Yousuf can play for Pakistan: PCB

Published: Sunday, June 6, 2010, 15:31 [IST]
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PCB says Yousuf can play for Pak

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has kept all doors open for retired Mohammad Yousuf to come out of retirement and be a part of the national squad.

The independent arbitrator, Irfan Quadir hearing appeals of several banned players including Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, asked the PCB to reconsider Yousuf"s ban after revoking the indefinite ban on former skippers .

In reply, the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said the board has already informed Yousuf, who had announced retirement after he was banned indefinately following a disastrous tour down-under that he can play for the country if he comes out of retirement.

“Yousuf has not appealed, he has retired. We have sent messages to him through others that if he takes back his retirement he can play for Pakistan again. But he declined that," The News quoted Butt, as saying.

“If he (Yousuf) takes back his retirement he will be welcomed back into the side. He is a great player and has a few more years in him. He has done so well for us and particularly on the last tour of England he was outstanding, so we would definitely be welcomed back," he added.

However, Yousuf himself is still not certain about his future.

He has ruled out playing in upcoming Test series against England, but indicated that he might come out of retirement for the series against South Africa, which would be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October.

“I am not sure when I will be ready for international cricket. The South Africa series is a possibility and I won"t rule myself out of that series, but of course things are not always that simple. I need to have a long and hard think about things and then come to a decision," Yousuf had said earlier.


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