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Ashraf clouds Champions League waters

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Nasim Ashraf has further cloudied the already murky waters that are the Champions League Twenty20 competition by suggesting at least one team from the nation could be involved.

A statement released by the ECB last week stated the top two teams from the domestic leagues of England, Australia, South Africa and India would compete in the Champions League slated to take place later this year.

But Ashraf disagrees, saying: "It is incorrect to say Pakistan is not in the Champions League. I was present when the idea of this event was first discussed in Mumbai.

"The Indian Board, specifically the IPL governing body, invited Pakistan to send a team for the championship."

Ashraf will further discuss the situation with Indian cricket chiefs in Dhaka over the weekend.

Cricket Australia have been handed the task of drawing up rules and regulations for the inaugural competition, including the decision of whether to ban players previously involved in the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League.

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