their on and off field activities, by which angel they are representing Cricket in pakistan.They are only here to make money (thats why they are not objecting against unwanted people to the players rooms) and for their own V.I.P summer holidays sponcerd by and in the name of Pakistan Cricket.After next defeat they will definately call Younis khan ,and that is the tragedy of pakistan cricket where there is no check and balance.Now its 2xButts term after them some one else come to enjoy the party.But there will be one who could imagine or feel the PAIN and shame which is sufferd by the Pakistani Fans abroad and at home.IJAZ & Salman But please think about as pakistani.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:46 GMT)

That is a positive move from team management, experience in batting line-up require on these English pitches and Yousaf is one of the best in business!! Finally a positive move from PCB!!

Posted by MFNadeem on (August 1, 2010, 17:45 GMT)

WHY NOT YOUNIS???? Where is FAWAD ALAM??? Kaneria is rightly axed. He should be axed for ever. He averages 42 in last three years of test cricket.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

can any one tell me why have they not called younal

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

Pakistan cricket is fun on the field or off the field.U ban a player, u fine him , u force him to retire... u try to enforce discipline by making new amendments and changes.And one big loss , u piss off and undo everything..........as easy as mouse click..why not do some mouse clicks ..mianded and zaheer abbas may come .

nice entertaining cricket.

Posted by Awad on (August 1, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

The thing to see will be, whether Mohd Yusuf will be welcomed into the team or will things get frostier?

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:43 GMT)

I guess only Yousuf can save the mess that is the Pakistani batting..

Posted by amanroy on (August 1, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

Now, that's more like it! :D

Posted by BigTex_1 on (August 1, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

Well I hope this is a good move. Given the choas that rules Pak cricket. But do drop Umar Amin for the 2nd test and not Azhar.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

What about Kamran Akmal? He did pretty bad too with the gloves and the bat!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:39 GMT)

finally, but why not allowing Akhtar to be 4th seamer in the squad

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

Good to hear that yousuf is making a comeback. He will add some solidity to the line up. But for pakistan to play well other players have to bat well. 1 person does not make a big diff. What is the akmal bothers doing? They play well only in shorter versions.

Posted by SaleemHatoum on (August 1, 2010, 17:37 GMT)

The batting has certified they don't have much in it. This notion of young side or youngster is an abuse of tax payers will because these batsman get paid to for their professional skills, which they have none. Kamran Akmal dropped catches and missed stumping, he faced a total of 5 balls, including the ones he got out, scored a pair, he needs to be send back to Pakistan. I really don't care about these issues of against the Y's and the conspiracy by Malik and Akmals but the two Y's need to brought back and team needs Yasir Hamid back. Everyone in Pakistani sports (Cricket & Hockey) needs to understand that this idea of youngster or junior blood into senior or given chance is worthless and a recipe for defeat and destruction. Experience and maturity comes from hard work and takes a lot of time, therefore, are priceless.

Posted by sawjid on (August 1, 2010, 17:36 GMT)

that is so typical of pakistan cricket board.It seems like if we are watching a film which plays over and over again with the same sad ending .PCB has made every effort to make fools of themselves.I wont be surprised if they call younus back after losing the second test match!! it's just that yousuf should have been there in the first place,it's kamran akmal who must be axed.Kamran destroyed the entire momentum the team had on the first day and this is not something new !

Posted by ARSHADAWAN on (August 1, 2010, 17:35 GMT)

Finally the right decission has been made. Thank God. Younus Khan should also been recalled. Now the batting will get a boost. and insha allah pakistan will make a comeback against england.Hope that yousuf performs well and shut the mouth of his critics. Abdul qadir is one of them. i don,t understand what problem he has with yousuf.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:33 GMT)

Why am I not surprised? WHY????

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:33 GMT)

Once again a senseless decision by the PCB. Now you should either call up both batsmen (who are both CLASS players) but if one of them has to be called up surely it should be Younis Khan who is playing cricket for Surrey d not Yousuf who has been out of cricket for a while! Personally, both should be playing, but Younis should feel very hard done by and the pressure will be big on Yousuf who will have to do the improbable task of performing at his best as soon as he is back or face the axe from the PCB!

Posted by Amjad2409 on (August 1, 2010, 17:33 GMT)

This is great news, Yousuf had to come back after this loss. Younis should also have been recalled. Shame on the PCB and Mr Ejaz Butt.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

what will happen if he fails....hope he will not

Posted by cricsecular on (August 1, 2010, 17:28 GMT)

Prevention is better than cure. PCB should have done it before, late always wins never. PCB should not think of keeping Younis away from the team, reinstate him immediately then see the teams performance. Also Kamran should be kept for this series with final written notice that he will be out of the team if he doesn't perform. Good snap to Kaneria let him get some good touch. My winning team.

Butt, Farhat/Yasir, Azhar, Yousuf, Younis (if he is selected), Malik, Akmal, Akmal, Ajmal, Amir, Asif, Gul

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:27 GMT)

Good decision - I don't think he can change Pakistan fortune by himself but at least he can provide some stability in middle order and its treat to watch his batting. I hope he scores runs and other youngster will learn and support him. I hope PCB clearly define strategy to safe and develop Pakistan Cricket. Also, provide counselling to all the players to improve team environment. Team/PCB internal conflicts has damage Pakistan Cricket big time. All the very best to MY.

Posted by Sayyaf-Da on (August 1, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

needed younis aswelllllll

Posted by FW_BloomfieldHills on (August 1, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

It is high time that Ejaz Butt and his cronies, taste reality. You cannot play favoritism at the national level, leave alone international cricket. Adding Yusuf, in my opinion is a little too late. He had been banned indefinitely and thus chose to retire rather than submit to the humilation of the Pakistan Cricket Board. He is definately not in form, though better than the much heralded alternatives. Why not add Younis who is already in England, playing for Surrey? Younis will remain penalised as long as Ejaz Butt is at the helm of Pakistan Cricket. It is personal vendetta. Kamran Akmal needs to be replaced, very sloppy behind the stumps. However the best wicketkeeper in Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed is not even on the tour. Can Mohsin & the selection committee explain why Sarfraz was not even considered. The only logical explanation is parochialism. Sarfraz is from Karachi and no one from Karachi makes the tour. Finally Malcom Speed had it right about Ejaz Butt. No need to repeat.

Posted by Stromeon on (August 1, 2010, 17:23 GMT)

AT LAST!!! The PCB might be talking some sense here. Mohammad Yousuf is just what they need to strengthen that middle order. Shame theres no place for Younis Khan, hopefully he'll come back for the 3rd Test. My lineup now would be Farhat, Butt, Malik, Yousuf, Ali, U Akmal, K Akmal/Haider, Aamer, Gul, Ajmal, Asif

Posted by ayeshakhan on (August 1, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

its very funny.taking yousaf in team is most funny decission.i m really excited to see him in the squad.but what about the ban it is lifted or he is playing with a ban.if he will play fine than ban will be lifted.if he is not scoring than their is again ban.it PCB every thing can happen here.and what about younis in team.

Posted by abdulhaseeb on (August 1, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

Alhamdulillah .. he is BACK.. may ALLAH give him the strength to perform to the fullest potential he has in him.... a fan of yousuf from INDIA

Posted by AmjadAli09 on (August 1, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

Most of the times I really get frustrated when Indians and other cricket lovers make fun of Pakistan cricket,,, but after watching all this and whats has been happening recently in our cricket team,, i think we deserve all that.... Our stupid cricket management & selfish players have tried everything to allow ppl open their mouths & make fun of our country & its cricket team..... We cannot succeed untill and unless they keep their ego aside,, and show some dignity for the country...

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

We did not need yousaf...........the best choice is Younas.........he got potential...

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

hmm...good but not enough

Posted by FIPL on (August 1, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. At last PCB realize that they need experience then youth in English seaming condition. M Yousuf will give Pakistani batting strength but still I think that Yousuf do need the experience of Younis Khan on the other end of the crease. Mr Yavor Saeed should think in the favor of Pakistani cricket and let Mr Khan in the team. Good Luck to M Yousuf

Posted by number-09 on (August 1, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

It is laughable that Younis Khan who appealed his ban and is playing county was not called up. Looks like they have it in for YK.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

how many times has he retired and come back????

Posted by pak_talent on (August 1, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

Brilliant news, this is fantastic news, but why oh why don't they call up Younis Khan as well as Mohammed Yousuf, the two together will be an immense force. They will certainly bring some stability at the top. I was never a fan of Imran Farhat and to include amateurs in the top order is just mind boggling dumb, why oh why do you bring this on yourself Pakistan. Why oh why have you no resilience, patience, imagination, application and common sense!

Posted by La_Bangla on (August 1, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

There we go again. The drama begins all over again..

Posted by srikanth_thotli on (August 1, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

here we go as expected,i think after the second test match younis may get a call.By the end of the series pakistan will find a team for test cricket.wake up selectors you should have done this before.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:16 GMT)

ROFTL ....HAHHAHHAHAH .. Pakistan cricket board should know the meaning of retirement. Bring back Wasim,Imran khan also for test squad .

Posted by Scrubs220 on (August 1, 2010, 17:16 GMT)

The cat does have 9 lives. Well I think these are two good decisions, both the omission of kaneria and inclusion of M. Yousuf. But I have to disagree with the timing. Probably it would have been better if these changes were made a little beforehand. Its a little too much to expect even from M. Yousuf that he would be able to come in and start scoring from ball one, especially in these testing & swinging conditions. The youngsters do need a senior guiding batsman. And WHERE IS ABDUR Razzaq?? I think bowling conditions suit him and he is easily a much better batsman than our top 5.

Wish you the best Pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

hmm.. good but not enough

Posted by pratadd on (August 1, 2010, 17:13 GMT)

lol....rofl..i'm running outta acronyms; i mean, come on, seriously? is this for real? looks lik pak is in a huge huge disarray....come on guys, give the bunch of kids some time to get in...it isn't as if it is the end of the world just because they've lost one game...lol...

and calling bak yousuf? i mean...the same guys who banned him now call him...this has to be the biggest GOOF UP in cricket history ;-)..and recently, i recall that i read an article on page 2..where an author...hilariously wrote that the only way of afridi getting back into the team was by RETIRING.....lol....

very true indeed :P...now yousuf, after the 2nd match, may be afridi is called back...

Posted by State_of_something on (August 1, 2010, 17:11 GMT)

What a joke this is now turning out to be..?

Posted by SaleemHatoum on (August 1, 2010, 17:09 GMT)

The batting has certified they don't have much in it. This notion of young side or youngster is an abuse of tax payers will because these batsman get paid to for their professional skills, which they have none. Kamran Akmal dropped catches and missed stumping, he faced a total of 5 balls, including the ones he got out, scored a pair, he needs to be send back to Pakistan. I really don't care about these issues of against the Y's and the conspiracy by Malik and Akmals but the two Y's need to brought back and team needs Yasir Hamid back. Everyone in Pakistani sports (Cricket & Hockey) needs to understand that this idea of youngster or junior blood into senior or given chance is worthless and a recipe for defeat and destruction. Experience and maturity comes from hard work and takes a lot of time, therefore, are priceless.

Posted by KHAN_169 on (August 1, 2010, 17:08 GMT)

THATS GOOD NEWS FOR PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:08 GMT)

Where is Younas Khan? I don't think Mohammad Yousaf will make a big difference as to me the line is not good at all unless they prove us wrong; I think, Yasir Hameed is good enuf and shoaib malik need to come up the order; Younas Khan should be given a chance;

Posted by samin145 on (August 1, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

I like that change maybe pakistan will be back in to the attack with this team let's wait and see what happens.

Posted by Legal_Doosra on (August 1, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

good choice but we also need Younis Khan. Ijaz Butt, I beg you, please don't mess around with Pakistan cricket anymore. Younis is already playing here so I don't understand why one wont recall him? unless if it is someone personal vendetta.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

pakistan batting line up is very poor when waquar came as a coach bolling line up is good but pakistan should think........

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

Thats kinda a good news!!

Posted by zizou313 on (August 1, 2010, 17:05 GMT)

its good news tht yousuf will be joining the squad but it seems yawar saeed's politics against younas khan continues, younas is more inform and is alreeady playing in engaland. i feel younas's inclusion would do pakistan more good than yousuf's. fingers crossedd i hope both these players start in place of umar amin and umar akmal in the nest match. yasir hameed should also be inducted into the side. as far as bowling is concerned i think tanvir ahmed in place of gul and ajmal in place of kaneria would be good replacements. kamran akmal should have been the first one to be axed from the squad...

Posted by mkissb on (August 1, 2010, 17:04 GMT)

its nice to call Yousaf but why not Yonus .. I think PCB Chairman Mr. But just kidding with pakistan Cricket. they must exed Kamran alongwith kaneria

Posted by SirDoNKhan on (August 1, 2010, 17:04 GMT)

This is late but the good decesion made by PCB. This young talented Pakistani team desperately need a batsmen who can take the burden. Although they are defeated heavily today but iclusion of M.Yousuf will definitely up their moral again. This will provide very good oppurtunity to other batsmen to learn from him. Atlast a good decision by PCB.. lets c what happens.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:04 GMT)

THATS A GOOD MOVE BY PCB I THINK BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT PAKISTANI TEAM IS MISSING THE MAGIC OF ABDUL RAZZAK I THINK HE SHOULD PLAY THE SECOND TEST MATCH TOOO PLZZZZZZZZZZ LOOK IN THIS REQUEST HE IS DIFFERENT STRENGTH FOR PAK TEAM

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

Typical of Pakistan cricket...ppl retire and then come back..why make a fool of the cricket fans around the world and the media...just say you have been dropped!

Posted by Towelie on (August 1, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

Ok thats it. I dont want to follow Pakistan cricket news anymore. Crininfo - please stop covering Pakistan. I'm tired of these flip flops. If I wanted to see a soap opera i would just watch day time tv. This is ridiculous. Making a mockery out of Cricket. This is what happens when there's no strong leadership. No player is above the game. There will always be better players. You dont teach these players a lesson if you dont stick with the punishments. Grow up PCB. Stick to your guns (oops I mean figuratively). It should be a privilege to play for your country not a right. It doesnt matter how good you are. It looks like PCB is run by bunch of kids.

Posted by ShuaibMalik on (August 1, 2010, 17:02 GMT)

The problem continues that PCB always act when after defeat. Yes calling yousaf is one step towards a good decision. Raza Hasan will Simply go and enjoy the english dressing room enviornment as i dont expect him to play over Saeed Ajmal atleast in the second test. As far as Yousaf is concerned he was on Tableegh(Religious tour) i doubt he would be in any match practice. I think Younis should also be recalled because he is playing county cricket plus he is already playing in english conditions. Mr. Ijaz Butt should atleast think once towards the country and keep his own gradges behind. Ritely said by Amir Sohail Toufeeq Umer should also be brought as his average suggests ... which is better then all the batsman in Pakistan side at the moment except Yousaf.

Posted by undertakerjohncena on (August 1, 2010, 17:02 GMT)

I am really happy to see yousuf back...he doesn't require any practice even if he fresh he can bat if he is willing to..he is the best potential player in pakistan..hopefully he will bring pakistan(one of our Asian team) back to glory...

All the Best Yousuf...come back vth a bang....

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

The most uncertain people on the universe?

Posted by Acton49 on (August 1, 2010, 16:59 GMT)

It is time for the great man to grace the green colours. Why can't the imcompetent PCB selectors just admit and call up the second Y. The callup of Reza Hassan should have been a formality seen his temperament in the U19 World cup. He will bolster the bowlers. Where as what to do with Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar. Umar Akmal need to take stock and it would be good to send him on A tour. The hype of being compared with the great Javed Miandad was premuture. His last 8 innings - 8, 15, 5, 22, 21, 8, 4, 4. Hardly a test match player. Kamran's last 13 innings is a joke - 0, 22, 56, 12, 30, 14, 11, 0, 46, 15, 13, 0, 0 plus the sydney test keeping debacle and now the Nottingham test debacle. Why have Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed, identified by Bob Woolmer as future coach, Inzi out in the wilderness when we can have them coaching the youngters.

Posted by Shilly77 on (August 1, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

Now call up Younis Khan!! He's been playing county cricket and he average 50 in test matches!! It makes sense!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

Similarly, call Younis and Razzaq too. PCB is supposed to act proactively rather than making obvious calls after a disastrous performance. Just like Kaneria, Imran Farhat should have met the same fate only if the latter did not have his father in law in the selection committee.

Posted by usmanmansur on (August 1, 2010, 16:54 GMT)

why not younis he is there playing county cricket in those very conditions

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

how about bringing Younis Khan back as well ?

Posted by Bilal_S on (August 1, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

Another weak decision by the PCB. Although Pakistan clearly needed Mohammad Yousuf, it is Younis Khan who a) been playing in English conditions, and b) has succesfully contested his ban.

Bringing Yousuf back into the side now will further undermine (as if that were possible) the 'stern-handedness' of the PCB's punitive measures after Australia. It will once again legitimize the same self-aggrandizing personal petty politics as soon as Yousuf outclasses every other Pakistani batsman there, which he surely will.

I hope I am wrong.

We do not know what is going on behind the scenes here, but the marginalization of Younis Khan is an indictment of this set-up. Although it is hurtful to see Pakistan do badly, we must ask the bigger question, What is in Pakistan's interest in the long run?

Posted by cyrarchy on (August 1, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

i think we called up the wrong veteran ...

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

Yousuf is better than what Pakistanis have right now but he is also not that good on outside the sub continent. Most important is if the pakistanis have the balls to drop Kamran and give someone else a chance to prove

Posted by Chestnutgrey on (August 1, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

I bet Younis Khan will be back for the third test and Afridi for the fourth, as captain. Younis will captain the next series which will also see Salman But being dropped.

Posted by angel on (August 1, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

Still no Younis Khan, poor guy has been treated really badly.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

Bring MISBAH UL HAQ back aswell

Posted by edwardian10 on (August 1, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

I fail to understand why would a management not pick a batsman (Younus Khan) who is not only experienced, has a brilliant track record, but has beeny playing in the same conditions for the last couple of months, with none of their "batsmen" doing anything significant. I mean the highest scorers in both innings were Umar Gul (65) and even more pathetically Danish Kaneria (16). I think Danish Kaneria deserves a place in the team for scoring the most number of runs in the second innings.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

Looks like its panic stations yet again for the Pakistani┬┤s

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

What a mockery of selection. continbue wuith this team for three tests, they perform well ok, if not throw them out give new pnes a chance.....

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:46 GMT)

Pcb should done decision early....Younis should also deserve to in test squad...

Posted by Pak121 on (August 1, 2010, 16:44 GMT)

AND YOUNIS KHAN, WE NEED YOUNIS KHAN AT NUMBER 3!!!1

Posted by pagal_khan on (August 1, 2010, 16:44 GMT)

IF THIS NEWS IS TRUE THEN I AM THANKFUL TO MOHSIN HASAN KHAN, WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE BECAUSE EJAZ BUTT IS DOING NOTHING BUT MAKING MONEY AS WELL AS FOREIGN TOURS. HE BECAME A WHITE ELEPHANT ON THE ACCOUNT OF PCB. HE REALLY COLLAPSE THE CREDIBILITY OF PCB AS WELL AS PAKISTAN'S SENIOR PLAYERS. HE MUST BE TERMINATED FROM HIS PRESENT JOB.

PEACE D.J

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Younas is playing County Cricket in England and scoring too... Yousaf last played a match back in January against Australia... now tell who was needed???

we need our "guns" not "a gun" yunis yusuf togeather r like a nightmare for bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

LOL what a joke by PCB once again! rofl!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Similarly, call Younis and Razzaq too. PCB is supposed to act proactively rather than making obvious calls after a disastrous performance. Just like Kaneria, Imran Farhat should have met the same fate only if the latter did not have his father in law in the selection committee.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

GET younis back!! only yousuf is not enough, the ball is doing alot in england and relying on one man isnt enough. USE YOUR BRAINS PCB!

Posted by Pakipower786 on (August 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

I dont understand why Younis has not been asked to join up when he is playing in england.

Saeed is not a test match spinner!

Posted by dhlamini on (August 1, 2010, 16:41 GMT)

The guy that should have been dropped is Kamran Akmal! He has had a miserable test match not only this one but going back to the Aussie tour earlier this year. Does he have so many "conacts in the PCB that they cannot get rid of him? Promise you even a "stand-in" wicket keeper will do better than him. Where is Younis Khan. The guy has a Test Average of 50+.

Posted by sashii on (August 1, 2010, 16:41 GMT)

Funny Pakistan...If this guy doesn't perform then they will ask Javed Miandad to come and play again..Aamer,Umar Akmal deserves playing for better team than this corrupted team.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

Late but right decision. Also Younis Khan should be added in the squad on immediate basis !!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

PCB as usual has terribly messed up the selections. Just the one win against Australia was more an aberration. They shd hv judged this team ignoring that aberration. Going back to MoYo is a retrograde step. Even axing Kaneria is unduly harsh. This was not a pitch for spinners. (Only two overs of spin was bowled by England in thefirst innings and none in the second.) Youngsters and a new captain need to be handled more sensitively. Bringing back someone who has a track record of being divisive is not going to help either.

Posted by DrMeister on (August 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

Hmmm.... MoYo's inclusion - fine. Kaneria out - fine ... but who is Raza Hassan? In England a tall bowler woudl be most useful ... what has Mohammed Irfan done wrong? Lastly, but missing YK, it is proven that PCB insdier's do not like him and thus not calling him up. Woud it be not be nice if for the next match you had: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat/Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali/Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmla/Zulqarnain Haider, Mohammad Aamir, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Irfan/Saeed Ajmal? Lastly, I believe Younis Khan used to be Pakistna's reserve wicketkeeper on tours ... surely he'd be better bet than Kamran!!!!

Posted by SM.Rauf on (August 1, 2010, 16:39 GMT)

Somebody in Pakistan, please neutralize Ijaz Butt !!!!!!!!!

Posted by Januka on (August 1, 2010, 16:37 GMT)

Another random choice by PCB. Just bring him in and let him captain the side w/o destabilizing the team again and again !

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (August 1, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

Mohammad Yousuf had taken retirement whereas Younis was available but strangely he is out and Mohammad Yousuf is in

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

Finally PCB has acknowledged that the team needs someone who knows how to bat in test match. You cannot win test match with t20 team. Kamran Akmal must also be treated like Danish Kineria and Younis Khan should be back.

Posted by mishraarpit01 on (August 1, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

pakistan needs the experience of yousuf.their batting looks very weak and yousuf may revive it.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

welcome to M.Yousauf ...........

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (August 1, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

hahahahahaha!!! The fun never ends with this losing team.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:32 GMT)

yeee nice step from pcb, yousuf was badly needed for this inexperienced batting line up

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

A little harsh on Kaneria after one match, he's a good bowler and like Shane Warne said, legspinners are match winners. Just get the feeling that Pakistan and Butt don't rate him at all. Only a matter of time before Yousuf was recalled. He retired to pressure on the PCB and he knew that going in with youth would be a problem and they'd come crawling back. Just so sad, the PCB give him a life ban and he retires and it lasts barely 6 months. Oh well he's a great batsman and Pakistan badly need him. Might as well go all the way now and be completely spineless. No reason they can't bring back Mr Younis as well, the PCB might as well be hung for a sheep than a lamb.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:30 GMT)

Late but right decision. Also Younis Khan should be added in the squad on immediate basis !!!

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

I wise diecision my PCB finally, cuz you cant plat test cricket with boys you need man to paly test cricket. Very dispappointing commoent by Salam butt that he wont need Yousif and Younis in team. You simply can not ingnoor the players whos average is above 50. You need thses two players to play in conditions like England.

Posted by Sayyaf-Da on (August 1, 2010, 16:27 GMT)

we need younis khan aswell for shoaib malik to go out or one from akmal brothers

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

Thanks God that PCB call Mohammed yousuf ............

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

Finally some good news. Now please God let there be unity in the Pakistani Camp, so that they can all play for Pakistan and not themselves. Younis Khan should also be picked. With the inclusion of Yousaf, Azhar Ali Umer Amin and Umer Akmal will also improve. Hopefully.

Posted by Happpy on (August 1, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

That's fabulous decision by Pakistan Selectors. Thanks Allah. Now perhaps, here a new hope has produced and we can see second Test as well. But Younis Khan is still out. Pakistan Team is very much needed of him. But Mr. Butt Chairman is still against him. Pretty Pathetic.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2010, 16:21 GMT)

Can we have Mark Waugh as well for slip catching ?

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