Yousuf rues missed IPL opportunity
Pakistan's senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf says he has lost hope of playing in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) and considers it a missed opportunity to show the national selectors that he is capable of coming good in twenty20 cricket.
The 33-year old will know on April 30 from the arbitration panel in Mumbai, which is hearing a petition against him by the rebel Indian cricket League for violation of contract, if he can play in the IPL.
The arbitrator has stopped Yousuf from playing in the IPL despite pleas from lawyers sent to Mumbai by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to contest the ICL petition.
And Yousuf is not very optimistic about the matter being resolved in the very soon.
"I don't know what will come on April 30 but I am not very confident because the case has already dragged beyond the start of the IPL," he added.
The ICL has charged Yousuf of taking advance money from them before turning his back on them to join the IPL.
Yousuf claims he returned the money immediately to the ICL representative in Lahore and is not bound by their contract.
The ICL has already made it clear that it intends to make sure that Yousuf doesn't play for the IPL.