Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had made it clear that the players who have played for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) may have to face fines even after they break ties with the unofficial league.

PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt said the fines on the players would be decided on a case by case basis.

“We will have an appellate tribunal to deal with each individual case if a player wants to contest the fine. But after this process is over the Board will clear the players to play for Pakistan,” he said.

Butt also made it clear that after this process it will be up to the national selectors to pick a player on merit.

Another Board official said the PCB could not guarantee any ICL player he would be selected to play for Pakistan as this was something the selectors had to decide on merit.

Butt’s remarks came at a press conference he held in Lahore to announce the PCB had sent a legal notice to the ICC over its decision to shift the 2011 World Cup matches from Pakistan.

Butt also admitted that sending the names of three ICL players, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq and Rana Naved in the preliminary list of players for the T20 World Cup was a mistake.

“It was a mistake because they are yet to give us NOCs confirming they have broken their links with the ICL.”

Butt said until now no player, who has contracts with the ICL, had given any NOC to the Board.

“Mohammad Yousuf has informed us he has resigned but even he has given us no NOC,” he said.

He said the Board’s stance was clear that until the players submitted NOCs from the ICL the Board can’t move ahead on their cases to allow them back into the national team.

Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq told PTI it was obvious from the statements coming from the Board that the PCB didn’t appear to be serious or sincere about considering the ICL players for national selection. — PTI

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