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June 11, 2009
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain, who coached the Lahore Badshahs during the ICL, has said he wants all Pakistan players who played in the unauthorised league to be allowed to represent the country.
The PCB has accepted both Mohammad Yousuf and allrounder Abdul Razzaq into the official fold, and Razzaq became the first former player to return to international cricket after being banned when he was drafted in as a replacement for the World Twenty20 on Thursday.
"But I hope this is the start of a process through which all other ICL players are allowed to try and represent their national team," PTI quoted Moin as saying. "It was wrong to ban them. I think at least now the board is taking the right decisions."
The PCB said it would consider selecting ICL players on a case-by-case basis. They are yet to decide the future of several players such as Imran Nazir, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Imran Farhat and Mohammad Sami who are contenders for a place in the national team.
Moin said he had not expected the ICC to allow Razzaq to return to the Pakistan side for the World Twenty20 in place of the injured Yasir Arafat. "It came as a pleasant surprise that Razzaq is finally going to get a chance to play for Pakistan again," he said. "I spoke to him and he is excited himself."
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Plays of the day from the CLT20 game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings