Lahore: The ICC has said that Kamran Akmal was always eligible for selection in the Pakistan cricket team and they did not need to issue any clearance for his inclusion in the national squad. PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf had earlier in an interview said that the Board had sought permission from the ICC for Kamran's selection.
According to Ashraf the selectors were given a go ahead to select Kamran after getting the nod from the ICC. However, 'Daily News' quoted Head of Media and Communications of ICC, Colin Gibson, as saying that selection of players for the Pakistan team is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the PCB.
"The ICC has not issued any form of clearance to the PCB for the selection of any of its players and like all others who are not suspended for any reason from participating, Mr Akmal remains eligible for selection for the Pakistan national cricket team should Pakistan decide to select him," Gibson said.
Akmal was sidelined by the selectors after his name surfaced during the spot-fixing trial in London last year prompting suspicions about his links with bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed.
The glovesman was though recalled by the national selectors for the upcoming T20 assignments after he made a final appearance before the integrity committee of the PCB. A board official when contacted said that unnecessary controversies were being created out of the Kamran issue.
"What the Chairman meant was that as is the practice the PCB made some inquiries from the ICC about Kamran but it does not need to seek clearance from anyone for his selection," he said.
Kamran has constantly claimed his innocence and has insisted that he has no links with bookmakers.
Interestingly the PCB had also sidelined leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria, since late 2010 until he was recently found guilty of corruption by the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary panel, which probed into the spot-fixing of a county match in 2009 including the Test cricketer.