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PCB asks rebel trio to quit ICL

Keen to have the 'rebel' trio of all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, pacer Rana Naved and opener Imran Nazir in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup squad, the Pakistan Cricket Board is pressing them to immediately snap ties with ICL.

cricket Updated: May 04, 2009 14:39 IST

Keen to have the 'rebel' trio of all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, pacer Rana Naved and opener Imran Nazir in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup squad, the Pakistan Cricket Board is pressing them to immediately snap ties with the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Sources in the PCB said Chairman Ejaz Butt had conveyed to Razzaq, Rana Naved and Nazir that they should resign immediately from the ICL to be considered for the Twenty20 World Cup.

"Butt has also called for a special meeting of the governing council to get approval to include the three players in the Twenty20 squad," one source told PTI.

He said since the ICC had left it to the home boards to decide the penalties for the ICL players before reconsidering them for national selection, the PCB was clear they wanted Razzaq, Naved and Nazir back for the Twenty20 World Cup.

"The three players will probably just be fined and then forgiven for their links with the ICL," the source said.

He said senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who was the only Pakistani player to have resigned from the ICL so far, was not under consideration for the Twenty20 World Cup. "But he will certainly return for the next one-day series and Champions Trophy and will also be let off with just a fine," the source said.