PCB bars Afridi, Ajmal, Akmal from Oz Big Bash T20 league to focus on India tour
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has refused permission to Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal to play in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition, and ordered them to prepare for the upcoming tour of India instead.
The trio had all signed up to play in the Big Bash from next month, but the PCB said they must take part in a domestic Twenty20 event being used to Test players ahead of the matches against archrivals India, reports the Daily Times.
"Since the Big Bash was clashing with our Twenty20 tournament we have asked the players to feature in the national event so that selectors can check their form and fitness for the selection of the squad for India," PCB chief Zaka Ashraf said.
Afridi was due to play with Sydney Thunder while Ajmal had signed for Adelaide Strikers and Umar for Sydney Sixers but the PCB insisted they gear up at home for the hotly anticipated India tour.
Afridi had already offered to feature in the domestic Twenty20 tournament, saying he would forgo his Australian contract to prepare for the India series.
The two sides will meet for two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals between December 25 and January 6 - their first full series since 2007.