8 Apr 2009

Pakistan drop 3 ICL players from twenty20 squad

7:04 am on 8 April 2009

The Pakistan Cricket Board has backed out of a potential showdown with the ICC and the BCCI by dropping three rebel ICL players from its list of 30 probables for the ICC World Twenty20 in June.

In a face-saving measure, the PCB has placed Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan on standby pending ICC approval.

However, it's understood that the ICC is highly unlikely to grant any such approval when its board meets in Dubai next week to decide on the issue.

The 17 ICL-contracted players from Pakistan were allowed to participate in domestic cricket after the Sind High Court temporarily lifted the ban in February.