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Pakistan drops ICL players from squad

In a major u-turn, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday dropped three Indian Cricket League (ICL) players from a 30-man provisional squad for the World Twenty20 Championship.

The Board dropped ICL rebels Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Imran Nazir from the 30-man list and instead put them on standby for the June 5-21 spectacle in England. Test batsman Mohammad Hafeez, spinner Saeed Ajmal and Zulfiqar Jan were included in the provisional squad as replacement for the ICL cricketers.

A PCB media release said that the Board has sought approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on inclusion of three ICL players in the 30-man list.

"If ICC approves the inclusion of ICL players then these ICL players will be included in the squad," said a PCB spokesman.

It seems that the Board has taken the step in a bid to avoid a potential face-off with the ICC and the Indian cricket board (BCCI).

Pakistan's preliminary squad: Younis Khan (captain), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Kamran Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Aamer, Wahab Riaz, Imran Ali, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Rehman, Yasir Shah, Kamran Akmal (wk), Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Jan, Mohammad Hafeez Standbys: Abdul Razzaq, Naved-ul-Hasan, Imran Nazir.

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