Mohammad Yousuf ready to make a comeback into the national side – Cricket News Update

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Mohammad Yousuf ready to make a comeback into the national side – Cricket News Update

Former Pakistan skipper, Mohammad Yousuf has said that he is ready to make a come back to the national side if the Pakistan Cricket Board tells him the reason behind his exclusion from the squad.

The 37-year-old Test cricket veteran told a leading Pakistan daily that he is ready to play for Pakistan in any format of the game but only after PCB explains him the reason behind his continued omission from the Pakistan cricket team.

“I am ready to represent Pakistan in any format of the game, but first the PCB should tell me the reasons why I am out of the national side,” said Yousuf in an interview with a Pakistan newspaper.

Yousuf, who has played of 287 One Day Internationals and 90 Tests so far compiling 9,717 and 7,530 runs respectively, has requested the newly appointed PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf to probe into his consistent exclusion from the national squad.

“The new PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, is to take charge in few days. I will request him to ask the selectors why I am not part of the team,” said Yousuf.

The prolific middle order batsman, who averages 52.29 in the Test cricket, announced retirement from international cricket for the first time in March 2010 in a protest against PCB’s attitude towards him in the aftermath of winless tour of Australia in December
2009. The veteran was recalled by the PCB management and selectors for the Test series against England in 2010 summer.

Later, Yousuf’s name was included in the probable squad for the 2011 ICC World Cup but was later overlooked for selection in the final squad.

The promising experienced middle order batsman was also appointed as the captain Lahore Lions team for Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 tournament but he refused to play.

Yousuf also decided not to participate in the ongoing premier domestic event of Pakistan cricket, the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy. When asked why he is not playing in the tournament, Yousuf promptly replied, “Why I should play domestic cricket when I am not aware
of the reasons of my exclusion?”


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