PCB in a fix over 'Royal Challenger' Misbah-ul-Haq

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Karachi, May 6 : Since alcohol consumption, or being associated with it in any manner, is considered against the tenets of Islam, the PCB is learnt to be in a fix as one of its players Misbah-ul-Haq represents the Bangalore 'Royal Challengers' team in the IPL. The team is owned by Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallaya.

The PCB discourages its players from representing teams owned by companies producing liquor, or even appearing in commercials promoting liquor.

PCB CEO Shafqat Naghmi said the Board does not encourage its players to promote or endorse alcohol and tobacco products. "Players usually take prior clearance for endorsing or starring in any brand commercials. I am not sure whether Misbah has taken permission for the Royal Challengers and I am also not sure whether he is required to wear or market any brand of the UB group," The News quoted Naghmi as saying.

"But yes we do discourage our players from even sporting logos promoting alcohol or tobacco products," Naghmi said and added that PCB would look into the matter.

Misbah is the only Pakistani playing in the Bangalore team.

Three years ago the PCB in a pre-emptive move to ensure that its players were not required to wear the Johnnie Walker whisky logo during the Super Series in Australia, had taken prior clearance from the International Cricket Council.

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq were among those who played in the Super Series.

Four years ago, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was also taken to court by a Pakistan citizen after he appeared in an advertisement for an Indian alcohol company. But, he was cleared after arguing that he was promoting the company's cricket gear, and not the alcohol.

ANI

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