Yousuf makes controversial ICL move

on November 5, 2008 by Administrator

Mohammad Yousuf has made a controversial move which may threaten his future in international cricket. The Pakistan batsman has made the choice of joining the Indian Cricket League, a Twenty20 league set up last year and financed by Zee television (India’s largest media corporation).

The problem is that the Indian Cricket League has not been officially recognised by the International Cricket Council. As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Board has a policy of excluding all players who decide to take part in the league from international competition.

Despite this rule, many players from Pakistan have chosen to join the league and have suffered the consequences at international level.

Yousuf’s decision has shocked some in the world of cricket. However, the move has been on the cards for a while now. The batsman had previously made public his desire to join the league after Pakistan left him out of the squad for the World Twenty20 tournament last year.

However, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Nasim Ashraf, held talks with the player and it was decided that the move should not go ahead. Yousuf was keen to remain eligible for international competition and expressed a desire to represent his country.

This latest news has therefore come as a slight surprise. The director of operations at the Pakistan Cricket Board has revealed that no action will be taken against the player until all the “facts and figures” of the move have been made clear.

However, it now seems likely that Pakistan will have to do without the batsman for the three one-dayers against the West Indies.

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