Karachi: Official version blamed it on a sore knee but the real reason behind Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf's absence from Sunday's fifth ODI against Australia was a bitter row with coach Intikhab Alam over selection issues, sources in the team have claimed.
According to sources, trouble was brewing for a while in the Pakistan camp with Yousuf and Intikhab don't agree with each other on team strategies in a series that Pakistan trails 0-4.
"Before the match itself the management had advised Yousuf to take a rest from the fifth match so that Shahid Afridi could lead the team and get some captaincy exposure before the Twenty20 match against Australia next week," one source said.
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"But Yousuf flatly refused and insisted he would continue playing. Earlier also he had differences with the coaching staff when he wanted promote Shahid Afridi up the order and allow Younis Khan to bat lower down the order as he was struggling for form, but again Intikhab refused," the source said.