Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan batsman, has been blocked from participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) owing to his contract with the rebel tournament, the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Yousuf initially signed up with the ICL after being dropped from Pakistan's squad for the World Twenty20 last September. Soon after, however, he was convinced by the PCB to turn his back on the ICL, represent Pakistan and also sign up the Indian Premier League (IPL), a rival circuit officially sanctioned by the BCCI.
His lawyer, Tafuzzal Rizvi, represented Yousuf in an arbitral hearing in January insisting that there was "no contract" with the ICL as the money was "received back by the ICL without any objection". But the ICL lawyers have insisted that Yousuf will be breaching his contract if he participates in the IPL.
"Mohammad Yousuf cannot participate in the tournament organised by the Indian Premier League or any other tournament organised by any other league in direct competition with the Indian Cricket League," ALMT, the lawyers representing the ICL, said in a letter to their IPL counterparts. "Such participation would amount to breach of the order and our client reserve their right to take such other legal recourse against all parties concerned."