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Mohammad Yousuf has 7530 Test runs and 9720 in ODIs to his credit. -File photo
Mohammad Yousuf has 7530 Test runs and 9720 in ODIs to his credit. -File photo

LAHORE: Veteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf on Tuesday denied that he was on verge of calling quits from international cricket and said despite not being involved in any form of the game in recent years he has no plans to call it a day.

“It is a reality that I am not playing cricket for the last three years but I am in good level of fitness by doing daily work out and as far as my retirement is concerned I have not yet announced it,” the veteran of 90 Tests, 288 One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals said here.

When his attention was drawn to conflicting media reports that he has announced retirement from the international cricket, Yousuf retorted that it was mere speculation.

“These are just baseless news and purely based on rumours. Contrary to the facts, I think calling it a day is a personal decision of any player and the others should respect it,” he added.

Yousuf said in all cricket-playing countries the players are given appropriate send off upon their retirements but this tradition is not being followed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“A number of great players including Wasim Akram left the game and nothing was done by the PCB to acknowledge their achievements for the country and it is quite discouraging for those who are associated with the game,” he complained.

The 38-year-old stylish middle-order batsman, who made 7530 Test runs and 9720 in the one-dayers, was of the view that the PCB should organise functions for those Test cricketers who are retiring from the game.

“It is purely my personal decision [of retiring] and I am not under any obligation to announce it as I am not serving any department or institution at present,” he asserted.

Yousuf lamented that when he was at his peak he was not considered for the national team and at this stage he has no plans to return to the game.—APP

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Saylani May 22, 2013 02:49pm

Yohana Paaji call it a day we will still have you one of our heroes .

Irtiza May 22, 2013 03:32pm

I met him in Masjid-e-Nabwi in Madina! With the religious turn his life has taken, and with him devoting majority of his time to his spiritual needs, I don't think his announcing retirement matters - it's evident that there more important things in his life and his fans wouldn't want him to change any of that.

Que May 22, 2013 04:51pm

On the other hand: Iqbal Qasim is also suprised that he is still a selector!!! IQ has proved himself that is a total failure!!!

Bobby May 22, 2013 05:15pm

A career which could have been more promising if he wasn't ill treated by PCB.His conversion to Islam was supposed to enhance his stint and captaincy a certainty,however some bad decisions(joining ICL and then getting banned) ruined his career.Like many, he announced his retirement, only to come out of it,but he has no hope of getting into the side again as he is now well past his prime.He should just play club cricket with dignity and avoid statements in press.

Burki May 22, 2013 05:18pm

Yosuf sahab, there was an entire send off gala staged by PCB when Akram retired, please get your facts correct. You were a great batsman, no doubt about it but then you tried to assume a larger than life posturing by insisting that captaincy is your inherent right just because of seniority. While the fact remains that you're not leadership material at all. So instead, you should have continued to focus on your batting. Remember the Sydney debacle? till this day you won't admit that we lost that game only because of your insipid and uninspiring captaincy. So rest in peace now.

Darbullah May 22, 2013 06:30pm

Why does this guy has such a long beard?

Javed May 22, 2013 06:50pm

Another tragic story in Pakistan's cricket history. Youhana was a great batsman...but he lost focus and forgot that his skill and job was to play cricket and nothing else He let distractions from his personal life creep into and eventually overshadow and destroy his professional career. Very sad...from Saeed Anwar, Inzamam and others to PCB there is plenty of blame to go around for where he finds himself today. If I am not mistaken he is has a meat selling business in partnership with Inzi.

pakistani May 22, 2013 09:48pm

@Burki: that happened because of wicket keeper Kamran Akmal rather then Mohammad Yousuf.

Billz May 22, 2013 09:59pm

At one point, he was one of the best batsmen going around. A pure class act! But as Mr. Burki suggested, captaincy was not his forte and he kept on insisting for it. I wish he could have worked harder on his fitness/fielding and we would've seen a little more of him. Since its not a perfect world, all we could do is cherish his magic which he displayed playing for Pakistan.

At this point, he'll be better off retiring from International cricket and just keep playing domestic/county/league. Just a suggestion.

Pakistani May 23, 2013 02:43am

@Darbullah: ??? really you want to know that ... iam sure you know it Sunnah to have beared and Prophet Muhamamd PBUH had long beared ..............we have come this point where dont know how we are and we even cant follow others ...