PCB asks Yousuf to obtain ICL’s response over his resignationMay 21st, 2009 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, May 21 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf to table the ICL’s response over his decision to quit the rebel league.
Yousuf met PCB officials Wasim Bari, Mohammad Naeem and Zakir Khan to convey to them that he has terminated his contract with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), and is now available to play for the national team.
“We met Mohammad Yousuf and he told us he wants to play for Pakistan and that he has resigned from the ICL.He showed us the resignation letter. We have asked him to come back to us with their response, whatever that is,” The Daily Times quoted Bari, as saying.
Bari said the PCB would decide about Yousuf’s inclusion in the team only after it gets a response from the ICL.
“Once we have something from them, we can move forward. We have to take it step-by-step,” he said.
According to sources, the PCB is mulling recalling Yousuf in the national team to bolster its batting line-up for the forthcoming three Test match series against Sri Lanka.
The PCB is particularly worried about Sri Lanka’s world-class spin duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis beside a decent pace attack.
Pakistan lacks depth and experience in their batting order and besides captain Younis Khan the middle order has no other experienced batsman in the line up.
Yousuf had already expressed his desire to make a come back in the national squad, saying playing for country was always his priority. (ANI)
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