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Tone down public display of Islam: PCB

Religion is a motivating factor, but there should be a balance between religion and cricket, says the PCB chief.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 19:39 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board has asked skipper Inzamam-ul Haq to ensure a balance between "religion and cricket", and not to force religious practices on any player.

PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf has also said that the perception that players who do not pray would not be in the team should be done away with.

"There is no doubt that religious faith is a motivating factor in the team. It binds them together. But there should be a balance between religion and cricket," Ashraf was quoted as saying in The News.

Asked about concerns that the team was being used by religious elements, Ashraf said he did not believe there was any connection between 'Maulvism', ultra orthodox Muslims, and cricket," the news report said.

Mohammad Yousuf, who converted to Islam from Christianity earlier this year, Inzamamand Mushtaq Ahmed have been on the forefront of projecting a religious image of the team, the report said.

First Published: Oct 22, 2006 19:39 IST