Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that players, who were engaged with 'rebel' Indian Cricket League would have to face penalties before being allowed back into the national selection fold.
The PCB has said that all ICL players must end their ties with the unauthorised league by the end of May, after which the board would consider the matter on a case to case basis.
"They can only be considered if they first resign from the ICL by end of May if they are to be considered for the national selection," a senor official said.
"While permitting such players to play cricket, PCB will decide on case-to-case basis the penalties to be imposed and the time period for which they will remain banned. This arrangement will continue till end of May 2009," he added.
The PCB's announcement came on the same day the BCCI also announced a similar policy for its ICL rebels.
The official pointed out that the PCB policy was in line with the decision taken by the International Cricket Council executive board at its meeting in Dubai earlier this month.
The ICC at its board meeting had emphasised that the action against players who have participated in ICL is the prerogative of the home board.
Sources said the PCB would not impose harsh penalties on the ICL players but the range of penalties could vary from financial fines to a cooling period of six to twelve months or less.
"The PCB itself is keen to consider some of the ICL players like Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved, Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Sami back into national team," one source said.
But Razzaq and Farhat made it clear that while they were happy with the PCB's announcement at the same time they wanted some guarantee that their names would be considered for the national selection if they left the ICL.
"We still have contracts with the ICL and APL. But we are willing to leave them if we know the selectors will consider us for national selection again," Razzaq said.
Farhat, making it clear that the players had no problem with the ICL which was paying them well, said "we want to play for our country," he added.