Karachi:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday ruled out allowing its players to take part in next year's Indian Premier League if it clashes with their rescheduled home series against Australia.
Brushing aside any possibility of a Sri Lanka type situation where cricketers are on a collision course with their Board over their proposed England tour during IPL season, PCB Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi reasoned that a domestic tournament - IPL - cannot take precedence over international commitment.
"We don't see any confrontation with the players over the clash of dates of the IPL with the Australian tour. IPL is a domestic tournament. International commitments take precedence over the domestic tournaments and IPL is no exception," he said.
"We will work strictly under a principle which has been decided at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level. Obviously the home series against Australia is very important for us and nothing will take precedence over it," he added.
When reminded of the ongoing tussle between the Lankan board and its players over the England tour next year which clashes with IPL set to be held in April and May, Naghmi said that was their internal issue.
"That is SLC's internal matter. As far as our players are concerned they have been told in clear terms about their priorities when they signed the IPL contracts," he said.
Around a dozen Pakistani players appeared in the IPL in its first season with Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan representing the eventual winners Rajasthan Royals.
Australia have said they would tour Pakistan in April next year to play a full Test or One-day series as part of their rescheduling agreement with the PCB after they had postponed their Test tour to Pakistan earlier this year due to security reasons.
Naghmi said the PCB remained confident about next year's tour by the Australians despite their security concerns over the Champions Trophy.
"We are quite confident Australia will tour Pakistan next year and we are not working on any other assumptions at the moment," Naghmi added.