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Yousuf eager for international return

Umar Farooq

April 26, 2012

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Mohammad Yousuf's calm authority anchored Pakistan's chase, England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, The Oval, August 21, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf hasn't played domestic or international cricket for nine months © Getty Images
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Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan batsman, has said that he's still passionate about playing cricket and would relish the chance to play Test cricket again. He took a fitness test under Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore on Tuesday in a bid to stage a comeback to international cricket.

Yousuf, 37, last played a Test in 2010, when Pakistan took on England in the controversial Lord's Test that was marred by spot-fixing. Yousuf has not featured in international or domestic tournaments in more than nine months due to personal reasons. "I never lost my passion for cricket," Yousuf told ESPNcricinfo. "There were certain commitments in my life that got higher priority for a while, but now I am hungry to play."

He made his debut 14 years ago and has played 90 Tests (scoring 7530 runs at an average of 52.29) and 288 ODIs (scoring 9720 at 41.71). He says he wants to focus only on Test cricket in the future. "I am least concerned about ODIs. My focus [right now] is Test cricket, I want to play it. My basics are right and I have lots of experience under my belt."

Yousuf, whose career has been plagued by controversy in the past, was banned by the PCB twice in 2010. First, for his poor performance on a winless tour of Australia and then for differences with Younis Khan, which the PCB said was a bad influence on the team. "I don't want to live in past, people learn from mistakes. I have always tried to do my best, but sometimes things go wrong," he said. "I can't change the past, but I can only hope to revive my career."

With younger players like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq now featuring regularly in the side, some feel Yousuf will find it difficult to break into the team again. "I am not against new blood being inducted in the side - it's good," Yousuf said. "No one plays forever, but I still have cricket left [in me] and I have a role to play."

Pakistan are slated to tour Sri Lanka soon after the IPL to play two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three Tests. PCB's chief selector Iqbal Qasim said that the board would discuss Yousuf's future during their next meeting in May. "He is training and that's what all players must do, but that doesn't mean he will be selected in the team," Qasim said. "If a coach is interested in a player he must convince the selection committee [first]."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

He really should be in the 3 formats !! He has class more than, say, Morgan, Owais Shah, Misbah, Asad Shafiq,............. Selectors should consider some old guns who are in prime form including Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (http://bit.ly/Ir1sQW), Azhar Mehmood and the living legend MoYo !!

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

its a good news for d pakistani fan as they need a strong bating fixer in their line up.he may b d 1

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Yousaf is a great player but i think he can only play test cricket now in test cricket he can be usefull for the team and for youngsters also he must be back in test team only!

Posted by H-Shakil on (April 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Yousuf plz decide if u have retired from cricket or not! when ever your out the team ur statement is i hav retired!!!! And my personal opinion is the you finaly do take retiment.... its time to give younger guys chance ..............

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Thank you whatmore to bring yousaf back i don't understand why he was drooped from 1 and half years he is still younger than tendulkar in performance much batter than misbah and some-others and good news to see kamran akmal in ground becouse keeper we have so many but we need keeping+bating wich kamran akmal can do at this moment.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (April 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

If he is fit, he deserves another chance. He lost time because of his own ego. The only way a batsman like him can demand respect is by playing not by making statements that he does not get respect. As far as finding a place in the team is concerned that should not be a problem provided he is fit.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Class is permanent, Form is temporary

Posted by   on (April 29, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

he should be selcted but the question is in the testlineup where is he goonna fitted 1 hafeez 2 taufeiq 3 azhar 4 younas 5 misbah 6 asad 7 adnan 8 rrehman 9 gul 10 ajma 11 aizaz

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

He will be the key to win the world : I'd love to see him in the Team, and hope will crack the bestest shots for youngster to learn. He has ability to ensure to impress those batsman who newly bound up, Best of Luck YOusufff

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

YES !! I would love to see him back ! He has passed the fitness test which is tough one involving jumping over hurdles, stamina and good physique. I request the selectors to PLEASE select him in the test arena. Should also be considered in the one-dayers once he gets going in tests, of-course he is more fluent than that Baba-e-TukTuk !!

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

He deserves one chance in Test Cricket.. It would be difficult for his to find a place in the ODIs because of lack of quick reflexes but can still adjust in Test Cricket....... Go Yousaf..........

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

If he is fit, it doesn't matter how old he is. He can play cricket for another three years and must be given a chance. Having Yousuf in Test cricket will have very positive impact on Pak team. You can't say he is not in form, because his stats shows that he is a consistent player and having bad form for short period should be ignored. Having said that, I think his presence will certainly help to groom new players. GOOD LUCK YOUSUF

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I dont even see any comparison between Yunus, Misbah and Yousuf. MoYo is world class batsman and reckoned by the whole world !! Asad and azhar are no way near his class, & even if they lose their place in the side it will be better for them; atleast they will get a chance to rework thier technique and learn some new things which they are missing currently. Both of them clearly are not fluent in their batting. Taufeeq has failed way too much (apart from that 200 against hapless Bangladesh) and needs to be shown the gate. MoYo is a legend and legends don't need practice !! They have there own class they are born greats and play till they want. . .

Posted by muski on (April 28, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Yusuf should retire and become a Moulana. Religion is important. However that does not mean that is should over ride ones career as Waqar learnt it the hard way. Had Yusuf concentrated on his cricket, he would have been the 11th Batsmen in the 10K list of runs- alas a great loss to Pakistani and world Cricket.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Why in one's right mind would a selector drop him out in the first place?? I always thought he was ignored because of Waqar Younus over-emphasising on new talent when such a class player was available. He must definitely be back once he gains some form. He has been such a legend for this country, and since he is giving fitness test, why would ppl complain about his age?

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

yousaf is a class act and there is no reason of dropping it from team speacialy in tests yousaf does not need to prove himself he has proved in the past and he is the automatic choice for selection

Posted by ed24 on (April 27, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

It would certainly be a formidable line-up to have Younis, Yousuf and Misbah in the middle order! In fact, if these three play in Sri Lanka, and the pitches are dry, they may put together some massive partnerships. However, while I'd like to see Yousuf get one final chapter in his international career, I don't really think it would benefit Pakistan in the long term.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Muhammad Yousuf is surely world's best batsman... anxiously waiting for his inclusion in team...

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

His stats prove his worth! The record deserve to get a better exit. He should be given a chance in Test cricket if he is able to show his fitness and form in nets. Misbah and Younis should start thinking on same - of only playing Test cricket. Younis can play ODI for a while but Misbah seriously needs to quit ODI and T20.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (April 27, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Why age is a issue.. i mean how can you ignore such a class just beacuase he is 37? sachan is playing.. many others aswell.. i will definatley put him in test side... as i asad and umer akmal need more time to be relied in test side and if these three old players can stay for another 2-3 years that would be great for pakistan. gud luck yousaf

Posted by SyedAbidHussain on (April 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Great news ! You surely deserve a better exit.I dont understand those who say that young blood needs to be given chance even after repeated failures.Azhar, Asad & Umar are the future of Pakistan's batting but in test cricket you have got to also take care about the PRESENT !! In the race to prepare for the next ODI world cup, you cannot ignore the Test ranking.There have been innumerable instances of Pak getting bowled out under 300 in the recent past and except Azhar, no one else inspires confidence.Taufeeq never seems to learn from mistakes, Asad and Umar are very inconsistent. There are surely 2 spots wide open in the batting order.Mohammad Yousuf can fill one and the other can be filled by Asad/ Umar based on their performances.Misbah, Yousuf & Younis, can mentor these youngsters for 2-3 years and then retire one by one. Pakistan's batting has been a cause of great concern and if yousuf returns, the pressure on the bowling dept will be less, which rite now is too high !!!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

A very Good Past but He has no place left and Not the derisiveness to in the team. Need for new young Blood for Future. He has to retire rather he paly more at the age of 37

Posted by saabir786 on (April 27, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

i think yousuf should be allowed to make a comeback as he is easily the best batsman for the pakistan after miandad and inzi.there is no comparison with yousuf and younis.yousuf is more gifted and elegant player while younis is hardworking and the determined player he does not have the talent and skills like yousuf.Pak also need to bring Ahmed Shehzad and U Akmal as permanent members in the side as they are easliy the best talent available in pakistan ,Asad Shafiq has got good technique just need add more shots in his book while azhar ali is not gifted player he has got no technique and shots but he got the temperamant which is very important.pak should invest more on A.shehzad and U Akmal.gave them more confidence and they ultimately become great players

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

he should not even thought to come back

Posted by TruthBites on (April 27, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Yousaf should prove himself first in domestic cricket first then be selected on merit. It's no talk that all of a sudden he appears and that too in nets to impress the new coach. Why didn't he take part in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy? Even Shoaib Malik, after getting dropped, played throughout the domestic season to prove himself and make an impact on selectors and the coach which he has. If I were the coach and chief selector, i would not select him. Period.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

He should play test but not ODI and twenty over cricket

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (April 27, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

And further more to my previous comment, a lot of my fellow Pak fans have this mindset that after Shoaib Akhtar left cricket, NO MORE pace talent are left. Let me tell you one thing. When Mohammad Asif got banned, people panicked on who will be the next swing bowler. Hello? It's Mohammad Talha. He had a test debut and took a wicket which crashed into the stumps. Sadaf Hussain has some serious pace, so along with Junaid Khan, these three are the perfect pace trio. Pace pool will remain fit and furious and so is the batting department!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

he should complete his 100 tests,he is a class..:)

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Yess, finally, Mohammad Yusuf! I remember crying while watching his batting one day - mellifluous!

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (April 27, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

I personally feel that Younis Khan is the better choice for the senior batsman role in tests rather than Mohammad Yousuf. Mohammad Yousuf would be PERFECT as a batting coach but the one batsman that will be amazing for Pakistan is Ahmed Shehzad. This guy has all the shots in the book just like Umar Akmal. Shehzad needs a permanent spot in the squad.

Posted by dadvoc on (April 27, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@Mohammad_Imran thanks for your recommendation, but to me, Wahab Riaz is the only real pace bowler that Pakistan is left with, at least for the foreseeable future. His radar can only be mended if he is given consistent chances, we need bowlers like him, Junaid Khan is another name that pops into your mind, but between the two of them, I'll chose Wahab at any given day.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Mohd. Yusuf inclusion into the side could prove drastic for the team. I think his days are gone, before thinking about Mohd. Yusuf, we ought to all remember that in the Pakistani test side, Umar Akmal whose a far more better prospect, is sitting on the benches.

Posted by ahabib on (April 27, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Pakistani batting is weak. Yousuf is easily the best Pakistani batsman currently playing. He should absolutely be in the team.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (April 27, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Pakistan have some really promising new comers like Asad Shafiq & Azhar Ali. Taufeeq Umar & Hafeez are also improving in tests. It would be quite harsh to drop any one them. But having said that, it may be a good idea to give Yousuf another chance. And since Pakistan has a tour of SA in 2013, Yousuf's experience might be quite helpful. I just hope that Yousuf & Younis get along well.

Posted by ultrasnow on (April 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Indian fan here. I think he cannot just decide to return on sheer reputation. He needs to prove his fitness and get some decent scores in domestic cricket first. Otherwise his return would only prove a morale dampener to the new faces who've worked hard to retain their places.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

he should be come to the cricket team.he is a match winner player.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@ Martin Crowther on (April 27 2012, 10:05 AM GMT) :- Sorry bro. My mistake in the ealier comment. I read U.Akmal instead of Adnan Akmal. So you are actually spot on. Though i would like to see Sarfraz Ahmed in place of Adnan Akmal in Test matches. Also among the bowlers i would like to see the introduction of Mohd.Talha and Sadaf Hussain as soon as possible.

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (April 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Misbah and Younis should also get inspired by Yusuf and focus on Tests only plzzz! Let the young kids play the ODIs & T20s... I still remember when Yusuf dropped a dolly catch against Australia (when captaining the side), it was quite embarrassing... plz save urself some more embarrassment in the field and gracefully retire now... Thank you!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 27, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

@ Martin Crowther on (April 27 2012, 10:05 AM GMT) :- Rest of your comments are ok. In Test matches Asad Shafiq is preferred over U.Akmal in Test Matches.Now since here we are talking about Test team and Umar Akmal was not being considered in the Test team even when Mohd.Yousuf was not there. Now that Mohd.Yousuf has returned to the team, I dont think that U.Akmal can make it into the plaiying 11, except if some regular player gets injured. Umar Akmal haas proved himself to be too reckless and careless for Test cricket. Rest of your team is correct.

Posted by TeamSelector on (April 27, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Finally ... the missing link has been found. This guy was cut off in his prime. He was a run machine when they let him go. I wonder what the 'real' story was behind his absence for the past couple of years ??? I guess we'll never know ... He is Pakistan's best batsman since Inzamam, & he should bat with Azhar Ali as much as possible ... so he could pass the mantle over to him.

1-Hafeez, 2-Fawad Alam, 3-Azhar Ali, 4-Yousuf, 5-Younis, 6-Misbah, 7-Hammad Azam, 8-Akmal (wk), 9-Ajmal, 10-Gul, 11-Junaid Khan.

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (April 27, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

What will Yousaf bring to the side ? Lethargic fielding that brings down everyone's morale. Infighting that will destroy the current unity that is taking Pakistan up the ranking tables. Lack of discipline which his arrogance brings in (not playing domestic cricket all this time is pure arrogance). A roadblock for all the talented youngsters who are slowly becoming very competitive cricketers (e.g Shafiq, Azhar). My message to all Yousuf fans is that "teams win you matches not individuals".

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Welcome back to the one of the stylish batman of the world cricket.

Posted by ViperIX on (April 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

I am not much concerned about what should be the batting line-up. Although I would insist this guy gets a game. One of the purists in terms of technique. Timing and grace is what you talk, when you consider this guy play. Great to watch, and he is right about ODIs. He should only be involved in tests. Please pick Yousuf.. this is coming from an Indian.. and a big fan when Pakistan plays well(including India)..

Posted by shark13 on (April 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

an average of 52.29 is better than most of the other pak players.he should be in the team if he is match fit

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

The problem is that Pakistan shuold be looking forward not backward and at 37 they will get at no more than 2 years out of him. That doesnt mean he couldnt form part of the coaching team for younger players and pass on his knowledge.

Posted by ham1990 on (April 27, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

In my opinion Yousuf making a comeback now at this age is a waste of another young player's opportunity. Pakistan are making strong progress and shouldn't be afraid of losing a series here and there due to inexperience. It will serve them well in the longer run to keep the current crop of youngsters they have in the side and let them develop. What use is Yousuf if he's only good for another year or so? As much as he's been one of the Pakistani greats, I don't think he warrants a place in the side.

Posted by wasim_007 on (April 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Please come you already have a done a lot of damage to Cricket world...You are so elegant with bat...we love you watching...Welcome Back....

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

misbah 11 will become more powerful with yousaf alongwith younas,azhar toufeeq asad hafeez etc need another fast bowler only.

Posted by Jayco on (April 27, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

I would see him as a good back-up in case Younis or Misbah get injured. That would be a straight swap to keep the experience. Alternatively, could there possibly be an option for him to become an opener?

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

I think it is about time for him to move on to the next phase of his life, something like coaching or running a cricket academy. We already have some promising young batsmen in the middle order and they need to be nurtured.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

What a joke. The way the Pakistan test team is performing right now dropping anyone would be a massive tragedy. Lets not forget MoYo's history of infighitng within the team!

Posted by Ubaidaleem on (April 27, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

He is a terrific player, a treat to watch, but all good things must come to an end. Pakistan has taken a leap in test cricket in recent times banking on young blood lets get over with his experience once and for all. Pay tribute to his services and make him a hero ( a deserving one) and that's pretty much it.

Posted by Alikhattak98 on (April 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

I Only WAnt To sAy that " Yousaf Best Of Best "

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Best of luck Muhammad yousuf... we want to see u in actoin again

Posted by g18hussain on (April 27, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

We have a good thing going on in test with Azhar ali, misbah, younis and shafiq..Yosuf time in international cricket done..Its time to move on.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

@drwaqas1 how long he will play pak dont need him any more another couple of years max dats it and young guys have 2 wait dat much time its bizzare me i think must be desperate for money coz in his hay days he wasnt the smartest fielder around and now coming near retirement he wanna play im sure will drop catches aswell will make fielding lapeses aswell dis not not the decision i was excepting. talking abt the guy talent and timing there is no doubt abt it but his place is in the dressing room as a batting coach which pak need badly but not on the field i always in favour of youth not the oldies thanks

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (April 27, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

If he is recalled, his role will be to make others play with him, will be difficult for him to play long innings!

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (April 27, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Pakistan should at the very least utilize his vast experience and knowledge. A test average of 52.29 puts you in the top drawer of batsmen and while he might not be the future in terms of his age he can at least mentor the very talented up and coming batsmen from Pakistan, similar to what Ponting is doing for Australia. Hopefully no politics gets in the way of this fairly obvious move, him and Younis must shake hands and move on if they have already not done so, because they both still have loads to offer.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Who owns the record for maximum come back? sure top 10 will be from Pakistan. At least Yusuf can still be better than giving hundreds of chances to Shoab Malik!

Posted by crazier on (April 27, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

yousuf should be given a chance in the side. But we neither want asad or azhar to be dropped. So the best solution is drop taufiq umar from the side and ask azhar to open the innings so we can have both in the side and both youngster can learn alot from yousuf. He is the best class batsman pakistan have ever produced and sarfarz ahmed should be given a chance in test cricket but i dont think the selecter are willing to have him(yousuf) in the side. Best of luck to yousuf.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

We've got a lot of youngsters in our team, and we could really do with a few experienced seniors to balance it out and stabilize the batting order. Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf - three big guns, and they've all captained the team before. I hope he will be selected. We would definitely have a very strong batting order.

Posted by drwaqas1 on (April 27, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

@Hamid Khan.I think bro u didn't read his statement carefully. He said"I am least concerned about ODIs. My focus [right now] is Test cricket, I want to play it. My basics are right and I have lots of experience under my belt." Do u have any doubts about the above. As far as i know after Inzmam & Saeed Anwer, we haven't been blessed with better timer & more stylish batsman than him. have ur say about it.Cheers.....

Posted by Pane on (April 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Cant wait to see u in pak team

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

I think pakistan's top 7 positions in the test team should be

Taufeeq umar Hafeez Azahr Ali Younis khan Mohammed yousef Misbah ul haq Adnan akmal

Posted by rafiquemohd on (April 27, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

he is most welcome - he is the one whom i like the bating style and i enjoy while he is bating - I wish him good luck..

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Yousuf is a class act and has one of the best techniques amongst batsmen in Pakistan. He can play for 2-3 years in test side and give the much needed stability to Pakistan middle order. I think he should be drafter into the national side. Moreover he is an excellent player of spin and this will be helpful in Sri Lanka. All the best yousuf !

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (April 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@Amit.bhatnagr,what about ur so called "god",pls laxman,sehwag,i thnk they r pure veterans ,if u can't stop ur bcci 4rm selectng them,no need to comment here

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

he said " other priorities got higher for a while but I am ready to Play cricket again "

when we need you , you are either indulge in grouping against Younis Khan or in other priority. We have stable middle order batting now with Misbah, asad , Younis and Azhar, Thank for consider cricket your first priority again, But we do not need you now. You definitely has passed your best, instead of giving you another chance and dropping a young batsman , Its better option to at least me that Pakistan should keep same team which white washed England

Posted by ONE4U on (April 27, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Pakistan Team will surely benefit by his comeback as there is very acute need of a quality batsman like him.

Posted by msq3761 on (April 27, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

I would love to see Yousaf back in the side. It is also good for Azhar and Asad. They will learn a lot when they play with two class players like Yousaf and Younas. I pray for Yousaf's return in the side asap..

Posted by Umair.Khalid_UK on (April 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Yousaf would stabilize the pakistan batting line. he would play a similar role as Shiv Chanderpaul is playing for west indies. he is almost 38 years old.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

How about recalling Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar, etc also?

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

if yousaf in, then Either Azhar or Asad, one of them will be out, and its good for Pakistan Cricket team

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

i dont think so dis is not 90s we r less den 3 years away frm world cup train any youngters so till the world cup he can play atlest 60 -70 one dayers a get some experiecend there is ahmad shahzad, shahzaib hassan , harris sohail , babar azam , usman salahuddin cant understand these pcb dis guy ok for test match dont play him one dayers and plzz keep him 100 feet away frm 20-20 dhoni always saya dat if he plays gambhir tendulkar ans shewag all dis three they r bound 2 give extra runs in the field cozz they r slow fielders same will happen here aswell if he scores 30-40 runs he will give 15-20 runs in the field plzz think abu dis pcb

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Please Yousaf, try to Understand this is not your age to play Cricket. We have already Mishabha.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 27, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

ExplicitPlatinum , earlier you were right about M.Yousuf. I am happy with the development. I think Yousuf certianly is a great Test player. Even Tendulkar could not break his record of most centuries in a calender year. Apart from Younis Khan he is the only other Pakistan to have an average above 50. That surely helps.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 27, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

In the past M.Yousuf had problems with selectors over his non-selection in the T20 format. Now this is great news that he will willingly relinquishing the shorter format. Just like Dravid, Laxman & Ponting , Yousuf should concentrate on Tests. It will be beneficial for him and also for the team. He surely is one the best batsmen Pakistan have produced. He should not be wasted the way he was wasted in the last 2 years. He can surely give a lot to cricket with his immense talent. Best of luck to him.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 27, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Fantastic news. The best part about this news article is that M.Yousuf has clearly stated that he is interested in Test Cricket only. That is his forte. Just like Y.Khan he is best in Test cricket. Among the present lost only Y.Khan and M.Yousuf average above 50 in test cricket. That is great by all standards. Now the board has to be very clear and firm on this. M.Yousuf, Y.Khan & Misbah should be playing Test cricket only and not limited overs format. Even though M.Yousuf average 41 even in odi which is far better than Younis Khan. Pakistn needs his services. The selectors should forget the past and give-up their ego.

Posted by Umair.Khalid_UK on (April 27, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Increment of Yousaf in the test team (only) is really a healthy sight for a fan of technically correct and classical cricket (Rare in modern game). Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal should not be afraid of their position in the test team. From Yousaf they will get their lessons to be patient and how to project their scores beyond the fifties to the match wining centuries. I think the best playing 11 for Pakistan in test series against Sri lanka should be; Hafeez, Umar Taufeeq, Younis, Yousaf, Misbah, (Umar Akmal/Asad Shafiq), Kamran Akmal, Umar Gull, Rehman, Ajmal, (Aizaz/Junaid). Asad Shafiq could replace taufeeq as a opener also.

Posted by Sahil_636 on (April 27, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

If Mohammad yousuf include in Pakistan team that will good for Pakistan test cricket, Hafeez, Taufeeq, Azhar Ali, Y. Khan, Misbah Ul Haq, Muhammad Yousuf, what a huge batting line up, Pakistan Cricket board should be consider Mohammad Yousuf in test team, he is very capable to make 10000 scores in test match, and no one other who is capable,

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (April 27, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Perhaps as a batting coach not the player. We've already got Misbah & Younis to full fill old fart quota. Ciao....

Posted by wnwn on (April 27, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Remember it was Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq who won the decisive test match against England. We cannot damage their confidence by doing this.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

the guy gave everything to cricket, to pakistan. this is the problem with us, we do not respect our legends, give him another chance iff he is match fit. you can't deny his talent, look at australia, they are playing ricky in test cricket. you have to honour and respect your legends, if he is match fit then why not let him play? young blood should be included, but you can not just kick the veterans out like we always do

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

He is a great player alright,, But this " coming out of retirement ", " I never retired " , " I never lost the passion for the game " etc fad among the pakistani players is really hilarious !!!

Posted by alonetiger on (April 27, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

oh for god sake plz leave the cricket for the young and fresh players who r alot better than u all slow and selfish players,yousaf,misbah,younis y do u all think that u r the only good players in this country?there are far better players than u ,and they r not slow and selgish like u used to play for u rself and u r record,plz for God sake leave the cricket now and look at u r age,u all are burden on pakistan cricket,get retire other wise u all will b kick out like any other ex selfish pakistani crickters who tried to own this team.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (April 27, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

There is no batsman in current Pakistani team who has half of Yousaf batting talent. I still believe that PCB should allow yousaf to play test cricket and completes his 100 test matches. He is legend and should retire as legend. Give him chance please.

Posted by Dr.Hasan on (April 27, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

All he is passionate about is sabotaging the team and team spirit. If he is so passionate why doesnt he go play a season or two of domestic cricket. What he means is he wants another chance to try and captain the team and totally run it to ground. KEEP HIM OUT !

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Mohammad Yousuf is one of the great player in the cricket history. He should be given chance .

Posted by timtom on (April 27, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Retire !!! Come back..Retire !!! COme back..Retire !!! COme back..Retire !!! COme back.. Complete a century here...

Posted by S.A.Siddiqui on (April 27, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

He is a wonderful player but now only for the test matches, not for ODI and T20. He should be given chance to play test matches as long as he is fit, in-form and scores. Forget about his age, there are players much older than Yousuf and still playing.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Sir, please stay at home, you have done enough and the team doesn't need you!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (April 27, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

@balajik1968,vry hillarious as well as ironical,what about ur indian team?A REAL BUNCH VETERANS LOLZ

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (April 27, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Atleast he has won more matches for Pakistan than Tendulya and Sehwag combined for India!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Lets give the legend a chance!

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Mr. Balajik: You just tell me one thing, when did Mohammad Yousuf retire?

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (April 27, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

No doubt he z one of all time greats our pak have produced,bt future demands young blood n we have so many of these i.e usman salahuddin,ahmd shahzad,shahzeb,N I AM MISING MANY MORE bt being sidlind mercilessly.HIGH TIME ON PAK CRIC INDEED.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

If someone gets injured them maybe for the short term but there's no way he should replace one of the current members of the side based on form.

Posted by xylo on (April 27, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

does he play in domestic cricket at all, if he is "still passionate about playing cricket"?

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

yousuf 37 years old should nt be pick for team give chance to younug piayers

Posted by   on (April 27, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Oh no! Lets not go the Indian route. Keep the old horses off-field. Keep bringing in fresh blood. Someone is bound to become the next Mohd. Yousuf. It is only a matter of time as long as you keep blooding youngsters.

Posted by Mr.Shani on (April 27, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

No doubt he is a classy player. If he is physically fit then he must be given a chance to play in test matches. His technique does not suit to limited over cricket. Although he has a average of 41.71 in ODIs but now the limited over cricket has been changed. Limited overs demand a batsman who can make not only big scores but with a good strike rate at least 100 which Yousuf lacks. So i respect his decision to focus only on tests. By the way my best team for tests is 1) M Hafeez 2) T Umar 3) A Ali 4) Y Khan 5) M Yousuf 6) M ul Haq 7) any specialist WK 8) U Gul 9) S Ajmal and on no. 10 & 11) 2 fast or A Rehman & 1 fast bowler depending on the pitch & conditions. A Shafiq should also be there because he is very talented player and he can fill the gap if some1 is not performing well. So its very important to keep him with the squad.

Posted by balajik1968 on (April 27, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

I don't understand these Pakistani players. They keep retiring and coming back. Yousuf is not the first, and he will not be the last to keep doing this. Class batsman, but with Misbah at 37, Younis 34, Pakistan is better off looking ahead than back, otherwise 2 years from now they will face serious problems in the batting.

Posted by pintu01 on (April 27, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Yousuf is one of the gratest in the cricket history. He should be given chance and for sure his contribution will boost Pakistan's chance of ranking higher in ICC list.

Posted by ilovecricket1234 on (April 26, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

If he is good enough, then why not?

Posted by ozone8237 on (April 26, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

Great News! Finally Had a Coach who is looking for class and dependable senior who could train and groom the new raw talent into future legends by providing on field coaching and transfering his experience. All Yousaf needs is one confidence building innings and the support of the team and coaching staff and then Pakistan can dominate the Test cricket world as well for a while. And this way he Can retire for good after doing his job in an honarable way and not by being disgraced in terms of dropped from the team and eventually forced him to retirement as it had been the routine in the past. Good Luck Muhammd Yousaf and Pakistan Team... Farhan from USAi

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

He was an amazing batsman. Would love to see more of his batting in the future. Good luck to him.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

I think he deserves a chance to fulfill his desires, as a matter of fact he really played some impressive cricket for pakistan... No doubt he had some issues in the past but u cannot relay on younis or misbah to lead our team.

Posted by K.A.K on (April 26, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

ICC must start a seniors league. It will be great to watch Tendulkar, Yousuf, Dravid, Sehwag, Ponting, Razzaq, and the likes to play for another 15 years or so, and occasionally, the seniors should play against the younger teams

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

good to see this, Pakistan young blood needs to learn how to make constructive innings and he is the perfect man to teach them. I felt he did well with Azhar when he played with him against England.

Posted by Imad_K on (April 26, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

Pakistan definitely need to put him back straight in the team. The problem with Pakistan which has been the case for the last 10/15 years is their batting. They normally give their wickets away playing incorrect shots, chasing wide balls, hitting balls needlessly in the air, start with a score of 20/30 for 3 and rely on 2/3 batsmen to bail them out. Before the reliable batsmen were Inzi, M Yousaf and Y Khan. Then it has become A Ali, Misbah and Y Khan (but not sure why Y Khan has changed the way he used to bat and tries to hit everything down leg side which contributes to his downfall). Mohammad Yousaf is one of the greats for Pakistan - a tremendous talent and someone who very rarely gives his wicket away. Pakistan need him for sure.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

he should given a chance and he deserve it. Because with his inclusion i must say so many youngster who are already in the side will have much benefit. OLD IS GOLD its true saying.

Posted by wiseshah on (April 26, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

give him a chance, so he can play his retire game once again. he already retired 10 times from international cricket, didnt he?

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

world class batsmen no doubt, but i feel he has had his time in int cricket paksitan needs to move forward and bring in new young talent...

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (April 26, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

That boat has sailed my friend.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

yousuf's inclusion means asad and umar will carry drinks !!! those two are the future players...pakistan needs to look forward !!!

Posted by Gatok on (April 26, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

i personally discovered one answer of a question. that is " why Pakistan did not won the world cup?" the answer is so simple-- Because only for the middle order bats man. their middle order was very poor performing. and that position could be fulfilled by MD YOUSUF. so finally summery Pakistan lost world cup only for not playing MD YOUSUF. this was an unwise decision of PCB. and we people are so selfish. what a performer he was! we forgot every thing. still now on track he is the best bats man in Pakistan squad. and he should be honoured like that. If he get a chance he will must prove himself.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

If He is choosen then he will b the ONLY Batsmen on which U can rely ...........age doesnt count if U ARE YOUNG IN UR PLAY !! He is Blessed person n if he got in pak team then pak crick will too see some blessings....

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (April 26, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

@ dadvoc - u wanna play with 2 spinners & one seamer in tests & Kamram keeping! seriously!!! and just looking @ Wahab Riaz makes me sick - the guy has serious issues with his radar... maybe u should watch a few games before recommending a team... Yousuf was a real classy player but i don't see him coming back into the team.

Posted by Stark62 on (April 26, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

NO, NEVER!!!!

I would much rather see the likes of Yasin, H. Sohail and Salahuddin given a chance.

Misbah hasn't brought in any young players whatsoever, whilst Afridi wanted more young players to build for the future and the selectors didn't oblige to his request and now we're stuck with the likes of Misbah, Younis, Cheema, Tanvir, Malik, Rehman and who knows what other oldie will join the ODI squad soon.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

we need him in the team after all he has done Pakistan cricket he should get another chance

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

deserves a chance, should be given one

Posted by J._Doe on (April 26, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Is anyone keeping track...who is the most retired cricketer? I don't know who, but I know it's a Pakistani!

Posted by TaylorSwift on (April 26, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Yousuf has done a lot for Pakistan cricket, and he will go down in the history books as one of the most profilic batsmen in Pakistan cricket. However, our Test lineup currently features two grey beards in the middle order in Misbah and Younis. Adding Yousuf to the mix will negatively impact the development of Azhar, Asad and U. Akmal. If I were Yousuf, I would gracefully call it quits and perhaps consider coaching some of the younger batsmen coming through our system.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (April 26, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

I would love to see him playing again.. i hope he is fit.. he is a pure class.. never saw any batsman stylish than him.. good luck Yousaf

Posted by dadvoc on (April 26, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

with his inclusion look how strong our batting would be: 1. Hafeez 2. Umar Akmal 3. Younis 4. Yousaf 5. Azhar 6. Misbah 7. Shafiq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Abdul Rehman 11. Gull And if Umar Akmal doesn't perform he can be dropped and Azhar Ali can be promoted as an opener with the inclusion of another seamer, preferably Wahab Riaz

Posted by dadvoc on (April 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

We do need a quality middle order batsman alongwith Misban and Younis. One of the youngsters, esp. Umar Akmal can be promoted as a regular opener with Yousaf's return. He can still play for 2 to 3 years. If Sachin, Laxman and Dravid can do it, why can't Yousaf? But I think after his comeback, he will have a lot to proof. In the presence of Azhair Ali, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal, Yousaf will have to cement his place once more. Otherwise his playing days will be over sooner than we all expect.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

young blood vs experience? i have a solution promote azhar to open the inns like he does in first class and get yousuf in, then you can have azhar and asad in the same team with yousuf. Might be harsh on taufeeq if he misses out but oh well.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

the only legend in present team..

Posted by British_North_America on (April 26, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

WHY DO YOU PEOPLE DO NOT GIVE A CHANCE TO AZHAR MAHMOOD? FROM BD.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Have immense respect for him as he was a wonderful batsmen to watch but Pak cricket's got to move ahead and think about the future too. Would rather see the likes of Azhar and Asad getting more chances!

Posted by asimiqbal on (April 26, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

I am eager to watch this great man again playing for Pakistan and making a lot of runs as he is really a run machine. At the moment Pakistan really need him in the middle order as pak batting is struggling in the test cricket. Wish u very very best wishes

Posted by billbowden311 on (April 26, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

Great player deserves a chance!

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