'Out in wilderness' Yousuf given chance as Lahore Lions' captain

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 10:20 hrs

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf, who is seeking to return to international cricket after a two-year absence, has been named the captain for Lahore Lions ahead of the National Twenty20 Cup that is due to take place from December 3 to 10.

"I'm looking forward to doing well in the T20 tournament and lead the Lions to the best of my abilities. I cannot predict how long I'll be able to play international cricket for but for the time being, I feel fit enough to contribute for Pakistan," The Express Tribune quoted Yousuf, as saying.

"My aim is to return to international cricket by proving my form and fitness. I can't say if I'll be selected for the series against India or South Africa as it's up to the selection committee and the PCB," Yousuf added.

After being told by selectors to show his form in the domestic circuit, Yousuf even tried to appear for PQA in the ongoing President's Trophy but was refused permission by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which stated that he was ineligible according to the rules.

However, the middle-order batsman, who has played 90 Tests and 288 One-Day Internationals, has been handed an opportunity by Lahore region.

The Lahore Regional Cricket Association (LRCA) President Khawaja Nadeem said the offer was made to Yousuf as 'he has been a great servant for Pakistan cricket'. (ANI)

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