Shoaib needs PCB permission to join IPL


akhterShoaib Akhtar is unlikely to be honoured by the official Indian Premier League (IPL) unless he gets a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

A well-placed source told ‘The News’ that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought PCB’s permission on Shoaib. “The Indian board is interested to know about the PCB version on Shoaib. In other words, they want an opinion from PCB on hiring Shoaib for the IPL,” the source said.

He said the BCCI wanted to hire Shoaib for the league only if the PCB clears the speedster. “Both boards enjoy cordial relations and unless Shoaib gets an NOC from the PCB, he is unlikely to be signed by the league,” he said.

Sources close to Shoaib said the speedster is aware of the fact that unless he wins the confidence of the PCB, he will not be able to play in the IPL.

He said Shoaib would be making an effort to regain PCB’s confidence.

“Shoaib wants to play international cricket at least till the next World Cup. He will make one last effort to win the confidence of the board.

“That will help him continue playing for Pakistan as well as in the IPL,” his close aide said.

The fast bowler has already been removed as the Federal Area captain and has also been axed from the 15-member playing team that will take on Balochistan in the next Pentangular Cup match starting on February 22.

Source:Cricket News

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