Mohammad Yousuf is all set to sign a fresh contract with the Indian cricket League after being assured by legal advisers that the Indian Premier League has a very weak case against him to stop from playing in India.
"He will now officially rejoin the ICL in a fresh contract and could be playing in the league at the weekend," a well-placed source told PTI.
Yousuf had developed second thoughts about signing up for the ICL after the IPL threatened to take him to court on the ground that he had signed with them.
But after assurance from legal advisers that IPL has a very weak case against him, Yousuf has now decided to ink a fresh deal with the ICL, sources said.
"Yousuf has been assured that since he originally had signed up for ICL and they had not dropped his claim on him, the IPL had no legal grounds to claim it had signed him on," sources said.
The senior Pakistani batsman after dropping his contract with the ICL last year on the insistence of the PCB never got a chance to play in the IPL and was not put on auction after the ICL obtained a stay order which restrained him playing for any other rival Twenty20 league.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board said if Yousuf joins the ICL he would be immediately banned from playing for Pakistan or in domestic cricket like the other ICL players.
Yousuf was named in Pakistan's squad for the one-day series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi but left for Delhi without informing anyone about his plans to join ICL.
The national selectors have already named young batsmen, Khalid Latif and Khurrum Manzoor as standbys if Yousuf is ruled ineligible to play and opener Nasir Jamshed does not pass a fitness test.