Afridi was due to play with Sydney Thunder. -Photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday refused Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal permission to play in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition, ordering them to prepare for next month's tour of India instead.

The trio had all signed up to play in the Big Bash from next month, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said they must take part in a domestic Twenty20 event being used to test players ahead of the matches against arch-rivals India.

Afridi was due to play with Sydney Thunder while Ajmal had signed for Adelaide Strikers and Umar for Sydney Sixers but the PCB insisted they gear up at home for the hotly anticipated India tour.

The two sides will meet for two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals between December 25 and January 6 - their first full series since 2007.

“Since the Big Bash was clashing with our Twenty20 tournament we have asked the players to feature in the national event so that selectors can check their form and fitness for the selection of the squad for India,” PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told AFP.

Afridi had already offered to feature in the domestic Twenty20 tournament, saying he would forgo his Australian contract to prepare for the India series.

However, according to media reports earlier in the week, the selection committee had no issues with the players participating in the Australian league.

“These players need to take the PCB’s permission first but as far as selection is concerned, we can manage it without witnessing their performance in the national Twenty20," an official was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

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November 15, 2012 4:55 pm
Good decision...especially regarding Saeed Ajmal. Just see what the Aussies did to Murali when he tried to play domestic cricket there...totally involved him in silly controversies regarding his bowling action etc to destroy his confidence because they couldn't bat against him. Saeed Ajmal would have suffered the same fate. He is our best bowler and needs to be protected. Pay him a bonus if money was the motivation. Afridi and Akmal....who cares? Let them go.
November 16, 2012 12:50 pm
The whole world says Afridi should not play in test cricket. His days are over. You still want him to play against India? What is the problem with you? you have just lost the series to India.
November 15, 2012 3:42 pm
Today all indian sport genius is pass away. No one in yet
November 15, 2012 3:42 pm
How pathetic is this. There could hardly be a better preparation for the India tour than a few games in the Big Bash. To bar them makes not the slightest sense. Something stinks.
November 15, 2012 3:45 pm
If PCB intends to apply the same rules for all the national cricketers, then they are justified to refuse the permission. It is confusing to know that selectors have no problem if these players are not playing domestic cricket but PCB does. Why don't selectors know the PCB policy and not give impression of conflict. Selectors are supposed to be part of PCB.
Abdul Mujeeb
November 15, 2012 4:26 pm
Very good decision!
November 16, 2012 6:10 am
All talk about playing for national pride and honour is nothing but hollow and meaningless word to fool fan. The only thing they care about is money and more money, irrespective of how they make it. Legends like Hanif Mohammad really played for Pakistan in the true sense of the word. The present lot are nothing but mercenaries.
khan usafzai
November 16, 2012 7:05 am
it would have been better for the players to play in Australia for a better tough fitness n competition to compete to get prepared rather than domestic matches ... strange ideas of PCB always amaze me
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