Yousuf's IPL case adjourned till Sep 9

The Pakistan batsman is fighting a case against the Indian Cricket League for an alleged breach of contract.

updated: September 09, 2008 06:50 IST
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The Bombay High Court has adjourned the hearing on the appeal filed by Pakistan's senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf against the stay order which restrained him from playing in the Indian Premier League.

Pakistan Cricket Board's Legal Counsel Tafazzul Rizvi said on Thursday that the single bench of the Bombay High Court heard the arguments on Tuesday for some time before adjourning for September 9.

Yousuf has prayed to the High Court to remove the stay order passed by a Mumbai arbitrator on a petition filed by 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) against him last year for breach of contract.

The batsman first signed a contract to play for the ICL but under pressure from the PCB dumped it and moved to align with the official IPL.

Yousuf, who is being supported by PCB in his legal battle against ICL, claimed that he had returned the advance money to the ICL immediately through their common agent so there was no contractual binding on him.

Rizvi said their lawyer told the High Court that the arbitrator was biased against his client and the stay order was issued in the absence of the defendant.

"We have argued that this stay is even against the Indian law as it restrains a professional cricketer from earning his bread and butter," Rizvi said.

Rizvi said since his client had returned the money paid to him by ICL, the 'rebel' league had no justification in filing a suit against Yousuf.