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| Yousuf confirms severed ties with ICL, submits NOC to PCB|
| Updated at: 2242 PST, Tuesday, May 26, 2009|
KARACHI: Star batsman Mohammad Yousuf has produced written confirmation of his resignation from the unofficial Indian Cricket League.
Mohammad Yousuf has said he has obtained a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Indian Cricket League, which will pave the way for him to return to international cricket for Pakistan. The batsman said he had submitted the certificate to Wasim Bari, the Pakistan Cricket Board's human resources director.
"I have submitted an NOC from the Indian league and it's now up to the authorities to clear my way to play international cricket," Yousuf told AFP. "I have handed the letter over to the PCB and now wait for their reply as I desperately want to play for my country."
Bari said he had received a written confirmation from Yousuf. "We have to verify this letter and put it before the PCB chairman (Ijaz Butt)," he said.
Yousuf had met PCB officials Bari, Mohammad Naeem and Zakir Khan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, last week and informed them of his resignation. After producing the resignation letter, the officials said they would act only after hearing the ICL's response to him quitting, though without specifying that an NOC was needed.
Yousuf had signed up with the ICL in 2007 but was lured out of the contract by the PCB administration of the day.
His team-mate Abdul Razzaq also said he had quit the ICL.