The ICC has said that Kamran Akmal was always eligible for selection in the Pakistan cricket squad and that they didn’t need to issue any approval for his inclusion in the national team.
PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had earlier mentioned that the PCB had sought approval from the ICC for Kamran’s selection. As per Ashraf the selectors were given the go ahead to choose Kamran after getting the nod from the ICC.
However, the ICC’s media and communications chief Colin Gibson was quoted as indicating that selection of cricketers for the Pakistan team was the sole task of the PCB. “The ICC hasn’t issued any type of approval to the PCB for the selection of any of its cricketers and like all others who aren’t suspended for any reason from participating, Kamran Akmal remains eligible for selection for the Pakistan national cricket squad should Pakistan opt to select him,” Gibson said.
Akmal was sidelined by selectors after his name surfaced during the spot-fixing case in London a year ago prompting suspicions about his connections with a bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed. However, Akmal was recalled for the team’s forthcoming T20 assignments after he made a final appearance before the PCB’s integrity board.