NEW DELHI: The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) said it has no objection to a team from Pakistan participating in the Champions League Twenty20 for the first time.
"The Working Committee has decided to invite a team from Pakistan to play in Champions League Twenty20 to be held in October," BCCI President N Srinivasan told reporters after the Board's Working Committee meeting here.
The decision means that Sialkot Stallions led by Shoaib Malik would be Pakistan's representatives in the October event as it had won the domestic T20 title.
"This is a recommendation that the BCCI will make to Governing Council. CLT20 is owned by BCCI, Cricket Australia, and Cricket South Africa. So we will recommend to the GC that the BCCI has no objection and is prepared to invite a Pakistan team in the Champions League," he added.
"CLT20 will be played in India. As far as inviting a Pakistani team is concerned, it will be done by the Governing Council. The BCCI will make the recommendation to the Governing Council which will decide on the matter."
According to sources, PCB has allowed a Pakistani team to feature in the CL following a meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi last month.
The move has been welcomed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which had been pushing for the inclusion of its sides since the inaugural edition of the Champions League in 2009. AGENCIES