Hameed not banned from playing in nat championship: PCB

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday clarified that it has not imposed any ban on Yasir Hameed from playing in the National T20 Championship after the Test batsman, who made claims on match-fixing in the team before going back on them, was ignored by home regions for the event.

PCB has not advised any affiliated association, taking part in the championship, to ignore Yasir for selection, spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said.

"He is free to play from any team, but selection of teams is prerogative of associations and PCB has nothing to do with

Yasir had confirmed that neither his home team, Peshawar nor his adopted team, Abbotabad whom he has represented in the past in domestic cricket, had named him in their squads for the popular tournament, which will start from October 10 in Lahore.

The President of the Peshawar association, Syed Fayyaz explained that they had not picked Yasir on technical grounds.

"Yasir played for Abbotabad in the last domestic season in one of the tournaments and under the PCB laws he can`t represent any other association for the next six months that is why he is not in our squad."

However, the head of the Abbotabad association Amin Nawab said that he wanted to play Yasir, but the batsman refused saying he would like to play for Peshawar. "Since now we have submitted our final list of players for the national championship we can?t do anything for him."

Yasir`s exclusion from the national T20 event has come as a surprise as he has been a leading scorer in domestic cricket and was in the Test team for the England tour.

The batsman was at the centre of the spot-fixing controversy on the recent tour to England when the News of the World tabloid, one week after breaking the story about three Pakistani players deliberately bowling no-balls in the Lords Test released his video interview.

In the video, Yasir is heard telling the newspaper reporter that other Pakistani players are involved in betting and corruption and names matches that have been fixed.