Lahore, Aug 31 : Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has reportedly expressed disappointment at the fact that his side had not played even one Test this year, after the Aussies cancelled its series citing security reasons.
"It is very disappointing that Pakistan hasn't played a Test match this year. I don't think such a thing has happened to any country in the past," Yousuf said.
Yousuf said he was concerned about the future of Pakistan cricket in the existing circumstances, when his country was missing on Test cricket, and added that lack of Test cricket would "affect the progress of Pakistan cricketers".
"We would have played at least three Tests had Australia toured Pakistan but it is very sad that we are having a year without Tests. The more Test matches in Pakistan, the better for the country since Test cricket is the real test of a player's temperament and skill," the Daily Times quoted Yousuf as saying.
After the Aussies' tour was cancelled, the Champions Trophy, which was to be held from September 12 in Karachi and Lahore, was also postponed to next year because of security concerns.
Pakistan last played a Test in December in India and their next match would also be against arch-rivals at home in January.
Story first published: Sunday, August 31, 2008, 10:44 [IST]
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