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Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for allowing the players’ families to stay with them ahead of their World Cup clash against India on Sunday.
Yousuf is less than impressed with the decision as he recalled that during his playing days, the PCB rarely allowed the players to stay with their families during major tournaments.
“I was part of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups but the board never allowed players to have their families with them during the tournament,” he told PTI as quoted by The Nation. “In 1999 we had such a big team with so many big names that if we had pressurized the board to give permission to have our wives and children stay with us in the team hotel they would have done so. But we didn’t because the World Cup is a high-pressure event and players need to just be focused on cricket and reaching the final. That is what happened in 1999 in England.”
Pakistan will play India in Manchester, and the men in green will be looking to snap their winless streak against their arch-rivals as India have triumphed in their six World Cup meetings to date.
However, Pakistan can take confidence from the fact that they demolished India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in 2017.