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Mohammad Yousuf criticises PSL over ignoring great players

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Pakistan’s former Test Cricketer Mohammad Yousuf has criticised the highly anticipated Pakistan Super League (PSL), its organizers and franchises over ignoring legendary batsman Younus Khan for the tournament.

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The legendary batsman claimed that PSL only focuses to gain financial benefits and it has nothing to do with the welfare of the players.

He was talking to media, where he expressed: “By ignoring Younus a strong message has been sent to upcoming players that their performance in the longer formats doesn’t matter much.”

“Players with solid records have been left out; Asad Shafiq with eight Test centuries already had to settle for a measly $25,000 contract. Azhar Ali, one of our best Test and ODI talents barely made the cut for Lahore too.”

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Referring to the Indian Premier League (IPL) the record holder former national batsman said that he had observed that players like Rahul Dravid, Sourave Gangulay, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar who were all not included in Indian T20 squad, had major leadership and iconic roles for their respective franchises in the starting years of the league; however, the PCB and PSL team have not given any such respect to the stars.

Expressing what he feels, the former middle-order part and parcel of the national side has said that only a couple of players in the Emerging category will be earning some sum while majority of the first-class cricketers in the country prolong their suffer owning to insufficient financial security in the domestic sphere.

“Each team has picked one or two young players, they might make some money but most of the players continue to suffer. I strongly feel that there are limited gains from the PSL and that too for a selected group only,” added the right-hand batsman who had achieved the title of highest run scorer in a calendar year.

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