Yousuf’s summon by PCB ‘uncalled for’

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board`s move to recall former captain Mohammad Yousuf to the national fold has evoked a strong response from former players, who feels the decision would adversely impact the team`s rebuilding process.

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir feels the PCB has lost its nerves after a crushing 354-run defeat to England in the first Test at Nottingham and decided to summon Yousuf, who was earlier handed an indefinite ban by the Board following team`s disastrous tour of Australia.

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"This decision to summon Muhammad Yousuf and Reza Hasan to England is totally uncalled for and negates the rebuilding process of the national team," Qadir told reporters.

"In my opinion there was no need to panic after the defeat to England, we should have just included Yasir Hameed in the team and reserve wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider. But by summoning Yousuf we are sending out the message that we don`t have confidence in our youngsters.”

"And if Yousuf can be called up despite not having played any proper cricket since last March then what crime has Younis Khan committed?" added Qadir, also a former chief selector.

In a decision that once again underlined the confusion and chaos prevailing in their management, the PCB announced yesterday that Yousuf and left-arm spinner Reza Hasan would join the team immediately in England.

Former captain Aamir Sohail feels that the Board was taking decisions without proper planning.

"They themselves don`t know what they want. They insisted on taking young players instead of Younis and Yousuf to England and now they are backtracking on their decisions after the defeat we suffered," he said.

Sohail also said that he was shocked at the decision to release experienced leg-spinner Danish Kaneria from the touring squad.

"What effect this will have on confidence of Kaneria is easy to guess. He is your most experienced bowler and should have been remained with the team. The coaches should work on building up his confidence," Sohail said.