Pakistan former captain Mohammad Yousuf said he would review his verdict to retire from international cricket only if his “elders” give him the permission to do this.
Yousuf said current skipper Shahid Afridi had called him up and asked him to make himself available for the national team once again.
“Afridi called me up and we spoke at length about the cricket scenario. I told him I took the decision to retire after seeking advice from my elders and I can only take back the retirement decision if my elders give me permission to do this,” Yousuf said.
He said Afridi also knew who these “elders” were and should speak to them directly.
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Sources said the circle of elders Yousuf was referring to included former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and some close associates in the religious circles from whom he sought guidance and accompanied on religious preaching tours regularly.
However Afridi is keen to see Yousuf back in the team for the England tour after the selectors included banned players, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik in a preliminary squad of 35 players for the Asia Cup and England tour on Tuesday.
Yousuf who was banned for an indefinite period announced his retirement after the ban was imposed.