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PCB yet to decide on Afridi and Yousuf's domestic participation

Umar Farooq

November 10, 2012

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Shahid Afridi made 14 before holing out, Hampshire v Sialkot Stallions, Champions League T20, Johannesburg, October 11, 2012
Shahid Afridi, who averages 14.28 with the bat and 39.91 with the ball in international cricket this year, is keen to get back to form ahead of the upcoming series against India © Getty Images
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The PCB is deliberating whether batsman Mohammad Yousuf and allrounder Shahid Afridi can play in the President's Trophy, a domestic first-class tournament. Both players have expressed a desire to play the tournament, in a bid to work their way back into top form, but were not registered in the teams' probable lists for the tournament.

Afridi, who is struggling for form, is looking to play for Habib Bank Limited to prepare for the limited-overs series against India next month. Yousuf, who hasn't played any cricket since June last year due to personal reasons, was keen to make a comeback to the national team and was asked by the selectors to play domestic cricket first. Port Qasim Authority, one of the domestic teams, was intent on recruiting Yousuf and, on October 30, had applied for him to be registered with them.

However, the deadline for the teams' preliminary probable list was September 24, the board said, and both players were not on those lists. The PCB's cricket committee or the PCB chairman, though, can still provide special permission to ensure their participation.

"We have received applications from both of them," the PCB spokesman, Nadeem Sarwar, told ESPNcricinfo. "The cricket committee has considered their application and will take a decision soon, before the next round [of the President's Trophy] starts."

Yousuf, a veteran of 90 Tests, lamented the delay. "On one hand, the PCB tells me to prove my form and fitness on the domestic circuit, but on the other, they do not allow me to do so," he said. "[In recent domestic tournaments] I have not been representing any team. This time around, Port Qasim Authority offered me a slot that I readily accepted."

Had the PCB sanctioned Yousuf's participation soon after his application was filed, he would have played the tournament from the fifth round onwards. The sixth round is currently underway, and thereafter there are three of nine rounds remaining, apart from the final. Afridi is looking to play the final two rounds of the tournament.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Coolgye on (November 12, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Shahid Afridi should take back his Test retirement if he gets eligible to play domestic cricket. If he doesn't then it might be useless of playing 4 day games.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 12, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@Everyone Doing Comments Here - India is having more success just because their couple of batsmen are performing well. Pakistan isn't ACTUALLY called the CHOKERS but there performances show that if they keep this performances then they will be called the CHOKERS sooner or later.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@Infrared. Afridi is same age as Hafeez i.e. 32, and so is Razzaq. Even Tendulker is not considered old, although he is 7 years older than Afridi and started his career at the age of 16 like Afridi.

Posted by Sharjeel77 on (November 12, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

In response to various Indian fans' comments, first of all Pakistanis are not known as chokers in the cricketing world which includes other cricketing nations and not just India. Secondly I fail to understand some of the comments when a team as been hammered into the ground overseas (2 back-to-back whitewashes against Australia and England!!!!). All your nation seemed to be worried about at the time was Sachin's 100th ton. WRONG FOCUS GUYS. I think Sachin is one of the best batsman the world has ever seen but a team is much bigger than its players. Even if India beats England in the forthcoming test series I think the only way it can salvage some dignity is by winning tests abroad.

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 11, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@AB-14 Yes, I am sure you have better 'achievements'. A lot of your cricketers managed to come back to Pakistan from their 'home' in England where they were kept for their $$$ misadventures. How many more such achievements are forthcoming in 2013?

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Pakistan`s progress is far better than India`s recently.Ajmal is far better than Ashwin in stats and variations and the fact that batsmen fear him.Its true Pakistan have had quite success in UAE but that isn`t home ground.India`s success is limited to their home ground.I guess Indian fans have forgotten their recent loss from Bangladesh in Asia Cup -which pakistan won btw,and the fact that Pakistan went ahead of them in W-t20.Lets just see the future series and then talk.Try not being pundits on your own because watching a few games does`nt make you one!

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

@piyo-thanda Comparing overall statistics of Pakistan and India, I guess anyone would say India has been on mat. The numbers do not lie. Be it ODI's or Tests. The only achievement India has is they've managed to win in World Cups. Once again, the fact is Pakistanis are the current Asian Champs!

Posted by golgoal on (November 11, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@AB-14 You are coming here making proud claims that your team managed to get into so many quarter and semi finals and managed to choke in them all. LMAO.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (November 11, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@AB-14 - Just quoting some random statistics doesn't make your team look good. India walloped your team in world cup, asia cup, and god know what other cups not too long ago. Comparing Jamshed etc. to Sehwag and Gambhir. Both of them were at top of test match ratings not too long ago. Your Jamshed dude will probably be lucky to be a ball boy to Indian batsmen. Use common sense for a change.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (November 11, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@El_Toro_Loco - All teams lost matches, and lose them badly. Aussies bowled out for 43 runs in test match in SA recently. But Indian teams knows how to WIN big games like in world cups, unlike your team. Why do you think Pakistani team is known as CHOKERS ??

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