Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat has accused Pakistan cricket of favouritism and has stated incidents which support his allegations. It is not the first time when Pakistan cricket is being accused of so. Previously, Pakistani off-spinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a life ban has accused the PCB of not treating him the same as others.
Arafat made his debut for Pakistan in 2000 and went on to make three Tests appearances, 11 One-day Internationals, and 13 T20Is. He has accused the management of giving chances to certain undeserving cricketers by overlooking on talented players.
Yasir Arafat shares incidents of favouritism in the Pakistan team
The former Pakistani cricketer has shared his eye-witnessed tales of favouritism in the Pakistan cricket team. He said the atmosphere in the team was very unwelcoming when he made his debut back in 2000.
“When I made my debut in 2000, we had come after playing the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. The Pakistan senior team had come back from Australia at the time and there were a lot of changes being made. They had dropped 5-6 players due to the bad performance,” he told Kamran Akmal’s Youtube channel.
“Even the captaincy, I think, Wasim Akram was doing it (Saeed Anwar was the captain). In that match Younis Khan and another batsman Imran Abbas also made their debuts. The atmosphere was such, and the senior players had such an attitude that you would feel that you are unwelcome in the team,” he added.
“It felt like an alien atmosphere” Yasir Arafat on Pakistan cricket team
Arafat mentioned his suffering in the Pakistan team where it was an alien atmosphere he reckoned. The Pakistan management fast-tracked based on liking, even when the players were under-performing, and in doing so many talented players didn’t get a chance. He gave examples of Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood, who were the best all-rounders of the time, being unavailable and still players being fast-tracked on the basis of liking.
“It felt like an alien atmosphere where, if you need to perform, you needed to do it all by yourself and you won’t get any support at all. As far as Pakistan cricket is concerned, we haven’t had better all-rounders than Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood.” said Yasir Arafat
” But even when they were not there, other cricketers were fast-tracked based on someone’s liking, someone who had played two matches of first-class cricket or not played at all. I didn’t understand why I was not in their good books.” he concluded
Yasir Arafat claimed a total of 29 wickets and scored 390 runs across all formats in his international career, which came to an end against India in the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka