PCB warns Yousuf of a life ban if he joins ICL

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Lahore, Sep 18 (UNI) With Boards imposing bans on cricketers joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL), the PCB has warned its prolific batsman Mohammad Yousuf of a life ban if he joins the rebel league.

''We have banned all our cricketers, who joined the ICL and if Yousuf will also play for the unauthorised league then he will have to face the same punishment,'' the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.

''Yousuf is still our best Test batsman and has a future with the Pakistan team but not if he joins the ICL. It will be game over for him if he joined the rebel league,'' he stated.

It is known that the right-handed batsman was considering to join the ICL after he was able to make it in Pakistan's One-day and Twenty20 events.

Pakistan selectors, who consider Yousuf as a specialist Test batsman are unlikely to consider him for national duty in next month's four-nation Twenty20 tournament, to be held in Canada.

The Lahore-based player, however, reckons that his presence in the shorter version of the game can appear useful to the team and feels insulted for being overlooked by the PAkistan Board.

It was in September, last year when Yousuf was axed from the national team for the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa, he decided to join the ICL.

But even after signing a deal with the ICL, Yousuf tried to sign up for the official Indian Premier League (IPL) with the help of the PCB.

However, the ICL sued Yousuf over breaking the contract made to them and in the end he was unable to play in either of the league.

''Yousuf is now expecting an out of court settlement with the ICL and is ready to play for the league,'' sources said.


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