Yusuf Pathan might well have to give up hopes of becoming the first Indian male cricketer to play for an overseas franchise based T20 tournament. He was signed by the Kowloon Cantons in the Hong Kong T20 league.According to a report in The Indian Express, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to withdraw the No Objection Certificate (NOC) given to the hard hitting batsman as other players have also started applying for NOCs to play in overseas tournaments. (Also read: Yusuf Pathan to feature in Hong Kong T20 league)The Baroda hitman was unveiled on Saturday by Kowloon Cantons. He was expected to play a big role for the side in the second edition of the league from March 8 to March 12.The BCCI was always against granting NOCs to Indian players for any overseas franchise based tournament and Yusuf’s NOC came as a major surprise to many.Earlier, Yusuf became the third big signing for Kowloon Cantons after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and England’s Tymal Mills.Tim Cutler, chief executive of Cricket Hong Hong, had thanked the BCCI for clearing Yusuf’s participation in the tournament and said his presence will be a big boost for the game in the country.”This is amazing news and we are very appreciative of the BCCI in granting this No-Objection Certificate (NOC),” he said.”This will go a long way to help the development of the sport in the region and with even more stars still to be announced this is shaping up to be a superb tournament that will be enjoyed by millions across the world.”advertisementOther marquee signings for the league include Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, West Indies’ Darren Sammy, New Zealand’s James Franklin and the former South Africa off-spinner Johan Botha.The four-team event also includes Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, City Kaitak and Hong Kong Island United. The first four days will see play-off matches between each of the teams, following which the top two will progress to the final on March 12.