The decision of the former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik not to play in the domestic tournament, Pentangular Cup, has angered the national selectors and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The axed allrounder turned down the offer to lead the Punjab team in the five-team competition, saying he had committed himself to working as an expert on an Indian television channel during the World Cup.
The Pentangular Cup, which is contested between the four provinces and the Federal areas team, is clashing with the opening round of the World Cup, starting today in Bangladesh.
Sources in the Pakistan board said Malik had informed the national selectors who select the teams for the Pentangular Cup that he was unavailable because of his commitments in the World Cup.
"The selectors are not very happy because already most of the top players are playing in the World Cup and the tournament has lost its competitive edge," one source said.
Test opener Taufiq Umar has now been appointed to lead the Punjab team in the tournament.
Sources close to Malik said that he had committed himself to the media contract before the Pentangular Cup schedule was announced by the board.
"Since he is not being selected for the Pakistan team he felt it would be best if he utilised the World Cup to make some good money," one source added.
Malik had already upset the selectors earlier when he decided to skip the national one-day tournament and go and play league cricket in Bangladesh on a lucrative contract.
"Malik is disappointed that after having performed so well in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy he was ignored by the selectors. He feels he has done enough at the domestic level to prove his fitness and form to the selectors and now he has the right to earn some money during the World Cup from his media commitment," one source said.