Pakistan-Sri Lanka series will produce quality cricket, says Yousuf

December 27th, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Dec 27 (IANS) Mohammad Yousuf said Saturday that Pakistan’s home series against Sri Lanka will produce high quality cricket.While terming India’s decision to cancel its cricket team’s tour of Pakistan as a “loss for cricket”, Yousuf said Sri Lanka are a fitting replacement.

Sri Lanka agreed to fill in for India, which refused to tour Pakistan for a much-awaited series in Jan-Feb over last month’s terror attack in Mumbai.

The 34-year-old from Lahore was banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last month after he rejoined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL). He is unlikely to be selected in the national side against Sri Lanka, which is expected to play three Tests and five one-dayers in Pakistan from Jan 20 to Feb 25.

However, Yousuf is hopeful that things will change following the appointment of former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad as the PCB director general earlier this month.

Miandad is supportive of the country’s ICL rebels and according to sources he is pushing their case to bring them back in the fold.

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