LAHORE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has left for England to sort out the legal issues with the English Cricket Board. He rubbished speculations that the PCB was in any kind of battle with the cricket world and the ICC over the suspension of the three players. We have our reservations over our decision to suspend the players without proof, he said. But we have cooperated with the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. And as a board we have a responsibility to ensure that no one keeps on making unsubstantiated allegations against our players, he added. He was accompanied by PCB legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi. The PCB Chairman will consult with the lawyers in London about the reply that is to be sent to the England and Wales Cricket Board and English players who have demanded an unconditional apology and compensation from Butt for making a statement in which he indirectly said that English players were involved in fixing, reports said. The PCB has directed its lawyers in London to file a reply to the letter sent to Butt by the ECB on behalf of the English players last week. Butt will talk to the lawyers in London to find out if the dispute can be sorted out through the reply or whether he will have to meet with ECB officials directly to sort out the dispute, reports said. Reports quoting sources said that Butt and Rizvi are also expected to meet with Scotland Yard officials to get a briefing on the current position of the investigations into the allegations of spot-fixing involving three Pakistani players Test captain Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer. The International Cricket Council has suspended Butt, Asif and Aamir after fixing allegations surfaced against them during the recent Lords Test. The Pakistan team is due to play against South Africa from next month and the PCB and its selectors naturally want to know the status of the three players for the forthcoming series, the source said. The PCB wants to know the progress Scotland Yard has made in its investigations because they feel the investigations have already taken too long and there is a delay in the Scotland Yard and prosecutors office reaching a decision on whether to charge the players. They want a clear picture whether the players are going to be charged or not, the source added. Middle order batsman Muhammad Yousuf is likely to lead the Pakistan team in the Test matches in the upcoming series against South Africa. The veteran batsman met Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt at the Gaddafi Stadium and discussed the boards plans of the upcoming series. The meeting lasted for about an hour and afterwards several other players and team officials also met the PCB chief. Reports attributed to the board said that Butt believed that Yousuf was the best available option to lead Pakistan in the test matches while Shahid Afridi is likely to remain first choice for captaincy in One Day Internationals and Twenty20s. Yousuf has started training to improve his physical fitness with PCB trainer Saboor Ahmed. Yousuf had captained Pakistan team in the controversial tour of Australia last year where Pakistan failed to win even a single match in any format. Yousuf was widely criticised for his defensive approach and poor tactics during the tour of Australia and was banned by the PCB for indefinite period on the recommendations of inquiry committee. Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this year but was recalled for third and fourth Npower test matches against England last month due to poor performance of Pakistan batting line up.