Players cleared by ICC can be included in Pak WC side: PCB

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Karachi, Jan 17 (PTI) Pakistan Cricket Board chairmanIjaz Butt today said if any of the three suspended players arecleared of spot-fixing charges they can be included inPakistan''s World Cup squad.

The International Cricket Council anti-corruptiontribunal is due to announce its verdict on the charges filedagainst Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir onFebruary 5.

The Pakistani selectors will announce the final 15-memberWorld Cup squad on January 19.

"The squad is to be announced on January 19 but if any ofthese players gets a clean chit on February 5 he can beconsidered for late inclusion in the World Cup squad," Butttold reporters during a visit to Larkana where the PCB isconstructing a new stadium in the name of late Benazir Bhutto.

"We have spoken to the ICC about this and they have inprinciple agreed to consider any late replacements in thefinal squad," Butt said.

Indications are that the PCB is keeping its fingerscrossed that left arm pacer Aamir might be cleared off thecharges by the tribunal because of his young age (18) and theselectors are ready to include him in the squad even at a latestage.

But Butt made it clear that the final decision would bewith the national selectors.

"They have to eventually decide because it is a factthese three have not played any cricket at all since Septemberso that has to be taken into consideration," he said.

The PCB Chairman said that the board was taking varioussteps to convince the ICC special task team on Pakistancricket to push for the revival of international cricket inPakistan.

"At one stage last year their was a strong proposal tobring a world eleven team to Pakistan with players from alltest playing and associate nations but the spot-fixing scandalspoilt everything and now there is no clear deadline wheninternational cricket can resume in Pakistan," he said. PTICor ATK

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