PCB asked to clarify on players~~ availability

Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:With Pakistani players flooding County cricket in England, the national selectors have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to submit a list of players available for selection for the upcoming One-day series against Sri Lanka.

Bari recently talked to fellow selectors Iqbal Qasim, Ehteshamuddin and Sultan Rana to shortlist the players for the One-day series beginning in Malaysia later this month but the members advised him to first seek certain clarifications from the PCB on its future plans regarding the team management and set-up, a local daily reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper quoted a "reliable source" as saying that the members and even Bari had been asking the Board to give them a list of players who were available for the Malaysia series as most of the leading Pakistan players have gone to England to play for Counties and league cricket.

But so far the Board is yet to send them such a list.

"When the series against India ended the selectors were told that they had to pick a second string side for the Malaysia series. But now the Board has indicated to them that the senior players would be available for selection," a source said.

It is in this background Bari had been advised by his colleagues to seek a one to one meeting with Board chief Shaharyar Khan and chief executive Ramiz Raja and confirm from them what they planned to do in the coming days and what they had in mind for the Pakistan team set-up.

"Everyone is meeting the chairman and CEO but so far the chief selector has not been conveyed the Board's policy on the avalability of players for the Malaysia series," the source added.

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