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Yousuf blames Twenty20 for Sydney debacle

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2010 17:49 IST

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Continuing his tirade against Twenty20, embattled Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf on Thursday blamed the proliferation of this format for his team's bizarre defeat in the Sydney Test against Australia.

Chasing 176 for a win, Pakistan imploded in their second innings for just 139 and Yousuf had no doubt that some of the players are interested only in Twenty20 and lacked the Test match temperament.

"We had a golden chance to finally beat Australia in Australia and we let it go ourselves due to poor batting. I think the target of 176 runs was perfectly gettable on the Sydney pitch on the fourth day of the Test," Yousuf told a television channel.

"I get a feeling that most of the players are more interested in playing Twenty20 cricket. There is no doubt that Twenty20 cricket is affecting the ability of batsmen to play long innings in Test matches and it is something we need to look at in Pakistan," he said.

Even before the Test match, Yousuf had warned that Twenty20 would ruin Pakistan cricket since batsmen are getting fast money playing in lucrative tournaments and did not bother to play Test cricket.

Incidentally, it was Yousuf's defensive tactics that let Australia off the hook in the second Test, prompting former players to demand sacking of the captain.