Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf will not be joining Leicestershire as an overseas player for this season.
Yousuf, who last played for Pakistan in 2010 and has even kept himself away from domestic cricket in Pakistan, has had a brief stint with another county Warwickshire last season.
Leicestershire today revealed they have been in talks with Yousuf for a number of weeks but were unable to reach an agreement, so the search for an overseas batsman continues.
Chief Executive Mike Siddall said: “We have been in talks for several weeks but unfortunately a problem arose this week which, between us, we could not solve. We are disappointed and are now looking at other options.”
Earlier, Yousuf had said that he will only sign with Leicestershire if the county allows him time off for Ramazan.
“I have the contract with me and it just needs my signature to confirm everything,” Yousuf said.
“However, I’ve asked them to give me a month off for Ramazan and I will only sign the contract if I’m allowed to take that break.”