Former captain Mohammad Yousuf has announced his retirement from international cricket in protest at a ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
On the recommendation of an inquiry committee set up to probe reasons for Pakistan's woeful performances against Australia earlier this year, Yousuf was banned from all international cricket for an indefinite period. The committee had found Yousuf guilty of being involved in infighting during the tour and of indiscipline, but he has refuted those charges.
"I have received a letter from the PCB suggesting that my presence in the team is harmful for the team, and so I announce my retirement from international cricket," he said.
"I thank fans around the world, all the senior players and family members for supporting me throughout my 12-year career.
"I have always played for my country and if my playing is harmful for the team, then I don't want to play."
He added: "I am still baffled by the decision of the PCB and I have nothing more to say in my defence for what is a seemingly illogical decision by the board.
"As it stands, I am retiring from all forms of international cricket. That is final.
"As far as appealing against the indefinite ban imposed upon me by the board, I will decide on it in the coming days."