Yousuf to face hearing over ICL u-turn

Friday, November 16, 2007

Mohammad Yousuf has been asked to face an arbitration hearing on November 21 - the day before the start of the first Test between India and Pakistan - over his decision to pull out of the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Yousuf signed a contract with the ICL in the wake of his omission from Pakistan's squad for the ICC World Twenty20.

The Pakistan board later convinced Yousuf to cancel his ICL contract and instead sign up for the Indian Premier League (IPL), a league approved by the national boards, as well as turn up for national duty.

A legal notice prompting the hearing was sent by India's Essel Group, the promoters of the ICL.

"We will not let him set a bad example,"

Ashish Kaul, executive vice president of the Essel Group, said while referring to Yousuf's pull-out.

While Yousuf was unavailable to comment on the legal notice, Ahsan Malik, Pakistan team's media manager, told Reuters that:

"The Pakistan Cricket Board will be handling all these matters."

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