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Pakistan Faisalabad Wolves may not play CLT20

Mumbai, Sep 10 (): The much-awaited Champions League Twenty20 tournament starting on September 17 to be played in India may go without Pakistan’s Faisalabad Wolves, reports said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not yet got a clearance from the home ministry. As the political tense situation continues in the border of India and Pakistan, cricketing ties between the two countries may be kept on hold.

A top BCCI official said that BCCI will wait for a couple of days and if they do not get visas and clearances from the Indian government, they will go ahead without them. He said, “The home ministry has given no signal so far, in case the Faisalabad team doesn’t come, we will call a meeting to discuss it. Changes will be made but no new team will replace the Wolves.”

However, Faisalabad Wolves teams had been announced.  Misbahul Haq will lead the squad. This is the first Pakistan team to take part in CLT20, if they get the clearance. No Pakistani player has not been included in IPL teams so far.

Faisalabad Wolves Squad: Misbahul Haq(Captain), Asif Ali, Khurram Shehzad, Ali Waqas, Mohammad Salman, Waqas Maqsood, Samiullah Khan, Asad Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Hasan Mahmood, Jahandad Khan, Farrukh Shehzad, Imran Khalid and Ammar Mahmood.

Champions League Twenty20 2013 is to be held in India from September 17 to October 6. A total of 29 matches will be played in the CLT20 tournament by the best domestic T20 teams from the world, for total prize money of US$6 million.

Mumbai Indians (India), Highveld Lions (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), Rajasthan Royals (India) and qualifier 1  are placed in the Group A while Chennai Super Kings (India), Titans (South Africa), Brisbane Heat (Australia), Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies) and qualifier 2 are placed in Group B.

Otago Volts (New Zealand), Sunrisers Hyderabad (India), Kandurata Maroons (Sri Lanka) and Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan) will play in the qualification round. The top two teams in the qualifier will be placed along with the Group teams.