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Pakistan's star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf have been barred by the Pakistan Cricket Board from taking part in the ongoing President's Cup, DawnNews reported.

Both players had expressed the desire to return to first-class cricket in a bid to regain form ahead of Pakistan's upcoming season.

According to the PCB, the players were not given permission to play because they were not on the rosters of their respective teams at the start of the tournament.

While Yousuf has largely been on the sidelines and virtually lost his place in the national side, Afridi is expected to be part of Pakistan's upcoming limited overs campaigns. But the all-rounder has had a torrid time with the bat of late and was to return to the first-class arena after a gap of nearly four years.

Earlier, Yousuf lamented the fact that the PCB wanted him to prove his fitness but was not allowing him to play in the domestic circuit.

“On the one hand, the PCB tells me to prove form and fitness in the domestic circuit, but then does not allow me to do so,” said Yousuf while talking to the media.

“Since 2010 I have not been representing any domestic team, this time around the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) offered me a slot which I readily accepted.”

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Nasser Ali Khan Nov 09, 2012 03:40pm
Just retire, both of you,please!!!!!!!!!!
junaid Nov 10, 2012 05:43am
I totaly agree with you OZ . Just to add one more thing to your comments that if the club is willing to offer / hire a player why is it the PCB trying dictate and closing the doors on a players? Everyone should be free to participate when they want. Incase of Yousef, why can't he decide to take a break and re-enter the competitions? But it is all about dictating eachother where ever they get a chance to do that. Zaka looks like an old teacher who will continue the same old tradtion of discouraging his students. More talent you show him more he will supress you. What does he know about professional cricket, by the way?
hasan Nov 09, 2012 07:10pm
Both these players should be allowed to play. This is non-sense- roster what roster. where this rule comes from?
Javed Nov 09, 2012 03:06pm
Nonsense...PCB up to its tricks again. Pathetic board and selectors. if Misbah can play at his age then surely Yousuf should be allowed to bat again. Let Yousuf prove himself. If he fails, as PCB wants, then so be it.
nadeem jokhio Nov 10, 2012 12:47pm
This is the only decision of PCB which i think is fair,both the players have crossed their ages but they want to haunt us till they are alive...for heaven's sake give chance to young bloods.
sali Nov 10, 2012 02:14pm
Sooo bureaucratic that they can dictated who will play domestic cricket and stop two most seneior players. Both need to play if the teams select them so they can gain their form. Mohd Yosuf could have given Pakistan the best records but why he was discarded remains a mystery?
Azhar Nov 10, 2012 03:27am
Good decision to drop Shahid Afridi but Yousuf should have been given a chance to prove his talent.
seeker Nov 09, 2012 05:59pm
PCB does not want Mohammed Yosuf to play in his lifetime.
pakone Nov 10, 2012 04:58am
Yousuf, retire. Afridi should get one last chance to prove himself during the India tour - otherwise, lights out for Boom Boom. He has done enough for his country over the years winning many accolades with the bat and the ball. He will always be loved and respected.
Nadeem Mirza Nov 10, 2012 04:51am
Mohammad Yousuf was one of the best batsman in world cricket. However, in Pakistan we haven't given him respect he deserved. PCCB destroyed his career, not entirely sure why.
Ebrahim Nov 09, 2012 03:48pm
No member of Pakistani team member be selected untill he has participated in atleast 50% to 70% of the domestic matches, this will lift the domestic players exposer and also prove the worth of the selected player, Star or No star.
Oz Nov 09, 2012 12:49pm
Pathetic.. politics...politics..politics. Any board in the world would happily let their senior players gian form in the league.. ours does the opposite.
m ramzan ahmad Nov 09, 2012 06:28pm
shahid afridi should show his energy with bat specailly nation have great expecting from him
Jawwad Nov 09, 2012 06:27pm
Mr. Yousaf then did you decline to play when several clubs approached you to play for them? You are realizing now that you need to take part in the tourney?
M.Toor Nov 09, 2012 03:49pm
Afridi is just trying to fool the PCB and general public?? How is he going to improve his form for 1-day and T-20 formats by playing 3-day games in the domestics?? The problem is PCB has been treating him as some out of this world mega player who can not be cut. Once he is cut from the team, he will be forced to find form or leave for good.
osama Nov 09, 2012 02:03pm
good move by PCB .. Afridi never deserve any more chance .. he is a selfish player .. plays only for his fame not for his country .. he should be banned from international cricket for whole life
Obaid Nov 10, 2012 07:06pm
Shame on PCB to do this. They are playing with players lives-PCB are crooks in the first place. They are responsible for the early termination of career of several players. This corrupt organization should be banned and replaced with a more respectable organization. People should stop watching the game for at least one year and see what happens. They have no right to block players from doing good to their country. Br. Yousef's career was destroyed after he made the world record for scoring most runs in a year..
Zahid Nov 10, 2012 10:21pm
Good decision to deny him domestic cricket? Are yo sure? How will he prove his worth, then?
Capt C M Khan Nov 10, 2012 02:28pm
So many beelow average 'PARCEE' players iare playing so why not give these two a chance?? Nothing to loose.