The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday limited the participation of its centrally contracted players who would now be allowed to play in a maximum four T20 leagues, including the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
If a player satisfies this criterion, only then will they be issued the No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the cricketing body. PCB further announced that as per the latest ruling, NOC requests will be undertaken by International Cricket Operations (ICO) department of Pakistan.
Once the ICO and the head coach/team management take a look into the manner, as per the workload of each player, and their international commitments, they will be allowed to participate in various tournaments.
The latest change comes as a big boost for all parties involved as earlier due to a lack of proper structure, players, the league organisers and the board, all had to face various issues.
PCB limits its players’ participation in T20 leagues:
The latest decision to allow Pakistani players to apply for three foreign T20 leagues, apart from the PSL, is a welcomed move, as it will allow for the whole matter to remain transparent.
Moreover, the PCB also revealed that its Cheif Executive will have the sole responsibility to accept or reject NOCs, upon consultation with various authorities, such as the ICO.
Furthermore, domestic players associated with various state associations will have to approach their respective state bodies for approval of NOC.
“Input and feedback will then be sought from the cricket operations department, before moving to the last stage of approval process,” the PCB said in their statement.
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The chief of PCB, Wasim Khan also gave a statement about the latest ruling, revealing how it will influence the sport in the upcoming years.
“We have given primacy and importance to player workload, international and domestic commitments, but at the same time it was important that players are given the opportunities to make additional earnings and develop their skills around the world,” Khan said.