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PCB finally permits five players commercial shoot in Malaysia

Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 22:59 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board has finally permitted five of its leading players to travel to Malaysia for a commercial shoot in relation to 2011 World Cup.

A PCB spokesman said today that Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Abdul Razzaq had been given permission to travel to Malaysia for two days for the shoot.

"The board has allowed them permission after the national training camp ends and because the beverages company making the commercial is a big supporter of cricket and the World Cup," the spokesman said.

The PCB had initially refused permission to the five players for the shoot insisting they needed to focus on their training in the national camp for the tour to New Zealand.

The spokesman said that the five players would leave for Malaysia after the camp but join the team in Hong Kong en route to New Zealand.

The PCB has off late adopted a very strict policy of permitting players to sign endorsement contracts, sponsorship deals, play in foreign leagues or hire agents.

The board changed its attitude after the spot-fixing scandal that broke out in England in August causing great damage to the image of Pakistan cricket.