PCB to offer incentives to get Yousuf back

Sunday, August 26, 2007

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stepped up efforts to convince Mohammed Yousuf to change his mind with regard to his decision to join Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Sources in the Pakistan camp on Saturday said Board officials were considering the option of giving financial incentives to woo Yousuf back.

“All the indications are there that Lawson and the Board might have a discussion with him about his decision and some financial incentives might be given to induce him back into official cricket,”
one source said.

The PCB had said it will not consider players who go and play in the ICL for selection in the national team.

Some former players have suggested that the Board should allow players to play for both the ICL and the national team.

“It is not so easy because even if the PCB adopts such a policy it can’t do it alone. Because this would have an effect on the policies of the Indian board and others. Things have got complicated with the ICL now going to court against the Indian board and its policies,”
one source said.

Pakistan manager Talat Ali admitted that discussions were held to chalk out a strategy to convince Yousuf.

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