Hopes alive for Pak rebels

Updated: 19 April 2009 11:28 IST

Many of the Pakistani players who had signed for the ICL are likely to be considered for national selection again after they complete a 'cooling period'.

Hopes alive for Pak rebels

Karachi:

Many of the Pakistani players who had signed for the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) are likely to be considered for national selection again after they complete a 'cooling period', according to a senior official here.

Following the International Cricket Council's decision that home boards would decide whether they should allow their ICL players back into international cricket, the PCB would now let its legal advisors decide on what would be the next line of action, he said.

"But one thing is clear, first and foremost the ICL players need to end their contracts with the ICL to even be considered for any level of competition for Pakistan," the official said.

'Rebel' Pakistani players Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved and Imran Farhat have all expressed their desire to play for the national team again.

The official said there was a strong possibility that the PCB might decide on a six months to one year cooling period for the ICL players, who end their contracts with the unofficial league, before they can play for Pakistan again.

He pointed out that the players had to take a decision on their links with the ICL before June 1 when the new regulations, which are more stringent on unauthorised leagues, come into effect.

"After that we can't do anything for these players," he said.

Interestingly, there is growing pressure on the board to allow the ICL players back into international to settle scores with the Indian board which is being blamed for playing a lead role in having the 2011 World Cup matches shifted from Pakistan.

Abdul Razzaq said the PCB must also keep in mind that the ICL was now planning to take the ICC to court for not recognising the league.

"The scenario might changes in a few weeks time so let us see what happens. But I am ready to play for Pakistan again," he said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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