March 31, 2009 / 2:48 PM / 9 years ago

Cricket-Razzaq and Naved ask Pakistan to lift ban

KARACHI, March 31 (Reuters) - 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. (Editing by Sonia Oxley; To comment on this story: sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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