Pak parliamentary committee likely to haul up Md Yousuf
Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf is likely to be hauled up before the parliamentary committee on sports and asked to respond to the reports that he forced some national team members to take oath against then skipper Younis Khan.
Well informed sources said that the National Assembly standing committee was keen to call Yousuf for a hearing on May 21 after the PCB`s inquiry committee report said that Yousuf last year called six-seven players to his hotel room to take oath that they would not cooperate with Younis.
"Yousuf who has slipped into the background after announcing his retirement from international cricket after being banned by the PCB in march is likely to be forced to face a tough grilling at the hands of the parliamentarians," one source said.
Another former captain Shoaib Malik who was replaced by Younis last year in February, who was in turn replaced by Yousuf in last November for the Test tours to New Zealand and Australia, has said that the oath was taken to ensure that Younis didn`t do any injustice with the players.
But a source said that the parliamentary committee was seething that such incidents had taken place in the Pakistan cricket and set the tone for intrigues and politics.
"The committee also wants to know if Yawar Saeed who has now gone to the West Indies as manager of the Pakistan team was involved in the whole incident as Younis had accused him of encouraging groupings in the team," the source stated.
Yousuf who announced his retirement after the ban was imposed on him is the only player out of seven not to have appealed against the penalties handed out by the PCB on basis of the inquiry report into the Australian tour.
Sources close to Yousuf said that he was still angry and upset over the ban and didn`t want to have anything to do with cricket.
"I don`t think he is in any mood to make himself available for the forthcoming Test tour to England despite the batting being exposed in the T20 World Cup in the absence of Yousuf, Younis and Shoaib Malik," the source said.
The sources said that Yousuf had also been advised his close friend Inzamam-ul-Haq to now stay away from the team.
"He is now spending most of his time in religious activities and preaching.
But he still practices and has regular nets to keep in touch with cricket as he is not barred from playing domestic cricket or in foreign leagues," the source said.
He said there was an offer for Yousuf to go and play in Canada which he has not yet accepted. "He seems more interested in playing some county cricket in England."