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Pakistan clears seven players for IPL

Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday cleared seven of their leading players including Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul Haq to sign contracts with the Indian Premier League.

cricket Updated: Oct 12, 2007 14:42 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday cleared seven of their leading players including Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul Haq to sign contracts with the Indian Premier League.

A Board official said it had recommended the names of Mohammad Yousuf, former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and pacer Mohammad Asif to the IPL organisers for contracts.

"Shoaib Akhtar has also been approached while Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik have also shown interest and we have no issue with them going to play in the league," Shafqat Naghmi who is the chief executive of the board said.

Naghmi said Yousuf and Inzamam, who had joined the rebel Indian Cricket League, has agreed not to participate in the unofficial tournament.

"They have given their consent to play in the IPL which is an official event supported by the Pakistan board," he said.

The Twenty20 IPL launched recently by the BCCI is sanctioned by the International Cricket Council and has the support of Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and England cricket boards'.

Naghmi explained that PCB had no objections to their players appearing in the IPL but national duty and the ICC future tours program would remain a top priority for them.

"They will go and play in the IPL which would be organised during off-period of the FTP," he said. Pakistan has announced it would be holding its IPL edition next year after the ICC Champions Trophy in September and October.