PCB’s ICL rebels action justified, says Justice Qayyum

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Justice Malik Qayyum, the Attorney General of Pakistan, has changed his mind about the fate of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) rebels and now says that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken the right decision by banning them.

According to a PCB official, Justice Qayyum has sent a two-page letter to the Board chairman Nasim Ashraf in which he has written that after going through the details of the case he has come to the conclusion that the PCB is justified in its strict stance against the cricketers who joined the breakaway ICL.

Earlier, Justice Qayyum had said that the ban went against the fundamental rights of a citizen of Pakistan.
“If these players decide to seek redress from the court then they have a strong case against the board as the ban is not justified,”
Qayyum was quoted as saying.
“The ban is a clear-cut case of restraining someone from earning from his trade,”
he had said.

Taking note of Justice Qayyum’s criticism of the PCB policy against the ICL, Ashraf had a meeting with the Attorney General to tell him the reasons why such a strict stance has been adopted by Pakistan.

Six Pakistani players including former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq featured in the ICL in spite of warnings from the PCB last year. According to details, the PCB Governing Board at a meeting in Karachi on January 25 endorsed the decision of the top PCB management to ban the ICL rebels from playing for Pakistan on in first-class competitions at home. Some of the players have decided to challenge the ban in court.

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