Yousuf claims he has obtained NOC from ICL

May 27th, 2009 - 12:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, May 27 (ANI): Pakistan middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf has claimed that the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has given him a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play for the country.

Yousuf said he had submitted the NOC to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“I have submitted an NOC from the Indian league and it’s now up to the authorities to clear my way to play international cricket,” The Daily Times quoted Yousuf, as saying.

Yousuf said he desperately wants to play for Pakistan, and it was now upto the PCB to give him an opportunity to don the national cap once again.

“I have handed the letter over to the PCB and now wait for their reply as I desperately want to play for my country,” he said.

Confirming receiving the letter from Yousuf, PCB’s Director (human resource) Wasim Bari said the letter has been sent to the board chairman Ijaz Butt for further action.

“We have to verify this letter and put it before PCB chairman Ijaz Butt,” Bari said.

Earlier, the PCB had asked Yousuf to table the ICL’s response over his decision to quit the rebel league.

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.

Pakistan will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international on its tour of Sri Lanka beginning June 27. (ANI)

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