Clear outstanding dues of Pak players: Moin to ICL organisers

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Karachi, Jan 27 (PTI) Former captain Moin Khan, who wasin the forefront of signing on Pakistani cricketers for theIndian Cricket League (ICL), has appealed to the owners of thenow-defunct league to clear outstanding payments of theplayers.

Moin launched an appeal to the owner of the league,Subash Chandra and said he had also been in touch with theFederation of International Cricketers'' Associations (FICA) toresolve the issue of outstanding dues to the Pakistaniplayers.

The league, which was launched in 2007 and held for twoseasons, faded away after the Mumbai terror attacks inNovember 2008 and since then has not been held with the ownerssaying they were facing losses and problems as theInternational Cricket Council (ICC) and Indian Cricket Board(BCCI) refusing to recognise the ICL.

Pakistani Test pacer Shabbir Ahmed, who took part in theICL, told the media in Lahore that he was disappointed withthe attitude of the league organisers who had not cleared hisdues despite promises.

Insisting he had no regrets over joining the league,Ahmed said he is still waiting for the organisers to fulfilltheir commitments.

"I don''t regret my decision," he said. "But it''s been twoyears and they still haven''t cleared our dues."

The ICL had signed over two dozen Pakistan cricketers,and five of them including Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Farhat,Taufeeq Umar and Abdul Razzaq have already cut off their tieswith the league and obtained NOCs to play for the nationalteam again.

Recently, Hasan Raza and Mohammad Sami threatened to goto the court if their outstanding payments were not clearedsoon. Pakistan openers Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat and hisbrother Humayun are also included in the list of playersawaiting their dues.

"We have also sent them the legal notice through ouragent [former Pakistan captain] Moin Khan but there has beenno response," Ahmed said.

He claimed the ICL owned him around 10 million rupees.

Moin who was also coach of the Lahore Badshah team andsigned on Pakistani players for the ICL as an authorised agentof the league said the ICL dues were around two milliondollars for all players.

"The players have not received their third installment asyet although sometime back I had met with the chief organisersand they had promised the dues would be cleared soon."

Moin said that he had also spoken to the FICA chiefexecutive Tim May on this issue but the Pakistani playerscould do nothing but wait for the ICL organisers to fulfilltheir promises at some stage.

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