I posted a while back on the great Pakistani batsman Yousuf Youhana, the only Catholic in the side.
He's become a convert to Islam, apparently under the influence of former player Saeed Anwar and the religious organisation Tablighi Jamaat. Perhaps Nasser Hussein could get Freddie Flintoff off the pop in like manner.
I don't know if any other pressure has been applied.
Pakistani Christians aren't happy.
Tablighi Jamat has taken control over the Pakistan Cricket Team and one of the current members of the Team expressed his view in this way that they want to make the cricket team the most religious team of the world. They have achieved their first milestone, as a result of Youhana's conversion to Islam. Let see what is more precious to Danish Kaneria (a Hindu) his career or his faith ? Will Tablighi Jamat also convince him to accept Islam ?
As Pakistan Christian Post points out, they're not holding out hope he'll return to the fold. Converts from Islam to Christianity face sanctions up to and including the death penalty.
Officials in the Pakistan cricket board say members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been visiting the board's offices and training camps regularly over the last several years.
Most of the team members have become overtly religious over the last few years, the official said.
How unlike the home life of our own dear team.
Mehdi V Tzipy
3 hours ago