Yousuf rejects Afridi's offer to play

Muhammad Yousuf on Friday snubbed Shahid Afridi offer to play for Pakistan in the tour of England.


Express May 28, 2010

Muhammad Yousuf on Friday snubbed Shahid Afridi offer to play for Pakistan in the tour of England.

He said he was disappointed with the cricket board for banning him in the wake of the team's shambolic Australian tour.

"I will not change my decision about the retirement. What happens in the future only God knows," he said.

Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket after he was banned for an indefinite period in March following Pakistan's whitewashed test and one-day series defeats in Australia earlier in the year.

Despite Yousuf's ban, Afridi had tried to convince him to make himself available for the tour, which starts in June and includes four tests against England and two against Australia.

"I am still disappointed at the way the board treated me with the ban, because I didn't deserve it as I have always given my 100 per cent to the team," Yousuf said.

"I don't think I am mentally ready for international cricket at this stage. I do plan to play the next domestic season to see how it goes," he said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board included the banned Younis and Malik in the 35-man list for the Asia Cup and the England tour, but their final selection is conditional on their bans being overturned on appeal. Yousuf had not appealed.

Yousuf, who played 88 tests and 282 one-day internationals, scored three test hundreds on Pakistan's last tour to England in 2006.

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H.A Hasan | 10 years ago | Reply Datey rahoo yousuf bhai ( be strict with your own stand)
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