Karachi:Right-handed batsman Mohammad Yousuf, the only Pakistani player nominated in the ICC annual awards ceremony, on Monday said that he will not be attending the event in Dubai on Wednesday due to his religious commitments.
"I can't go for the awards because I take part in the Taraweh prayers in the holy month of Ramadhan and also in preaching trips," Yousuf said.
Tarawah prayers after faithfuls open their fast at sunset continue throughout Ramadhan and usually last for hours.
Yousuf has been nominated in the best one-day international player of the year category. No other Pakistani player was nominated in any other category.
Yousuf had also pulled out of the Champions Trophy even before Ramadhan started citing his religious commitments.
"For me Ramadhan is a month of fasting and being totally involved in religious activities and detached from worldly pursuits," Yousuf said.
The 34-year-old also took a potshot at critics who said he was not fit for Twenty20 cricket pointing out his nomination for the one-day player of the year proved he can also perform in the faster version of the game.
The International Cricket Council awards were to be held in Lahore but moved to Dubai after the postponement of the Champions Trophy last month due to security reasons.