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PCB will lift ban on ICL players: Inzamam

November 18, 2008 19:19 IST

Indian Cricket League champion Lahore Badshahs' skipper Inzamam-ul Haq has claimed that the Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to lift the ban on players aligned with the 'rebel' Twenty20 league.

"I have got positive vibes and response from the PCB about granting recognition to the ICL and I am hopeful the bans on the ICL players would be lifted soon," Inzamam, also a former Pakistan skipper, said.

Sources close to the Pakistan board revealed recently that legal advisors and officials of the PCB are working on finalising a way to lift the ban on players aligned with the ICL.

Inzamam also urged the ICC to take affirmative steps to safeguard the rights of cricketers.

"I think it is also time the ICC plays its role and takes steps to safeguard the players' rights... who are signed up for the ICL.

"The ICL is promoting cricket and providing livelihood to many players and also giving chances to young Indian cricketers. So it is time the ICC and Indian board recognizes it to make the tournament official," he said.

Lahore Badshahs defeated Hyderabad Heroes in a three-match final to lift the second edition of the ICL 20-20 championship in Ahmedabad last Sunday.

The skipper also expressed eagerness to participate in a friendly encounter with the national team, who recently clinched a three-match ODI series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi, provided the PCB allows it.

Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad recently compared the two sides and came out with the proposal of staging a friendly match between them.

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