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Domestic door slammed, 'rebel' Pak players consult lawyers

cricket Updated: Dec 24, 2007 17:05 IST

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The Pakistan Cricket Board and the 'rebel' players are on a collision course after the PCB instructed its affiliated teams to slam the door on them.

A top official of a leading bank confirmed to PTI that they had got a letter from the General Manager, Domestic Cricket, instructing all affiliated departments and regions not to select players who have appeared in the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

The PCB had announced that it would not consider those players for national selection but the ban on them appearing in domestic cricket is clearly a new development.

"The letter says that the board has added a new clause 2.2 to the domestic cricket playing conditions under which all players who violate PCB regulations and play in unauthorised leagues should not be considered for domestic selection as well," the bank official said.

Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shabbir Ahmed, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Taufiq Umar and Azhar Mahmood took part in the ICL and some of them have decided to challenge the instruction in court.

Opener Imran Farhat said that the players were informed by their departments they could not resume playing domestic cricket after they return from India.

"We are now in consultation with each other and have spoken to our lawyers. We plan to get a stay order against this domestic cricket ban," Farhat said.

Farhat and Taufiq play for Habib bank which faces a crucial final round match from Wednesday and is eyeing a place in the final.

Shabbir plays for Wapda, another top ranked team, while Inzamam has retired.

Shabbir said cricket was their bread and butter and the board was being unfair and harsh with them by stopping them from even playing domestic cricket.

"Obviously they are doing this on the behest of the Indian board but we have to fight this legally and we will not take this lying down," he said.