Pak cricketers irked by PCB’s ban on playing Ramazan tournaments

Updated: Jul 28, 2012, 18:10 PM IST

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) policy of not allowing the World Twenty20 probables to play in Ramazan tournaments is irritating players who want match practice under their belt before future international events.

The PCB has stated that permission will be given after the One-Day International (ODI) squad is announced for the Australia series in the UAE.

However, several players have urged the PCB to let them have valuable match practice instead of training alone.

“Playing matches and being on the field is very different than training on your own or in the nets. Matches bring the best out of a player and we need this practice before future tours,” a senior member of the Pakistan squad told The Express Tribune.

Several national team players have said that the televised tournaments will also increase their chances of making a strong impression on the selectors and help them make the cut.

“The ODI squad against Australia is yet to be announced so if any player performs outstandingly, he will definitely leave an impact on the selectors,” said another player.

Ramazan T20 tournaments also allow Pakistan internationals to earn substantial amounts of money as they are given match fees and a monthly salary from clubs and departments to play as guest players.