Pakistan clears players for Australian league

Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal have been allowed to play in the Big Bash Twenty20 by Pakistan.

updated: November 19, 2012 16:14 IST
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Karachi: Pakistan on Monday allowed three players to compete in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition following a request from Australian cricket authorities.

Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal had all signed up to play in the league from next month, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week refused permission.

Afridi had been due to play with Sydney Thunder. Ajmal signed for Adelaide Strikers and Umar for Sydney Sixers but the PCB ordered them to feature in a domestic Twenty20 event being used to test players ahead of the matches against arch-rivals India.

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