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Yousuf firm on retirement despite Afridi's request

After being appointed as the skipper of the national side for all the three formats and pre-empting the tough conditions that await Pakistan in England, Shahid Afridi attempted to convince former skipper Mohammad Yousuf to reconsider his retirement decision, but Yousuf disagreed to oblige.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2010 06:15 PM IST

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi's effort to convince Mohammed Yousuf to reverse his retirement decision went in vain as the veteran turned down the all-rounder's request.

According to a source, Afridi, who was chosen as the captain of the national side for all the three formats today, contacted Yousuf to change his mind but the latter refused by maintaining that his decision was final.

Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket after the board had imposed an indefinite ban on him in the aftermath of Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia.

Afridi wanted the experienced duo of former captains -- Younis Khan and Yousuf who were considered to be the backbone of Pakistan cricket before both were banned -- for the tour of England, the source stated.

"Afridi is aware of the tough English conditions and that is why he wants both the top batsmen in the team," added the source.

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