Pakistan news June 21, 2011

Super Eight T20 missing several stars

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Super Eight T20, Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament in which the country's top eight teams face-off, will begin on June 24 without several star players, including Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq.

The tournament is designed to test the premium Twenty20 talent in the country, with teams having to qualify for it by finishing in the top half of Pakistan's comprehensive domestic 20-over competition, the 13-team Faysal Bank T20 Cup.

Akhtar, who has represented Islamabad Leopards in previous seasons, retired from all forms of the game at the end of this year's World Cup, while Afridi and Razzaq are just two of several Pakistan players who have chosen to play with English counties instead.

Afridi has secured his NOC after a much-publicised dispute with the PCB and will debut for Hampshire the Friends Life t20 on Thursday, while Razzaq is with Leceistershire. Offspinner Saeed Ajmal and fast bowler Wahab Riaz will also miss the domestic tournament due to county commitments with Worcestershire and Kent. Other prominent names missing from the series include the banned trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal will play the domestic league for Lahore Lions after being denied permission to take part in the Bangladesh domestic league. The PCB had reportedly told Akmal that his being a centrally contracted player prevented him from playing abroad during the domestic season.

Players like Imran Farhat, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal and Hasan Raza will also miss the tournament, as they are not eligible to play, having represented teams that did not finish in the top eight in the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup last season.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Sami will captain sides in the competition.

Faisalabad Wolves will host Multan Tigers in the tournament opener on Friday.

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  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    What about Imran Nazir

    He is biggest player of Twenty20

    I didn't see his name ???

  • rayees on June 22, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    i think imran nazir should be given a chance in all the three formats of the game.he along with toufeeq umar can solve the opening problems for pakistan for a long long time bcoz both these guys have got atleast six to eight years of cricket left in them.imran iz a dasher plays like sehwag and toufeeq has got d i feel these two can do wonders 4 pak if given fair chances.

  • Zain on June 22, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    the way of selecting teams and players for the tournament is riddiculous. All top players should be able to play for one of the teams. Instead they select 8 out of 13 week teams. they should have clubbed together,players from the weaker 13 teams to make stronger sides.

    Now, its just the same as the 13 team tournament with the same quality of teams. thats just riddiculous!

  • Abdul on June 22, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Where is Imran Nazir, a dominant player in T20. What happen to him, his name does not appear. If he has given more chances like given to Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shahzad,etc..etc.. definitely he would be in the national team.

  • A on June 21, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Razzaq, nor Afridi have been given an option by the PCB. If you've got no other means of an income, like playing for the national team, then would you not rather play in a league that gives you more glamour, more money and is a bit more fair on you? ...and thats not mentioning the taxing weather conditions the players in Pakistan are going to face. I'd rather be in England too.

  • Syed on June 21, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    I am following Cricket and its Politics for the past 30 years. No doubt, this is the worst time for Pakistani Cricket, all because of PCB, Ijaz Butt should be called "The Destroyer". Pakistani Cricket is a true resemblence of what is happening in Pakistani Politics. Everyone wants to be a dictator and Mr. Right. So Sad

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    where is junid khan and yasir shah younus khan ?

  • Ryo on June 21, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Afridi and Razzaq were contracted to English county sides before the league was set up and are therefore ineligible to play unless they break their contracts. Shoaib Akhtar has permanently retired from the game. He won't be playing again, anytime soon, if ever.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    afridi wont be back in Pakistan unless ijaz butt retires !! rassaq has been dropped from pakistan side for no reason !! why should they play in Pakistan ?? Better play in England and make more money there !!

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Razzaq , Afridi , I truely love ur game but this really is unpatriotic isn't it?

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