Yousuf Lookalike Creates Stir in Pak Stadium


Multan, Apr 19: Security officials posted at the Multan stadium for the fourth ODI between Pakistan and Bangladesh evicted a man trying to enter the host team's dressing room posing as senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf.

Mohammad Shafiq, who belongs to a local village near Multan, is a Yousuf lookalike and has also styled himself on the batsman with the same flowing beard and cap.

He had earlier harassed the security officials when Zimbabwe played against Pakistan in Multan earlier in 2008.

On Thursday while Yousuf was on the field, Shafiq managed to break through several security cordons posing as the batsman and was just about to enter the Pakistan dressing room when a security official stopped him and the truth was revealed.

Police didn't press any charges against Shafiq but evicted him from the stadium for creating disturbance.

The villager, however, was not willing to give up and he entered an enclosure with a valid ticket. His presence in the enclosure led many to believe Yousuf had come there, leading to a commotion, forcing the police to once again send him out of the stadium.

Shafiq protested vehemently after being booted out. "Okay so I might not be the real Mohammad Yousuf but I have a valid ticket and I have every right to watch the match," he told reporters.

"I had no bad or dangerous intention. I was trying to get near the dressing room to have a glimpse of the players close by. I am a harmless cricket fan," he stated.


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