Yousuf's move to join ICL evokes mixed reactions

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Lahore, Nov 7 (UNI) Mohammad Yousuf's move to join the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has evoked mixed reactions from Pakistani greats with some of them describing it as a huge loss for national cricket while others termed it 'unethical'.

The middle-order batsman Yousuf joined the rebel ICL on Wednesday, prompting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ban him from national and international cricket.

Former captain Zahher Abbas asserted that Yousuf's decision to join the rebel league is the huge loss for Pakistan.

''Under the scenario when Pakistan's batting strength is already weak, Yousuf's move to the ICL is a big loss,'' said Abbas.

''Although it's a great loss to the country, you can't stop anyone from playing privately. Banning Yousuf is not the right step,'' he added.

Yousuf left for India on Monday, hours after being named in a Pakistan squad to play three-one-day internationals against the West Indies at Abu Dhabi in what could have capped a glorious career.

However, another former Pakistan captain, Aamer Sohail, said Yousuf's ICL move was 'unethical'.

''The PCB supported him in his fight with the court cases relating to the ICL and he left them in the lurch at a time when Pakistan cricket is in turmoil,'' he said.

''Yousuf converted to Islam and it became his strength but I am sorry to say that he spoiled his image by ditching the country, a country which has given him fame and wealth,'' he added.

The 34-year-old is one of Pakistan's most successful batsmen in Test and ODI history, having scored 6770 runs at 55.49 with the help of 23 centuries in 79 Tests.

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