Taking a strong exception to the decision of Pakistan Cricket Board of allowing families and wives to stay with the Pakistan cricketers in the current edition of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, former cricketer Mohammad Yousuf said that it shouldn’t have been allowed.
As per reports wives and children’s of the Pakistani players have joined them in Manchester ahead of the clash against India on Sunday.
“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,” Yousuf was quoted by PTI.
“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 team hotel they would have done so.
“But we didn’t because the World Cup is high-pressure event and players need to just be focussed on cricket and reaching the final. That is what happened in 99’ in England,” Yousuf said.
Yousuf, who played 90 Tests and 288 one-day internationals, recalled that the board didn’t even give permission to players in one-day series or tournaments to have their families stay with them in those days.
“I remember we were allowed to have our wives and children with us only during Test matches as it made sense as we stayed in one city for at least a week,” Yousuf said.
The PCB initially had refused to give permission to the players to have their families with them in the World Cup but it later changed its mind and said families could stay in the team hotel after the match against Australia which Pakistan lost.