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Haq taps Pak law minister

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul Haq said that he has reasons to hope that PCB may soon lift the ban on players contracted with the ICL, reports KR Guruprasad.

cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2008 23:51 IST
K R Guruprasad
K R Guruprasad
Hindustan Times
Haq taps Pak law minister

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul Haq on Tuesday said that he has reasons to hope that PCB may soon lift the ban on players contracted with the ICL.

"I recently met the Pakistan Law Minister Farooq Naek and told him that our ICL contracts do not forbid anyone from playing for the country," Inzamam, who is in Hyderabad, told HT over phone.

"I informed him that our contracts gave top priority to national duty and the league was willing to release a player if he is selected to play for the country."

Inzamam, who leads the Lahore Badshahs in the ICL's second season beginning on Friday, said that he told the law minister that Pakistan cricketers in ICL were available for national duty if they were required.

"Mr Naek heard us out and even had a look at our contracts," Inzamam said. "Then the law minister had a word with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari about our request."

"The President has said that he will meet the ICL players and the board and try to sort the issue out," said Inzamam.

“I am hoping for a positive result,” he added.

"There are many players like Imran Nazir, Abdur Razzaq etc who can play for the country," he said. "I don't see any reason why these quality players should be ignored just because they play in ICL."

Inzamam said that his hope is strengthened after Sri Lanka Cricket lifted its ban on the players contracted with ICL.

Inzamam said that the PCB being taken over by Pakistan sports ministry was not a cause for any alarm.

"I believe the ministry will run the board only till a new chairman is elected," he said.