Karachi, Jun 15: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to question former skipper Shoaib Malik, following his participation in a Delhi event without seeking Indian Cricket Board's permission.
According to reports, Shoaib Malik participated in a Delhi club tournament a couple of days ago after representing Pakistan in the second T20 against Sri Lanka as reported by Express Tribune.
It was reported earlier that the BCCI was unaware of Malik's participation in the event. According to the rules, foreign players are not allowed to feature in domestic tournaments, which came into effect three years ago.
"We were unaware of his involvement. We'll question him since he's a centrally contracted player, but we cannot take any decision without hearing from him," said a PCB official.
While another official downplayed the controversy by saying, "The event wasn't held under the BCCI's umbrella. Participation in an ordinary event is not an offence. The permission is required for sanctioned and major leagues or tournaments. We haven't received any message from the BCCI yet.
Earlier BCCI had also expressed that they were not aware of the Pakistan cricketer's participation in the event and it was shocking to hear that the player had played in a DDCA affiliated tournament.
"This is news to us that Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik has played in a DDCA affiliated tournament. We haven't received any prior intimation from the state association that a foreign cricketer is playing in an Indian club level tournament. The BCCI has already made it a rule that no foreign cricketer is allowed in any domestic tournament (barring IPL)," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday on conditions of anonymity.
When DDCA secretary S K Bansal was contacted, he seemed ignorant about the BCCI diktat.
"We never had an idea that we need to seek BCCI permission for Malik's inclusion in Lala Raghubir Trophy. In fact, he played in another tournament in Delhi last year and there was no permission was sought then," DDCA secretary S K Bansal explained.