To ensure that cricketers focus on the game, many cricket boards have banned the players’ wives or girlfriends from visiting. Although some cricketers are against the idea, the policy has been welcomed by many cricketers.
Former Pakistan cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq, known as the best off-spinner in the history of cricket, told an interesting story. Saqlain, who has shared many interesting stories from the past, told how he hid his wife in a cupboard during the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
To the amazement of the players, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had asked the players to send their wives back home during the tournament.
In an interview with Raunak Kapoor on ‘Beyond the Field’, Mushtaq revealed how he coped with the situation at the time. (Former Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq became a troll when he became a girl, you can watch funny videos)
“I got married in December 1998. My wife lived in London. So at the 1999 World Cup I stayed with my wife and there was a method- work hard during the day like a professional with the team and in the evenings I would spend time with my wife. But suddenly he said our family would be sent home. So I told our head coach Richard Pybus that everything was going well then why this sudden change. I decided that what I really needed to do was learn how to do it right, “said Saqlain.
The managers used to come to each player’s room to see if the people in the management were following the instructions.
When the manager and an officer came to his room for routine inspections, Saqlain had to tell his wife to hide in a cupboard. “The team manager and coach were checking each player’s room. Some players would come to my room to talk to me. Once someone rang my doorbell. Then I told my wife to hide in the cupboard. The manager came into my room. He looked around and left. My wife then It was in the cupboard that Azhar Mahmood and Yusuf came to me to discuss the new rules. They also suspected that my wife was still in my room. They started asking me about it. Then I asked my wife to come out of the cupboard. ” Pakistan lost to Australia in the 1999 World Cup final, with Saqlain Mushtaq playing 49 Tests and 169 ODIs for Pakistan, taking 208 and 288 wickets respectively.