I will never play for ICL again, says Yousuf

Updated: 04 May 2009 09:31 IST

Mohammad Yousuf has made it clear that even if the ICL is not willing to release him he would no longer play for them and his decision to resign is final.

I will never play for ICL again, says Yousuf

Karachi:

Pakistan senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf has made it clear that even if the Indian Cricket League is not willing to release him he would no longer play for them and his decision to resign is final.

"I have sent them my resignation and also submitted a copy to the Pakistan cricket Board," Yousuf said today. "I am hearing the ICL has said it knows nothing about my resignation and that they are not accepting it. Anyway my decision is final as I want to play for Pakistan again," Yousuf said.

The senior batsman who joined the ICL last year at a time when he was named in Pakistan's squad for the one-day series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi also said that he had not been paid his dues by the ICL since joining them.

"I have not received any payments from them so far so I think I am justified if I want to resign. I have no complaints with them and hopefully we will work things out," he said.

Yousuf confirmed he had met with Pakistan captain, Younis Khan and discussed the decision to resign from the ICL.

"Younis told me it is my decision and that as far as selection is concerned he alone does not select the team. I accept that I just want the board to give me a fair chance," he said.

Yousuf said his decision to join the ICL was prompted by the behaviour of former captain, Shoaib Malik and some former board officials.

"But now the captain is changed and so is the board set-up that is why I think I can play for Pakistan again with a peace of mind," he said.

On of the top batsman of Pakistan, Yousuf broke several records in 2006 and also won the ICC Test batsman of the year award.

Interestingly the previous national selection committee and team management never considered him good enough for the twenty20 cricket and so far Yousuf has played just one T20 match for Pakistan in 2006 against England at Bristol in which he scored 20 runs.

The selectors omitted him for the last T20 World Cup and then also dropped him for a T20 tournament in Toronto last September.

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