Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 1st day November 12, 2010

Yousuf ruled out of Test series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Yousuf has been ruled out of the Test series against South Africa after picking up a recurrence of an old groin injury moments before the toss of the first match in Dubai. He requires at least two weeks to recover and will fly home but no replacement has been named.

Yousuf, 36, returned to the Test side during the tour of England when he played at The Oval and Lord's following his retirement after the disastrous trip to Australia which he captained. The initial groin injury meant he wasn't able to take his place in the one-day squad against South Africa until being drafted in for the deciding match last week.

"Its an old injury Yousuf sustained before the one-day series last month and since it will take two weeks to heal we are sending him back and there will be no replacement," the team manager, Intikhab Alam, said. "It is indeed disappointing because Yousuf has been Pakistan's most reliable batsman and we needed him for this series."

It is hoped that the return of Yousuf, and Younis Khan who resumed Test cricket in Dubai after patching up defences with the Pakistan board, will make Pakistan more competitive after an inexperienced line-up was regularly exposed in England with a string of sorry displays. But the wait goes on for the two experienced players to appear together again.

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  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Pakistan Exclusive:

    Pakistan ONLY (among all cricket playing nations) will provide a list of 45 players to ICC and ICC will decide which 30 players will play in the World Cup! Also, there is no chance to have Aamir, Asif, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal or Danish Kaneria to take part in World Cup irrespective to the decision of 06-11 Jan, 2011 hearing for Aamir, Asif and Butt! I bet that ICC won't clear Aamir and Asif. Salman Butt may have a decision in his favor, because is not one of those high profile game changer or brilliant compared to Aamir and Asif. Zionist Rule the World!

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    I miss him so badly.................. Hope full he will return very soon Insha -Allha.

  • sabtain on November 13, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    Guys, what happend to suresh Raina, i think strong BCCI swept everythign under the carpat and ICC like their poodle dog is just waiving his

  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    I agree with Mack, it's this inept admin guys who r there for whatever reason only Mr. President is aware of - the Patron in Chief of course. This is beyond the players taking bribes - the fundamentals of cricket need to reviewed including revamping of the administration.

  • ramachandra on November 12, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Another POLITICAL move :P. Man oh Man where is this heading?

  • Iqbal on November 12, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    The inevitable did hit the Pakistan squad and at the wrong time, too. It is, however, in all fairness to Azhar Ali that he got the nod as a replacement for the injured (and somewhat out of form) Yousuf, who could have been the backbone of batting for Pakistan. But, as we know the players, does anybody really believe that both Yousuf and Younus could play side -by-side now with whatever has transpired over the last few months? I believe it is a blessing in disguise that the Yousuf left the squad even though the team might not have been mentally prepared for this setback. If the other middle order batsmen come to terms with this reality, and sooner the better, it will augur well for the team.

  • Faisal Mashood on November 12, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    @Desihungama: Seriously... Yosuf isn't well conditioned? you just figured that out now? You must be a genius.

  • sabir on November 12, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    I've even stopped watching Pakistan Cricket Matches. Really bored of it now. I'm a true patriot and a PROUD PAKISTANI, but the recent cases have really put me in doubt about the sincerness of these players. first Asif,Amir and Butt, then Yaser Hameed, now Zulqarnain haider, Kaneria and Kamran akmal already not playing(WHY?) but his two brothers are playing(sounds a deal to ICC not to let the culprit play and get his brothers in)UMAR AKMAL playing like a DONKEY(a donkey would play better rather) because his brother is not in ,,,all the matches where his brother wasn't playing he DOWNplayed the game. This is not cricket. Pakistan Cricket , bye bye bye bye! especially Zulqarnain left before 5th ODI, he left because he was asked to LOSE the match...Now he was approached don't know how many people from our team were approached? If Pakistan would have won then Zulqarnain would have become a liar,,,but Pakistan did lose...although its a history,,,but see the players who threw their wickets..

  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I feel sorry for the Pakistani players and the fans of all cricket cricket. Care less what your nationality is. With a wealth of talent that Pakistan has, it is a shame that they (the administration) cannot field a healthy squad. Don't blame the players or the fans. The current administration is inept in every possible sense fro selection to running an organization to selecting and training. I would NOT have them oversee a project like boiling an egg or that matter boil water - they'll screw that one up as well. Fire the administration, bring back the old timers, who actually achieved something in World Cricket - not likes of Mohsin, but like of Z Abbas, Miandad, Sarfraz, Rameez, Akram, Khan (there's only one), Qadir, Anwar, even Malik (obviously not Shoiab) to the administration and selection panel.

    The above players might have their issues/favorites, but on their day they were the finest and have the best interest of Paki Cricket and too much pride to see Paki cricket in shambles.

  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    @Desihungama: I would definitely have to agree with your principle in point, however played in some matches in the ODIs and he was ok fitness wise. These things happen, however you have a point that he probably doesn't keep fit enough...but we don't know for sure

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