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PCB lets Faisal Iqbal off with a warning

PCB lets Faisal Iqbal off with a warning

Iqbal featured in a T20 event in Florida with ICL players.

Karachi: Pakistan Test batsman Faisal Iqbal on Saturday sighed with relief after the board let him off with a warning for playing in a Twenty20 festival tournament in Florida alongside players of the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a showcause notice to Faisal warning him to be careful in future and avoid taking part in any event without clearance from the board.

The board had issued the notice to Faisal after he played in the event in May that also featured several ICL players.

"His matter was discussed at the meeting of the international cricket committee and it was decided to let him off this time with a strong warning," an official said.

The board was also unhappy that Faisal who has 21 test appearances to his credit played in the event which was not recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The ICL players are all banned from playing in Pakistan by the board. But interestingly the Faisal incident has left some other players in a fix as they have been invited to take part in a benefit match on August 13 in Karachi which is being organised by the Governor's house in link to the Independence day celebrations.

"The board is not clear about its policy on ICL players at the domestic level and we don't know what to do now as they are some players who have got invitations from the government to play in the match," one player said.

Faisal confirmed he had also got an invitation and had asked the board to clarify things.

The interesting thing is that the governor house has said the benefit match which will feature top players is being held with the support of the board.

first published:August 10, 2008, 18:15 IST