PCB relent on Big Bash trio

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 10:37 GMT

Pakistan have reversed their decision to ban three players from competing in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 tournament.

Shahid Afridi: Permission to play for Sydney Thunder

Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal had all signed contracts to feature in the competition, but the Pakistan Cricket Board insisted the trio should play in their domestic Twenty20 series.

The PCB wanted all their one-day international players to stay at home to prepare for the forthcoming limited-overs clash against arch-rivals India.

But Cricket Australia argued that because Afridi, Ajmal and Akmal had already signed contracts, they should honour their commitment to the Big Bash.

The players themselves also feared they would not be invited to play in the future if they were not permitted to fulfil their commitments this season.

The PCB have now agreed to Cricket Australia's request, and Afridi will join up with the Sydney Thunder while Ajmal will feature for the Adelaide Strikers and Akmal for the Sydney Sixers.

PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said: "We will allow these players to go to Australia at the end of our Twenty20 tournament around December 8."

But Sarwar added that the trio will be required to return home for a training camp ahead of the tour of India, which features two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals between 25 December 25 and 6 January.

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