Pakistan news March 29, 2010

Mohammad Yousuf retires from international cricket

Cricinfo staff

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has announced his retirement from international cricket, following an indefinite ban imposed by the PCB in the aftermath of a winless tour of Australia. However, Yousuf appears to have kept a window open for return to the international arena, for he repeatedly said the decision to retire was "for now."

"This is my retirement. I have retired from international cricket," Yousuf told reporters in Karachi. "I received a letter from the PCB that my staying in the team is harmful for the team, so I announce my retirement from international cricket." However, when asked if the decision was final, Yousuf said: "For now, this is what I can see, that my playing for Pakistan is damaging. For now, this is it, for now this is my retirement.

"I thank the fans around the world, all the senior players and family members for supporting me throughout my 12-year career. I always played for my country and if my playing is harmful for the team then I don't want to play," he said.

Yousuf had, last week, said he was preparing to retire and that he would make a formal announcement today. He played 88 Tests, nine as captain and scored 7,431 runs at an average of 53.07, including 24 centuries. He also scored 9,624 runs in 282 one-day internationals.

Yousuf was among seven Pakistan players penalised, for various reasons, by the PCB. He and Younis Khan were handed indefinite bans, Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were banned for a year while Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined and placed on probation for six months.

The recommendations for punishment were made by an inquiry committee set up by the board after Pakistan were beaten in each of their nine international matches on the tour of Australia. Seven of those losses - three in Tests and four in ODIs - came under the leadership of Yousuf.

In their findings, the board blamed Yousuf and Younis for spreading infighting and indiscipline within the side . He was subsequently not included in the central contracts list for this year.

"Everyone has their own thinking and the disciplinary committee has its own thinking and I haven't understood the reasons for it, or senior players, or the public," Yousuf said. Among the seven penalised players, Afridi has already lodged an appeal against the punishment while Malik and Naved are preparing to do so. Yousuf said he'd "speak to elders" over whether to follow suit. "Retirement I have given but as far as the appeal is concerned I will speak to my elders and if they allow me to, I will appeal," he said.

While he's ruled himself out of international cricket for the time being, Yousuf said he would continue playing first-class and league cricket.

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  • N on April 5, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Nobody is bigger than the game or country they play for. This is the clear example of player power in pcb. The only reason he is retiring is to avoid responsibility of what happened during his captaincy period. He will be available when he is allowed to play but not now because pcb is not going to pay him anything. The question is you played 12 years for your team and when team needed you, you couldnt save a single match for your country. That is exactly what wasim akram did after 99 world cup and will be done by afridi after t20 world cup later this year.

  • Rohith on April 1, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Seeing all the public April fools that seems to be a new fad, i hope this one is one of them too because it is an extremely sad thing to lose the fortune of not watching such a talented and elegant cricketer on the field anymore. He was one of the most intelligent crickters pakistan has ever produced and i don't think i will be wrong if i call him "The Great Wall of Pakistan" because once he sets himself in, it takes a peach of a delivery to get him out! anyway.. sad thing this.. I hope PCB goes easy on their players on the future for dismal performances.. It's a game after all!

  • Shahid on March 31, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Okay Yousuf is retiring but does that have do Sachin Tendulkar? Not at all. So please stop talking about your hero Sachin in every single article. Do you see everyone talk about Afridi, Flintoff or whoever their hero is even if the topic is something else. Yes we know he the most test & odi 100s and the most test & odi runs but do we need to hear about all the time? Again nope. Do you see someone talking about Lara's 400 all the time? Very new... No.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    So PCB says that Muhammad Yousuf is harmful for the team. Fools heading the the PCB. The most harmful person in our country is alway at the top of the institution, like chairman of the PCB.

  • Ramu on March 30, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Well... I love the elegance with which this guy bats... Classy player... I would say he is a talented player and deserved to be treated much better than this...

    When India Vs Pak Test matches happen, I always see a very good chance of India winning when this guys gets out... so in a game when he gets out, I was happy... however when he was making exit from the game of cricket... I feel sorry for him...

    Hope he gets a recall...

  • Niren on March 30, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    "For now, this is it, for now this is my retirement." FOR NOW.....what a joke!! People really need to take the "retirement" term seriously. By doing so, What they are doing is just collecting sympathy from fans and threatning the cricketing body. We all know that PCB is a big joke and the Pakistan players are proving to be jokers. First, you run away for ICL (because you did not get picked up in the team) and than you retire (because you got a ban). I understand the journey for you is rough, but one has to respect the game and the nation. DO NOT SAY "I play for my country" because you are not. Just look at the mirror and you will see how many time have you run away from the country. Again, ICC needs to be more serious for cricketers considering "Retirement" because more than often they will come back. This is NOT love for country, This is mere EGO. I had great sympathy for you when they banned you.......NO MORE. Sorry!!

  • Shehzad on March 30, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    aint no crybaby like yousuf.

  • Vivek on March 30, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Hmm. He would have been alongside the world greats such as Dravid,Inzi,Steve Waugh had he had a better team and board. Getting close to 10000 runs in no time is not an easy thing to do.He has his fair share of controversies as well regarding Youhana and the ICL, so no wonder i feel he would returning back to cricket.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf is one of the best Batsman Pakistan has ever produced... in fact one of the best in the world...he is exceptionally talented and his performance speaks ........ I think the Pakistani Selectors have treated him awfully and the internal team fights were crushing in on the execution of his exceptional talent............. @Ramzan; your comment is nice comparison on how at times talent and performance have been overshadowed by pity politics and awful selection and whatnot. I hope he gets a come back soon (based on the trend of announcing retirements and retrenching them...its a likelihood:)

  • Majid on March 30, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    @sathishvaiju 100% correct brother. No way is Mo Yusuf in the same category as Sachin, and I am pakistani. Yes Yusuf is a legend, but Sachin is the greatest batsman of modern cricket. Sachin is a class act and I have seen him a few times in London when he has been here in UK, and he is a wonderful person to.

    Going back to Mo Yusuf's retirement. it shows just how messed up pakistani cricket is. PCB bans a player who is the batsman on the team. Others who got banned ie Younis Khan, he is a disgrace. He brings nothing to the team. His captaincy is a joke. He is supposed to lead from the front and makes no runs whatsoevber. His average over the past few years must be 20 if that. As for Afridi, he is a complete joke. One innings in 10 he makes runs and then he does nothing. Why he is seen as a hero in pakistan I wont know.Pakistani cricket needs Imran Khan in charge from the top. PCB members should all resign. Let Imran Khan take charge.

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