Pakistan recalls retired Mohammad Yousuf

Published: Monday, August 2, 2010, 10:12 [IST]
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Yousuf recalled by Pakistan

After a dismal batting show in the opening Test against England at Trent Bridge, Pakistan have recalled experienced former captain Mohammad Yousuf just four months after he retired.

Yousuf was captaining the side when Pakistan toured Australia and failed to win even a single match during their tour down under, and was subsequently banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board for poor performance and for being involved in creating misunderstandings within the team.

The ban was lifted later but he had announced that he will retire from International cricket.

Current captian Salman Butt and coach Waqar Younis have always discouraged senior players making a comeback but with a crushing 354-run defeat at Trent Bridge, a result hastened by Pakistan's dismal 80 all out in the second innings has seemed to change their mindset.

Yousuf, 35, has a terrific record and has been one of the most consistent batsmen for the Pakistan side in the last decade, with 24 career total Test centuries to his name and a career average of 53.07.

A PCB statement released from Lahore confirmed the squad changes.

"Mohammad Yousuf and Raza Hasan are added to the national squad with immediate effect."


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