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PCB revokes IPL NOCs of Pakistan players

Source: PTI
Last updated on: January 29, 2010 20:09 IST
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In apparent retaliation to the snub at the Indian Premier League auction, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday revoked all No Objection Certificates (NOCs) issued to its players for participation in the third edition of Twenty20 event.

The decision effectively means that no Pakistani cricketer can now take part in this season's IPL even if the franchises want to rope them in as substitutes.

A statement from the PCB said all NOCs issued to players for IPL-III stand revoked.

"In future, if any player receives an invitation for participation in IPL events, PCB will decide the matter on a case-to-case basis after consulting relevant government authorities," read a statement.

The announcement comes on the same day that Indian hardline party Shiv Sena said it would not allow Pakistani players to play in the IPL and IPL commissioner Lalit Modi also informed that no franchise could pick Pakistan players without his knowledge and approval.

All the 11 Pakistani players, including star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, went unsold at the January 29 auction in Mumbai, prompting angry reaction in Pakistan.

The auction fiasco threatened to snowball into a diplomatic row between the two countries with top ministers also being drawn into the controversy.

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