April 18th, 2010
The PCB has said the indefinite ban imposed on Mohammad Yousuf will not be reviewed, as the former captain, who announced his retirement from international cricket, has not appealed against the penalty.
“The last date to appeal against the penalties was April 16 and since Yousuf did not challenge the punishment, the ban has attained finality,” PCB’s legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi told AFP.
March 30th, 2010
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has announced his retirement from international cricket, following an indefinite ban imposed by the PCB in the aftermath of a winless tour of Australia. However, Yousuf appears to have kept a window open for return to the international arena, for he repeatedly said the decision to retire was “for now.”
“This is my retirement. I have retired from international cricket,” Yousuf told reporters in Karachi. “I received a letter from the PCB that my staying in the team is harmful for the team, so I announce my retirement from international cricket.” However, when asked if the decision was final, Yousuf said: “For now, this is what I can see, that my playing for Pakistan is damaging. For now, this is it, for now this is my retirement.
March 28th, 2010
Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s captain for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20, has called on Mohammad Yousuf to reconsider his decision to retire from international cricket. Yousuf, banned indefinitely by the PCB in the aftermath of a disastrous tour of Australia, is expected to make a formal announcement on Monday.
“I think Yousuf is taking an emotional decision, but I think he must reconsider his decision because he still has a lot to give to Pakistan cricket,” Afridi was quoted as saying by PTI. “Yousuf I think has been affected by the recent happenings and is upset with the ban on him, but he is a senior player and he must handle the situation. He must not take an emotional decision.
March 17th, 2010
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf who was last week banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from playing for the country, has been permitted to play in a private league in Bangladesh. This comes on a day when the board reiterated that players need its permission for taking part in foreign competitions.
“PCB firmly conveys to all concerned that no player is allowed to play cricket outside Pakistan without having prior approval from the board in this regard,” the PCB statement said. “Any player interested to play cricket in any part of the world should apply to the board to seek permission for the same.”
March 11th, 2010
The PCB has struck against its players with a venom unseen in recent memory, carrying out the deepest cull of a senior cricket team in many years and banning and fining seven of its top players after the side’s disastrous, winless tour of Australia. It has banned Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, while handing out one-year bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined Rs2-3 million [$24,000-35,000] for various misdemeanours and put on six-month probations.
February 10th, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan’s Test and ODI captain for the New Zealand and Australia tours, has targeted one player in the aftermath of the disastrous tour for being a particularly disruptive influence. Though he gave broad hints during a lengthy TV interview, he stopped short of revealing the name of the player.
“There is no doubt there is only one player in the team who is disturbing team unity and other players. I spoke to coach Intikhab Alam and other management about it and they agreed with me,” Yousuf told Geo Super. “I will only disclose his name to the chairman of the board, Ijaz Butt.”
February 4th, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf has insisted he will stay on as captain despite Pakistan’s staggeringly unsuccessful tour of Australia. The PCB chairman had earlier called for a change in captaincy following the conclusion of the tour, but Yousuf maintained the results in Australia didn’t warrant him stepping down from his post. Pakistan’s chief of selectors, Iqbal Qasim, offered his resignation in the immediate aftermath of Pakistan’s 5-0 loss in the ODIs, but Yousuf wasn’t willing to follow suit.
January 28th, 2010
Friday, January 29, WACA
Start time 1230 (0430 GMT)
The Big Picture
Australia’s victory in Adelaide decided the series and consigned the two matches in Perth to dead-rubber status. But like most dead rubbers, there remain several individual storylines to keep the fans interested. Can Australia make it a 5-0 whitewash? Is there anything Mohammad Yousuf can do to save his captaincy? Can Ricky Ponting find form after yet another missed pull brought him a duck in Adelaide? Will Ryan Harris make himself a permanent ODI player or was his five-for a one-off? And will the Perth fans turn up to two games in three days, neither of which has any bearing on the series result?
January 24th, 2010
Australia produced a commanding all-round performance to take a 2-0 lead with a 140-run demolition of Pakistan at the SCG. After being led by Shane Watson and Cameron White in their 6 for 267, the hosts delivered a stinging bowling display to knock over the tourists for 127 in 37.3 overs.
Pakistan lost their first five wickets for 42 in an awful opening and the result added further to the troubles of the captain Mohammad Yousuf, who is being replaced after the series. Yousuf had mistakenly chosen to bowl first in the hope of getting an advantage from the overcast conditions in the afternoon, but all the support came for the fast men as the sun started to go down. The ball seamed and bounced dangerously for Doug Bollinger, Peter Siddle and Clint McKay and the tourists could not cope.
January 16th, 2010
Mohammad Yousuf has cranked up the tension with Pakistan’s selection committee by questioning its refusal to allow Younis Khan to come and bolster Pakistan’s Test squad in Australia. Yousuf and the on-tour team management had made repeated requests from as early as the first Test in Melbourne to send Younis over, because they were concerned over the flimsiness of their batting line.
After much dithering the request was eventually turned down, with the selectors asking Younis to recapture some form in domestic cricket instead. Yousuf, having already overseen a series of batting collapses through New Zealand and Australia, was particularly incensed after Pakistan stumbled to 94 for 4 at the end of the second day on a pristine surface at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.