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PCB official: Yousuf joins ICL

PCB official: Yousuf joins ICL

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has joined the rebel Indian Cricket League and is now unlikely to play in the three one-day internationals against the West Indies, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Monday.
"His (Yousuf) wife told us on telephone that he has left for India today to play in the ICL," PCB Director Cricket of Operations Zakir Khan told reporters.
"He did not inform us about his travel plans to India and we are trying to contact him directly," Khan added.
Yousuf left for New Delhi on Monday from the eastern city of Lahore hours after he was named in a 15-member Pakistan squad for the three-match series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from Nov. 12-16.
The ICL is an unofficial Twenty20 tournament. The PCB said last year that any players who join the ICL would not be considered for Pakistan selection.
Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said the team has enough reserve players to replace Yousuf for the series in Abu Dhabi. The former chairman of the PCB, Nasim Ashraf, convinced Yousuf last year to cancel his ICL contract and play for Pakistan.
Ex-captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, all-rounders Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood, fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed and opening batsman Imran Farhat have all joined the ICL.


Updated : 2021-10-17 03:15 GMT+08:00