Posted by: 1pakistani | March 28, 2009

Muhammad Yousuf likely to return to Pakistan Cricket

LAHORE: With the backing of captain Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf is likely to return to Pakistan cricket, though the elegant batsman might have to override the contract with the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL) in doing so. Younis, along with Yousuf, met the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

Though neither the chairman nor Younis and Yousuf commented on the meeting, sources said the captain backed Yousuf’s case to field a strong team in the forthcoming limited-overs series against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Sources claimed Yousuf was ready to part ways with the ICL, and as PCB chairman had already said he could allow Yousuf to join Pakistan team if he disassociated himself from the ICL, there is no major hurdle in his way of playing against Australia.

A senior board official said the PCB is considering a request from Yousuf to be reconsidered for national selection.

Saleem Altaf, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, said they had received a letter from Yousuf.

‘We have sent the letter to our legal advisers for input. But one thing is clear — he can only be considered when he leaves the ICL,’ Saleem added.

‘We will see what our legal advisers say. And eventually the selectors have to decide on whether Yousuf is in form and fit to play for Pakistan.’

Yousuf, who has played 79 Tests and 269 One-day Internationals, reiterated his desire to play for Pakistan.

‘I can only say this much — I have always wanted to play for my country and hopefully in the next few days the situation would become clear,’ he said.

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