Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan Called for Lift Ban on ICL Players

Conflict between Indian Cricket League (ICL) and BCCI still continues and no body knows when it will come to an end. ICL players are currently banned from representing their countries in international cricket as well as domestic cricket in their respective countries. Recently, two Pakistani players: Abdul Razzaq and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who have contracts with ICL, have asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lift the ban imposed on the Pakistani players who are currently banned from international cricket due to their contracts with rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Earlier, reports came in the media that star Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf had informed PCB about his desire to play for Pakistan once again and the reports also suggested that he was ready to terminate his contract with Indian Cricket League (ICL). No doubt, it is a tensed situation for not only the Pakistani ICL players but also for all the ICL players. I do not know when this issues will be resolved, but one thing is certain that the issues of lifting the ban on ICL players are gaining more grounds day by day.

Personally, I think that this is unethical to ban somebody from at least domestic cricket because no cricket board has the right to ban the cricketers from domestic cricket just because of their involvement in an unauthorized cricket league. A ban could come from a domestic club if the club officials believe that a player’s involvement in an unauthorized cricket is hampering the performance of the cricketer for the club. By imposing a ban from domestic cricket on ICL players, the cricket boards are illegally influencing the player’s profession. I think, this is high time to resolve the matter and bring about an effective and lawful solution on this regard.

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