Former batsman Mohammad Yousuf has criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to players’ families to accompany them during a high-pressure tournament such as the World Cup. Speaking from personal experience, Yousuf stressed on the importance of remaining committed to the game and not letting one’s attention divert.
“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. 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,” he said.
“But we didn’t because the World Cup is high-pressure event and players need to just be focused on cricket and reaching the final. That is what happened in 99' in England,” Yousuf added.
Pakistan have not had a good tournament campaign so far, slumping to two losses and an unfortunate washout against Sri Lanka while registering their sole win over England.