ICL issues show-cause notice to Yousuf

Sunday, September 30, 2007

KARACHI: Mohammad Yousuf has been issued a show-cause letter by the organisers of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) after the star batsman announced earlier this week that he will cancel his contract with the rebel league to make himself available for Pakistan duty.

It has been learnt that the ICL officials have sent a letter to Yousuf asking him to immediately explain why he has announced cancelling a contract with the league. Yousuf, 33, joined the breakaway ICL earlier this summer after signing a lucrative deal following Pakistan’s decision to drop him from their squad for the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa.

The batting maestro, who was recently named Test player of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was the biggest star roped in by the ICL. However, PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf decided to pursue Yousuf and finally convinced him to sign a central contract with the Board following a meeting in Lahore earlier week.

Yousuf’s decision to finally sign the central contract earned him a signing bonus worth US$100,000 and he is also likely to receive a few other cash rewards. But he is now also facing a legal battle against the ICL organisers who claim that Yousuf will still play in their league.

Sources, however, said that Yousuf has been assured by top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials that he would get the services of top class lawyers if the ICL organisers opted to begin legal proceedings against him.

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