Mohammad Yousuf Determined to Nurture Young Pakistan Talent
Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammed Yousuf has expressed his desire to work at the grass root level to nurture talent in terror affected nation.
The 43-year-old, who is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen in Pakistani cricket, believes that there is a lot of gap in technicalities for youngsters in Pakistan to perform in the national team once selected.
“We have seen in the past that a lot of the promising players who perform in various age categories or at domestic tournaments, don’t perform that well when they are selected for the national cricket team,” Yousuf told The Express Tribune.
“It’s because they aren’t taught the technicalities of the game at the highest level.”
Yousuf has insisted that it is his duty to help youngsters and give something back to his country.
“Pakistan has given me a lot of international fame, and now it is my time to give back to my country,” he said.
“I have informed the authorities about my wish to work for Pakistan cricket at the grassroots level but I am ready to accept whatever role is assigned to me by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). My services are also available for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and its teams.”
He also expressed his delight with international cricket returning to the country after almost nine years. The ICC World XI will be taking part in three T20Is in September in the Gadaffi Stadium, in Lahore in Pakistan.
“It is the beginning of the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, and it is going to be a very important event after a long gap of almost nine years,” he said.
“Once international cricket is revived, we will need good quality players for the national team.”
Gadaffi Stadium has already hosted PSL 2 final earlier this year, and Yousuf believes that World XI has some of the finest players.
“The wait is finally over, and we will see a high-profile cricket match in Lahore as the ICC World XI is a blend of the finest players chosen from seven cricket-playing nations,” he added.
He has also praised PCB’s efforts in bringing back the game, as they convinced ICC over the resumption of cricket games in the country.
“The PCB stood firm on its stance of having cricket in Pakistan, and it pleaded the country’s case at all the international forums in a very professional manner. The ICC also supported its stance and finally decided to send a World XI to Pakistan,” he said.
Pakistan have only hosted Zimbabwe at home in the past nine years, as a terror attack on Sri Lankan players in 2008 has disrupted the game in the country. The board believes that the upcoming World XI tour will make way for more international cricket in the months to come.
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