Pak board's plea to ignore ICL fails
Three Pakistani players ignore their cricket board's plea to reconsider their decision to join the rebel Indian League.Updated: Sep 02, 2007, 15:33 IST
Three Pakistani players have ignored their cricket board's plea to reconsider their decision to join the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Nasim Ashraf personally telephoned Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Farhat to urge them to dissociate themselves from the ICL but the effort went in vain.
Significantly, Ashraf did not attempt to contact former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has also joined the rebel league.
"Sources close to the team are of the opinion that apart from being disgruntled with the board for their axing from the Twenty20 World Championship, both Yousuf and Razzaq consider Inzamam as their mentor and want the PCB to take the burly Multan-born batsman into confidence also," Dawn reported on Sunday.
"The sources added that all efforts to convince Yousuf and Razzaq were likely to fail until the time Inzamam was approached by the board to make a comeback," it added.
According to the newspaper, it has become fairly evident from the response of Yousuf and others that they are clearly not enticed by the bonus package offered by the PCB.
"Such financial offers cannot change our mind and we want changes in the PCB set-up and a new selection committee in place," Dawn quoted one of the three players as saying on condition of anonymity.
"Besides, the ICL has made a much lucrative offer to us compared to the PCB, and even if the Indian League does not take off due to any reason, we have other good offers to keep us busy," the player added.