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ICL players unlikely to take part in Pak domestic tourney

Pakistani cricketers associated with the Indian Cricket League are unlikely to appear in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Press Trust Of India |February 6, 2009, 9:28 PM IST
ICL players unlikely to take part in Pak domestic tourney

Karachi: The Pakistani cricketers associated with the rebel Indian Cricket League are unlikely to appear in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy league matches starting on Saturday as the participating and regional teams have still not got clearance from the cricket board.

A senior official of a leading bank confirmed that the PCB had not responded to a query whether the bank can play the ICL players in the league matches.

"We have still not got clearance from the Board so it appears unlikely the ICL players would be playing on Saturday," the official said.

The ICL cricketers became eligible to play in these matches cricket last week when the Sindh High Court suspended a PCB order banning them from featuring in domestic cricket.

The legal advisor of the players, who has challenged the ban in the court, said he had sent written copies of the court order to the board as well.

The bank had written to the PCB for permission to play the ICL cricketers but sources said some elements in the board had raised objections as since the teams had not registered the players in their season squads, they could not make changes in the team now unless they have fitness issues.

However, another departmental official since the court has lifted the domestic ban now, they must be allowed to play the players.

Most of the players who are signed up with the ICL are employed with top banks and organisations.

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