Qadir blasts Yousuf for contemplating return

Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 14:33 PM IST

Karachi: Former Pakistan chief selector Abdul Qadir has criticised retired captain Mohammed Yousuf for contemplating a come back to international cricket, following calls from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to come out of retirement to bolster the middle-order during the on going Test series in England.

Qadir told a private television channel that the PCB should not consider him at all for the England series.

"When Yousuf decided to quit, I spoke with him, however, he said he took the decision after thorough deliberation, but what he (Yousuf) is doing now? I don`t think PCB should consider him at all and if Yousuf goes to England then I will be the first person to criticise him," a newspaper quoted Qadir, as saying.

In an apparent reference to Shahid Afridi`s announcement of retiring from Test cricket and Yousuf`s earlier decision to quit international cricket, the former leg spinner said that players were using retirement as a tool to `blackmail` the PCB.

"Players these days have set a wrong precedent for the next generation and it seems that the announcement of resignation has become a blackmailing tool," Qadir said.