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Stop playing against India, focus on Domestic cricket: Javed Miandad advices PCB

12 August 2017

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recalled all its cricketers now involved in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), as well as the County Championship in England, as it gears up to organise a home series between the national side and an ICC World XI in mid-September.

ESPN said that the board had originally given as many as 10 players, including seven centrally contracted cricketers, permission to play the entire Caribbean Premier League - which began on August 4 and runs until September 9.

Executive chairman of FICA, Tony Irish, was quoted as saying that the players' representative body is in communication with the PCB regarding the World XI series and wants to see the security plan for the proposed matches.

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Diplomatic tensions between the two nations have prevented the neighbours from playing a bilateral series since 2007, apart from Pakistan's tour to India in 2012-2013 when they played a short limited-overs series.

Meanwhile, the World XI visit is also subject to security clearance, but newly elected chairman Najam Sethi believes the two parties - Law and Order Committee of Punjab and the PCB - are in agreement over the new dates and awaiting the final approval of province's chief minister.

"This has compelled PCB to call back centrally contracted players besides the ones in contention for selection for the World XI series next month from their ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and English county stints".

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The tournament will feature eight teams, with four - Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - qualifying automatically.

The returning players have been asked to report to the National Cricket Academy for fitness and medical tests under Arthur's supervision on August 22.

However, a series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka scheduled for September and October is still likely to be played in the UAE.

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Stop playing against India, focus on Domestic cricket: Javed Miandad advices PCB