Cricket South Africa (CSA) will not be issuing NOCs to the centrally contracted players for the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Cricket South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith speaking to ESPNcricinfo confirmed the development stating that the NOCs for the Pakistan Super League has been refused to the contracted players by CSA as they want to prioritise international schedule and domestic competition.
“It is true that contracted members of the proteas team had their NOCs for the Pakistan Super League refused due to the Proteas international schedule and domestic competitions which must always be prioritised,” Smith said.
If Fixtures Do Not Clash With Our Own Tournament, CSA Will Happily Approve NOCs, – Graeme Smith
Former South Africa skipper further added that the upcoming series against New Zealand and Bangladesh are the main priority and they want players to be available for national duties “first and foremost”.
“With an away tour to New Zealand and a home tour against Bangladesh, our contracted players have to be available for their national team duties first and foremost. The same applies with regard to our domestic franchise tournaments which will be starting up soon.”
“If and when opportunities in other international T20 tournaments arise and the timings and fixtures do not clash with our own, CSA will happily approve NOCs, as we have always done in the past,” Smith told ESPNcricinfo.
Meanwhile, the decision to bar centrally contracted South African players will have no direct impact on any player picked up in the PSL draft as Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir and Rilee Rossouw, the members of the PSL squad are not centrally contracted by CSA.
However, the replacement draft of PSL due to be held before the tournament had been depending on the availability of Proteas players. With CSA refusing to issue NOC, the PSL teams will have to look for other options.
Replacement Draft Picks By PSL Teams
Islamabad United: Musa Khan, Zahir Khan, Muhammad Huraira
Karachi Kings: Sahibzada Farhan, Jorda Thompson, Muhammad Taha
Lahore Qalandars: Muhammad Imran Randhawa, Aqib Javed, Ben Dunk
Multan Sultans: David Willey, Rizwan Hussain, Johnson Charles and Dominic Drakes
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Umer
Quetta Gladiators: Ghulam Mudassar, Luke Wood, Will Smeed, Ali Imran, Shimron Hetmyer
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