Lahore: The former cricket captain Muhammad Yousaf says the true spirit of cricket is hidden in the Tests. He says “A three hour T20 match can only bring amusement to the common spectator but a long format helps to gauge the physical and mental endurance of a player for 5 days.
While giving an interview to the print media in Bahrain he said “ The true spirit of cricket is hidden in the Tests. In a long format, the players need to be alert physically and mentally for 5 consecutive days to perform better. If a player lacks this ability he is unable to match the standards. On the other end just playing for 3 hours in a T20 match only brings amusement to the ordinary spectator, the style of playing such cricketer is totally different which doesn’t fall in line with the actual requirement of the game.”
Muhammad Yousaf said world renowned players like West Indies Sir Garry Sobers, Australia’s Steve Waugh and winner of the World Cup, Pakistan’s captain Imran Khan have all shown their concern regarding T20 matches which are picking up and hurting the popularity and importance of test cricket.
Muhammad Yousaf said,”I started playing cricket watching my elder brothers Tariq and Jamil play. At that time I had never thought that one day I would have the honor of representing my country with players like Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq whom I used to watch on TV.” He further said it was great experience to have played County Cricket. In 2008 while playing for Leicestershire with Stuart Law, Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson and later playing for Yorkshire County club with Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, it was a great learning which helped me improve my cricket.