PCB lashes out at Mohd Yousuf

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/p/pcb-logo.jpg' class='caption'> The PCB has lashed out at Mohammad Yousuf for suggesting it was under pressure from the BCCI and towing its line on the Indian Cricket League issue.

Updated: February 14, 2009 13:36 IST
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The Pakistan Cricket Board has lashed out at Mohammad Yousuf for suggesting that the PCB was under pressure from the Indian board and towing its line on the Indian Cricket League issue.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, the PCB said Yousuf's statement was based on lack of knowledge and understanding of the directives issued by the International Cricket Council on the ICL issue.

"Yousuf's allegation against the board is incorrect and an attempt to malign the institution," the statement said.

Yousuf has repeatedly said that the PCB should stop coming under pressure from the Indian cricket authorities and allow its players who are signed up with the ICL to play domestic and international cricket.

Yousuf, who was banned for aligning with the ICL, claimed that the Indian board was trying to derail Pakistan cricket by creating rifts between players and the board.

But the PCB statement said that it was an independent body that only took directives from the governing body of world cricket.

"There is no truth in Yousuf's allegation that the PCB is towing the Indian board line," the statement said.

"The PCB and all other cricket boards are components of the ICC and only take directives from the ICC," it said.

"The ICC directive is clear that all members boards will not allow its players to participate or take part in any tournament/league not recognized by it (BCCI)."

The statement said Yousuf had made false allegations and attempted to malign the board and also recalled he was the one who had broken his central contract with the board and joined the ICL.

Yousuf is due to hold a press conference on Saturday in Karachi.

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