Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2012-13

Yousuf passes captaincy to Hafeez

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 1, 2012

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Mohammad Yousuf watched from the sidelines as Pakistan folded for 72, England v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, August 6, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf announced his decision to withdraw from the Lahore Lions captaincy before the Faysal Cup T-20 match © Getty Images
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Mohammad Yousuf, the former Pakistan batsman, has passed on the captaincy of the Lahore Lions team to Mohammad Hafeez, the national team's T20 captain, for the ongoing Faysal Bank T-20 Cup to help the latter gain experience.

"Yousuf himself surrendered his captaincy and offered Hafeez to lead the side," Lahore City Cricket Association president Khawaja Nadeem said. "It's a great gesture from a great player to let Hafeez gain experience as captain. I have happily accepted his decision."

Hafeez, who was appointed the Pakistan T20 captain in May this year, wasn't considered for the role originally. But minutes before the Lions' first match against Karachi Zebras at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Yousuf announced his decision.

Hafeez has been playing for his native side Faisalabad Wolves in the national twenty20 cup since 2004. But this year, being a resident of Lahore city, chose to represent Lions - a side possessing nine international cricketers.

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Posted by Abdullah009 on (December 4, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

somebody will tell me where is Muhammad Yousuf, he is still missing h as played just one match, i can not understand why they are not playing yousuf as he is fit

Posted by   on (December 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Well to all those who want yousuf to come back , plz tell me one thing out of the 6 top order batsman Hafeez, Taufeeq, Azhar, younis, Misbah, Asad , who do you want to drop. I think the performance of the test team has been very consistent and decent . and now dropping a youngster like shafiq , azhar to get yousuf in will not be the right decision. and will be sending the wrong signals that we believe our youngsters can never perform in overseas conditions... Pak might not tour SA for the next 5 years , so do you want azhar ali and asad shafiq being deprived from the opportunity this time . ... after all they have done in the past year to prove themselves.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

gives captaincy to the hafeez and in return gets demoted in the batting order...plus gets dropped in the second match...something def seems very wrong :/

Posted by   on (December 2, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@Salman Azhar, true. There is definately politics involved here, as immediately Yousuf is dropped in the second game after not being given bat in this game! So sad that such things keep happening

Posted by   on (December 2, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

We want Yousuf back in Pakistan team at any cost. Must be picked for Africa tour.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

This sounds very fishy after Hafeez demoted Yousuf in the batter order below Kamran Akmal. Is PCB messing with Yousuf again?

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 1, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

Great man great player and good decesion. Not an ideal format but i hope yousaf scores havily and makes a come back in test side. Good luck Yousaf, can't wait to see your stylish cover drives again.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Good gesture but on no use as Hafeez has no future in Pakistan cricket team even as an ordinary member, leave alone his role as a captain.

Posted by farhan4050 on (December 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

I personally support this decision to be honest. Yousuf should just concentrate on his batting and nothing else, if he wants to come back in the team. Putting extra responsibilities can "NOT" let him bat freely. On the other hand, we all know his past experiences in the captaincy role, which not only lead's the team down, but his own batting form. Wish him best of luck and hope he makes a comeback later in the, South Africa tour. We seriously lack experience.

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