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PCB not to issue show cause notice to Shoaib for playing club match in India

June 16, 2012 - Islamabad

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not issue any show cause notice to former skipper Shoaib Malik for appearing in a club level match in New Delhi recently.

Malik's appearance in the match received widespread coverage and sparked a debate in the Pakistani media.

"We have not issued any notice to Malik to explain his position nor do we intend to do so in future, as he has gone to India on a private visit and played in just a club match," a PCB official was quoted as saying.

However, he conceded that the PCB would have a discussion with Malik about such future forays into Indian club cricket when he returns home.

Malik is among the players who have been given central contracts by the PCB for 2012, The Daily Times reports.

Reports in the Indian media have quoted senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials expressing their surprise as even the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) did not inform the BCCI about Malik's participation.

According to the reports, apart from the Indian Premier League (IPL), the BCCI does not allow foreign players to feature in domestic tournaments.

The PCB official said since Malik had played in a club match, it could not be considered as a domestic game.


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