28 Mar 2010

Yousuf says he'll retire

11:21 am on 28 March 2010

Senior batsman Muhammad Yousuf says he will retire from international cricket in protest at the indefinite ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Yousuf, who has played 88 Tests and 282 one-day internationals, says he's fed up with the way he's been treated by the board and felt insulted by the ban imposed on him earlier this month.

The PCB banned Yousuf and another former captain, Younis Khan, indefinitely on the recommendations of an inquiry committee that looked into the team's poor performances in Australia and reports of infighting in the team.

Differences between the two players had affected the team, the committee said in its report.

Yousuf, who won the International Cricket Council Test batsman of the year award in 2006 for his record-breaking spree of run-scoring when he got nine centuries, originally retired from international cricket when he joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League in 2007 but later returned to play for Pakistan.