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Pakistani veterans set to join ICL: Reports

Published: Sunday, August 12, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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The beleaguered Indian Cricket League (ICL) is set to get a shot in the arm with reports claiming that five veteran Pakistan players were set to join the rebel league.

New Delhi: The beleaguered Indian Cricket League (ICL) is set to get a shot in the arm with reports claiming that five veteran Pakistan players were set to join the rebel league.

According to reports in Dawn, five Pakistani players-- Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat and middle-order batsman Asim Kamal-- may join the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

The organisers' agent are negotiating on terms and conditions specifically related to the financial package and are in the final phase of finalising the deal.

All those players, according to reports, were inclined to join the breakaway league following the recent cold-shoulder treatment meeted out to them by the Pakistan cricket authorities.

They are yet to sign the central contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the next term of six months (July 1-Dec 31, 2007), the other two being Danish Kaneria and Younis Khan.

''We have delivered the central contract to all the remaining four players and have also extended the deadline for signing it (till August 15, 2007). Now it is up to them to take a decision,'' said PCB's Chief Operating Officer, Shafqat Naghmi.

''I will not make any comment specifically on the news about Razzaq considering joining the ICL but for all those players who intend to go for it (ICL), I would like to remind that they will be banned from Pakistan cricket,'' he asserted.

''We will not stop anyone and we can't do that, but the PCB has already announced its decision of banning such cricketers,'' he added.

Razzaq has opted for ICL after realising his uncertain future with the Pakistan team. Inzamam-ul-Haq on the other hand has been on the sidelines after he stepped down from the captaincy following a disastrous World Cup campaign. Although he has made himself available for Test cricket despite his decision to retire from the ODIs, the PCB is not convinced about his match-fitness for the five-day format too.

The former Pakistan captain was also not included in the list of contracted players by the PCB.

According to media reports star batsman Mohammad Yousuf is pondering over joining the 'rebel' League following his exclusion from the national Twenty20 World Cup squad.

UNI

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