Yousuf to play league cricket in Bangladesh

Saturday, December 25, 2010

KARACHI - Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has signed up to play with a Bangladesh club, Mohammedan Sporting, in the Premier Division Cricket League of the country.

The club brought in Yousuf in place of Sri Lankan all-rounder Parveez Maharoof, who returned home after sustaining an injury, the Daily Times reported.

The 36-year-old, who was ruled out of a Test series against South Africa in November due to a groin injury, was not picked for the New Zealand tour due to concerns over his fitness.

“I have no idea about the competition in Bangladesh but you know cricket is cricket,” Yousuf told reporters after he completed the contractual formalities at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

The batsman also expressed his keenness to play all the matches there if not selected for Pakistan team.

“I can understand the standard and nature of the competition after playing the first couple of games. I want to play all the matches if I am not selected for national duty. As a professional cricketer it would not be hard to motivate myself in this competition,” said Yousuf.

Several Pakistan cricketers, including former fast bowler Wasim Akram, have played in the Premier Division Cricket League. (ANI)

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