Yousuf is positive that he can make his international return
Former Pakistan captain, Mohammad Yousuf has been called for a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy, signifying that he is continually getting closer to making his international return.
According to sources within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Dav Whatmore, the newly elected national team coach, contacted the chief selector and decided to contact Yousuf for a fitness test.
One of the sources said: “Yousuf has been practicing at the national academy for the last one week and Whatmore wants to know whether the 37-year-old batsman is still fit enough to play at the top level.”
Whatmore, has also called on Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Tanvir to take part in the fitness test as well.
“Whatmore and fielding coach Julian Fountain recently conducted fitness tests of all the players and those who could not attend the first session have been asked to appear tomorrow,” the source said.
Yousuf, last played for Pakistan in 2010, even though he is one of their most successful batsmen in both Test matches and ODIs.
In his illustrious career, Yousuf has scored 7530 runs in 90 Tests and 9720 runs in 288 ODIs, with a total of 39 international centuries.
Yousuf, believes that he can still make an big impact in the Pakistan team for at least a few more years.
“I am ready to play for Pakistan anytime whenever the selectors want me because there is no doubt whatever I am today is because of Pakistan,” Yousuf said.
Another source, stated that Whatmore feels as if some of the other senior players, who have also been left out in recent times, have the opportunity of making their return, if their fitness levels were up to par.
“We have to wait and see because there are number of players who fit into all three formats of the game,” the source said.