Muslim convert Mohammad Yousuf to skip Champions Trophy due to Ramzan

July 15th, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore , July 15 (ANI): Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf will miss this Septembers ICC Champions Trophy, as the PCB has acceded to his request of granting a break as the tournament coincides with the holy month of Ramzan.

Mohammad Yousuf, a Christian by birth and who converted to Islam a few years ago, had requested a break for rest during the tournament as he want to concentrate on fasting during Ramzan, reported the Daily Times.

A senior PCB official said that the Board had accepted a request from Yousuf, who said he doesnt want to play cricket during the fasting month to focus on his prayers.

The Champions Trophy, to be held in Pakistan , will clash with Ramzan. We received a request from Yousuf that he wants a Ramzan break. The board has decided to accept his request, said the PCB official.

After converting to Islam, Yousuf (33) has become a staunch Muslim and offers namaz five times a day and observes Ramzan with religious zeal.

He is Pakistan s most experienced batsman with 9242 runs from 269 one-day internationals. He also has 15 ODI centuries. (ANI)

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