Yousuf seeks Zardari's help to get back to Pak team
Expressing his desire to play for the country, senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf has appealed to chief patron of Pakistan Cricket Board, President Asif Zardari to look into the "injustices" meted out to him by the Board.Updated: Feb 14, 2009 19:01 IST
Expressing his desire to play for the country, senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf has appealed to chief patron of Pakistan Cricket Board, President Asif Zardari to look into the "injustices" meted out to him by the Board.
"I still want to play for Pakistan because this country has given me everything. Most importantly it has given me Islam. But the people who run cricket affairs they don't want me to play for the country," he told reporters here today.
Yousuf dismissed claims made by the board that he had violated its central contracts by joining the Indian Cricket League and that the Board had paid him 10 million rupees to dissuade him from joining the rebel league.
"First of all I was not centrally contracted when I entered into a contract with ICL in late 2007. Secondly, money given to me was paid to all 'A' category players by the board so I wasn't given any special amount," Yousuf said.
He denied that he had accused the Indian board of trying to harm Pakistan cricket.
The prolific batsman, banned from playing for Pakistan, said he was forced to revive his old contract with ICL after he was not accorded due respect by board officials.
"They dropped me from Twenty20 squad without checking me out. I am a senior player and should have been given a chance to play Twenty20. If I had failed they would have been justified in dropping me," he said.
First Published: Feb 14, 2009 18:57 IST