Leicestershire news January 19, 2012

Leicestershire decide against Yousuf

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Mohammad Yousuf, the former Pakistan batsman, will not sign with Leicestershire after failing to agree to personal terms.

Yousuf, 37, wanted Leicestershire to allow him time off for the month of Ramazan, for him to fast, but the county were concerned about losing Yousuf for four of the 16 County Championship matches.

"We have been in talks for several weeks," Leicestershire chief executive, Mike Siddall, told the Leicester Mercury. "Unfortunately, a problem arose this week which, between us, we could not solve. We are disappointed and are now looking at other options."

Warwickshire also ran into problems when they signed Yousuf last season. They failed in their attempts to persuade him to stay for the second half of the season with Yousuf not wanting to play one-day cricket and also wanting to miss cricket for Ramazan.

The news is another blow to Leicestershire who lost both England Lions' captain James Taylor and left-arm bowler Harry Gurney to Nottinghamshire. They also signed Martin van Jaarsveld from Kent, before he decided to retire from county cricket, and Andrew McDonald is unable to rejoin the county because of visa problems.

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  • M-S-R on January 21, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    .....well done Youesf for sticking to your principles....!

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    As I said in my initial post, I'm not in anyway attempting to criticise his religion or faith and so I apologise if anybody got that impression. I was merely trying to draw parallels with the world of cricket is at odds with the 'real world' and judging by Muhammad's reference to David Beckham & Man U, it's clearly not something that is isolated to cricket.

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    yousuf is a legend! i still think he has the potential to be in the Pakistani test team! This is not the way to treat a batting legend! Yousuf should be in the team!

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    what some people may not understand is that in the UK the days are longer last year was the first time i only played one game during this time and i was hopeless by the end even effected my fielding so him making this clear upfront surely is the right thing to do?

  • likeintcricket on January 21, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    MOYO is one of the greatest batsman of his era and he could have end up among the greats if he had taken his profession seriously. He always had these kind of troubles ( with ICL, IPL, Pakistan board etc) and he was the one who was responsible for the debacle in Australia. I still wonders how a team with Inzi, Misbah, Younis and Yousuf & Razzak can struggle in the batting. The current Pakistan team is not very talented batting wise but they are giving 100 percent of whatever they got and they are very consistent with that. I was still in favor of bringing him back in Pakistan Test side but not now.

  • raheesfayaz on January 20, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    i disagree with some of them i think in English conditions and with day so long it is almost impossible to play Cricket and play all day

  • straitgame on January 20, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Karachiite. Very well done, Yousuf. Deen comes first. Since you fast, you have rightly refused to play during the month of Ramazan fully aware that you will lose a considerable amount of money.But that's character. Very good decision. Congrats.

  • aichaudhary on January 20, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Good decision by Leicestershire; as far as I remember MoYo and several others skipped fasting (or played while fasting) when they were on National duty.

  • Younus313 on January 20, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I am a big fan of Muhammad Yousaf, was really looking forward to catching up with man here in England but Leicestershire made the right decision. Muhammad Yousuf did not want to let down Leics by fasting during the day in the holy month of Ramadan and then going off to prayers in the evening etc and as a result becoming a burden on the team. He did not want to be seen as 'going missing' for a month which is why he wanted the month off. Leics are totally right though, they want a player for the entire season, so it is a fair decision but do not criticise Yousuf. He would not have been paid for the month off, he never would as he is not like that. Oh well, it would have been good for all concerned but never mind. Any way, he should be in the UAE right now with the Pakistan team, we still don't know why he is not in the team.

  • on January 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Well done Leicestershire for sticking to your principles.

  • M-S-R on January 21, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    .....well done Youesf for sticking to your principles....!

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    As I said in my initial post, I'm not in anyway attempting to criticise his religion or faith and so I apologise if anybody got that impression. I was merely trying to draw parallels with the world of cricket is at odds with the 'real world' and judging by Muhammad's reference to David Beckham & Man U, it's clearly not something that is isolated to cricket.

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    yousuf is a legend! i still think he has the potential to be in the Pakistani test team! This is not the way to treat a batting legend! Yousuf should be in the team!

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    what some people may not understand is that in the UK the days are longer last year was the first time i only played one game during this time and i was hopeless by the end even effected my fielding so him making this clear upfront surely is the right thing to do?

  • likeintcricket on January 21, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    MOYO is one of the greatest batsman of his era and he could have end up among the greats if he had taken his profession seriously. He always had these kind of troubles ( with ICL, IPL, Pakistan board etc) and he was the one who was responsible for the debacle in Australia. I still wonders how a team with Inzi, Misbah, Younis and Yousuf & Razzak can struggle in the batting. The current Pakistan team is not very talented batting wise but they are giving 100 percent of whatever they got and they are very consistent with that. I was still in favor of bringing him back in Pakistan Test side but not now.

  • raheesfayaz on January 20, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    i disagree with some of them i think in English conditions and with day so long it is almost impossible to play Cricket and play all day

  • straitgame on January 20, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Karachiite. Very well done, Yousuf. Deen comes first. Since you fast, you have rightly refused to play during the month of Ramazan fully aware that you will lose a considerable amount of money.But that's character. Very good decision. Congrats.

  • aichaudhary on January 20, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Good decision by Leicestershire; as far as I remember MoYo and several others skipped fasting (or played while fasting) when they were on National duty.

  • Younus313 on January 20, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I am a big fan of Muhammad Yousaf, was really looking forward to catching up with man here in England but Leicestershire made the right decision. Muhammad Yousuf did not want to let down Leics by fasting during the day in the holy month of Ramadan and then going off to prayers in the evening etc and as a result becoming a burden on the team. He did not want to be seen as 'going missing' for a month which is why he wanted the month off. Leics are totally right though, they want a player for the entire season, so it is a fair decision but do not criticise Yousuf. He would not have been paid for the month off, he never would as he is not like that. Oh well, it would have been good for all concerned but never mind. Any way, he should be in the UAE right now with the Pakistan team, we still don't know why he is not in the team.

  • on January 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Well done Leicestershire for sticking to your principles.

  • hamqad on January 20, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    The entire purpose of Ramzan is to fast while living your lives normally so that you can empathize with people who suffer from hunger/thirst everyday. In my opinion, Yousuf's demands kill the entire purpose of Ramzan. I am really disappointed. And there have been instances in the past where cricketers have played international matches while fasting. So its not something unheard of either.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Mr. Andrew Crocker, the correct term is Muslim not Moslem. Secondly, this is what you call a negotiation, Yousuf had a preference which the county couldn't adhere to therefore negotiation over. The best example I can give is during David Beckham's glory days he had certain demands that Man U needed to deliver on in order to retain his services. So the way I see this, it's a retainer clause, the county didn't agree and Yousuf decided to do what's best for him. Not sure why folks are knocking the guy or his faith, after all England is a free society, correct? -Mk

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    I have to say that if one were to transpose this situation to any other sphere of work, exactly the same conclusion would have reached. To the best of my knowledge, Moslems living in this country have to continue working during the month of Ramadan. We do not live under Sharia law and it is quite foolish of Yousef to assume that any employer would consider paying for not working. Of course, I am not knocking his religious beliefs in anyway however he does need to be realistic if he wants to play county cricket. As a Warwickshire fan, I now understand better the reasons why he did not return for a second stint last season. I can't imagine that he would have performed better than Chanderpaul who eventually filled the vacancy.

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    he averages 101 against windies, 62 against england, 50 againt india, 53 against newzeland, 30 against both australia and south africa so it is not that bad ..... he is like shoaib akhtar in a way that shoaib on roll is the best sight to watch in cricket as a bowler and yousuf playing his strocks is also the same in batting

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @ Naikan: Brother Muhammad youesf has scored 192 at lords in 2006 and was man of the series scoring 631 runs in 4 matches and also scored 202 there. he has also scored centuries in west indies , in odi's he has scored a century against south africa in south africa, so plz don't misguide people have knowledge think before you leap

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Greatly pleased to know about his priority. Love you Yousaf :)

  • 9ST9 on January 20, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    professionalism vs religion : higly debatble topic.

  • bobagorof on January 19, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    I was just thinking the other day, "What happened to Yousuf?" He was the backbone of Pakistan's batting for many years and was always a prized wicket. Still, all teams need to replace players over time, and Pakistan has been going along nicely over the last year. I'm still disappointed by how Yousuf was treated by the board but I hope he's able to come to arrangements to provide for his future. He has a lot to bring to a team, with his experience and skill.

  • on January 19, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Forget about Leicestershire, he should be playing for Pakistan. In fact in my opinion PCB Chairman must resolve any dispute URGENTLY which is keeping Yusuf out of the national team and fly him out to UAE IMMEDIATELY for the remainder of the two tests. TEAM PAKISTAN desperately need a batsman of his calibre to combat English seam and soin attack.

  • Baundele on January 19, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    From religious point of view, fasting is not supposed to create problems for one's regular work. Yusuf is not a pace bowler. Being a batsman his duty is to bat about 20% of his team's innings and to field during the opposition's innings. It should be possible in English weather. In case of emergency, it is allowed to break the fast for a certain day. Off topic, I'd love to see him in international cricket.

  • yorkslanka on January 19, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    This is silly,religion should not be brought into cricket...would this be the same if a Christian wanted Easter of?Hopefully leics will say there's the contract,accept it or don't...

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    he must be given the time off...he is too good a player to miss out on!

  • johnsmoth on January 19, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    It is pathetic that new PCB Pres. did not asked the selectors about his inclusion in the team . Yousuf can be a good guide for the youngsters in the team. Would love to see him playing against top class teams like England, Aussie & South Africa. Would have included India but they don't want to play against Pakistan.

  • Naikan on January 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    While Yousuf's cricketing ability has always interested me and I always expected him to do well, However I feel it is uncalled for to try and compare shooting sly darts at Indian batsmen. No doubt the last few months some of the Indian batsmen have not lived up to their names, but they did not become what they are by scoring against weak teams. By the way Yousuf has not scored a century in any of these countries - Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, England and South Africa which resulted in a win for Pakistan and yet that does not make him a lesser batsmen in my view.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    He has the right to ask, I'm sure a reasonable solution can be found.

  • PeterCook on January 19, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Don't bother Leics, he was terrible for Warwicks! In all seriousness, what a great player, delightful to watch. At his peak one of the most attractive batsmen I've seen in recent times, along with Laxman, Michael Vaughan and Damien Martyn. Bell is good to watch too.

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    An eye opener for BCCP for ignoring a talented player while the foreign cricket lover still trust him and offer him to play in there county teams. He has still two to three years cricket remain, and Pakistan still struggling for finding replacement for his middle order position, although Pakistan team on the winning run but still chances to improvement in the batting. I hope the new chairman will consider for his position in the coming matches.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    amazing player...love too see him

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    a right decision...he is a devout muslim as well as a great batsman...

  • PakiPassion on January 19, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Would love 2 see Yousuf @ leicestershire He is a world class player Hope He comes & performs well enough to to b considered for Pakstan again

  • Rakim on January 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    He is in his right to ask :)

  • pakspin on January 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Allah bless him..great player..more talent than any Indian batsman...only thing is he didn't leech on to beating weak teams on dead tracks to chase records like Indian batsman did..his greatest success is his conversion

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Best of Luck Yousuf, want to see u back in action.

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  • on January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Best of Luck Yousuf, want to see u back in action.

  • pakspin on January 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Allah bless him..great player..more talent than any Indian batsman...only thing is he didn't leech on to beating weak teams on dead tracks to chase records like Indian batsman did..his greatest success is his conversion

  • Rakim on January 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    He is in his right to ask :)

  • PakiPassion on January 19, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Would love 2 see Yousuf @ leicestershire He is a world class player Hope He comes & performs well enough to to b considered for Pakstan again

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    a right decision...he is a devout muslim as well as a great batsman...

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    amazing player...love too see him

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    An eye opener for BCCP for ignoring a talented player while the foreign cricket lover still trust him and offer him to play in there county teams. He has still two to three years cricket remain, and Pakistan still struggling for finding replacement for his middle order position, although Pakistan team on the winning run but still chances to improvement in the batting. I hope the new chairman will consider for his position in the coming matches.

  • PeterCook on January 19, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Don't bother Leics, he was terrible for Warwicks! In all seriousness, what a great player, delightful to watch. At his peak one of the most attractive batsmen I've seen in recent times, along with Laxman, Michael Vaughan and Damien Martyn. Bell is good to watch too.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    He has the right to ask, I'm sure a reasonable solution can be found.

  • Naikan on January 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    While Yousuf's cricketing ability has always interested me and I always expected him to do well, However I feel it is uncalled for to try and compare shooting sly darts at Indian batsmen. No doubt the last few months some of the Indian batsmen have not lived up to their names, but they did not become what they are by scoring against weak teams. By the way Yousuf has not scored a century in any of these countries - Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, England and South Africa which resulted in a win for Pakistan and yet that does not make him a lesser batsmen in my view.