PCB’s Warning Over ICL

Written by Fahd Mirza on August 4th, 2007   (235 views)

The warning has been given to Pakistan’s leading players by PCB of risking their future if they join the insurgent Indian Cricket League (ICL). Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board has cleared that any of the current leading players would be ineligible to play for Pakistan if they joined the insurgent Indian Cricket League as ICL has approached leading players i.e. Pakistan team’s skipper Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Yousaf and Younis Khan to play in the league scheduled to be launched in October / November, 2007. Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain has already confirmed receiving an bid to play in the breakaway series.

Anyone of leading players, who decides to play in the ICL, would not be picked again for Pakistan. There are clauses in the central contracts, outlined in clear terms that the Pakistan Cricket Board will decide where the players be able to compete. The PCB chief, however, was uninformed of the offers being made to the Pakistani players. However, the PCB can’t stop anyone of them if he personally decides to appear in the ICL since the ICL has not been approved by the ICC and its status stands illegal as well.

Since, of the clauses in the performance-based central contracts, the pacers Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul were stopped by the PCB from playing country cricket in England as well as PCB did not grant them permission because of the fear of picking up possible injuries, a natural occurrence with fast bowlers. At the same time PCB allowed others like Younis and Danish Kaneria to play in England, but in the case of Asif and Umar PCB gave them incentives to compensate their non-participation in country cricket.

In actual fact, PCB has told the players that they would have to take permission if they wish to take part in commercial work. The PCB hoped every player would put national interest above anything else.

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