Yousuf not leaving ICL: PCB

March 27th, 2009 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, March 27 (IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt Friday denied media reports that Mohammad Yousuf is ready to leave the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) to return to national duty.
“I have been hearing about it (Yousuf’s plans to quit ICL) from the media,” said Butt, a former Pakistani Test opener.

“I can comment for sure once I receive a formal request from the player,” he added.

Reports in the last few days have suggested that Yousuf has made up his mind about quitting the unofficial ICL to resurrect his international career.

The 34-year-old batsman was banned last November after he switched to the rebel Twenty20 league.

Last month, Yousuf and 16 other players who have contracts with the ICL were allowed by the Sindh High Court to play domestic cricket but they are still banned from representing the country.

Butt had said last month that he would include Yousuf in the national team as soon as he leaves ICL.

“I’m still clear about it,” said the PCB chairman.

“If he (Yousuf) terminates his contract with ICL, we will immediately take him in the Pakistan team,” he added.

Pakistan is to play a one-day series against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi April 22-May 7.

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