Muhammad Yousuf Blasts Pakistan Board For T20 Event Before ICC World Cup

Muhammad Yousuf said that Pakistan was facing a real problem in its batting before the World Cup.

Updated: September 16, 2014 11:20 IST
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An ODI tournament, instead of a T20 event, would have been more useful to Pakistan players before the World Cup, says Muhammad Yousuf.

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Former captain Muhammad Yousuf has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for holding the national T20 championship before the World Cup 2015.

"I don't understand the logic behind having the national T20 event at this time when we are hardly going to play two or three T20 matches against Australia and New Zealand before the World Cup," Yousuf said on Geo Super channel. (Also read: Pakistan may Appoint Sohaib Maqsood as T20I Captain: Sources)

"It would have been more sensible to have a 50 overs one-day event at this stage instead of T20 cricket. Because we are going to play maximum one-day games before the World Cup," Yousuf said.

The national T20 championship for regional teams is scheduled to be held from September 17 to 28th in Karachi after which the Pakistan team will fly to the UAE for its "home" series against Australia and New Zealand. (Must read: Five-month World Cup Countdown to World Cup Starts)

Pakistan will be playing eight ODIs against the two teams in the UAE.

Yousuf said that Pakistan was facing a real problem in its batting before the World Cup.

"All this talk about promoting youngsters has led to this problem in the batting department. I blame some of the former players and media who keep on stressing the need to have young players. My vision is clear that anyone no matter what age performs should be in the team," he stated.

Yousuf pointed out that even in the ongoing Champions League in India, the batting had been exposed.

"Our batsmen are facing problems in staying at the wicket. For some time now our batsmen are struggling to play the full 50 overs and yet we have no one-day tournament before the World Cup," the senior batsman noted.

Yousuf said that the youngsters had learnt nothing from their predecessors.

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