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Door open for Yousuf return

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June 5, 2010

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Mohammad Yousuf takes questions about his retirement from international cricket, Karachi, March 29, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf is the only player not to have appealed against the punishment © AFP
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The door has been left open for Mohammad Yousuf to return to international cricket by a board that has already provided relief to five of his fellow players it penalised so heavily in the aftermath of a winless tour of Australia. Irfan Qadir, the independent arbitrator hearing the appeals, asked the board to reconsider the ban on Yousuf so that he is "treated at par with the other players in these appeals." In response, the PCB said it had sent messages out to Yousuf that he should return.

On Saturday, Qadir reduced and removed the punishments of Shahid Afridi, the Akmal brothers and Younis Khan. Afridi's fine was removed altogether, those of the Akmal brothers reduced and the indefinite ban on Younis lifted. Last week the one-year ban on Shoaib Malik had also been lifted and later this month a similar ban on Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is also likely to be removed.

That leaves only Yousuf, who like Younis, was banned indefinitely by the PCB and removed from the captaincy of the Test and ODI side. In protest, Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket. Since then a number of attempts have been made by Afridi and others to lure him back, but the advances have been rebuffed each time.

"Yousuf has not appealed, he has retired," Ijaz Butt, the board chairman told Cricinfo. "We have sent messages to him through others that if he takes back his retirement he can play for Pakistan again. But he declined that."

Yousuf's intentions are not entirely clear. Though he has ruled out playing this summer in Pakistan's tour to England, he has indicated he may be involved in the series against South Africa in the Middle East later this year. It is thought he is undecided about playing under this administration again. On Pakistan's last tour to England, Yousuf scored nearly twice as many runs in four Tests - 631 - as the second-leading run-scorer, with three hundreds at an average of 90.14.

"If he takes back his retirement he will be welcomed back into the side," Butt said. "He is a great player and has a few more years in him. He has done so well for us and particularly on the last tour of England he was outstanding, so we would definitely be welcomed back."

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Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 11:44 GMT)

Pakistan cricket is becoming more and more childish when you look what PCB does. All member should retire and new ones should come. It does not make sense the way they behave. They make a morkery of themselves by sacking and re-instating players. They lost a very good player on English soil M.Yousuf. Look back and see his performance in the last tour. It time to mature and stop those childish behaviour.

Posted by wildfire84 on (June 9, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

I wish if something happened and all the current players and management just were ripped off there positions. Then a new talent will restore Pakistan's cricket. It will be hard in the beginning because of less experience, but we people fail to acknowledge that their are far better players waiting to play and play neatly, fairly, free of tampering, politics etc. Our team and management has become a dirty politics. Let the new blood run the show, that is the only solution to all this mess we are in. Same goes for Pakistan government. Far more educated and smart professionals are there but they can only do something if they are given a change. A ONE CHANCE. Good Luck Pakistan

Posted by asadkum on (June 8, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA.........

Yousuf should come back and withdraw his retirement for the sake of nation..... Pak needs you in Eng tour / Nation needs you !!!! Yeah !! man; come back and show your Importance & Demand to the bunch of bad guys .........

Posted by EddyM on (June 8, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

Mohammed Yousef is, by far, the best Pakistani batsman during the last 10 years (and I include Inzi in that list).

He has held the PAK batting together in test and one dayers and has provided a crumb of comfort to the poor Pakistan fans who have had to witness thrashings by all comers.

Yes he may have his problems with self-confidence and getting along with all his team mates, but he is such a quality player that the board/management/cocah need to ensure he is on side.

If he is such a terrible influence or has done terrible deeds, expose him and get rid of him. I doubt he has done anything worthy of being fired.

In all of this, the board needs to accept that it is full of losers without half a brain between them. Punish wrongdoers harshly - YES. leave yourself open to easy criticism and not having the authority and strength to follow htings through - NO.

Whilst I didn't agree with the length and severity of the bans, the board should have had the balls to stick to its guns.

Posted by MNIK on (June 7, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

If Mohammad Yousuf is reading these comments, while in Canada, please wake up, pray to Allah and announce that you are willing to make yourself available forTest Team selection. I guarantee that you will be in the team along with Younis Khan.

We love you Yousuf because you are a terrific middle order batsman. Pakistan needs you to Bat in England for the last time and help Shahid Afridi's leadership to be successful. Let this series be your farewell last series. Leave Lords cricket ground with pride.

Posted by zohebchampion on (June 7, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

It has been proved that the players were wrongly punished. A bunch of jockers sitting in PCB did it to hide their own incompetence. Yusuf should return only if PCB publicly apologise for their mistake.

Posted by Aura123 on (June 7, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

Please stop creating stories about pakistan cricket based on assumptions and selling spicy colum on the expense on pak cricket , Thanks

Posted by Sonoual on (June 7, 2010, 5:15 GMT)

Mohammad Yusuf is a star cricketer and great batsman especially in test cricket. Pakistan need his services by any hook & crook. No test cricket for Pakistan without Mohammad Yusuf & Yunus Khan. Mohammad Yusuf very talented batsman and he is a humble & gentleman. He has broken the record of 30 years for more centuries in a calendar year. We always wish to watch him bat once again. I'm glad to hear that PCB sent some massages to him to take back his retirement. We hope that he will be getting ready and making mind to take back his retirement. World cricket wants to see Mohammad Yusuf in & Yunus Khan in helm.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

This is so reidculous.... yousef Cares only about him, he will run out anybody and everybody and he will make all those hundreds. whats the last time he been a team player.. if they lose then he will blame sombody for the loss, if he win a match its all about him... i hope readers dont forget his orginal name which is Yousef Youhana... he sold him self for captanicy... he wanted the captancy every given time when captiens resign or team changes with fights.. he will be the first person to give statements that if he been offered he will do it .... all the bad things you have done.. its a good price for you. Go away Yousef.. never ever think of cricket in life , its good for all and your self!!!!

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 3:06 GMT)

I knew that the retirement was just fake, it has happened it Pakistan cricket many times but it is still good for cricket if Yousuf returns back. It is shame for PCB, first it chucked out Yousuf and now it is on its knees to have him back,

Posted by zashrafi on (June 7, 2010, 1:43 GMT)

Oh my goodness!! I hear lot of kaching kaching in PCB halls

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

i think Mohammad Yusuf should back in the team specially in test cricket. Without him is very difficult for Pakistan to play test. The new young players can't play test cricket they only can play t20, so if Pakistan want to win test matches then Yusuf should be back. With Yusuf, Younis, Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq ( who is currently out of farm) Pakistan has more chances to win test matches. Look in the team now Senior players ( Afridi, Razzaq, etc. can't play test cricket. the currently Pakistani team can't win any test match even against Bangladesh, so that's why Yusuf should back. I think Butt realized that without these seniors is much difficult to win test. i personally think that test cricket should be closed now. Only T20 and ODI is entertaining to watch. Specially T20. People don't have time to watch test cricket.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 19:20 GMT)

Seriously, to all those who accuse Yousuf's standards in fielding, just remind yourself of Kamran Akmal's wicket keeping and console yourself. Also, to all those who accuse him of his batting, seriously if any other batsmen scores 1000 runs (no need to break his record) in a year (whether it be against Bangladesh or canada) then Yousuf can retire. I am an Indian cricket fan. I have always liked to watch Yousuf bat and he has tremendous talent. If you seriously want to hate someone, hate the 8 players who swore on the holy book not to play well under the team captain (to me that is inhuman). You all know why PCB still needs Yousuf... Wait till Umar Akmal goes through a rough patch and then you will see how much you can survive in Test match without experienced cricketers.

Posted by nsidd75 on (June 6, 2010, 17:58 GMT)

when was the last time yousuf won us a test match overseas, australia, south africa or even england.

Posted by gameboyz on (June 6, 2010, 17:13 GMT)

yousuf should be there and i know he will rock.his calmness will help pakistan an im happy that pcb is doing every possible efforts to bring back mr.cricket from pakistan.best of luck i hope he will agree atleast in the interest of pakistani cricket for his nation i know he will yousuf is match winner.

Posted by saccs76 on (June 6, 2010, 16:49 GMT)

There is absolutely no reason why he shouldn't come back. Also there is no reason why Pakistan wouldn't need him. A sharp bowling outfit, a little tidy fielding is all that is required for a batting outfit that includes Yousuf,,,,come on guys...i hear a lot of people accusing him of being a flat track bully, not a team player, lazy fielding..... come on.... tell me how many sub continent batting guns aren't like that.... Yousuf is much needed to reconstruct the pakistani team to get out of the dark past - in fact yousuf and younis are needed in the middle period... salman butt, yousuf, younis and afridi playing in tandem with each other should get pakistan out of the batting rut it is in now...

Posted by topspeed55 on (June 6, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

Batting Average of 53.07 in Test and 42.39 is considered a top class. You were not a good captain so what. Anybody can see your dedication and hard work from these results. I don't think he should come back after all that drama. I don't think Pakistan cricket deserves Mohammad Yousuf. Its too late for Mr Afridi to convince him for a come back.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

Yousuf bhai please come back ASAP........u could be the first pakistani to score 10K runs in both formats........u dont even need more than 10 games in ODI to do that and if u play 3 years of test cricket then the target is not too far........

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (June 6, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

Ejaz Butt: "if he takes back his retirement he can play for Pakistan again". Excuse me Butt, he announced his retirement AFTER you banned him for life. If you are sincere on his comeback, which I doubt, you will FIRST lift the ban and THEN tell him to reconsider his retirement.

Mr. Butt let go you ego for your country's sake, and for your game's sake. Just lift the god damned ban waiting for Yousuf to come begging on his knees to lift it.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 16:01 GMT)

Everybody forgets what kind of an asset it is to have such a batsman in any squad. He holds numerous records including number 9 highest ODI run scorer in a career, which he wasn't allowed to finish. Yes agreed, he's not the best captain but definitely the backbone of the batting line up. India has Tendulkar, Australia has Ponting and Pakistan damn well needs Yousuf. He just needs to understand a few ground rules before coming into the squad but at the same time the PCB needs to treat this person with respect. He has served Pakistan fabulously and you just don't ditch out your players like this. I also find it HILARIOUS that the PCB at one point was so adamant and chucking Yousuf out, are now on their knees to have him back. The board needs to set a standard. It's a joke the way they run their team.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 15:51 GMT)

Yousuf shouldnt come back we need to start looking to the future. I personally dont like his attitude. He has a great record yes, but it doesnt mean that he should be treated any differently from other players. He doesnt think about the team, all he did for a year was sulk about not making the t20 team, and he even joined the IPL after that. If the board thinks he is not good enough for t20 then he shouldnt argue, he should think about the team. Its not only inzamams record but also his personality that made him respected. His fitness is horrible. 2006 was four years ago people, we cant keep useing that as an excuse. In the last 4 years he has an average of 38!!, with only one hundred. Give other players a go, Yasir Hameed should be given another chance, give fawad alam a go, give Umar amin a go. Remove Yousuf and Misbah. To that person who said hes performed everywhere, he averages 251 against bangladesh, 29 against australia and 16 against south africa, so who did he perform against?

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 15:41 GMT)

You wont come back as long as Malik is in the team. Only one of they will play and thats probably best for the team because its politics that has ruined Pak team. I still believe that Malik shold go and learn some tennis and probably make his name there. He can be coached by his wife and the best thing is that tennis is a one man game and this he'll be the ing anyway (no disregard for Aisam ul haq).

Posted by VisBal on (June 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT)

Would it be helpful to the Pakistan team to have three ex-captains playing under an unaccomplished and new captain?

Posted by hoodbu on (June 6, 2010, 14:38 GMT)

why don't you ask miandad to come back out of retirement? or inzi for that matter? they both have great averages and impressive records behind them. so what if they have retired? what's the difference between them and yousuf? yousuf is unfit and a liability in the field. he sets a bad example for youngsters with his work ethic.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

over-rated selfish player ... go and play ICL ... He always throws toys out of the pram like a baby when things dont go his way ... if he is dropped, he retires; if he is asked to improve his fielding, bluntly replies this is how i always fielded; if he is not included in T20 he resigns; leads the team in Australian tour without a single win and claims he did favour to Pakistan nation becayse no one else was willing to lead ... To those who are missing this selfish man BADLY? Which Country's cricket you follow mate, have you got any cricketing sense? dont go on numbers acheived on Pakistani pitches against poor WI and NZ etc. What has he won us is last 3 - 4 years; lost all test series in which he played; England, SL, SA, India and Aus to name a few; his own performance is been shit to say the least for last 3 years ... Now he ignores the request of our best player and captain on his elders' advice (team of selfish people Inzamam, Saqlain etc) ... Listen we dont need you

Posted by InMyLife on (June 6, 2010, 12:26 GMT)

After the original verdict"Attention will turn now to how the players will respond. Legal action or appeals will be a consideration though Rizvi insisted the board was on solid ground."We are on good ground with this," he said."The PCB has done it thinking it is the right thing to do.It sets an example for the future."" Rizwi again:"The last date to appeal against the penalties was April 16 and since Yousuf did not challenge the punishment,the ban has attained finality" PCB's legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi told AFP." Mr Butt who sends messages via others:""If he takes back his retirement he will be welcomed back into the side," Butt said. "He is a great player and has a few more years in him He has done so well for us and particularly on the last tour of England he was outstanding,so we would definitely be welcomed back."" Don't blame Yousuf, along with Younis has been treated abominably.I wouldn't want to play for Pak with these comedians running it. Butt,Rizvi & co, go.Please just go.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

Yousuf Bahi Plz come back U r the not only the best palyer of pakistan even world pakistan team should want to play again u even said before that u should play for pakistan team because pakistan can gives u the beautiful name Muhammad yousuf Plz ignore all the past board blames.U are pakistani u should paly for pakistan ignore the past and palying for the future of pakistan again PLzzzzzzzzzzz we want u on the ground Thanksssss

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

Yousuf is not a great player, he is a flat track bully and infuses politics in the team. He is so freakin' arrogant that he tells the coach that he can not field, and this is the way he has been fielding all his life (and that there is nothing wrong with it). Such players should not even be kept on the bench. The only entitlement that Yousuf perhaps might have is some sort of a nominal pension. Nothing more. Yousuf, you are better off with what you are doing staying away from cricket. All the best. Stay there.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 9:59 GMT)

Yusuf! do not return. You are a great player, but poor personality. You got lack of decision making skills. Dont take retirement back, ir you will loose all the respect we have for you

Posted by PenguinZombie on (June 6, 2010, 9:15 GMT)

To Andre: The answer to all your questions is a heavily corrupted board, who favors those players that kiss up to them, and make life hell for those who either do not give in to their corrupted demands, or whom they simply dont like.

Posted by vichan on (June 6, 2010, 8:06 GMT)

Even with Yousuf in the team in 2006, Pakistan still lost 3-0 to England in the Test series. With the other bunch of jokers who have been called back into the team, I wouldn't be surprised if they lose by a similar margin again. Having Yousuf there will probably not make much difference...

Posted by natural_born_gamer on (June 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT)

the thing now he is the one who is the fool. The new captain Afridi has publically asked Yousuf to come out of retirement and represent Pakistan in test, but he is now acting like a prima donna and thinking he is better than the team. Now he is the time he shud think of the team and Pakistan's future as a test power house, yet his weird ego is stopping him from doing that so I guess the jokes on him...wat a loser!

Posted by kkhurram on (June 6, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

You Guys, ofcourse Youfus is EXTREMELY HARMFUL to the Pakistan and the Pakistan Team ... Uh lets look at his contributions: High Batting average, consitent fitness, performs cosistently on most difficult tours AROUND THE WORLD. Saves our batting side on regular basis. One of the Worlds greatest recognized batsman. So exactly what in the world makes you think he is a good fit for Pakistan when our Other team Shamful's ... can't break the wicket even with the ball in gloves, couldn't catch a ball the size of footbal, batters that still don't understand what Openers are supposed to do -- Hint: Bat with conviction and actually score runs! And ofcourse a Board that is so full of intellects and administrators they don't know what they don't know what to do EVER even if someone plastered the solution onto their foreheads. If it were upto me I would fire each and everyone of the PCB employee and administrators and fill the entire organization with nothing but completely new never tried Youth

Posted by   on (June 5, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

Yousaf is one of the best.And 4 the stupid people who think that he is unfit or a harm to team must know that he is now the only player from pak havin a great average and strike rate both in tests and odis.And this message by Ijaz butt that doors r open 4 yousaf is kind of a apology to yousaf 4 tellin yousaf that he is a harm to a team.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2010, 14:52 GMT)

Quick question from a W Indian... it seems that Shoib Malik has been cited by players, coach and management as the cause of all the problems. Why then was he the first to be "pardoned' and why was his initial punishment so much lighter that players like Younis and Yousuf? Why is there persistence with Shoib Aktar as well?

Posted by hoodbu on (June 5, 2010, 14:03 GMT)

yousuf is too unfit to be playing test cricket. he can't field and i doubt that he's capable of playing long innings any more. if he makes a comeback, it would be after 6 month of not even picking up a bat. NO batsman is the world is that good to make a successful comeback like that. the game nowadays is way too competitive. he needs to be out there in the middle playing games at domestic level, but the season is over.

Posted by hsiddiq on (June 5, 2010, 13:04 GMT)

the person responsible for all the mess is Ejaz Butt. and the worst is that we cannot get rid of him till we get rid of the current government in Pakistan. Its so sad for our country

Posted by   on (June 5, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

Let the Charmain be shown the door otherwise be kicked out from PCB Headquarters, who can never stand on his decisions. The trend should be set to kick out the insincere the officials and players ( Soahib Malik) be kicked out for ever from Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by MaarifSohail on (June 5, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

I would not be surprised if ICC sends in its gunship helicopters armed with ICC managers to take over the PCB. Its about time if not the time or may be ICC is earning more through the fixer team & the fixer board that they keep quite and look away. The player power of the 1970s has now been replaced by bookie power. Come one come all. The case of Yousuf is tragic to say the least, he is acting subservient to Saeed Anwar and Inzamams. What worries me is the amount of time the formers spend on messing up with poor Yousuf's batting, cricket, captaincy, mind, integrity and character. I hope for the sake of Yousuf's past performances, that he stays away from the game for good now. The problem with Pakistan cricket is treating the culprits with respect & honoring them with the dubious responsibility of destroying discipline & setting a strange example for the youngsters. If an iota of intelligence exists then get rid of these bookie connected players and bring in under19 WC (04/06) winners

Posted by   on (June 5, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

No need of Politician in the team. Bye Bye Yousuf play Canadian League now.

Posted by Ammar.Ashraf on (June 5, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

Kindly stay away Yousuf from the team. You will try to do cheap things again if you returns.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2010, 10:59 GMT)

Good job Yousuf. The only way you can save the dignity that You have left is by turning your back on the PCB.

Posted by topspeed55 on (June 5, 2010, 10:43 GMT)

It is very normal for any Pakistani Player to retire and comeback. Imran, Akram and so on have done it. I won't be surprised if Yusuf calls off his retirement and returns its a trend to show immatured stunt in Pakistan. But I think its really high time for Pakistan to show the door to Ejaz Butt if they are sincerely keen to save Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by ScreenNaveedFazili on (June 5, 2010, 10:38 GMT)

i am very glad to know that PCB has let the way open for yousufs return after imosing a ban. Yousuf is a class act and nobody can match is records as far as pakistans batting history is concerned,he has got an impecebale average in tests as well as ODIs and Pakistans batting department will surely suffer in his absence. My point to the PCB is that they should think repeatedly before imposing bans on players of such class and character as it is difficult to get him back once he has announced his retirement

Posted by   on (June 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT)

I hope Mohd Yousef reconsider his position and for thebefnit of Pakistan cricket he should come out of retirement. and offered his services to play in coming tour of England which is very important, and team need him.

Posted by pradeeplasantha on (June 5, 2010, 9:49 GMT)

How ridiculous this......now if they lifted the ban which means Administration is rubbish and that means clearly PCB needs new administration. clearly the reasons they gave to ban the player, were purely wrongly & insulting to the country & cricket .very clearly whole administration have to be removed??????

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