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    Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has blamed an overdose of Twenty20 cricket for his team's decline in the longest version of the game.

    'It (batting failures) used to happen before but now because of Twenty20 cricket no player knows how to stay at the wicket anymore,'' ''Batsmen are finding it very difficult. I know the format has money, players get it and boards do but if Pakistan hypes up Twenty20 too much, Test and ODI cricket will really go down,'' Yousuf told Cricinfo.

    ''Both in Tests and ODIs we have problems.

    ''We struggle to bat 50 overs. Against New Zealand (in Abu Dhabi) we couldn't make 212 in 50 overs. Everyone played shots and got out,'' he added.

    Yousuf's comments come on the backdrop of Pakistan's 170-run loss to Australia in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the skipper blamed the mental make-up of Pakistan players as well as the domestic structure back home for the current problem.

    ''Twenty20 is easy for Pakistanis because they know how to hit, nobody knows how to defend. Until players do not play with discipline and play ball to ball and leave balls they are supposed to we will struggle in ODIs, let alone Tests,'' he pointed out.

    ''If you see a ball, hit it because you have to score. But if you are going to slog all the time what is the point? I could have hit jumping out but unless you get a ball to hit what is the point? That is the point of Test cricket. It is necessary that Pakistanis, the media, the board, the fans realise that we play as little Twenty20 as possible,'' he added.

    The 35-year-old right-hander also called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to redraw the domestic calendar in order to shift the focus away from the shortest form of the game.

    ''One domestic tournament is enough and a World Cup apart from that, but my belief is that you have to reduce Twenty20 heavily.

    They shouldn't play it in club cricket - even there you play 20 overs, not 40-over matches. I only have 2-3 years left in my career but I worry Twenty20 will finish Pakistan's cricket,'' Yousuf asserted.



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