Yousuf slams PCB for holding T20 tournament prior to World Cup

"It would have been more sensible to have a 50 overs one-day event at this stage because we are going to play [a lot of] one-day games before the World Cup"

“It would have been more sensible to have a 50 overs one-day event at this stage because we are going to play [a lot of] one-day games before the World Cup”

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Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for holding a domestic Twenty20 tournament just five months prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup.

Yousuf stated that Pakistan should be focusing on ODIs instead, especially since they will be playing an ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month.

“I don’t understand the logic behind having the national T20 event at this time when we are hardly going to play two or three T20 matches against Australia and New Zealand before the World Cup,” Yousuf told Geo Super. “It would have been more sensible to have a 50 overs one-day event at this stage because we are going to play [a lot of] one-day games before the World Cup.”

Yousuf also pointed out that Pakistan’s batsmen have to start performing better if the national team want to have a successful World Cup campaign.

“All this talk about promoting youngsters has led to this problem in the batting department,” he said. “I blame some of the former players and media who keep on stressing the need to have young players. My vision is clear that anyone, no matter [their] age, who performs should be in the team.

“Our batsmen are facing problems in staying at the wicket. For some time now our batsmen are struggling to play the full 50 overs and yet we have no one-day tournament before the World Cup.”

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