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Dump ICL and get back to team, PCB lures Yousuf

cricket Updated: Feb 10, 2009 00:43 IST

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Senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf will be immediately selected in the national team if he snaps his ties with the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt said he regarded Yousuf among the greats and would ensure his selection in the national team if the batsman severed his ties with ICL.

"I rank him alongside great players like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Hanif Mohammad. If he decides to end his association with the ICL I will see he is selected again for Pakistan the next day," Butt said in Islamabad.

Yousuf joined the ICL last year, claiming he was forced to do so due to the shabby treatment meted out to him by former captain Shoaib Malik and the board.

Since then Malik has been replaced by Younis Khan as captain and the board has also seen changed at the top.

The PCB has banned all the ICL-contracted players from playing domestic or international cricket in Pakistan.

But the Sindh High Court last week suspended the domestic ban on a challenge made by the players against the ban in the court.