Pakistan news December 18, 2011

Pakistan players barred from Bangladesh club league

ESPNcricinfo staff

Some Pakistan players have been refused permission to play in Bangladesh's Dhaka Premier League by the PCB in order to help concentrate their energies on next month's Test series against England in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"All players who are in contention for selection for the England Test series are barred from playing the league starting in Bangladesh from December 26," Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB media manager, told ESPNcricinfo. "There is a clear message for all top players - including the probables for England series - who were to join the [Bangladesh] event [that they] are barred. The PCB does not want to take a risk on their fitness as Pakistan play a very important series next month."

Sarwar declined to name the players disallowed from playing in the Bangladesh domestic competition. Nine Pakistan players - Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Abdur Rehman, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Sohail Tanvir - had reportedly been offered contracts by different clubs in the limited-overs league that begins on December 26 in Dhaka.

Pakistan are currently touring Bangladesh and will return home next week before leaving for Dubai on January 9. The first of three tests against England starts on January 17 in Dubai.

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  • Shafin on December 20, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    There will still be several star players from PAK in this league. There is a rumour one of the teams is bringing in Chris Gayle plus Brian Lara as a coach.

  • ahtasham on December 19, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    good decisicion by the new PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf...hope he will go with a plenty of good decisions in the domestic circuit also...players should be given rest before the all important series against india.......but at the same tome good luck to Bangladesh for this tournament..hope they will get some good talent with this...

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    this is a good decision by pcb and pakistan r really working hard for their series against england.I want the test team like this M.Hafeez,T.Umar,Azhar Ali,Younis Khan,Misbah-ul-Haq,Asad Shafiq,Abdul Rehman,Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal,Junaid Khan or Aizaz Cheema

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    thank god a proffesional decision for a change... now all they need to do is start to get up to speed with support staff..i.e coachs, stregnth and conditioning, viewing competitor weakness (analyst)... im sure there are many people in pakistan who would jump at the chance to do these jobs...

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Mr.Shoaib Mirza and Mr.Imran Farhat are also part of team, I think they have something very impressive.....

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    All the Best To Pakistan Cricket Team for coming up series with England next month....

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    A really good decision by PCB..boy Zaka Ashraf seems to be good for Pakistan cricket..i hope he takes more good decisions in the future too. Pakistan vs England is going to be the clash of titans..the best rated team of 2011 (by win/loss ratio) vs the number one team of the world!!

  • Muthuvel on December 19, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    good decision from Pak, i wish BCCI did the same. Best of luck Pak.

  • Freeza on December 19, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Really good move by PCB. I think Pakistan can give England a real run for their money here.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    good decicision. I think they better start preparing because Eng is taking this very seriously, and we should too.also, i think its better for Pak. players to leave everything else out, put ur head down and just play cricket, we need to earn some respect in the world of criket by beating some good team.

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