"Disappointed" over PCB's treatment Yousuf rules out coming out of retirement

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Karachi, May 28 (ANI): Notwithstanding repeated appeals from the newly appointed Test captain Shahid Afridi to come out of retirement for the upcoming exhaustive tour of England, former Pakistan skipper has ruled out taking back his decision, saying he was disappointed over the treatment meted out to him by Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) in the wake of the disastrous Australia tour.

"I will not change my decision about the retirement. What happens in the future only God knows," said Yousuf, who was banned for an 'indefinite' period by the PCB after an inquiry report over the winless tour of Australia held him responsible for infighting in the team.

"I am still disappointed at the way the board treated me and with the ban because I didn't deserve it as I have always given my 100 percent to the team. I don't think I am mentally ready for international cricket at this stage. I do plan to play the next domestic season to see how it goes," the 35-year old former middle batsman added.

Earlier, Afridi had expressed the hope that Yousuf would certainly change his mind on the advice of elders, whom he gives utmost respect.

"I've talked to Yousuf and I've also talked to a few elders, who can influence him to come out of retirement for the sake of Pakistan. I'm sure that he would listen to them and change his mind about retiring from international cricket," The News quoted Afridi, as saying.

"We will certainly need his services in England," he said.

Afridi said that he believes that Yousuf is a great player who would not need much effort to make a successful comeback during the Test series against England and Australia in July.

"Yousuf is a great batsman and I'm sure that even if he just plays in a couple of warm-up matches before the Test series, he will be ready for the tough assignment. He won't need much time to get ready for the tour," the flamboyant allrounder said. (ANI)

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