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Allow all ICL players to play for Pak: Moin Khan

cricket Updated: Jun 11, 2009 17:13 IST
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Former captain Moin Khan has urged Pakistan cricket authorities to allow other Indian Cricket League players to represent the national team after former 'rebel league' player Abdul Razzaq was drafted to the Twenty20 World Cup side.

Moin, who played an instrumental role in signing up players from Pakistan for the unauthorised ICL, said he was delighted for Razzaq as he was finally getting a chance to represent Pakistan again.

"But I hope this is the start of a process through which all other ICL players are allowed to try and represent their national team," Moin said today.

Pakistan contributed nearly two dozen players to the ICL over the last two years and it was only last month that the Pakistan Cricket Board allowed some of the ICL players to be considered for national selection.

The PCB allowed Mohammad Yousuf and Razzaq to be considered for national team duty after they terminated their contracts with the ICL while the board is due to take a decision on Imran Nazir and Rana Naved.

But there is no word on whether other ICL players have left the rebel league with sources claiming that players like Imran Farhat, Mohammad Sami, Hasan Raza are still to take a decision on their future.

"It was wrong to ban them. I think atleast now the board is taking the right decisions and I hope they allow all the ICL players now to be available for Pakistan selection," said Moin, who was coach of the Lahore Badshahs team in the ICL.

Moin admitted he did not expect the International Cricket Council to allow PCB to replace Yasir Arafat with Razzaq in the Pakistan Twenty20 squad.

"It came as a pleasent surprise that Razzaq is finally going to get a chance to play for Pakistan again. I spoke to him and he is excited himself," Moin said.