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Yousuf leaves camp to attend ailing mother

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf leaves the preparatory camp being held for the inaugural Twenty20 WC because of his mother's acute illness.

cricket Updated: Aug 02, 2007 13:07 IST


Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf left the preparatory camp being held for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship because of his mother's acute illness.

Yousuf said his mother was critically ill in Lahore and he wanted to be with her.

Unfortunately for Yousuf, he couldn't reach Lahore on Thursday as he missed the plane due to a heavy traffic jam on the way to airport.

"I will now leave early tomorrow and will not be returning to the camp as I want to be with my mother," he said.

Yousuf's sudden departure from the camp before the practice game between the Pakistan probables this evening at the National Stadium set tongues wagging that perhaps he had decided to go home out of frustration as there are indications that the selectors did not want to pick him for the Twenty20 World Championship.

But manager Talat Ali rubbished the rumours saying Yousuf's mother was indeed seriously ill.

Apart from Yousuf, senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq also might find it difficult to make the Pakistan squad for the tournament in South Africa.

In the practice matches, both have looked a bit ragged and uninterested in the proceedings while a lot of people in the Pakistan camp and even the selectors have been promoting the names of two candidates to replace Yousuf and Razzaq.

They are Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Yousaf who have regularly played in all the practice Twenty20 games until now.

Interestingly, while Misbah is being promoted by the selectors, some of the players are all praise for Yousaf who besides being a stylish middle order bat can also keep wickets.

Coincidentally, Yousaf hails from Sialkot, the hometown of captain Shoaib Malik.

The selectors will not announce the final squad for the Twenty20 event until the Pakistan Cricket Board gets the report on the dope tests carried out on all the players in Karachi in the last 48 hours.

First Published: Aug 02, 2007 12:53 IST