Pak selectors in no mood to include ICL players in ODI series

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Pak selection committee has made it clear that they were in no mood to consider any ICL player for the ODI series against Australia.

Updated: March 19, 2009 13:11 IST
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The Pakistan selection committee has made it clear that they were in no mood to consider any player linked with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) for the forthcoming one-day series against Australia.

Referring to recent media reports that the selectors had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board for clearance to include some ICL players in the squad for the Australia series, a selector said no such thought crossed the selector's mind.

"The selectors are clear that the ICL players are presently banned by the board from playing for Pakistan and until that ban is lifted they can't figure in our selection plans for any series," he said on conditions of anonymity.

He said the selectors personally, however, felt that some of the ICL players including senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf, allrounder Abdul Razzak, pacer Rana Naved, batsmen Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat could play for Pakistan again.

"But our personal opinion does not count we only select those players who are declared eligible to play for the country by the board," the selector said.

He also dismissed reports that the Australians had warned the PCB saying they would not play the coming series scheduled in Abu Dhabi and Dubai if any ICL player were included in the Pakistan squad.

"No such thing has happened. It is untrue," he added. The Sindh High Court last month lifted a ban on the ICL players from playing domestic cricket and the PCB also didn't challenge the suspension order but the ban on the ICL rebels from playing for Pakistan is intact and no player has challenged this ban as yet.

The International Cricket Council has also said it does not see any court suspending the international cricket ban on ICL players under the case of restraint of trade.

ICC cricket operations head Dave Richardson recently told a press conference in Lahore that selection for the national team was a privilege not a right for any cricketer.

Some of the ICL players have stood out with their performances in the ongoing domestic season after resuming playing for their departments and associations since the board imposed the domestic and international ban in late 2007.

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