PCB not softening its stand against those joining ICL
The ICL has reportedly signed on 10 new players from Pakistan for their next tournaments, taking the total number of players from the country to 16.Updated: Feb 13, 2008 17:45 IST
With the Indian Cricket League continuing to lure Pakistani cricketers, the national board on Tuesday said it would not change its policy of shunning the players joining the rebel Twenty20 tournament.
The ICL has reportedly signed on 10 new players from Pakistan for their next tournaments, taking the total number of players from the country to 16.
PCB Director (Cricket Operations) Zakir Khan today said the players who wanted to play for the ICL were welcome to do so but they would have to face the ban like other players who joined the rebel league faced.
"The Board is doing everything to increase the financial rewards and incentives for the national and domestic players and we are also going to start our Premier League soon," he said.
"But if someone still wants to sign up for the ICL we have no problems but we will not change our policy," he added.
Zakir pointed out that most of the players who had signed up for the ICL were in the twilight of their careers and their unavailability would not affect Pakistan cricket.
"That is why we are now concentrating a lot on unearthing new talent," he said.
Humayun Farhat one of the new signings said he had taken the decision after much thought.
Farhat, who played a Test and a few One-dayers for Pakistan said he had joined the ICL as he did not have a future in Pakistan cricket.
"This is a good opportunity for me to earn some good money," he added.
Arshad Khan, the former Pakistan off-spinner also confirmed he had resigned as a member of the national junior selection committee to consider the ICL offer.
"I have to consider good options and that is why I have sent my resignation to the board," he said.
Moin Khan the ICL representative in Pakistan made it clear he would not comment on the issue and any announcements will come from the ICL headquarters in India.