Pakistan domestic news September 22, 2011

Yousuf pulls out of Faysal Bank T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan batsman, has pulled out of the upcoming Faysal Bank T20 tournament, citing personal commitments. Allrounder Abdul Razzaq will take over the captaincy of Lahore Lions from Yousuf.

"My decision was purely based on my personal commitments," said Yousuf. "I don't know why [people are] portraying my ouster negatively but I can confirm that I am fit and still have the passion to play cricket."

Reports have surfaced from time to time suggesting that Yousuf has taken a silent retirement from all formats - and not for the first time - following the PCB's snub to him when handing out central contracts for the second half of the year. However, Yousuf has confirmed that he doesn't have any immediate intentions of retiring.

Yousuf, 37, a veteran of 90 Tests and 288 one-day internationals, last played for Pakistan in 2010 against South Africa, returning home midway due to fitness issues. "My fitness is no more a concern and if anyone wants to test my fitness level I have no issue as I been playing county cricket and recently returned after playing league cricket."

The Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) called Yousuf's decision to pull out a 'disappointing one'. "This is purely his own decision, we wanted him to play," LCCA president Khawja Nadeem said. "He was in the Lahore squad after [he agreed to play] and now he withdraws for personal reasons. The decision he conveyed today [Thursday] cited his personal commitments and nothing else. It's obviously disappointing news for us to miss a veteran batsman in our squad but still we have variety of batsman in our line-up. After Yousuf, now [Abdul] Razzaq wil captain the side."

Yousuf, scored 72, 109, 68 and 74* in four of his last six innings for Warwickshire on the English county circuit in May. Last year he left WAPDA and joined Lahore after a fallout with team-mate Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. However, WAPDA's head of sports, Naveed Akram Cheema, still remains optimistic about Yousuf's return to the department side while another department ZTBL are keen to have Yousuf for the upcoming season.

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  • Too on September 26, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    finally a sensible decision........20/20 cricket ruined jis career retire from 20/20 and cioncentrate on test and one day and its even better to announce retirement from 20/20 and one day like Dravid

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    yousuf bhai should play in Pak team

  • Tom on September 25, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Yousuf is one world class player in the Pakistani team and he has to be in the Test side atleast but than he has to show support to the captain and young players sincerely and whatever years he has left in him he has to do his job honestly. Yousuf, Younis and Misbah can still form a great Test side with Hafiz, Asad, Azhar and Umer Akmal.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    if u 90 test matches even sachin tendulker is behind than yousuf's record u can imagine how biggar player he is.

  • Toto on September 25, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I second Asadullah khan views. absolutely right. PCB should picked him in World Cup 2011, that's the biggest mistake pcb had done in this world cup. He is far better than Misbah and Younis.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    No matter what, Yousaf is the best pakistani test player...Misbah is no where near his tallent.....if misbah is the father.....Yousaf is the grand father!

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Its Not only Pakistani who is the missing Muhammad Yousuf, I been there in Lords and when I saw Yousuf Record and snaps there I was just amazed and English people are still looking for him and praise for his cricket. He should come back both in OneDay and Test. You cannot compare Misbah with Yousuf because its only Yousuf who has 8 consecutive centuries in a year. Thats the sign of a legend.....

  • Moeed on September 24, 2011, 16:47 GMT


  • Huzaifah on September 23, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Yousuf should be in the team ... enough said ! If Misbah can be captain at 37 and Yousuf is fit enough to average 80 odd in the English county circuit, I think no one on earth can justify his exclusion.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    please take him in the team infront of umar he can still play atleast 25test matches.....gretest test player pak has ever praduced....

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