Farhat unhappy with PCB

The Battle between Pakistan's ICL exports and its Cricket board has just got more nasty.

updated: August 27, 2007 14:04 IST
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The Battle between Pakistan's ICL exports and its Cricket board has just got more nasty, with national selector Shafqat Rana claiming the reason why Abdur razzak was left out of the Twenty-20 squad was that he did not take practise sessions seriously.

Meanwhile, PCB's Chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi has all but called the four players traitors for choosing money over country.

Speaking exclusively to NDTV, Imran Farhat refuted these allegations. The batsman who has not played international cricket for over six months was given a central contract, but even that was not assurance enough for him that he would get a chance to play regularly for Pakistan.

"Selector Salauddin Sallu and I had an argument that was blown out of proportion. The selectors have something against me, so I thought it was a better option to go," said Farhat.

"Farhat is young, we would have liked him to stay and play for Pakistan. But now they have decided so we say good luck," said Shafkat Naghmi, PCB CEO.

A general consensus that is being reached is that money is easily the biggest draw for the ICL. Naghmi suggests these players are wrong to have chosen money over country.

"Players moving to ICL chose money over country and that is something I am disappointed with," said Naghmi.

But Farhat insists its not the money.

"Money is not the main thing, its cricket. Money is important, we are professionsals and we will play not just in the ICL but other places. My problem was I was given a contract but not allowed to play so what's the point," said Farhat.

Imran Farhat's decision initially hurt the patriotic sensibilities of his fans. In fact, on a couple of TV shows callers phoning in told him he had made a wrong decision. But now Farhat claims people realise his circumstances and are with him.