PCB allow Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal to play in Australia's Big Bash T20 tournament
Pakistan have reversed their decision to ban three players from competing in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20.
Last Updated: 19/11/12 11:52am
Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal had all signed contracts to feature in the competition, but the Pakistan Cricket Board insisted the trio should play in their domestic Twenty20 series.
Afridi has though not taken up the chance to play for Sydney Thunder and will instead concentrate on recapturing some form in Pakistan.
The PCB wanted all their one-day international players to stay at home to prepare for the forthcoming limited-overs clash against arch-rivals India.
Cricket Australia argued that because Afridi, Ajmal and Akmal had already signed contracts, they should honour their commitment to the Big Bash.
The players themselves also feared they would not be invited to play in the future if they were not permitted to fulfil their commitments this season.
The PCB have now agreed to Cricket Australia's request, and while Afridi will stay at home anyway, Ajmal will feature for the Adelaide Strikers and Akmal for the Sydney Sixers.
PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said: "We will allow these players to go to Australia at the end of our Twenty20 tournament around December 8."
But Sarwar added that the duo will be required to return home for a training camp ahead of the tour of India, which features two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals between 25 December 25 and 6 January.