Pakistan to pick preliminary WC squad on Dec 30

Karachi: Pakistan’s selection committee will meet on December 30 to finalise the preliminary squad of 30 players for the 2011 World Cup and the one-day side for the series in New Zealand.

The selectors decided to meet on the December 30 after being assured by the Pakistan Cricket Board that they would be given a clear answer on some players’ availability.

“The board has set a deadline for Danish Kaneria, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik to file all documents about their properties and accounts by next week and has decided reach a decision by December 30,” one source said.

He said the integrity committee of the board would also meet with the players on the same day to take a final decision on whether they can be cleared to be considered for national selection.

“The board is now moving quickly on this issue of clearance since the ICC has given them an extended deadline until January 5 to submit their World Cup preliminary squad,” one source said.

He said the PCB also had to keep in mind that most of the other participating nations have already announced their preliminary squads.

“The board also does not want to delay this matter of clearance to players any longer,” the source added.

The source said the issue of the integrity committee giving clearance to Kaneria, Kamran and Malik was discussed in detail at the meeting of the PCB governing board on Thursday in Lahore.

“The Chairman Ijaz Butt gave a detailed briefing to the members of the governing board on the issues surrounding the selection of these players for the World Cup and about the PCB discussions with the ICC on this issue,” the source said.

He said the governing board had given the integrity committee complete authority to decide on the issue of giving clearance to the three players.

“Members of the board while agreeing that players like Kamran and Malik were essential for Pakistan in the World Cup also noted that it was time for the PCB to set the right tone for future generation of cricketers and no player should be selected if their was even a small doubt about his integrity to the game,” the source said.


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