Youhana changes his name to Mohammad Yousuf

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana, now Mohammad Yousuf, on Tuesday rubbished suggestions that he had embraced Islam because of his personal ambitions in cricket.

I have embraced Islam because of my love for the religion, God Almighty and Prophet Mohammed. There are no other intentions and if people think that there is some sinister motive behind my conversion, then I pray to God Almighty to give them wisdom," Youhana said from Lahore.

Youhana's conversion has been welcomed countrywide but a certain section of Pakistan media suggested that one of the motives behind the move could be the ambition of the player to become the Pakistan captain.

When asked to comment on such reports, an agitated Youhana said, "If that is so, I am willing to announce my retirement. I have no ambitions to become Pakistan captain. I now believe that until God Almighty wants, nothing would happen.

"I was a Pakistan vice-captain when I was a Christian. And when I was removed from the job, I was also a Christian," Youhana said.

Youhana also refused to respond to media reports that his family was annoyed with his decision. "I have been advised to keep quiet and wait for the right time. I am not going to discuss anything except cricket.

"I am going to restrict myself to cricket discussions and nothing else. Islam and religion is my personal matter and I would appreciate if people and media respect my privacy," Youhana said.

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