Akmal, Kaneria out of World Cup?

Akmal, Kaneria out of World Cup?

Sources told PTI that Pakistan Cricket Board has been told in clear terms by the International Cricket Council to ensure the two players don’t feature in any national team until the ongoing investigations into the spot fixing allegations against Salman Butt, Muhammad Aamer and Muhammad Asif are completed.

The ICC had given a list of players to the PCB making it clear they should not be playing for Pakistan till the investigations are completed, a source said. “There are clear directives from the ICC that Kamran should not be in the team until further notice,” the source said.

“Butt and Aamer will also not play in the World Cup,” the source added. Pakistan will have to announce its 30-member provisional World Cup squad by November 30. The selectors also ignored Kamran while picking his younger brother Adnan Akmal to join the Pakistan squad in Dubai for the forthcoming two-Test series against South Africa. The snub to Kamran came after he scored a half-century in his last match for National Bank.

The selectors had also ignored him for the full series against South Africa although his performance in the one-day series against England was satisfactory. The initial reason given for ignoring Kamran while announcing the one-day and Test squads against South Africa was that was he not 100 per cent fit. Kaneria was named in the squad for the two Tests but stopped from boarding the flight to Dubai last week by the PCB.

There are also speculation that Muhammad Asif decided to withdraw his appeal against his provisional suspension imposed by the ICC last month because he was made aware of the evidence the ICC ACU has collected against the three suspended players including Butt and Aamer.

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