Yousuf calls it a day
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Last Updated: 29/03/10 6:04pm
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has announced his retirement from international cricket following an indefinite ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The 35-year-old captained Pakistan on their recent tours of New Zealand and Australia after regular skipper Younus Khan withdrew due to lack of form.
However, after losing all nine matches in Australia, the PCB launched an investigation into the side's poor performances.
An indefinite ban was imposed on Yousuf for "infighting" with another former captain, Shoaib Malik, fined and banned for a year, along with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.
Yousuf, who holds the record for the most Test runs scored in a calendar year for the 1,788 he made in 2006, has now decided to call time on his career.
"I have received a letter from the PCB suggesting that my presence in the team is harmful for the team and so I announce my retirement from international cricket," he said.
"I thank fans around the world, all the senior players and family members for supporting me throughout my 12-year career.
"I have always played for my country and if my playing is harmful for the team then I don't want to play."
Yousuf, who twice joined the unauthorised Indian Cricket League, therefore banning him from playing for his country, may still yet appeal against the ban.
"I am still baffled by the decision of the PCB and I have nothing more to say in my defence for what is a seemingly illogical decision by the board," he added.
"As it stands, I am retiring from all forms of international cricket. That is final.
"As far as appealing against the indefinite ban imposed upon me by the board, I will decide on it in the coming days."