PCB yet to decide on punishment for ICL

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/p/pcb-logo.jpg' class='caption'> The Pakistan Cricket Board are still undecided on punishment for players who left the rebel Indian Cricket League.

Updated: May 27, 2009 13:04 IST
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The Pakistan Cricket Board are still undecided on punishment for players who left the rebel Indian Cricket League, putting a question mark on their participation in the national team's Test tour of Sri Lanka starting June 27.

A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today said Chairman Ejaz Butt would decide whether the players, who intend to severe ties with ICL by the May 31 deadline, would be allowed back into the national team after a cooling off period or could do so by just paying fines.

"We will put up the case to the Chairman. He will take a final decision. But the International Cricket Council (ICC) has advised its member boards to have a cooling period of six to 12 months under a clause in the regulations on unauthorized tournaments," PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf said.

Senior batsman, Mohammad Yousuf had on Tuesday submitted an NOC from the ICL to the board confirming termination of his ties with the unofficial league.

Other players including Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved, Imran Nazir have also stated they have been released by the ICL which recently freed around 50 local and overseas players from their contracts.

Yousuf said he was hopeful of making a comeback to the Pakistan team soon.

"I have sorted out all issues with the ICL as well and have asked them to only pay me for the matches I played last season," Yousuf said.

Yousuf said he had put in no conditions to play for Pakistan nor asked for any financial compensation from the board.

After the May 31 deadline the ICC has said it would enforce tougher sanctions governing unauthorised tournaments and players taking part in them.

Razzaq who returned to domestic cricket action with a blazing hundred in the national T20 championship last night said he was keen to play for Pakistan again.

Altaf said PCB would have to consider all pros and cons before reconsidering the ICL players for national selection.

"We have to see what is the position after the May 31 deadline and how many players end their contracts with the ICL. But our view is that we need to handle things on a case to case basis," he added.

The Indian and South African boards have already announced a cooling period for their ICL players before they can be considered for national selection.
Sources in the board said the Chairman could either go for a short cooling period or could suggest imposing heavy fines on ICL players since there's pressure on him to get them back into the team for the Sri Lanka tour and the Champions Trophy in September.

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