LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday banned former Pakistan captain and middle order batsman Muhammad Yousaf for re-joining rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL). ” Yousaf has been banned for playing cricket at all levels and PCB deplores his act of joining illegal ICL on which it has a clear policy under which a number of...
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday banned former
Pakistan captain and middle order batsman Muhammad Yousaf for re-joining
rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).
” Yousaf has been banned for playing cricket at all levels and PCB
deplores his act of joining illegal ICL on which it has a clear policy under which a number of players were handed over similar punishment in the recent past “,said Zakir Khan, Director Cricket Operations, PCB at a news conference here .
He said PCB has also terminated Yousaf's players central contract and he
would not be considered for selection in future.
He said the decision has been taken to restrict players from joining
rebel league which has no legal status and all the cricket playing Boards have a unanimous stance on it to ban players .
” Through Media reports from India we came to know that Yousaf has
again joined ICL and he kept us in dark on this issue secretly leaving for India a couple of days ago though he was named in the 15-member Pak squad to play three one day international at Abu Dhabi “,he asserted.
Zakir said no time frame has been fixed in the ban and this punishment
can not be called ” life ban” . ” As soon as they (players) dis-associate
themselves from the ICL, PCB can lift the ban because it is a illegal
activity and only Indian Premier League (IPL) is the recognized league “.
PCB official said the Board will also be recovering the amount which it
spent on a case in a court in India in which ICL challenged Yousaf's joining of IPL after signing contract with them.
” If needed we will be taking Yousaf to court on joining ICL and to recover the amount PCB spent on his case “,he added.
On the insistence of PCB Yousaf broke his contract with ICL and joined IPL
but he did not play in it as he was not auctioned as a player in the
” We have also heard that IPL is also going to initiate legal action against Yousaf for his re-joining ICL”,he said.
Zakir said PCB did its level best to get in touch with Yousaf on this issue
and even Chairman, Ejaz Butt also tried to contact him through phone but
they could not succeed.
He also clarified that PCB has not offered or appointed former Pakistan
captain, Salim Malik as the head coach of the National Cricket Academy.
” We just heard in media that he has been appointed but it is wrong to say
so as PCB did not take a decision to give him any responsibility after a
court lifted a life ban from him “,he said.
He said he has spoken to International Cricket Council President, Haroon
Logart on this issue and informed him that PCB did not assign him any job of coaching.
” It was not a official explanation from ICC but of course ICC as Games
Ruling Body has all the rights to seek answer from affiliated cricket
playing boards on cricket related issues “,he said.
He said PCB has not received resignation of wicket keeping coach, Rashid
Latif who reportedly resigned after hearing the news that Salim has been appointed as head coach of NCA.