Take Pakistan cricketers back or clear dues, says Younis Khan

Skipper Younis Khan on Thursday threw his weight behind the Pakistan cricketers who have been dumped by Indian Premier League and said the franchises of the cash-rich Twenty20 league should either take them back or clear dues.

“The players could not travel to India for IPL because of government directives but now since the league is being held in South Africa they can play.

“It is their right to even seek legal redress for their dues,” Younis said.

Some of the players also sent e-mails to the IPL on Thursday making it clear that they intended to seek legal redress in Indian courts if their issues were not resolved by the league organisers and the respective franchises.

The Pakistan players argued that no contract is binding if a player is forced to follow government instructions and secondly, since the IPL has been relocated to South Africa they must be paid fully by their franchises or be made part of the IPL in SA.

Sources said that Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Akhtar whose contracts were terminated by their franchises, besides Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal and Sohail Tanvir whose contracts were suspended, had demanded full payment from IPL as per terms of their three-year contract.

The IPL franchises terminated or suspended the contracts few months back after the Pakistan government advised the players to not travel to India for the event due to security concerns following the tense relations with India after the Mumbai terror attack.

Meanwhile, the players with exception of Shoaib Akhtar have also hired a sports management company to take up issues they have with the league organisers.

The company ‘Portfolio World’ announced on Thursday they would hold a joint press conference on Monday to talk on the IPL matters.

The company said it was for the first time that individual players who were contracted or had their contracts terminated by the IPL had come together on one platform to fight for their cause.

The company said that besides Younis Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Gul, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi had become their clients and wanted the company to deal with the IPL and the franchises concerned.

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