Usman Khan Eligible for Pakistan Selection Despite UAE Ban, PCB Confirms

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohsin Naqvi has confirmed that Usman Khan is being considered for selection in the national squad for the upcoming home T20I series against New Zealand. Usman participated in a recent 29-player fitness camp, facilitated by trainers from the Pakistan Army.

However, his eligibility for selection comes amid controversy, as the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) banned him for five years. The ECB cited Usman’s breach of obligations and misrepresentation of intentions as grounds for the ban.

Addressing the media, Naqvi affirmed Usman’s eligibility to play for Pakistan despite the ban imposed by the ECB. He stated, “[Usman] Khan is eligible for Pakistan and he will play [for the national side].” The ECB released a statement detailing Usman’s actions, emphasizing his failure to fulfill eligibility criteria and his apparent disinterest in representing the UAE team.

Meanwhile, the PCB is actively seeking a new head coach for the men’s national team following Grant Bradburn’s departure post-World Cup. Naqvi mentioned that the availability of foreign coaches for the upcoming series against New Zealand depends on contractual agreements. Recent reports suggest that former New Zealand cricketer Luke Ronchi and former Australia head coach Justin Langer are being considered for the role.

Pakistan is scheduled to play New Zealand in a 5-match T20I series starting April 18.

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