Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Return of Mohammad Yousuf in International Cricket Likely Soon

Pakistan’s most experienced cricket player, Mohammad Yousuf, has expressed his interest to play cricket for national cricket team after coming out of retirement. Recently, he declared him ready to make his international return and has no problem to play under any captain. What he is waiting for is a call from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

PCB’s punishment of indefinite ban that was imposed on him after the disastrous tour of Australia early of this year made him to take retirement from international cricket. However, he said that he was now available for the service of his national team.

Despite not appealing against his ban, he repeatedly expressed his desire to play for Pakistan cricket team in future again. Thirty-five-year-old Yousuf said, "If the team doesn’t need me I stand retired. But if I’m needed, I am ready and available to serve my country.

If PCB invites me with respect I will definitely go and join the team."

The inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf will help the Pakistan cricket team to make middle order batting line up stronger. The retirement of Shahid Afridi from Test cricket in the midst of two-match Test series against Australia left Pakistan in a trouble.

Pakistan squad is full of young and inexperienced players. So, the return of Mohammad Yousuf will boost the South Asian team. If PCB calls him then he will be seen playing against England.

In the past, Mohammad Yousuf was criticized for the issue of retirement. In 2007, he took retirement from playing for Pakistan after being failure to make his place in the T20 squad of the inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup and joined rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

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