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Rifts in Pakistan come to fore

PAKISTAN batsman Mohammad Yousuf believes Shoaib Malik does not deserve to be the captain and said his appointment was an injustice.

Yousuf, who is banned from playing in Pakistan after joining the rebel Indian Cricket League last year, said Malik's appointment in 2007 over other senior players was hugely unfair.

"It is perhaps for the first time in Pakistan cricket that a player who is not a certain choice in the test and one-day team has been made captain," Yousuf told a TV channel.

The veteran of 79 tests and 269 one-day internationals and former ICC test player of the year said he joined the rebel league and put his international career on the line because of shabby treatment from Malik and former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed.

"Tell me, does Malik command an automatic place in the Pakistan test or one-day team?" he asked. "Yet the board made him captain."

Yousuf, who set a world record for most test runs in a calendar year in 2006, said he still wanted to play for Pakistan but did not regret his decision to join the ICL.

"The way they dropped me from the Twenty20 team in 2007 without giving any reason or criteria for selecting players, I was hurt and disappointed," he told Geo Super Sports Channel.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board is in a "terrible" financial position after losing US$40 million following the cancellation of India's tour, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said.

Butt said PCB's reserves had fallen from 3.3 billion rupees (US$42 million) to 1.5 billion rupees over two years.

The PCB last week found major financial irregularities in the renovation of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.


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