Lahore: Confusion continued to prevail over the exact status of wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal who has now been told to appear before the Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee Wednesday. "There is a slight matter of some documentation that the integrity committee wants to dispense with that is why they have called Kamran," a board spokesman said.
Just a few days ago, PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed had told PTI that Kamran has been cleared to be considered for selection. Cricket analysts see the call by the integrity committee as the final step towards the PCB paving way for Kamran to revive his international career which has remained suspended since he last appeared in the 2011 World Cup. The selectors have included his name in the list of 30 probables for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka this year.
"If as expected Kamran is cleared by integrity committee tomorrow you can also expect him to be called up for Pakistan's three ODIs and three Twenty20 International matches against Australia in August," a source in the Board said.
PCB reportedly wants to have a word with the player before saying yes to his return to international cricket.
There has been plenty of confusion surrounding Kamran's status after it emerged in 2010 that he was under the PCB and ICC's scanner ICC for alleged links with suspicious persons. When he played in the 2011 World Cup, the PCB had announced he had been given clearance to play for Pakistan. But after a troubled World Cup, Kamran was not selected for Pakistan again with the general viewpoint being that he was again being investigated by the integrity committee which called him for a few hearings. Kamran's name was mentioned at last year's spot-fixing trial in England, but he was neither summoned by the London court nor banned by ICC.
Sources said that the case of legspinner Danish Kaneria is also likely to be discussed Thursday as the PCB executive coordination committee will meet on the same day. Kaneria has been banned for life from English cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board for his involvement in spot-fixing and the PCB has said it would implement the ban in Pakistan as well.