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No Big Bash for Afridi, Ajmal and Umar Akmal, says PCB

Umar Farooq

November 15, 2012

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Shahid Afridi celebrates a catch in customary style, Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, BBL 2011-12, Melbourne, January 7, 2012
Shahid Afridi was set to turn out for a new BBL franchise this season, in Sydney Thunder © Getty Images
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The PCB has denied Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi permission to play this season's Big Bash League (BBL), the Australia Twenty20 league, to ensure the trio's participation in their domestic Twenty20 tournament ahead of the tour of India. Akmal had signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi would have moved from Melbourne Renegades to Sydney Thunder.

The PCB had earlier issued the players No Objection Certificates to play in the BBL that begins on December 7. The PCB's national T20 championship is set to be played between December 2 and 10, and will be followed by a week-long conditioning camp before the team leaves for India on December 22.

Ajmal and Akmal, who signed with their respective BBL teams earlier this month, had not played in the league's inaugural edition. Afridi had moved to Thunder during the transfer window in July. In the last season, for Renegades, while he did not have much of an impact with the bat - he made 69 in four innings - he was their leading wicket-taker, with 10 scalps at 20.80 apiece.

Sydney Thunder will now move to find a replacement for Afridi. The franchise's general manager, John Dyson, said he was disappointed with this late development: "Afridi is one of the most exciting and popular T20 players in the world. It is a pity that our Thunder supporters, many of whom follow Afridi closely, will miss out on seeing him first hand this season at our home ground."

Adelaide Strikers have also begun the hunt for Ajmal's replacement. "We've already started hunting for an international replacement and, let me assure you, there are some really exciting prospects out there, " Jamie Cox, SACA's Director of Cricket, said. "Once we've finalised Ajmal's replacement, Striker fans will be the first to know."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by spellbinder76 on (November 18, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Players like Saeed Ajmal, Afridi and Umar Akmal are an assett for Pakistan cricket. This is Pakistan's beaurecracy at its worst. These three players should ignore the ban and go to Australia. PCB will be loser as these players are good crowd pullers with a high ranking in ICC. Why can't someone challange the appointment of Zaka ashraf as chairman and Asif Ali Zardari as patron-in-chief of PCB. The past cricketers with knowledge of cricket should run the affairs of cricket in Pakistan.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 18, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Afridi should start coming as a top-order batsmen and bat with patience to get his belated rhythm back. My preferred ODI Team VS INDIA would be :

1. Mohammed Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Naser Jamshed 5. Umar Akmal 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Hammad Azam 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammed Sami

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Pakistan and Australia has similar cricket and anytime Austaralia wants Pak players it is great for Pakistan to play with explosive Australian players and their bouncy pitches. They have great choice of three Pak players all are popular with world cricket crowd. I myself is Pakistani but love to watch my favorite Australian players Shane Watson the great, Cameron White, Micheal Hussy, Rickey Pointing . These are unbelievable gifts for world of cricket lovers

Posted by dmuzaf on (November 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

I think Pakistan should force its batsmen to attend events like the BBL so they can learn to play on fast, bouncy and/or seaming wickets. Our batsmen have pathetic technique and temperment which comes entirely from playing on the dead wickets we produce at home.

Posted by wasim_007 on (November 17, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

50-50....Domestic competition has it's own importance also...I wish Afridi Open inning for his team and get the rhythm....Love you LALA...please don't bow down and make a remarkable come back....we pray for you!!!inshaallah....

Posted by allwaysmee on (November 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

well its known very well all over the world that indian players never been called for any international league.. either they are free.. pak players has lot of excitent and it will entertain cricket lovers even in india. so its really true that pak cricketers are the best....

Posted by Biggus on (November 17, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

@SachinGoNow-This league that you don't care about and don't think matters produced the CLT20 winners so it would appear that it does matter, especially to those teams they beat to take the title, wouldn't you think?

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (November 16, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

India may have a bad head to head record against Pakistan but when it matters most we kick where it hurts most ;) i.e out of ICC worldcups.

Posted by K.A.K on (November 16, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Though PCB has the right to deny the players to play in BBL, it is counter productive for cricket in Pakistan. PCB should allow as many players to play overseas as possible. With a huge cricketing talent, Pakistan should never let go of any opportunity that comes its way.

Posted by sbkalgi on (November 16, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

"If u r talking abut the record PKAISTAN HAS ALWaYS better winning records against indian team..... "...Really? Of late since 2005 I dont see that...or atleast Indian team winning rate is high...You were talking the era of Imran-Khan were I accept Pakistan team was better....but there's "WAS"...Please accept the fact that current Pakistan team IS not better compared to current Indian team...anyways, if you hate Indai/Indians so much, you can never accept the reality....typical is'nt it? Where as we Indian/or atleast most of us accept the fact that Pakistan in 80's/90's was far better cricketing team than any team in the world at that time...We loved many of them like Imran/Wasim/Waqar/Inzy....

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