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PCB instructed to bring back rebels

A standing committee on sports instructs the Pak Board to bring back the players who have joined the Indian Cricket League.

cricket Updated: Sep 08, 2007, 19:28 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board has been instructed by a standing committee on sports in the National Assembly to make every effort to bring back the four Test players who have defected to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The committee, which met in Islamabad on Thursday, told PCB chairman Naseem Ashraf that it was a sorry reflection on the Board management that it could not prevent former captain Inzamam-ul Haq, prolific batsman Mohammad Yousuf, all rounder Abdul Razzaq and opener Imran Farhat from joining the ICL.

Rai Azizullah, chairman of the standing committee, said it was a big loss to Pakistan cricket that the four players had decided to join the ICL.

"I would ask the Board must make every effort to bring back these players for Pakistan cricket," he told Ashraf.

The PCB chief has assured him he had been talking to Yousuf and Farhat and was trying to convince them to drop their ICL contracts and make themselves available for Pakistan.

The PCB has sent a legal notice to Farhat threatening him with legal action for signing up for the ICL while still under contract to the Board.

Farhat also responded to the Board notice with a letter from his lawyer.

But a committee member questioned why did the Board issue a legal notice to Farhat if it wanted the players back? Ashraf though explained the notice was sent to him as he had violated the central contract and made some serious allegations against Board officials and selectors.

But Yousuf and Razzaq did not sign the Board central contracts while the PCB did not give any contract to Inzamam who had announced his retirement from one-day internationals and relinquished the captaincy during the World Cup debacle in March.

Inzamam, however, has said he wants to continue playing Test cricket.

The committee than also turned its attention to Zakir Khan, director cricket operations of the Board and reminded him that they had heard a lot of complaints about his behaviour with some players and Board employees who were not happy with his attitude.

The committee asked Ashraf on what basis had he appointed Zakir, a former Test pacer, to such an important position.

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