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Pakistan needs Yousuf, says Butt

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has given clear indication that Mohammad Yousuf, who has parted ways with the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League, is set to become the first ICL player to be accepted back into the national team.

cricket Updated: May 21, 2009 14:56 IST
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Pakistan needs Yousuf

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has given clear indication that Mohammad Yousuf, who has parted ways with the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League, is set to become the first ICL player to be accepted back into the national team.

"Yousuf has told us that he has resigned from the ICL and we have formed a committee to look into cases of the players who played in the ICL. Situation would become clear in a few days. There is no doubt that Yousuf is required in the Pakistan team," Butt told reporters in Lahore.

Yousuf is expected to be picked up in the Pakistan squad for the tour of Sri Lanka next month where they will play three Tests and five ODIs.

PCB sources have confirmed that the board is likely to impose a minimum financial penalty on Yousuf and some other ICL players before allowing them back into the national team.

Butt said the board would definitely consider all cases where the players have snapped their links with ICL by the given deadline of May 31.