Lahore, Nov 10: Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has been found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the fifth one-day international against South Africa in Dubai on Monday.
Yousuf had his name written with a marker pen at the back of a borrowed shirt, which was a violation of Clause 2.1.1 of the ICC code of conduct for players, as read with Section C6 of the clothing and equipment rules and regulations that deal with appropriate and professional standards of appearance on the field, the Daily Times reported.
"Yousuf pleaded not guilty to the offence and as such, under the terms of the code, ICC match referee Andy Pycroft held a hearing after the match in which he reached his decision," a spokesman for the ICC said yesterday.
In a statement, Pycroft said, "In making my decision, I took into account that Yousuf was required by the management representing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to wear the offending shirt as he had arrived in Dubai for the Test series and not for the ODIs. As such, he didn't bring with him any coloured clothing."
"The matter should now be referred by the ICC to the PCB pursuant to the relevant section of the clothing and equipment rules and regulations," he added.