Sunday, 10 July 2011

SLC ropes in more Pakistani players

SLC ropes in more Pakistani players

Faisalabad: Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) stung by the refusal of the Indian cricket authorities to release their players for next month's Sri Lankan Premier League T20 tournament has started to rope in more Pakistani cricketers for the event.

According to details, SLC is regularly seeking clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to sign on Pakistani players after the BCCI refused to give permission to 12 of its cricketers to play in the SLPL.

Three big names

Sources said that the former captains — Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi — are now among the Pakistani cricketers who have signed contracts with the SLC for the league that starts from July 19.

The other Pakistani players included are all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, national team discards Fawad Alam and Shahzaib Hasan, upcoming batsman Asad Shafiq and opener Ahmed Shehzad.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has also been roped in, while Umar Gul is said to have been given a contract as well.

A PCB official said it had no issues allowing its players to go and play in the league as it meant extra earnings for them. — PTI

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