Former captain Muhammad Yousuf is furious with the Pakistan Cricket Board for allowing families of the players to stay with them ahead of the much-awaited match against India in the World Cup. Wives and children of the Pakistani players have joined them in Manchester ahead of the clash against India on Sunday. '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,' Yousuf said.
'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. But we didn't because the World Cup is high-pressure event and players need to just be focussed on cricket and reaching the final. That is what happened in 99' in England,' Yousuf said.
Yousuf, who played 90 Tests and 288 one-day internationals, recalled that the board didn't even give permission to players in one-day series or tournaments to have their families stay with them in those days. 'I remember we were allowed to have our wives and children with us only during Test matches as it made sense as we stayed in one city for at least a week,' Yousuf said.