Yousuf ditches ICL, signs PCB contract
The Indian Cricket League suffers a big setback even before its takeoff as Mohd Yousuf breaks ranks on Thursday.Updated: Sep 27, 2007, 20:48 IST
The Indian Cricket League suffered a major setback even before its takeoff when Pakistan's run machine, Mohammad Yousuf broke ranks to sign a central contract with his cricket board in Karachi on Thursday.
Yousuf and Nasim Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told a joint press conference that the senior batsman had agreed to play in the Test series against South Africa.
"There was a misunderstanding and nothing else. I had a positive discussion with Yousuf and he is keen to play for his country. He will now not be playing for the ICL and is available for Pakistan," Ashraf said.
Asked about possible repercussions emanating from his decision after signing the ICL contract, Yousuf said he was not aware of any clause that said he had to give top priority to ICL even if Pakistan was playing international cricket.
"I don't know about this clause nor of any possible penalties," he said.
Ashraf said the board would now handle the issue and Yousuf was free to concentrate on his Pakistan duties.
"He is the backbone of our batting and he will be joining the Pakistan team on Saturday and will play in the first Test from Monday,' Ashraf added.
Yousuf, a veteran of 75 Tests and 242 one-dayers, made a record breaking 1,788 runs in 11 Tests with nine hundreds in 2006. But he was dropped by the selectors for the Twenty20 World Cup last month a decision that led to his signing with the ICL.