Pakistan news July 19, 2010

'I can play under any captain' - Mohammad Yousuf

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Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf is ready to come out of retirement sooner rather than later, further broadening the possibility of an appearance at some point for Pakistan in the summer.

Yousuf, who announced his sudden retirement after a win-less tour of Australia, had said recently he was targeting the tour of UAE later this year to make a return, but the team's struggles in the first Test against Australia at Lord's may have prompted him to change his mind.

"I am available any time for my national team," Yousuf said in Karachi. "If the team doesn't need me I stand retired. But if I'm needed, I am ready and available to serve my country. If PCB invites me with respect I will definitely go and join the team."

Ijaz Ahmed, Pakistan's assistant coach, hinted at Yousuf's possible return. "He can replace Afridi but the management haven't decided yet who will come. It could come out in a couple of days. Maybe later, somebody will come but not at the moment.

Pakistan made scores of 148 and 289 with only one batsman, Salman Butt, managing to pass fifty. They lost 11 of their wickets to Shane Watson and the part-time spinner Marcus North.

Though their bowlers competed well, the batsmen fell short mainly due to the lack of experience in the middle order, which was missing the pedigree of Yousuf and Younis Khan for differing reasons.

In the immediate aftermath of the Lord's loss speculation centred on the PCB sending out an SOS to Yousuf, but Ijaz Butt denied that was the case. The matter of Yousuf and Younis's return was considered at a meeting the chairman held with team management to appoint a new captain, but was deferred until after the second Test against Australia, officials insisting they were happy with the performances of debutantes Azhar Ali and Umar Amin.

"These are the only two players we are talking about, Younus Khan and Yousuf," Ijaz Ahmed added. "Let's see, it might be decided about Yousuf. Yousuf might be coming here."

Salman, 25, was appointed captain after Shahid Afridi announced another unexpected retirement from Tests. Afridi was named captain for the entire tour of England but quit after the Lord's defeat saying he wasn't enjoying Test cricket after all.

"He was the vice-captain as well. I hope he can manage this," Ijaz Ahmed said of Salman's promotion. "We have done a lot of talking to him and he has played really well and is shaping up well. I think he is getting mature and now he has got the responsibility as well. I think he will come good for that."

Yousuf has had problems in the past with Shoaib Malik when he was captain but said he was willing to play under Salman. "It's a PCB decision (appointing Salman) and everybody should respect it," Yousuf said. "I can play under any captain and have never felt degraded playing under anyone."

Yousuf added that he was in touch with the PCB chairman, who was kept aware of his plans to return.

Yousuf was the captain during Pakistan's shambolic tour of Australia, where the team came under fire for their performances. The PCB responded by penalising seven players it believed were responsible for the defeats, Yousuf among them. He and Younis were banned indefinitely, and as a mark of protest, Yousuf announced he was quitting the game "for now."

He was the only one among the seven punished players not to appeal against the sanctions, despite the PCB leaving the door open for him to return. However, since Yousuf didn't respond to those messages from the board the national selectors could not consider him for the tour of England.

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  • on July 26, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Why Mohammad Yousuf wants to come back in the team.First he was retire and secondly he has so many issued.Why PCB again making a joke for themself.What they are thinking now.You alraedy wants young blood in the team and they perfom very well against Australia.So PCB is making another mistake to have Yousuf in the team.Younis Khan has proved as a captain he is the best with the players junior or seniors.PCB has to look into Younis Khan.Have a courtisy and respect for Younis what he contribute for pakistan.I would like to see Younis Khan in the team as a Captain.Let Salman Butt concertrate on his batting.

  • fastballer138 on July 26, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    I really hope that mohammad yousuf can come back into the pakistani cricket team because at the moment they are #6 and 7 in the rankings for test and odi's, and if mohammad yousuf comes back they will probably go to 4 and 5, and i think that younis khan should actually stay out of the team because he isnt really a team player like other people in the team ( afridi, akmal brothers, aamer, etc.) and mohammad yousuf is also a world class player so pakistan cant think of leaving him out of the pakistan side, but the PCB just wants to make a name for itself by banning players and then by taking the bans off of them which is just wierd because if you were going to take the bans off then why did you even put bans on the players?????????? its just wierd

  • Tansah on July 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Pakistan is full of young and talented players (M. Aamer is a good example). The problem it has is the management, known as the PCB... which, well... can't really manage. There is too much politics involved and not enough cricket. I say that both Younis and Yousuf are good players but they need to learn to get rid of any trace of corruption to prevent the young players' progress from being slowed down. Hey... like it or not, they are good. And they can't be picked for this squad as it is too late, they would need to get used to these rather crazy English conditions to perform, and two other players would need to go. Younis hasn't done that well of his county team... whatever that is... it is English though. For WC 2011, if they are gonna pick 'em, they need practice... lots of it.

  • on July 25, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    totally agree with shaqiq except for removing farhat. farhat showed how good he is with the bat i believe he can do better however england have much better bowlers than the aussies so i think we need experienced batters

  • SAIM_Akram on July 22, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I wish Great series of successes for Pakistan cricket team in near future but we are badly missing

    Muhammad Yousaf, Asim Kamal, Younis Khan, Yasir Hameed in Test Team.

    Pakistan need to make their middel order strong in test and one days.

    I was thinking the current pakistani players only can play T20 they are not able to play test matches.

  • Shahiq on July 22, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    I dunno if anybody do reads these comments, but still would write one .. To all those who thinks bringing Yousuf back is a step taken backwards & preach for grooming youngsters, mark my words ... If Yousuf (& Younis for that matter) arent brought back, 3 years down the line, Pakistan will be having the most troubled batting order.. The people & the bosses wont persist with the Azhar Alis & The umar Amins if they lose against Eng & the SA, new guys will be brought in & then removed & then again & then again.. And how the hell are you going to groom the youngsters??? 4 inexperienced players in the middle order ??? Play two & two good old buddies ... Open with Azhar, remove Farhat for goodness sake !!! Each of Each of Azhar, Amin n U Akmal can play with Yousuf, Younis, Butt .. And btw, why isnt Yousuf havent been sent to England yet , not even a week now to play England. What are the bosses thinking???? Let common sense prevail ... Ameen ...

  • on July 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Yousaf has served Pakistan well in the past but we are going through a change and having anybody from the "old school" of arguing primadonnas is only going to have a negative effect and poison the new young players with the same attitude.

    Long term the PCB have done the right thing. We may lose a few matches here and there but in a year or 2 we will be the strongest team on the international circuit.

  • on July 21, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Well my friend "AVMD" If you think Yousuf has not been fit in past, it is ridiculous. He is the only player from Pakistan side in past who played tests and ODI S in a row for years and always gave performance before blaming him have details about PCB and their ability to deal matters. Some times I think Malcom Speed was very true about what he said.

  • avmd on July 21, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Yusuf had served his country well but he is not needed now. He will only block the development of a young player. Even in his younger days, he wasn't the fittest player in the team. Now he is older, not even close to test match fitness, hasn't played in competetive cricekt for some time, he is not as valuable a player anymore as some people are thinking. Thanks, but no thanks Yusuf.

  • docht on July 20, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Its a relief younis and yousaf are not part our team. Their recent performances have been useless. Even at their peak, they never delievered at cruch times. 2003 and 2007 world cups are just examples; we were relying on them and they failed miserably. Hopefully they wont be a part of the 2011 WC team. When Yousaf scored more than 500 runs in the England series in 2006, we still lost 2-0; he did not win us or save any match. Above all, both of them think of themselves as being bigger than the game. They have violated the code of conduct on more than one occasion.

  • on July 26, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Why Mohammad Yousuf wants to come back in the team.First he was retire and secondly he has so many issued.Why PCB again making a joke for themself.What they are thinking now.You alraedy wants young blood in the team and they perfom very well against Australia.So PCB is making another mistake to have Yousuf in the team.Younis Khan has proved as a captain he is the best with the players junior or seniors.PCB has to look into Younis Khan.Have a courtisy and respect for Younis what he contribute for pakistan.I would like to see Younis Khan in the team as a Captain.Let Salman Butt concertrate on his batting.

  • fastballer138 on July 26, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    I really hope that mohammad yousuf can come back into the pakistani cricket team because at the moment they are #6 and 7 in the rankings for test and odi's, and if mohammad yousuf comes back they will probably go to 4 and 5, and i think that younis khan should actually stay out of the team because he isnt really a team player like other people in the team ( afridi, akmal brothers, aamer, etc.) and mohammad yousuf is also a world class player so pakistan cant think of leaving him out of the pakistan side, but the PCB just wants to make a name for itself by banning players and then by taking the bans off of them which is just wierd because if you were going to take the bans off then why did you even put bans on the players?????????? its just wierd

  • Tansah on July 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Pakistan is full of young and talented players (M. Aamer is a good example). The problem it has is the management, known as the PCB... which, well... can't really manage. There is too much politics involved and not enough cricket. I say that both Younis and Yousuf are good players but they need to learn to get rid of any trace of corruption to prevent the young players' progress from being slowed down. Hey... like it or not, they are good. And they can't be picked for this squad as it is too late, they would need to get used to these rather crazy English conditions to perform, and two other players would need to go. Younis hasn't done that well of his county team... whatever that is... it is English though. For WC 2011, if they are gonna pick 'em, they need practice... lots of it.

  • on July 25, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    totally agree with shaqiq except for removing farhat. farhat showed how good he is with the bat i believe he can do better however england have much better bowlers than the aussies so i think we need experienced batters

  • SAIM_Akram on July 22, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I wish Great series of successes for Pakistan cricket team in near future but we are badly missing

    Muhammad Yousaf, Asim Kamal, Younis Khan, Yasir Hameed in Test Team.

    Pakistan need to make their middel order strong in test and one days.

    I was thinking the current pakistani players only can play T20 they are not able to play test matches.

  • Shahiq on July 22, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    I dunno if anybody do reads these comments, but still would write one .. To all those who thinks bringing Yousuf back is a step taken backwards & preach for grooming youngsters, mark my words ... If Yousuf (& Younis for that matter) arent brought back, 3 years down the line, Pakistan will be having the most troubled batting order.. The people & the bosses wont persist with the Azhar Alis & The umar Amins if they lose against Eng & the SA, new guys will be brought in & then removed & then again & then again.. And how the hell are you going to groom the youngsters??? 4 inexperienced players in the middle order ??? Play two & two good old buddies ... Open with Azhar, remove Farhat for goodness sake !!! Each of Each of Azhar, Amin n U Akmal can play with Yousuf, Younis, Butt .. And btw, why isnt Yousuf havent been sent to England yet , not even a week now to play England. What are the bosses thinking???? Let common sense prevail ... Ameen ...

  • on July 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Yousaf has served Pakistan well in the past but we are going through a change and having anybody from the "old school" of arguing primadonnas is only going to have a negative effect and poison the new young players with the same attitude.

    Long term the PCB have done the right thing. We may lose a few matches here and there but in a year or 2 we will be the strongest team on the international circuit.

  • on July 21, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Well my friend "AVMD" If you think Yousuf has not been fit in past, it is ridiculous. He is the only player from Pakistan side in past who played tests and ODI S in a row for years and always gave performance before blaming him have details about PCB and their ability to deal matters. Some times I think Malcom Speed was very true about what he said.

  • avmd on July 21, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Yusuf had served his country well but he is not needed now. He will only block the development of a young player. Even in his younger days, he wasn't the fittest player in the team. Now he is older, not even close to test match fitness, hasn't played in competetive cricekt for some time, he is not as valuable a player anymore as some people are thinking. Thanks, but no thanks Yusuf.

  • docht on July 20, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Its a relief younis and yousaf are not part our team. Their recent performances have been useless. Even at their peak, they never delievered at cruch times. 2003 and 2007 world cups are just examples; we were relying on them and they failed miserably. Hopefully they wont be a part of the 2011 WC team. When Yousaf scored more than 500 runs in the England series in 2006, we still lost 2-0; he did not win us or save any match. Above all, both of them think of themselves as being bigger than the game. They have violated the code of conduct on more than one occasion.

  • Sahilskt on July 20, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Being a cricketer I am against the PCB they are have not good enough capability to run the system in very nice and smoothly. This is not fitting in my mind that why they call to yousaf again if once he announced his retirement. Why they not think before to made the selection. It just shows their ignorance about cricket especially when they are going to play in English conditions. PCB board is making their fun by their own self.

  • wiseshah on July 20, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    really-- can he? waiting, when he will retire again?

  • wiseshah on July 20, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    breaking news: sunday yousuf came out of retirement and monday-he retired again. he has been doing this for last 7 years or so for 1000 times again---he is thinking of retirement. wow i am shocked and all fans are shocked.

  • iamyourharry on July 20, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    hi: Sheikh.Aadil...ok..that may be true,,,,,,,, but the reason for the ban is indiscipline within the team......no s malik back will u find that yousuf will be disciplined... it is better to scrap them all nd bring new players....no need for yousuf's nd younus who r indiscipline as their board suggest. as wiseshah tells most of all pakistan senior players r cheaters ...then inorder to escape the board they say they r retiring...... but they r insultin their country..shame on u pakistanis cricketers

  • on July 20, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Well People do not say it makes you no sense word retirement when one is not sure about it. First you need to understand my country cricket board, If you make world record you may not be allowed to play next match here for no reason. Every thing happen here, pulling leg, Bribe, Match fixing in past by one of legendary bowler of pakistan and some other guys. Yousuf use it as a weapon and he was compelled. When you beat someone for no reason you should expect little outcome of it. He is great batsman who has always been kept under pressure by PCB with no reason. He is a good character who has always been sincere to Cricket only. I hope he comes back soon.

  • nataraajds on July 20, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    welcome decission, yousuf still has cricket left in him and he is badly needed for pAK cricket. he & younis can bring stability in middleorder

  • ajithlalm on July 20, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    I think one of the thing that might help Pakistan cricket is a model of IPL may be like PPL most probably in UAE or some other countries with four to five franchises and most probably four to five foreign players and have some 20/20 cricket. This will helps to find some good talent and also give some good experience for players in the team. This will also helps to increase revenue of the team and board. Most probably lack of test cricket is one of the think that led to downfall of Pakistan team. I think they should play more and more test cricket and this will give more exposure to the youngsters.

  • cskfangg on July 20, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    what?... did he said that he can play under any captain.. ok then..send him to our street gully cricket..we will employ him.. Atleast we have a permanent captain.. Wait,Wait,Wait...with one condition,dont retire after every match..ok!!..

  • on July 20, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    First, there is no doubt of Pakistan's cricketing talent! Especially no one can argue on their Bowling ability! Full marks!...But, when it comes to retirement issue, only god knows how that works in this country, since last 20 yrs I'm observing that none of their retired players stick to their decisions, if they are not quite sure of their decisions then they should take a rest for certain time period, why they announce retirement and then create all these drama in the gentlemen's game? No one on the earth can predict when Y.khan, Yohanna or Akhtar will come back and play, god knows who gets penalized, when and how ban was lifted, dropping players on disciplinary basis and we all see them back on ground! Some of them come back as a captain! Any idea? How all this functioning? being a captain of the team Afridi should know the value of team's captain,it was complete drama to quit from the captains job in the middle of series, after playing cricket for 15 yrs he re'lzed his temperament

  • anaveenaaron on July 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Its a real joke! how many times these guys will retire. Either the players nor the PCB knows what they want for Pak Cricket. I think even Imran Khan and Wasim Akram will be recalled soon. Why dont the PCB have faith on the young players and give them more time to settle in the team.

    First of all, it was a bad selection for a tour against team like Australia. Afridi should have stayed back. Its too early for butt to lead the team! expect him to retire soon from his captaincy.

    The problem is not with the playes, you have to sack the board members and bring in people like Imran Khan or wasim akram.

    The future of PAK cricket is very dull!

  • bolthaa on July 20, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Can anybody ANYBODY ANYbody justify the decisions of Md Yusuf right from when he changed himself from Y.Yohana to Md.Yusuf... I am dying to know. I really dont want to blame anybody or to make fun of anybody. But there is a limit for everybody to act in an unnatural way....

  • on July 20, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Great . Frank Sinatra comeback special. For such a talented bunch of guys, they really don't come across as very organised. From Afridi retiring to get out of a press conference 72 hours ago (and leaving it to Waqar) to this. It's amazing that Razzaq and other great players are messing around in English county cricket. Pakistan throws talent away, retires, comes out of retirement, sacks players, sacks board members, re-instates players, fails to pick best players ..over and over again. From the outside it looks like the people that control Pakistan cricket are determined to destroy it. Perhaps everyone is just too hot headed and needs to calm down a bit.

  • Attractivue on July 20, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    shaantanu, why do you Indians are always looking to make fun of Pakistan or Pakistan cricket team? Yes, Pakistan Test Team struggles, we know that. Yes, just like other "sub-continent" teams there are issues with cricket board.

    At least we don't burn the effigies of our players when they loose a tournament like you people!

  • on July 20, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Pakistan should retire from world cricket!!

  • on July 20, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    thats goog because our middle order not working properly.He isgood player of test cricket and can help pakistan to perform well in remaining matches

  • mysecretme on July 20, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Yousuf had said "I am retiring for now because the board says that my being in the team is harmful for the team" which meant that if the board came to its senses and realized that his being in the team is actually useful for the team, then, he will come back. The choice of the word "retire" was a bit stupid IMO, he would've been better served by using unavailable.

  • really_7 on July 20, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    @Sandeep: you took my line buddy..

    This is crazy, i guess they interpret differently. Re-tirement: you get retire in order to get tire again and again..:D I bet in Pakistan Cricket team, there will be competition on who retires the most..who knows..

    @pk_cric_rox: To understand others point of view you need to lift yourself and see further. No one cares what PCB and Pakistan cricket does. It's second to surviving for existence. But point of others is why your cricketers get emotional for even silly team issue and retire as if they are eating pizzas. What PCB does it allows all things to happen instead of extinguish at the first time. It's your reputation which is getting tarnished..

  • on July 20, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Finally sensibility prevails... Well Done, gr8 2 c a classical player come out of retirement... :)

  • Baundele on July 20, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    wiseshah has summarized it well. pakistan cricket is a real entertainer. ;)

  • on July 20, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    i wont be surprised to see inzy and wasim to play for pakistan again after their retirements! Shahid afridi will prob be back in abt 2 months to test cricket! This PCB is better than WWE .. yay!

  • on July 20, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    he is a great talented player in the history of cricket. i know pakistan is overloaded from talent but you need some old experienced players in the squad. we cant put all young's togethers and if he is coming back so it will be a big thing for pcb because after all of that bs he is coming back for pakistan and for pakistanis .

  • shaantanu on July 20, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    WHAT A JOKE.....the pakistani team reflects pakistan the country in general.MOST UNRELIABLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE.

  • on July 20, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    u r welcome yosuf bhai ur absence is felt

  • mshashikumar on July 20, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    I really cannot understand these Pakistanis weather it is sports or politics they don't stay on one word they keep on changing. i don't know it is a decease or a calamity. the whole world has to have a look at this poor guys who are suffering from this decease and help them out

  • Abid_Sialkot on July 20, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Mr.Yousaf,when will you announce retirement again? After one Day?Week?Month??? we haven't required any players like Yousaf,Afridi which have no sportsman spirit. I think that ICC should Ban all those players which are playing with Cricket instead of playing just Cricket.

  • dadapada on July 20, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    this is so funny..if i wld be pakistani fan, i wld stop watching cricket anymore..everything is allowed..retirement, coming back and eating ball in public and still no punishment whatsoever..pakistani cricketer thinks they r the king and allowed to act the way they like..what kind of role models r they? Pakistani public sld ammend, and decide new PCB committee and new team, which will earn some respect..

  • on July 20, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    PCB should put their pride away and get M.Yousuf and Y.Khan to join the team in England. They need expirience players. Please for once do what is right

  • YouGotServed on July 20, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    @pk_cric_rox. LOL I like how you rubbed in the Sreesanth and Bhajji incident. Its true some people do take full advantage of Pakistan blunders (most of them created by Pakistan itself btw).

  • SuperPlayer2010 on July 20, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Pakistan Test Cricket Team is nothing without Yousuf and Younis. The youngsters can play but cant stand on the pitch.I wondered when there was no who can stand with Salman Butt in the first innings of first Test even Akmal brothers also gone for 0 and 5.

  • bravecavalier on July 20, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    why dont we call majid khan ,zaheer abbas and mian dad i am sure they would also come out of retirement four national interests.PCB for Gods sake get rid of all the old players once and for all and dont tell me you cant find more salman butts and amirs from the entire pakistani population ?

  • on July 20, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Love to see him again.. One of the most classical cricketer in the world.. still remember those extracover drives..

  • Icyman on July 20, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Is it a joke or what ? One fine day,a player retires only to come back in the next two months ? Well, I am now waiting for Javed Miandad to come out all guns blazing by saying he will come back and serve Pakistan cricket. Why are these ambassadors of the country making a fool out of themselves ?

  • pk_cric_rox on July 20, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    @wiseshah do u even know wat u r talking about? why making up all these stories that never existed? if wasim akram was involved in betting, so were players of south africa, india n australia. if afridi tampered the ball so did english players n australians.indians never needed to tamper coz they dont have enough speed to swing the ball anyway. may b amir n gul get aggressive but our crowd doesnt shout 'monkey monkey' for a guest player. so enough with ur self made stories n think about ur own team before u talk about ours. a retirement issue cant entertain u as much as an international player slapping his own team mate in the middle of ground and that FAST BOWLER crying like a baby infront of cameras. lol

  • topspeed55 on July 20, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    No body in this world is surprised and thats what pakistan is all about. If you want to remain in news after retirement thats what you need to do. Why blame Yusuf, its a trend in Pakistan. Afridi just wants to remain in news and he himself told there was no other choice so lets play games with PCB. Anyways nobody takes PCB seriously. But one thing is sure Pakistan cricket is giving us lot of entertainment apart from cricket. I wish there is some more masala in days to come. Pakistan media needs to work hard to get some more.

  • jeffpak on July 20, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Mr. Yousuf do us all a favour and stay retired. 2 youngsters who played at Lords looks promising and PCB should persists with those youngsters. It's time to move forward.

  • pk_cric_rox on July 20, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    give them a chance n these ppl will talk against pakistan cricket till last drop of their blood.i dont understand why do u ppl make everythign an issue when its about pakistan cricket? yes he retired becoz he felt he isnt being treated fairly, but if he thinks he should come back if team needs him, whats wrong with that? u ppl think he should have kept his words n his ego above his national team? wat wrong is he doing anyway? he is only offering his services to his national team, if needed.. u ppl might think personal statement n personal decisions r above national duties but i think taking a uturn for ur countries sake isnt a bad thing at all.if he is needed or not thats another debate, but taking his retirement back doesnt go against him at all.and moreover i dont think its players fault, its cricket boards fault who cant manage their players n their statements.if board was strong n organized players didnt have to take random decisions or give random statements

  • AndrewFromOz on July 20, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    I will never understand Pakistani cricket.

  • on July 20, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    You guys what ever u say about Yusuf's return.. It's really needed for pakistan to have him right now. Bcoz he is very very talented cricketer and he deserves better treatment from team and from others. I respect his come back ..

  • on July 20, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Oxford should seriously check the version of dictionaries supplied in Pakistan. They must have a horribly wrong definition of retirement.

  • on July 20, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Good news,hope he play well for his team.

  • gmcan on July 20, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    now that most of the good pakistani comedians have gone to india...someone had to take their place...well done pcb!!! pcb should be renamed pcs....the great pakistani comedy show!!! this is really getting beyond bizzare...whats the point playing younis and yousuf.....has their presence helped pakistan win anything recently??? not sure why i am writing this...as an indian i should just sit back and enjoy the show!!! maybe somewhere deep inside i want pakistan to put up a fight...so that when india beats them in a test match....it would mean something...

  • vrntrc28 on July 20, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    this was bound to happen.. definition of Retirement is different in pakistan than rest of the world.....

  • botswanajv on July 20, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    I can't help but wonder - How can God bestow such talent to jokers like these! Is it so easy to get into a national team, get/reject captaincy, quit/join, get kicked out/get a recall in Pakistan.... it is a JOKE. Why can't PCB make a brave decision of coming up with a complete set of new players, who would play for the game of cricket and their country? I am positive.. there is enough talent out there.

  • rohanbala on July 20, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Possible scenario..... Yousuf (fresh from the latest return from retirement) airdashes to UK to join his team mates for the Leeds Test.. Salman Butt (new captain) has a fall during nets, gets injured and rules himself out of the test... PCB announces Shoaib Malik (now free from distractions) as the captain to replace Salman Butt.. Shahid Afridi (now free from burdens of captaincy) changes his retirement plans and agrees to entertain his numerous fans on UK soil... Akmal Brothers (seeing so many changes) decide to drop themselves to give way to fresh talent... All this will go on and on....

  • AyrtonS on July 20, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Yousuf is confused as usual !!

  • _IndianCricketFan on July 20, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    In Pakistan cricket, ban seems to mean "we'll call you soon" and retire seems to mean "I will be back soon whenever I feel like it".

    Keep those definitions in mind and Pakistani cricket will make much more sense :)

  • coolguy_sing on July 20, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    I agree wutg Rajesh.NJ.. Seems the whole pakistan dont know the meaning of the word "Retirement". Probably Clinton can help them in understanding it as she is already in Pak. Also Yusof is a talented player. He was always mistreated in the team. All becoz he was not a muslim. Then he converted to Islam. Still his sufferings are continuing. The only two talented players pak has currently is Yusuf and Yunis. But jokers in management has their own reasons for leaving them behind. It is better Yusuf choose some other profession rather than coming back to the team. Atleast his self pride will be intact.

  • anurag.7 on July 20, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    only pakistan can do this....players can play after retirement..

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 20, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    and so the great drama called Pak cricket continues....!!!! Aren't the Pak cricket fans sick and tired of this whole thing already?

    Request to Cricinfo. Please carry all Pakistan related news in the countries page for Pakistan. Please do not put it right on the front page. You are adding injury (to pak cricket fans hurt egos) to the insult they are already suffering, by providing the comic relief called Pak cricket to the rest of the world. You do not need to make fun of an entire country's populace by doing so.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 20, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS FROM GEO TV!!!

    Afridi available for England Tests

    Shahid Afridi, the recently retired Pakistan Captain, has informed GEO TV that he is available for tests against England. Pakistan is to play a three test match series against England after the current "home" series against Australia is over. Afridi, who announced his retirement from Test cricket, after leading Pakistan to a 150 run loss in the first test against Australia, at Lords, has confirmed his availability for the following test series against England.

    "Sitting out the second test against Australia due to injury and watching our boys getting walloped by them, was painful. So, after consulting with my family and friends, I have informed the board about my desire to play test cricket to serve my country. I only want to see my country at the top of the Cricket ratings. And since Mr. Ijaz Butt saab also insisted that he has no other choice for Captain (sic) than me, I am un-retiring my self from tests".

  • Big_Poppa on July 20, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    The whole mediocrity of this situation aside, they need to ingrain experience with fresh talent in this side. Personally, although the board will never approve of this, I would suggest Muhammad Yousaf, Younis Khan, Asim Kamal, and Saeed bin Nasir in the middle order.

  • on July 19, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    what a joke.... everytime a player does not get along with some one he retires and comes back when he wants to. We need you M.Y but apparently all the Pakistan players and specially the board needs a bootcamp on "how to handle yourself in public'

  • kevinrythm on July 19, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    here we go again....PCB is becoming a joke now..I think they should send some strong message to these silly statements so that the youngsters are not spoilt.Yousuf,you are honestly losing your respect to media and players.. Ask these questions to urself U r close to 36 now.. how many years of test cricket do you think you have ? ru a very athletic fielder? will you have any grace left when you finally plan to retire?

  • vimalan on July 19, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a joke and their cricketers and administrators are jokers. They announce retirement but are ready to come back anytime. They announce disciplinary actions but remove them in the next opportunity. Is anyone taking them seriously ?

  • Wasif_Minhas on July 19, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Everything that is happening in Pakistan cricket is simply illogical,Yousuf though is a great batsman and he has potential to be in any test cricket team but at the same time it seems that he is a character less person. We all know that Younis is right and PCB bosses simply doesnt like any person who is upright but I still support Younis's stance. At least he has shown some character up till now.

  • RAQ154 on July 19, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Great decision from great player :)

  • 6pack on July 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Pakistani's apparently do not get the term 'retirement'.... from Javed Miandad to Mohamed Yousuf they've been coming out of retirement, re-retiring and coming out of retired retirements for the past 25 years.

  • Rajesh. on July 19, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket = The Biggest joke in in the Sport. Period !!

  • MyComments on July 19, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    I think we really need Mohammad Yousuf. Please leave your differences aside and see what is best for your country. I wish Mohammad Yousuf best of luck.

  • Sheikh.Aadil on July 19, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Dear iamyourharry, dey hd said: "INDEFINITE ban", n prbbly u dnt knw indefinite ban means a ban for an undecided period of time, it means it might be a period of 5 years, 1 year, 6 months or even a single day, so dey hv not done nything strange or surprising , they thought dt nw d time is perfect to lift his ban so dey lifted it n by doing dis dey hv kept their words..... hope u'd hv got it.

  • gghdty on July 19, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Doesnt matter whose retiring /stepping down or coming back/taking charge. The only goal for the Management/Selectors is to make sure Pakistan team wins. That should be the only goal. Grooming of youngsters will be automatically done when best players are selected. Yousuf and Fawad Alam should be played immediately.

  • Chestnutgrey on July 19, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Here we go again. *groan*

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    it will be great for Pakistani cricket team !!!!!!!!!!

  • iamyourharry on July 19, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    then go nd play under any captain.go to bangladesh....it is better than pakistan

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Yosuf, for God's sake, please walk the talk. You are a great cricketer but a confused person who doesn't stick to what you say most of the times. One day you announce the retirement and next day you say you are coming back; one day you announce you would play for ICL; and the next day you say you are going to play for IPL. PCB is a joke and cricketers like you are well off not playing for PCB.

  • iamyourharry on July 19, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    then why the hell did the PAK board give the indefinite ban,,,,,,,,,,, shame on yousuf nd co.

  • shonkhochil on July 19, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is becoming a joke...someone get suspended & again come back to the side..someone retires & again wants to come back..someone bites the ball & become captain..what is going on?? If I had a chance I would start a new team ..player who are young & dedicated for the country..who will build up as a team in 3-5 years... For the sake of good cricket we need a strong Pakistan team in the world cricket..

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on July 19, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Its a welcome thought to the team and its managment to consider the two Y's can join the team for future test matches.Both have paid their dues by being on the side line for this long. Lets hope for the best.

  • IndyJunkie on July 19, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Welcome back Mr. Youhana !...what da ya think of yourself...Michael Jordan of cricket? You can't just keep retiring and un-retiring yourself...

  • wanderer1 on July 19, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf should BOTH have been in this team. They're proven class acts who occupy the crease and bat long and big innings. Younis's record against Australia is fantastic, and Yousuf's record in England is also amazing. The current Pakistan team is far too young and inexperienced to take on the better teams at Test level, they need these two.

  • SVXX on July 19, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Following this, Afridi might break off his retirement as well....Yousuf suddenly feels comfortable now that Afridi isn't here. Sheesh....now I believe Intikhab Alam was right. Thank goodness WG Grace isn't Pakistani. He would've broken out of his grave(read : out of "retirement") to play if he had been one!

  • on July 19, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    yes he should come back.., With His Presence in Team Middle Order will become Stable.., And may Pakistan Win Next Test and also the next Series..,Aameen

  • on July 19, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    this may sound stupid, but the un-retirement of Yousf bhai is pretty much required at this moment to save pakistan's cricket. We may say new faces, new talent etc YES, but you need someone with a brain to groom these new talents before sending them on their own as number 3 and 4 against polished sides like Aus and Eng. Yousuf bhai, please bring along your friend YK too please.

  • wiseshah on July 19, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    of course, yousuf can play under any captain. Thats hillarious, pakistani team unlimited resources to keep us entertain. i am sure, he will retire in 2 weeks again, he is master of retirement.and afridi will return from retirement. pak circus continues...

    fighter----- umar gul vs aamer, shoib akhtar vs aasif cheater with wife/gf--- shoib malik, aasif druggies---aasif, shoib akhtar,washim, waqar, mushtaq retirement king--yousuf,afridi, younis liar and thief--rashid latif,miandad,akram, basit ali rapist--mohammad washim bet master and match fixer-- selim malik, ataur, washim akram, miandad, ijaj captain change-- every month selector-- funny and incompetent coach-- assoassinl coach and change like napkin then --terrorist attack and Ijaj butt the selector is mad because no one is killed but people making it a big deal, so getting shot is not a big deal

    i call pakistan--my britney spears, rakhi sawant or jennifer lopez, always in news.

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  • wiseshah on July 19, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    of course, yousuf can play under any captain. Thats hillarious, pakistani team unlimited resources to keep us entertain. i am sure, he will retire in 2 weeks again, he is master of retirement.and afridi will return from retirement. pak circus continues...

    fighter----- umar gul vs aamer, shoib akhtar vs aasif cheater with wife/gf--- shoib malik, aasif druggies---aasif, shoib akhtar,washim, waqar, mushtaq retirement king--yousuf,afridi, younis liar and thief--rashid latif,miandad,akram, basit ali rapist--mohammad washim bet master and match fixer-- selim malik, ataur, washim akram, miandad, ijaj captain change-- every month selector-- funny and incompetent coach-- assoassinl coach and change like napkin then --terrorist attack and Ijaj butt the selector is mad because no one is killed but people making it a big deal, so getting shot is not a big deal

    i call pakistan--my britney spears, rakhi sawant or jennifer lopez, always in news.

  • on July 19, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    this may sound stupid, but the un-retirement of Yousf bhai is pretty much required at this moment to save pakistan's cricket. We may say new faces, new talent etc YES, but you need someone with a brain to groom these new talents before sending them on their own as number 3 and 4 against polished sides like Aus and Eng. Yousuf bhai, please bring along your friend YK too please.

  • on July 19, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    yes he should come back.., With His Presence in Team Middle Order will become Stable.., And may Pakistan Win Next Test and also the next Series..,Aameen

  • SVXX on July 19, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Following this, Afridi might break off his retirement as well....Yousuf suddenly feels comfortable now that Afridi isn't here. Sheesh....now I believe Intikhab Alam was right. Thank goodness WG Grace isn't Pakistani. He would've broken out of his grave(read : out of "retirement") to play if he had been one!

  • wanderer1 on July 19, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf should BOTH have been in this team. They're proven class acts who occupy the crease and bat long and big innings. Younis's record against Australia is fantastic, and Yousuf's record in England is also amazing. The current Pakistan team is far too young and inexperienced to take on the better teams at Test level, they need these two.

  • IndyJunkie on July 19, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Welcome back Mr. Youhana !...what da ya think of yourself...Michael Jordan of cricket? You can't just keep retiring and un-retiring yourself...

  • FOOD4THOUGHT on July 19, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Its a welcome thought to the team and its managment to consider the two Y's can join the team for future test matches.Both have paid their dues by being on the side line for this long. Lets hope for the best.

  • shonkhochil on July 19, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is becoming a joke...someone get suspended & again come back to the side..someone retires & again wants to come back..someone bites the ball & become captain..what is going on?? If I had a chance I would start a new team ..player who are young & dedicated for the country..who will build up as a team in 3-5 years... For the sake of good cricket we need a strong Pakistan team in the world cricket..

  • iamyourharry on July 19, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    then why the hell did the PAK board give the indefinite ban,,,,,,,,,,, shame on yousuf nd co.

  • on July 19, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Yosuf, for God's sake, please walk the talk. You are a great cricketer but a confused person who doesn't stick to what you say most of the times. One day you announce the retirement and next day you say you are coming back; one day you announce you would play for ICL; and the next day you say you are going to play for IPL. PCB is a joke and cricketers like you are well off not playing for PCB.