ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pakistan can give Yousuf much more than ICL: PCB chief


Pakistan cricket chief Nasim Ashraf on Thursday asked Mohammad Yousuf to reconsider his decision to play for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) saying that the master batsman will get more fame, respect and money if he stayed committed to national duty.

“I’m sure that if Yousuf is farsighted he will not go for the ICL,” Ashraf told this correspondent in an interview. “If he remained committed to the national cause, Yousuf will certainly get much more fame, respect and wealth than the ICL will ever give to him,” added the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman.

Yousuf, who amassed a record 1788 Test runs in 2006, is the biggest star the breakaway ICL has managed to sign as most cricket boards have banned their senior players from joining the League.

Ashraf pointed out that Pakistan showered Yousuf with praise and huge cash rewards when he broke several Test records last year.

“I believe Yousuf has more records to break and Pakistan will always reward him like a hero.”

The ICL, Ashraf noted, has no future. “As far as I’m concerned the ICL is a complete non-starter,” he said. “I mean look at them. In spite of all the hype and publicity they haven’t managed to get any big stars. Yousuf is the only big name in the list of their players and that shows the kind of future the league has,” said Ashraf.

The PCB chief said that he would try his best to convince Yousuf against joining the ICL.

“Pakistan has given Yousuf so much fame, money and respect and it will continue to give him more, there shouldn’t be any doubt about it,” he said.

Ashraf said that he will also try and persuade discarded Test opener Imran Farhat to stay away from the ICL.

“Apart from Yousuf, Imran Farhat is the only other player about whom we know for sure that they have signed up with the League. I will talk to Imran too because he has a future with Pakistan.”

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq have also joined the ICL but Ashraf said that he is yet to get a confirmation about them.

Last month Ashraf had minced no words in saying that any player joining the ICL will never play for Pakistan again.

Source:Cricket News

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