Pakistani cricketers will not wear shirts promoting the Johnnie Walker whisky brand in the Super Series matches later this year. The country's cricket authorities said yesterday (18 July) that its nation's cricketers will not wear or display logos of the matches' sponsor, Johnnie Walker, in the games scheduled for October.

Five Pakistani players have been selected for the provisional ICC World XI test and one-day squads that will play against Australia.

Alcohol consumption is banned for Muslims in the Islamic state of Pakistan. A PCB official told Reuters that, since the ban was considered a sensitive matter, the board had pre-empted problems and acted accordingly. "We have informed the ICC that our players will in no manner promote the logos or other promotional material if they are picked in the final World XI squads," the official told Reuters.

"We didn't want our players in a dilemma later on in matches," he added.