Yousuf eyes Pak return

LAHORE: Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf on Saturday said he had snapped his ties with a rebel Indian league and was available to play for the country.

The 34-year-old joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) last year. As the ICL was not recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), Yousuf and his fellow players were barred from playing for Pakistan.

The Sindh province high court suspended the bans on the ICL players in February this year, paving the way for them to play in domestic matches. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said ICL players can only play for the country if they quit the league.

“I am available to play for Pakistan which has always been my priority,” said Yousuf. “I have resigned from the ICL and have spoken to captain Younus Khan about my playing for Pakistan,” Yousuf said. Yousuf, who played the last of his 269 one-day matches in Karachi in July last year, first joined the unrecognised league in protest after he was omitted from Pakistan’s team for the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.