PCB confident of settling Yousuf's legal matter with ICL
Yousuf was summoned by an arbitration panel but could not attend the hearing because he is playing a one-day international against Zimbabwe in Hyderabad.cricket Updated: Jan 24, 2008 17:37 IST
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) remains confident of helping its senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf find an amicable solution to his legal tussle with the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Yousuf was summoned by an arbitration panel headed by a retired supreme court judge in Mumbai today but could not attend the hearing because he is playing a one-day international against Zimbabwe in Hyderabad.
But a senior PCB official said they had instead sent their legal advisor to India to attend the proceedings of the arbitration panel.
"Our lawyer, Tafazzul Rizvi has gone to attend the hearing to represent Yousuf and we are hopeful once the arbitration panel hears his side of the story it will settle the matter," the official said.
The ICL has brought the legal claim for damages against Yousuf claming he had signed a contract with them to play for them but than backed out without informing them and had instead signed contracts with the Pakistan Board and Indian Premier League.
Although Yousuf backed out, six other Pakistani players including Inzamam-ul Haq, Imran Farhat, Abdul Razzaq, Shabbir Ahmed, Taufiq Umar and Azhar Mahmood all appeared in the inaugural edition of the ICL in November and December.
The ICL has also claimed that Yousuf was also paid an advance sum when he signed a contract with them.
But the PCB official said the board was providing all legal help to Yousuf and if necessary would depute a full legal team to help him if no solution was found in the arbitration panel hearing.
The panel has already issued a ruling that Yousuf can't play in the IPL but the official said this was because neither the batsman nor his representative had attended the first hearing of the panel.
"That is why we have made a point to send a legal counsel to the hearing today. We want Yousuf's side of the story is also heard," he said.
The governing body of the PCB also meets in Karachi tomorrow to finalise a policy on dealing with players who have signed up or will sign up for the ICL.
At the moment, the Board has banned players who have signed up for ICL from playing domestic cricket as well.