Yousuf to play for Lahore Badshahs in ICL

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Putting an end to all speculations, the ICL today announced the inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf in its Pakistani team Lahore Badshahs and the ace batsman will play his first match of the tournament against Dhaka Warriors on November 7 in its ongoing Twenty20 tournament.

Yousuf was also present during the announcement and confirmed his participation in the ongoing ICL 20s challenge and the ICL world series that begins from November 23.

''There was some misunderstanding last year because of which Yousuf could not be a part of the ICL but he will join the Pakistani team in their next match and will also play in the world series,'' Indian Cricket League (ICL) chairman Kapil Dev said here today.

Yousuf, a veteran Pakistani batsman, said he there were a few people who misguided him and added it was for those confusion that he could not be a part of the ICL in its inaugural season.

''It was a misunderstanding. I don't want to reveal the names but yes, I was being misguided by a few people. And, now I am a part of the ICL and will play for the Pakistani team.

He further expressed his desire to play Pakistan's national team but said he was well aware that the PCB would not allow him to do that after he joined the rebel league.

''I haven't spoken to the new PCB chief and I definitely want to play for my national team. But I know it wouldn't be possible after I have joined the ICL,'' he stated.

The PCB selection committee had announced Yousuf in the 15-man squad for the ODI series against West Indies in Abu Dhabi. But just hours after his selection, reports of his joining the ICL were out.

Kapil reiterated that the ICL does not want to create any obstruction for the players and said it would be pleased to see that the players the ICL have roped in get utilised for the national duties as well.

''I think we have the scope for 10 more Leagues in the country.

And we don't mind as far as the game is promoted.

''It is like education and these leagues are colleges whether you teach them or we it hardly matters till the time some one is getting educated,'' Kapil said.

''BCCI believes in monoply. They believe that they are the only people who can run the game in this country but we don't think so,'' he added.

As soon as the news of Yousuf's association with the ICL was out, the IPL, for which he was roped in its inaugural season, said the batsman would have to face the legal repurcussions for the breaching the contract.

''Yousuf has not taken any money from the IPL and no action lies with the IPL because there was no contract signed between them,'' Himanshu Modi said.

Modi further added that the legal issues that were lingering between the ICL and Yousuf have been settled.

The ICL has not been recognised by the BCCI or the ICC and the Boards across the world have been instructed that the players, who are part of the ICL should not be allowed to play in the domestic or the international matches.

''We are a private body and yes we do want recognition. But for us the recognition would come from people. If 60,000 people come to see a match in Ahmedabad that is the recognition for us,'' Kapil conceded.


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