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Pakistan cricketers reported to cut short stints in CPL 2017 and English domestic season

Pakistan are expected to host a three-match T20 series vs World XI in September 2017.

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Shoaib Malik, along with Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz, are currently involved in CPL 2017 © Getty Images
Shoaib Malik, along with Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz, are currently involved in CPL 2017 © Getty Images

Pakistan cricketers, currently involved in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017 and English domestic season, have been asked to cut short their participation in the wake of late finalisation and rescheduling of the upcoming ICC World XI series. ICC had granted Pakistan to host a series against World XI, comprising of top players from the cricketing fraternity in late September, but owing to Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan in UAE (starting from September 24), the series is likely to be held in mid September.

“The centrally contracted players were given permission for participation in the CPL and English county season subject to recall if the World XI series took place mid September, they are now being recalled owing to the changes in schedule brought about due to the change in the original World XI tour of Pakistan plan,” PCB stated in a media release. “The series has been brought forward to mid September instead of last week of September because the Punjab Government wants it to be held before the NA120 election on September 17. It can’t be held after September 17 because there is no time to both hold the series and also give National Coach Mickey Arthur time for training the team before the series starts with Sri Lanka on September 24,” the release added.

Pakistan are eager to organise a three-match T20 series against World XI in a bid to bring back cricket in their country post the infamous terror attacks on touring Sri Lanka side in 2009. The matches are expected to be held in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

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