Pakistan news June 5, 2010

Door open for Yousuf return

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Tahir 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

  • Mohammad 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 .........

  • Eddy 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.

  • 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.

  • Mahmood 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.

  • ali 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

  • Mohammad 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!!!

  • Dummy4 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,

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