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Former players hit out at PCB

PCB, at its governing body meeting last week, decided to keep the ban on former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat, Abdul Razzaq, Taufiq Umar, Shabbir Ahmed and Azhar Mahmood from playing domestic cricket.

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2008 23:04 IST
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Pakistan's former cricketers on Sunday slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for retaining the ban on its players, who played in rebel ICL, and accused the Board of adopting double standards.

PCB, at its governing body meeting last week, decided to keep the ban on former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat, Abdul Razzaq, Taufiq Umar, Shabbir Ahmed and Azhar Mahmood from playing domestic cricket.

Former captain Javed Miandad said to deprive players from earning their livelihood was injustice.

"When the PCB is not selecting these players what is wrong if they go and play in the ICL. Even the government of Pakistan does not have the right to deprive anyone of his livelihood and employment," he said.

"There is lot of unemployment in the country. I don't understand what the Chairman of the Board wants to do."

Miandad said he had no doubt that the Board was adopting double standards with the players.

"Why did it go out of its way and financially give incentives to Mohammad Yousuf to drop his ICL contract? I am sure if Yousuf had gone and played in the ICL, the Board would not have had the courage to drop him or ban him," he said.

Former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq also questioned Board's policy.

"On one hand they are willing to allow players to play in the Indian Premier League. What is the difference between the two leagues only that one is backed by the Indian Board.

"If a player is not selected for his country and goes abroad to earn some extra money what is wrong with that?," he told a TV Channel.

Inzamam said the ICL had never stopped any contracted player from not fulfilling his commitments with his national team or domestic team.

"So then what is wrong with playing in the ICL. I don't understand this policy of the Board. Why stop players from appearing in domestic cricket. To me, it appears to be more of a personal vendetta by some officials against the players."

Another former captain, Aamir Sohail hit out at the Board's double standards pointing out that they picked Inzamam to play a Test and gave him a befitting farewell even when he was contracted to the ICL.

"Some of these players had opted to return their central contracts they signed with the Board. So what is wrong if they go and earn some extra money abroad they are not saying we would not play for Pakistan," he said.