Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has been cleared by an arbitration panel in Mumbai to take part in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) players' auction on February 8, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday.
The rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) had filed a petition with the panel saying Yousuf had signed an agreement with them, taken an advance and then backed out of his contract.
Taffazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor who represented Yousuf at the hearing on January 24, said he would be allowed to take part when the IPL franchises bid for their players.
Rizvi said another arbitration hearing to hear the ICL submissions was scheduled for Feb. 20.
The IPL is the Indian board's multi-million dollar professional Twenty20 league which has been launched to counter the ICL.
Rizvi said that the arbitration panel headed by a retired judge had also issued notices to the ICL to appear in the next hearing on Feb 20 and respond to the applications moved by him on behalf of the senior player.
The arbitration panel held its initial hearing last month which was not attended by Yousuf and restrained him from signing up for the IPL.
In the applications, Rizvi has accused the arbitrator of being biased in passing an ad-interim ex-parte stay order against Yousuf although a suit is pending at Lahore High Court against the stay.
The second application is that since Yousuf has already returned the money paid by the ICL which was accepted by the ICL therefore there is no contract between the two parties anymore.
Rizvi said the money was returned by Yousuf before he signed a contract with IPL.
The Pakistan board backs the IPL and has permitted its players to sign up for them but has introduced a domestic ban for players who have gone and played in the rival ICL which is backed by India's largest listed media firm, Essel group.
Six Pakistani players including former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Taufiq Umar, Shabbir Ahmed and Azhar Mahmood took part in the inaugural ICL tournament last month in India's Punjab province.
Imran and Taufiq have threatened to go to court against the PCB for the domestic ban imposed on them.