Raza urges to remove domestic ban on ICL players

PCB has decided not to allow ICL players to play domestic cricket.

Raza urges to remove domestic ban on ICL players

Karachi: Pakistan's rebel cricketer Hasan Raza has urged the new President of the country, Asif Ali Zardari to instruct the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to remove the domestic cricket ban labeled on the players who have joined the Indian Cricket League.

Raza said he and the other players who had joined the ICL were extremely disappointed and frustrated with the board decision to not even allow them to play domestic cricket.

"If they don't want us to play for Pakistan that is their decision but why stop us from playing domestic cricket which is also an important part of our livelihood," Raza the youngest player to appear in a Test match said on Sunday.

"The ICL players want to keep in touch with domestic cricket by representing their banks and departments and regions. Our departments have put our employment on hold because of the PCB ban on us," he said.

Raza called on President Zardari who is now the Chief Patron of the Board to look into their case and issue directives to remove the ban.

"In England the counties are playing the ICL players so why should this domestic ban be enforced in Pakistan," he said.

Raza's content_cnion is also supported by former Pakistan captain Moin Khan who is now coach of the Lahore Badshah team that appears in the ICL which will begin its new session from October 10 with a new look.

"I agree with Hasan because after all the players who are playing for the ICL are professionals and have committed no crime. They should be allowed to play domestic cricket," Moin said.

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