Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has apparently refused permission to five leading players to fly to Malaysia for a commercial shoot for the 2011 World Cup as their trip clashes with the national camp to be held from Wednesday in Lahore for the New Zealand tour.
Sources in the board said that the one-day team captain, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq had applied for permission from the board for the commercial shoot.
“But the board refused them permission pointing out that they couldn’t afford to miss any part of the training camp in Lahore because of the importance of the New Zealand tour,” one source said.
The source said that the players had tied up for the commercial shoot before the dates for the camp were announced.
“Once the dates were announced by the board the players also realised it would not be possible to go for the shoot since the team first plays T20 matches in New Zealand after Afridi, Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar could fly off to Malaysia,” the source added.
The Pakistan cricket Board since the spot fixing scandal broke out has adopted a more stricter approach to dealing with the players and their new contracts state clearly they can’t appoint agents, sign contracts with foreign teams or go for commercial shoots or endorsements without permission from the board.