PCB not relieve players for IPL if it clashes with Oz series

Published: Sunday, July 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today ruled out allowing its players to take part in next year's Indian Premier League if it clashes with their rescheduled home series against Australia.

Brushing aside any possibility of a Sri Lanka type situation where cricketers are on a collision course with their Board over their proposed England tour during IPL season, PCB, COO, Shafqat Naghmi reasoned that a domestic tournament - IPL - cannot take precedence over international commitment.

"We don't see any confrontation with the players over the clash of dates of the IPL with the Australian tour. IPL is a domestic tournament. International commitments take precedence over the domestic tournaments and IPL is no exception," he said.

"We will work strictly under a principle which has been decided at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level. Obviously the home series against Australia is very important for us and nothing will take precedence over it," he added.

There are fears that the scheduled dates of Australia's tour next year would clash with the IPL which would make it difficult for the players to decide where they want to participate.

Naghmi also refuted suggestions that the Australians postponed their tour to Pakistan last April/May because their players were more interested in playing in the IPL.

"No I don't think this angle is true. The truth is discussions were held between the two Boards  the Australians were keen to complete the series in one go. But it didn't happen owing to the pre-determined commitments of both the teams. So we have split the tour after considering all other options," Naghmi said.


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