In a major stance taken by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), it has decided not to extend No Objection Certificates (NOC) of Pakistan players who are interested in playing in T20 leagues abroad, according to Cricket Pakistan.
Some Pakistani cricketers are currently playing in the ILT20 and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2024). The PCB has decided to maintain its stance despite repeated pleas from Pakistan cricketers.
ILT20 and BPL are the two major leagues that feature the majority of Pakistani cricketers. Some of them also play in Australia’s Big Bash League.
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Sources within the PCB reveal that several cricketers sought extensions from the NOC to take advantage of opportunities in these prominent leagues. However, after a review, the board decided not to grant an extension, leaving some prominent players disappointed. The PCB’s sudden refusal has landed the players in trouble. Even players who are not currently part of the national team have been called up.
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Meanwhile, players will be able to participate abroad until the start of the PSL. Pakistan Super League (PSL 9) starts on February 17. However, franchise owners are unhappy with the slow pace of work and are unsure if the season will start on time.
A player reportedly spoke to a PCB official to express his concern. The PCB has asked the players to be available for the PSL and therefore asked them to play until February 13. Another player is said to have gotten permission to play until February 16.
Pakistan has just finished its international season where it played first against Pakistan and then New Zealand before the start of ILT20. They were whitewashed against Australia 3-0 and also lost the T20I series against New Zealand.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Muhammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Shadab Khan Aamer Jamal Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Hasnain, Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik are some of the Pakistani players busy in the two suspenders.
There are reports of a rift between the players and the management. Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain and coach Misbah-Ul-Haq recently said that neither local nor foreign coaches want to work with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to its “accidental” policies.
“If you look at the board’s policies, leaving aside foreign coaches, I don’t think even our local coaches want to work with the PCB. Cricket in Pakistan should not be run in such a haphazard manner and we need to have long term plans for team management, selectors and player preparation. Unfortunately, in Pakistan a change in board leadership changes everything,” he stated.
“I believe that you cannot form a good team or develop quality players if you do not give adequate time for this process. We need to look at other countries’ systems that are successful,” he added.
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