Asif refuses ICL bait, Afridi undecided
The Pakistani pacer rejects an offer from the breakaway league while all-rounder Shahid Afridi is still mulling over the idea.Updated: Aug 04, 2007 17:11 IST
Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif has rejected a Rs 100 million offer from the Indian Cricket League (ICL) even as all-rounder Shahid Afridi remained undecided on joining the rebel series.
Asif said ICL organisers had offered him Rs 70 million initially which was eventually increased to Rs 100 million for a three-year contract.
"Whatever I am today it is because of Pakistan and there is nothing greater than playing for your country. I cannot imagine dumping the national team to play in a private league," Asif told the Daily Express.
"Right now I am busy preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup and this offer from the Indian league organisers was nothing but a distraction which is over now," he added.
Afridi, however, said he was still considering the Rs 90 million offer made to him by ICL organisers and would take time to decide on the matter.
"It is premature to say whether I will accept the offer or not," the all-rounder said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has warned current players against joining the rebel cricket league, scheduled to start in October after the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa. It has promised to ban players, who defy the warning.
The PCB has, however, made the concession for former players provided they are not employed with the board.
Meanwhile, sources said skipper Younis Khan was also approached in England, where he is playing for Yorkshire, but he turned it down.
ICL organisers have already approached former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has retired from one-day internationals but is keen to play in Tests for Pakistan.
Sources said another former captain, Moin Khan, was also in the ICL radar.
The BCCI has made it clear that it will take strict action against any player, who aligns with the rebel league, as it has refused to recognize it.
First Published: Aug 04, 2007 16:15 IST