PCB bars Yousuf, Afridi from playing President’s Trophy

Published: November 9, 2012
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Players submitted names too late for President's Trophy, but can play in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, rules PCB. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Players submitted names too late for President's Trophy, but can play in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, rules PCB. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred Mohammad Yousuf and Shahid Afridi from participating in the ongoing President’s Cricket Trophy, reported Express News on Friday.

The players were not given permission to play as they had submitted their names too late to the selection committee. However, the players can participate in the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam trophy, the PCB ruled.

Yousuf had requested to play the President’s Trophy from the Port Qasim team, and Afridi wanted to represent the Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) team in an effort to regain his form by playing domestic cricket.

On Wednesday, Yousuf had expressed his disappointment over the PCB not allowing him to participate in the domestic series after it was revealed that he was not included in the list provided to the PCB by all departments before the cup commenced.

“On one hand, the PCB tells me to prove my form and fitness in the domestic cricket, however on the other hand they do not allow me to do so,” he told a private television channel.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Blithe
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:21PM

    How stupid!

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  • Dingo
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Lol…I fell off the couch laughing….PCB stands for Personal Cricket Board !

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  • Rehman
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Good job PCB. These two so called super stars thinks they can play domestic cricket at thier will. Some one must tell them “Mama G ka ghar nahi hay”

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  • Sane
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:05PM

    bad luck for Afridi again.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Both department don’t want them in their teams, otherwise they could have paid late fee.

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  • Jibran
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:35PM

    If there was a deadline, they had to follow it. You can’t have rules of your liking for yourself. No excuses.

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  • sachabacha
    Nov 9, 2012 - 8:17PM

    I don’t understand why people are not understanding this simple ruling. There is something called rules and PCB is doing the right thing by following. No one is above the rules and should be playing accordingly. PCB should be hailed for their decision.

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  • Wolverine
    Nov 9, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Thankfully, PCB showing some spine and standing up to these Nawab saabs. Pakistan has finally got their top 6 settled in the tests, and ironically in the absence of Yousuf.

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