IPL yet to decide on Rawalpindi Express

Published: Friday, May 2, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) is yet to finalise its position on barring Pakistan's temperamental seamer Shoaib Akhtar from playing in the inaugural season of the tournament.

The IPL is waiting for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to forward the court papers that upheld Shoaib's five-year ban on April 30, and is also considering a personal request from national board chairman Nasim Ashraf, to let Shoaib play in the Twenty20 event.

''We are yet to finalise our position because we will first have to examine what the court papers relating to the ban says,'' a member of the IPL governing council, IS Bindra said.

''We can arrive at a decision only after that. There is no time limit to this as the PCB has to obtain these papers first, and then forward them to IPL,'' he added.

Bindra also said the IPL was seriously 'considering a personal request' from Ashraf to let Shoaib play so that he could ''earn his livelihood.''

Shoaib was signed up by Kolkata Knight Riders for $425,000 but was barred from appearing in the tournament by the IPL council 'in the interests of international discipline' after the PCB banned him on disciplinary grounds last month.

''I'm sure we'll all look back on it as a pretty defining moment in terms of international cricket,'' he added.


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