KARACHI, March 31 Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and
pace bowler Rana Naved have become the latest banned players to
ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to reconsider allowing them
to play for the national team, the board said on Tuesday.
The pair are among several players banned from representing
Pakistan because they have had contracts with the unofficial
Indian Cricket League (ICL), which is not recognised by the
International Cricket Council (ICC) and its members.
Their plea followed a request from banned senior batsman
Mohammad Yousuf last week to be reconsidered for national
selection and the PCB's chief operating officer Saleem Altaf
said the board was seeking legal advice on the matter.
"There are a lot of legal ramifications involved in this ICL
issue. Right now we don't know whether the ICL has released
these players," Altaf said.
"Since these players appeared in an unauthorised tournament
we have to look at what the ICC say on this and other legal
advice. Normally players who play in unauthorised tournaments
face some penalties."
Altaf said the players had approached the board saying they
wanted to play for Pakistan and would end their contracts with
the ICL, which is bankrolled by one of India's largest media
firms and was launched in 2007.
"Some even claim their contracts with the ICL are terminated
but we have to wait and see. We don't want to rush things. We
don't want to be unfair with anyone," Altaf said.
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