Rawalpindi Express unlikely to feature in IPL

Published: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is unlikely to feature in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) unless he signs his stipend deed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Players must obtain a NOC from their respective boards before joining the IPL. However, the PCB can award a NOC only to those players who are in contract.

''It would be difficult for the Board to extend the NOC to a player who is not in contract,'' a PCB source was qouted as saying by ''The News''.

However, Akhtar, who did not figure in category A of the PCB's central contracts list, is in no mood for a stipend deal with the board.

''I am in no mood to sign the deal with the Board unless they reconsider their decision,'' he said.

The ''Rawalpindi Express'', is reportedly considering to join the second edition of the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Akhtar set join ICL: Meanwhile, ICL's Pakistan representative Moin Khan has said that Shoaib had signed a memorandum of understanding with the ICL

He said he could not comment on Shoaib's intentions but confirmed the fast bowler was made an offer last year when the ICL had started acquiring players for its tournament.

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq along with Imran Farhat, Taufiq Umar, Abdul Razzaq, Shabbir Ahmed and Azhar Mahmood, are already associated with the ICL.

However, Moin Khan confirmed that the ICL was still looking to sign around nine more players from Pakistan and negotiations were continuing with them.

''There is a proposal to field one team of Pakistani players in the next league and we need more players to add to the six we already have with us,'' he said.


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