Leicestershire news January 19, 2012

Leicestershire decide against Yousuf

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 on January 21, 2012, 21:50 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Tom 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.

  • rahees 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

  • Jamal 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.

  • A 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.

  • Shehbaz 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.

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Well done Leicestershire for sticking to your principles.

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