PCB drops ICL rebels but keeps them on standby for World T20

April 8th, 2009 - 6:25 pm ICT by IANS  

By Omar Khalid
Karachi, April 8 (IANS) Pakistan has dropped three Indian Cricket League (ICL) players from its 30-man provisional squad for the World Twenty20 Championship but has retained them ‘on a reserve list’ with the hope that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will clear them later this month.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told IANS Wednesday that the Board will take a final decision after receiving a verdict from the ICC.

Pakistani selectors had included ICL-contracted Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Imran Nazir in a 30-man preliminary squad for the June 5-21 spectacle to be played in England.

But just a day later, the PCB decided to drop the three players and instead included discarded Test opener Mohammad Hafeez, wicket-keeper Zulfiqar Jan and spinner Saeed Ajmal in the squad.

A PCB media release which was issued Tuesday evening had stated that the three ICL players have been kept on standby and will be included in the list if cleared by the ICC. The PCB is planning to discuss the matter at the ICC Executive Board Meeting to be held April 17-18.

Sources said that the PCB was forced to backtrack on the inclusion of the ICL players in a bid to avoid a faceoff with the Indian cricket board and ICC.

The ICC considers ICL as a unauthorized league and is expected to adopt a tough policy against such unofficial events by laying out new rules against them from June 1 this year.

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