Karachi: Nov 3, 2013
“There are some people in the cricket system with vested interests and inflated egos and they don’t even care if their decisions hurt Pakistan cricket. I have seen many examples of this in the past,” Yousuf said.
Shunned from the national team since 2010, Yousuf blasted the board hierarchy for not respecting their senior players, who have done a lot for Pakistan cricket.
“A great player like Wasim Akram did not retire, he was forced out by this system and there are so many other such examples. One reason we struggle as a cricket nation is because we don’t give respect to our senior players,” he said.
One of Pakistan’s top batsman until he lost favour with the national selectors, Yousuf said the present system, unlike other countries, did not bother to make full use of the experience and investment made by its senior players.
“The other problem is the board can pay in millions to foreigners but when our players demand that much amount, the board is reluctant to pay them the same,” he said.