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The Adelaide Strikers hit out at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) for barring Saeed Ajmal from taking part in the Big Bash League and leaving the already depleted side in a lurch.

The Strikers, who also lost spinner Jon Holland and reliable all-rounder Andrew McDonald to injuries, were left in a fix after the PCB decided it wanted top Pakistani players to stay back and play in the National T20 Championship instead.

“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 said.

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.

South Australian Cricket Association Director of Cricket Jamie Cox told The Advertiser that the PCB event came out of nowhere.

“It’s not a tragedy but we were certainly looking forward to having Ajmal, he’s world-class. The PCB decided they’re going to run a competition of which no-one knew anything about a few days ago and that’s effectively taken precedence. That’s disappointing but at the end of the day, those are the dangers of involving ourselves in the international markets,” Cox said.

“We’ve started seeing what else might be around and if we can find a player who can make an impact for us, we’ll replace him.”

According to the Herald Sun, the Strikers need to finalise their squad of 18 by November 30, but the signing rules dictate they won't be able to find cover for McDonald and Holland until December.

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Nov 17, 2012 08:54pm
alright fair enough saying players get injured by playing t20 leagues which u call "USELESS"...what would you say if suppose ajmal got injured while playing our domestic t20 league and couldn't make it for the tour of india? would you still say "GOOD WORK PCB"? INJURIES can occur anywhere and at anytime...
Nov 18, 2012 07:53pm
Players like Saeed Ajmal, Afridi and Umar Akmal are an assett for Pakistan cricket. This is pakistan's beaurecracy at its worst. These three players should ignore the ban and go to Australia. PCB will be loser as these players are good crowd pullers with a high ranking in ICC. Why can't someone challange the appointment of Zaka ashraf as chairman and Asif Ali Zardari as patron-in-chief of PCB. The past cricketers with knowledge of cricket should run the affairs of cricket in Pakistan.
Nov 18, 2012 08:33pm
good move Ajmal is big weapon for Pak you dont want him to play every disk and harry competition so good move ...
Nov 17, 2012 04:23pm
Good work PCB, these nonsense leagues are only aggravating the injuries and taking the real charm out of Cricket, players should also be banned from IPL etc.
Nov 17, 2012 04:31pm
Yah no one knew about that competition and no one knows what will happen at that event
Nov 17, 2012 05:38pm
PCB is very selfish organization,only looking after their interests. ;)
Nov 17, 2012 10:47pm
we have a dictatorship in the PCB for the last 14 years. look at this irony of fate that a 75 yrs old ijaz butt was PCB chairman, same like him all top senior mgt of PCB are people of no fame or good track record and all of them are above 60.
Nov 17, 2012 11:14pm
How come no one complains when australia and other countries pull back players for national commitments
Nov 17, 2012 07:29pm
IPL don't require Pakistani players.
Nov 17, 2012 08:03pm
Good, no paki cricketer should be allowed to play in the country which refuse to play in pakistan.
Nov 17, 2012 08:12pm
These PCB guys are making sure all steps to harm Cricket and Cricketers of Pakistan.
Nov 18, 2012 11:53pm
but the difference is our team doesnt play until the end of december...u look at australian players such as starc who played the whole of the champions league despite the south african tour being just around the corner...they didn't pull their players outta the tournament... so i dont see why our players cant go to australia and get some useful cricket against quality players, under their belt... as far as injuries go, they can occur anywhere and at could be that we might loose ajmal to injury by playing in our own t20 domestic league...