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If Pakistan pulls out of World T20, we will have to pay a penalty to ICC: PCB Chief Shahryar Khan

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan on Wednesday admitted that if the national team was unable to participate in next month's World Twenty20 in India, the body could be fined by the ICC.

Khan told reporters that in case Pakistan pulls out of the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would have to pay a penalty to the world governing body of the sport, the International Cricket Council.

"I just spoke to the Prime Minister's secretariat today and until the government has not given clearance to send the team to India for the World T20," Khan said.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan speaks during a press conference in Lahore on June 3, 2015. Maverick opener Ahmed Shehzad earned a recall in Pakistan's 15-man Test squad for the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka after being sidelined over disciplinary problems. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also play five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals, for which squads will be announced later. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

File photo of Shahryar Khan. AFP

"All these stories about the ICC threatening us with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct.

"We have sought advice and clearance from the government to send our team to the World event. The Prime Minister's secretariat has said they are reviewing the situation and will let us know soon," he added.

"If we pull out our team from the World T20 then we will have to pay a penalty to the ICC," the PCB chief said without disclosing what the amount could be.

But a reliable source in the PCB told PTI that the government was likely to clear the tour to India.

"It is a routine protocol that the PCB is following but all the vibes from the government quarters is that prime minister Nawaz Sharif will give clearance for the team to go to India," the source said.

Khan said the Pakistan Super League had created the expected hype and given the interest it created at its launch, it is here to stay.

On Monday, the country's Cricket Board said it is not under any pressure from the ICC to send its team and a final decision remains solely dependent on government clearance.


Updated Date: Feb 18, 2016 14:40 PM

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