Former Pakistan test player Faisal Iqbal could face disciplinary action by the Pakistan Cricket Board for appearing in a tournament in USA featuring players from the rebel Indian Cricket League. Faisal's case is expected to be discussed today by the International Cricket Committee.
This latest news comes on the heels of recent reports that VVS Laxman and Piyush Chawla were told by BCCI not to play for Nottinghamshire and Hampshire respectively, since those county teams featured ICL players.
Faisal Iqbal played alongside ICL players Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir in the Pakistan All-Star team at the T20 invitational tournament in May. The All-Star team captained by his uncle Javed Miandad, failed to progress to the finals in that event. However, Faisal Iqbal had a decent tournament scoring 46 not out against the Canadians and 21 in another match against a team captained by Mohammad Azharuddin.
According to media reports, Faisal, who has played 21 Tests and 18 one-dayers for Pakistan, could face either a penalty or a ban. Faisal, who is not centrally contracted, was quoted as saying, "West Indian player Shaun Findley as well as seven or eight other cricketers from Canada" were part of the private tournament held in Florida.
This might set a precedent for similar action by other boards as well. Shabbir Ahmed (ICL player) participated in an invitational tournament in Michigan which also featured several other first class and international cricketers.
A cricket fan in the Midwest noted with amusement,"Cricket in USA is not without its share of controversy, but nobody in their wildest dreams expected the rivalry between IPL and ICL to reach USA! This is beyond silly. I played gully cricket with ICL players when I was growing up! Will BCCI ban me from going to an IPL game?"