Yousuf keen to prove his fitness for T20

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Lahore, Sep 12 (UNI) Already sidelined from the shortest version of the game by the selectors, middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf said he would play the national Twenty20 Cup to prove his fitness for this format also.

The national selection committee has been ignoring Yousuf for the Twenty20 cricket since dropping him from the Twenty20 World Championship held in South Africa last year.

''I shall prove to the selectors that I am quite fit for this form of cricket too,'' Yousuf told DAWN.

''Specialist batsmen and bowlers are also the needs of Twenty20 as playing the full quota of 20 overs is not an easy job,'' he added.

The event is scheduled to start here from October 4.

Pakistan's prolific batsman Yousuf, who was nominated for the ICC award for the best ODI Player of the Year, is not disappointed after the award went to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

He feels proud for being selected as a nominee with the top cricketers of the year.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Yousuf said,''I consider even the nomination for the award as a great honour.'' To get the annual ICC award Yousuf had to beat players like India's Sachin Tendulkar, Australia's Nathan Bracken and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The second highest run-getter for Pakistan in ODIs and third in Test cricket, one of the most prolific batsman of the country, Yousuf believes that a Test cricketer could run the board more effectively.

''Though I don't want to say anything more about the next chairman, the new head should also pick those Test cricketers in his team who have played 40 to 50 Test matches,'' he said.

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