Yousuf called for fitness test
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Lahore, Apr 24: Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf has been told to appear for a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy on Tuesday, indicating that his international career is still not over.
Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that national team coach Dav Whatmore, after consulting the chief selector, has decided to put Yousuf through a fitness test.
"Yousuf has been practicing at the national academy for the last one week and Whatmore wants to know whether the 37-year-old batsman is still fit enough to play at the top level," a source said.
Yousuf has not played for Pakistan since 2010 despite being one of the country's top batsmen in Tests and one-day internationals. He has scored 7530 runs in 90 Tests and 9720 runs in 288 one-dayers with a total of 39 international centuries.
Last week, Yousuf had said he's still confident of serving the country for a few more years.
"I am ready to play for Pakistan anytime whenever the selectors want me because there is no doubt whatever I am today is because of Pakistan," he had said.
Another source said that Whatmore was of the view that some of the senior players, who were discarded by the selectors in recent times, could still serve Pakistan cricket if their fitness level was up to the required mark for international cricket.
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