PCB Grants NOCs To 43 Players To Be Included In Big Bash League Draft

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Asia Cup 2023
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

Only a few weeks after rejecting an initial list of players, the PCB has granted no-objection certificates (NOCs) to 43 of its players, allowing them to be included in the BBL’s overseas draft.

There were no Pakistani players on the first list of 98 overseas players who had nominated themselves for the BBL draft, which was released last month.

Trent Boult, Shadab Khan, Andre Russell, and Jason Roy were among the big names confirmed as platinum players in the new batch of nominations.

In fact, Shadab led a large contingent of Pakistani names that included Mohammad Amir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, and Wahab Riaz.

Shadab Khan. Photo- PSL
Shadab Khan. Photo- PSL

Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi Not Part Of The Big Bash Draft

None of the multi-format stalwarts, such as Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, are part of the list; they will be a key part of Pakistan’s home season, which will include Tests against England and white-ball series against New Zealand and the West Indies between December and February before the PSL begins in mid-February.

Shaheen Afridi Babar Azam
Shaheen Afridi Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

The majority of the players nominated for the draft are unlikely to be involved in Pakistan’s international commitments, or even domestic first-class tournaments, as the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy clashes with the start of the BBL.

Asif Ali, a certain pick in Pakistan’s T20I squad, was on the previous list that was denied NOCs but is now on this one.

NOC-related issues triggered a near-strike in November 2019, which aided in the implementation of a policy [available on the board website] that the PCB formalised in issuing NOCs: that allows players to seek NOCs for three overseas leagues, excluding the PSL.

There has been some dissatisfaction among players who believe they will miss out on the big-money leagues in the UAE and the CSA’s upcoming league, in addition to missing out on the IPL.

 

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