The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to decide whether batsman Mohammad Yousuf and all-rounder Shahid Afridi should be allowed to play in the ongoing President's Trophy Grade I Tournament.
Both players have expressed a desire to play the tournament, in a bid to work their way back into top form, but were not registered in the teams' probable lists for the tournament, reports the Daily Times.
Afridi is looking to play for Habib Bank Limited to prepare for the limited-overs series against India next month. Yousuf, who hasn't played any cricket since June last year due to personal reasons, was keen to make a comeback to the national team and was asked by the selectors to play domestic cricket first.
Port Qasim Authority, one of the domestic teams, was intent on recruiting Yousuf and, on October 30, had applied for him to be registered with them.
However, the deadline for the teams' preliminary probable list was September 24, the board said, and both players were not on those lists. The PCB's cricket committee or the PCB chairman, though, can still provide special permission to ensure their participation, the paper said.
"We have received applications from both of them. The cricket committee has considered their application and will take a decision soon, before the next round of the President's Trophy starts," a PCB spokesman said.
Yousuf, a veteran of 90 Tests, lamented the delay.
"On one hand, the PCB tells me to prove my form and fitness on the domestic circuit, but on the other, they do not allow me to do so. In recent domestic tournaments I have not been representing any team. This time around Port Qasim Authority offered me a slot that I readily accepted," Yousuf said. (ANI)