Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan reckons that former Test captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan can still play for another three to four years.
“My personal opinion on both players is that they are greats of Pakistan cricket. They still have three to four years of cricket left in the tank and they could easily continue to produce for the team,” quoted Khan, as saying.
“However, I have to stick to my selection criterion of discipline, fitness and performance. If both of them want to come back into the team and pass the criterion set - they have all the chance to make the team,” he added.
Khan also highlighted that Yousuf has taken retirement, so it would only be possible to select him if he takes back that retirement.
“You cannot consider a player that has not even made himself available,” he added.
He also believes that the two former captains can make it to the 2011 World Cup squad based on their lead-up performances.
“Yes, they would have a chance of making the squad for the 2011 World Cup if they maintained their performances. If they pass all the points listed in my criterion then they can continue to play for as long as they wish,” Khan said.
“If a player is performing and is completely fit and disciplined - it makes no sense to drop him because of his age. It would be highly unfair of me or the other selectors to list the player’s age as a reason for dropping them from any tour/tournament,” he added.