Former Pakistan cricketer, Mohammad Yousuf is furious with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on their decision of allowing the families of the players to stay with them ahead of the high-pressure clas with arch-rivals, India.
The PCB had initially denied the families to accompany the players during the showpiece event, however, the board changed its mind after the team’s defeat at the hands of Australia on Wednesday as the wives and children of the Pakistani players have joined them in Manchester ahead of the clash against India on Sunday.
Furious Mohammad Yousuf criticised PCB on allowing the families of players to stay with them.
“I was part of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups but the board never allowed players to have their families with them during the tournament. In 1999, we had such a big team with so many big names that if we had pressurised the board to give permission to have our wives and children stay with us in team hotel they would have done so,” Yousuf was quoted as saying by PTI.
“But we didn’t because the World Cup is high-pressure event and players need to just be focussed on cricket and reaching the final. That is what happened in 99′ in England,” Yousuf added.
Yousuf, who played 90 Tests and 288 one-day internationals, recalled that the board allowed the families of the players to travel with them only during Test series and he couldn’t understand the logic behind PCB’s decision to allow the wives and children to join players before the all-important match against India.
“I remember we were allowed to have our wives and children with us only during Test matches as it made sense as we stayed in one city for at least a week. If it was necessary to appease the players they could have been allowed to have their wives and children at the start of the tournament, not at the business end of the World Cup.” Yousuf said.
Yousuf believed that with their families around, it was a big distraction for the players and with important matches coming up he was worried about the results. Pakistan have not had the best of starts in the ongoing World Cup as they find themselves languishing on the eighth spot on the points table after a solitary win from four games.