Karachi: The growing inclination of Pakistani cricketers towards religion has led to an increased number of former and present players leaving for Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Yousuf left for Jeddah on Tuesday while former cricketers Rashid Latif and Jalaluddin have already gone for the holy trip. Many of them left after playing in the domestic Twenty-20 competition.

``Afridi and Yousuf will leave today with a group that also includes former opener Saeed Anwar,'' Karachi coach Sagheer Abbas said.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq are also expected to leave for Saudi Arabia soon.

These players will miss the short conditioning camp for the probables for the South Africa tour, beginning on Tuesday in Lahore. PTI

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