PCB gags players from speaking on IPL, ICL banning

February 4th, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 4 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has gagged players from giving any media interviews on the move to stop them from featuring in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Indian Cricket League (ICL).A number of top Pakistani players including Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir were supposed to feature in the IPL this year. Several other leading cricketers were planning to take part in the ICL as well.

Sources in the PCB said Wednesday that the gag order has been issued keeping in mind that it is a sensitive issue and has government involved in it.

The Foreign Minister had earlier this week refused to clear the national cricketer’s participation in the cash-rich IPL. Later, a PCB official said the decision also applied on the unofficial ICL that has employed around 20 Pakistani cricketers.

The decision was taken because of the strained relations with India after last year’s Mumbai terror attack.

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