Afridi is Malik's next victim: Yousuf

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohammad Yousuf has Shoaib Malik of engineering his and Abdul Razzaq's ouster from the national team and said that Shahid Afridi would be the next victim.

Updated: November 19, 2008 16:51 IST
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Mohammad Yousuf has accused Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik of engineering his and Abdul Razzaq's ouster from the national team and said that allrounder Shahid Afridi would be the next victim.

Speaking on a television talk show, Yousuf claimed Malik was working on a policy of ousting senior players in the team as he didn't want any challenge remaining to his captaincy or place in the side.

"He created conditions with the assistance of the selectors for Razzaq and me to join the Indian Cricket League as he didn't want us in the team. His next target is now Shahid Afridi," Yousuf said.

Yousuf also said that after the World Cup in 2007 when Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned as captain and Younis Khan had refused the captaincy, the Board should have appointed a senior player.

"I was the senior most player and deserved a shot at the captaincy. But the Board didn't even take senior players into confidence before appointing Malik as captain," Yousuf said.

He said it was unfortunate that the Board ignored his credentials while giving Malik this honour although his place in the team was not confirmed.

Yousuf also claimed that after the way he had been treated by the Board, selectors and Malik, he had no intentions of quitting the ICL.

"I will never quit the ICL if they want me to play for Pakistan they have to select me while I am contracted to the ICL," Yousuf said.

Yousuf also dismissed suggestions that he was not picked in the national Twenty20 team because of his fielding.

"Look fielding does not play such a significant role in 20 overs cricket. When I can play one-day internationals I can also play twenty20 cricket. It was just an excuse to drop me from the side," he said.

Malik, however, dismissed Yousuf's allegations.

"It is very easy to make excuses for one's actions. I have always respected Yousuf as a senior player," Malik said.

Malik said since Yousuf was the senior most player in the side, he always consulted him and gave respect to his views.

"I have always respected the seniors and this is a baseless allegation that I didn't behave properly with them," he added.

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