Karachi:The Indian Cricket League suffered a major setback even before its takeoff when Pakistan's run machine, Mohammad Yousuf broke ranks to sign a central contract with his cricket board on Thursday.
Yousuf and Nasim Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told a joint press conference that the senior batsman had agreed to play in the Test series against South Africa.
"There was a misunderstanding and nothing else. I had a positive discussion with Yousuf and he is keen to play for his country. He will now not be playing for the ICL and is available for Pakistan," Ashraf said.
Asked about possible repercussions emanating from his decision after signing the ICL contract, Yousuf said he was not aware of any clause that said he had to give top priority to ICL even if Pakistan was playing international cricket.
"I don't know about this clause nor of any possible penalties," he said.
Ashraf said the board would now handle the issue and Yousuf was free to concentrate on his Pakistan duties.
"He is the backbone of our batting and he will be joining the Pakistan team on Saturday and will play in the first Test from Monday,' Ashraf added.
Yousuf, a veteran of 75 Tests and 242 one-dayers, made a record breaking 1,788 runs in 11 Tests with nine hundreds in 2006. But he was dropped by the selectors for the Twenty20 World Cup last month a decision that led to his signing with the ICL.
Meanwhile, the ICL has sent out a clarification saying that reports over Yousuf opting out are wrong.
Essel Group Vice President Ashish Kaul has said that "it is incorrect for anyone to 'assume' that he is opting out of the contract.I would also like to add that our contract with Mohd Yousuf does not stop him from playing for Pakistan hence the perspective of this story is incorrect".