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.