Yousuf retracts from ‘religious obligation’ of not playing cricket during Ramzan

August 9th, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 9(ANI): Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has retracted from his statement that Muslim cricketers should not be playing cricket matches during the holy month of Ramzan.

Yousuf was recalled for the ongoing second Test against England at Edgbaston to bolster the Pakistan team after their first-Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

Pakistan would be playing their remaining two Tests, both Twenty20s and three ODI against England during the month of fasting.

“It is a sin to not fast during Ramzan for a Muslim, I don’t think cricket should be organised during Ramzan when one should focus on his religious obligations, I will never play cricket in Ramzan,” The Daily Times quoted Yousuf, as having said earlier.

Defending Yousuf’s statement, one of his friend and religious adviser said: “Yes he has this belief that one should not play cricket in Ramzan, but who said he will not fast in England. And if he is playing it is for the sake of the country, what is wrong with that?”

Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also confirmed that before recalling the former captain, PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt had categorically asked him about his statement.

“It was only after Yousuf assured Ijaz Butt that he was ready to play during Ramzan that the announcement was made to select him in the team,” the source said.

“The PCB was aware that the best part of series against England is falling in Ramzan and there was no use of sending him if he skipped the matches during the holy month,” the source added. (ANI)

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