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Players banned from writing columns


Pakistan have decided to ban their players from writing newspaper columns during international tours in the future.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear that the players will not be allowed to write columns or give paid interviews to television channels during future tours. The decision has been taken in the wake of a largely poor performance from the Pakistanis in India where they lost both the one-day and Test series.

Most of the leading Pakistani players including captain Shoaib Malik, vice-captain Younis Khan, senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf and pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar were busy writing syndicated columns throughout the tour of India.

While the PCB had a relaxed policy for its players, the Indian cricket board had banished its players from writing any newspaper columns. “We want our players to be completely focused on national duty while on tours,” PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf told ‘The News’. He said that the PCB has also adopted a new selection policy according to which the tour management committee will not be authorised to single out players which they want as replacements while on a tour.

“The management will only be allowed to ask the selectors that they need a bowler, batsman or all-rounder as replacement. The decision as which player should go would be taken by the (national) selection committee,” he said. Previously, a tour management committee that includes the team captain, vice-captain, coach and manager was entitled to ask for a particular player as replacement.

Nasim said that it has also been decided that the national selectors, after consulting with the captain and coach, will also select reserve players before the start of tour. “Replacements would be sent from among that pool of reserve players,” he said.

Source:Cricket News

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