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IPL to decide if Shoaib can be a Knight Rider

Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday made it clear that it will abide by the Indian Premier League's decision on whether or not to allow Shoaib Akhtar to play in the tournament after his five-year ban was upheld by the PCB's Appelate Tribunal.

"We just want to be very careful that we observe all the guidelines and codes of the IPL," said Joy Bhattacharjee, Marketing head of the Knight Riders.

"Obviously, when we bid for him it means that as a player we wanted him as a part of us but before we do anything, we have already seen that the IPL has taken very strong decisions regarding code of conduct, so firstly we have to leave everything to their hands to decide what is best for the League and then of course think of taking things forward," he said.

Bhattacharjee also said the IPL could review their stance on Shoaib only after they receive an official communication from the PCB on the issue.

"It is a question of when the Pakistan Cricket Board gives a formal intimation to us, that is the question that the IPL is looking at and only after those hurdles are crossed definitely we will be happy to review how we can put a foot forward in playing Shoaib," he said.

The appellate tribunal of the PCB on Wednesday rejected Shoaib's appeal to revoke the five-year ban on him and upheld the suspension but allowed him to play in the IPL.

IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi had earlier said that a banned played could not be a part of the IPL.

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