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Yousuf has vowed to continue fighting to make his international comeback
Pakistan veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf has denied the rumours about his retirement, stating that they are all completely false and added that he would continue working his way back into the national team.
“I am already out of the Pakistan team and haven’t played top class cricket for a while now so what is the purpose of me announcing any retirement,” Yousuf said. “The selectors are not considering me for selection and frankly speaking I haven’t had the chance to play regular cricket for a while now.”
Yousuf, 38, last represented Pakistan in an ODI against South Africa in Abu Dhabi in November 2010 and created a huge media frenzy when stating that he was planning to make a Test comeback.
The veteran batsman noted that he would contemplate retiring if more youngsters start getting picked to play for Pakistan.
“I would like to see more young players coming up and establishing themselves in the team,” he said. “If that happens than I will consider my decision to sideline myself was correct.”
However, if his dreams of making a Test comeback are dashed, Yousuf is exploring other options to stay involved in Pakistan cricket, including working as a batting consultant or coach for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“It would be a new experience working as batting coach with the team,” he said. “I would definitely like to look at this opportunity if it comes my way.”