With row fresh, Shehzad to face Dilshan again in CLT20 qualifiers

  • Anand Sachar/Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2014 02:33 IST

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad will be on board when domestic T20 champions Lahore Lions leave for India on Tuesday to take part in the Champions League T20, starting with the qualifiers on September 13.

Uncertainty over the Lions' participation ended on Monday with the Indian visa being issued to the players. HT had in its September 7 edition reported that the Pakistan players have been issued tickets and visa would be given by Monday.

The Lahore team's participation will set the stage for another face-off between Shehzad and Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan as their teams are pitted against each other in the qualifiers. Lions play Sri Lanka's Southern Express, which includes Dilshan, in Raipur on September 16.

Shehzad triggered a controversy after he was caught on camera advising Dilshan to embrace Islam as the players walked off the field after the third ODI in Dambulla on August 30, which the hosts won.

Although Sri Lanka Cricket or Dilshan did not lodge a complaint, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a three-member committee headed by its international cricket operations director Zakir Khan to investigate the issue. Now with Shehzad being cleared to play in the CLT20, the issue seems to be over.

"Shehzad appeared before the investigating team which heard his version and decided to allow him to join the team. He was reprimanded for giving religious advice to a fellow cricketer," a PCB official told HT.

Led by Mohammad Hafeez, Lions will begin their qualifying campaign against Mumbai Indians on September 13 before taking on New Zealand's Northern Districts and Southern Express.

Barring pacer Wahab Riaz, they are expected to play their full squad and are favoured to qualify for the main competition, which a team from Pakistan - Faisalabad Wolves and Sialkot Stallions - failed to do in the last two editions.

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