Pakistan players in ICL may return home

December 21st, 2008 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Dec.21 (ANI): Rebel Pakistan cricketers, who sided with the Indian Cricket league (ICL), may return home after fearing that their stint with the league may be curtailed. Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have confirmed that fresh requests are being received from the players for removal of ban which PCB has imposed.
Fresh requests are being received to lift the ban on the Pakistan players who are engaged playing ICL in India, The News quoted a PCB official, as saying.
There are fears among the Pakistan players representing in the ICL that they may not be allowed to play in India for long after the strained relationship between the two countries.
Indian government cancelled the cricket tour to Pakistan and has threatened to snap all ties in the wake of Mumbai carnage.
Former captains Inzamam-ul-Haq and Rashid Latif are among the players who are believed to have requested the PCB to lift the ban and allow them to play in the domestic circuit.
Our cricketers who were busy playing ICL could face financial problems in the future. Now when the whole scenario is changed, they should be allowed to play domestic cricket. There is a need to give a strong response to Indian cricket, Inzamam said.
Under the prevailing circumstances, no cricketer would want to tour India. If India is not serious to extend helping hand to Pakistan cricket, I do not think any player would want to continue cricketing relations with them, he added.
Latif also criticised the Indian governments stand of not allowing their national team to tour Pakistan. (ANI)

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