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Yousuf hits out at PCB for stopping domestic comeback


Posted: Nov 08, 2012 at 1356 hrs IST

Karachi: Pakistan's former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf has hit out at the Cricket Board for not letting him play in the ongoing President's Trophy first-class tournament despite domestic performance being a pre-requisite for national selection.

The 38-year-old said the PCB had been sitting on a request by the Port Qasim Authority team to allow them to include him in their squad for the President's Trophy.

"I don't understand the attitude of the board. On one hand the selectors say I must play in domestic cricket to prove my form and fitness and on other hand the board is not giving me clearance to play in the tournament," Yousuf said.

The senior batsman has not played for the national team since November 2010 when he appeared in a one-dayer in Abu Dhabi against South Africa.

Since than the selectors have sidelined him for different reasons, primarily form and fitness.

Initially, when the domestic season started some banks had given offers to Yousuf but he declined to play for them insisting he couldn't do so because of his religious beliefs.

Recently Port Qasim, which is coached by former captain and Yousuf's teammate Rashid Latif, moved a special request with the board that they be allowed to include him in their squad as a special case.

"I still want to play first-class cricket and I know I am good enough to make a comeback to international cricket. But I am waiting for a response from the board," he added.

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