PCB makes domestic participation mandatory for foreign league NOCs

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): The Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that centrally contracted players would only be issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to play in foreign T20 leagues if they agree to participate in the National T20 Cup.

In a press release issued on Saturday, the PCB said it is compulsory for all the centrally contracted players to participate in the domestic T20 tournament, which is scheduled to be held from November 7 to 23, 2017 in Multan and Faisalabad.

“PCB has decided that all the centrally contracted players, who are not facing any other restrictions, must also participate in PCB’s T20 tournament to strengthen our domestic cricket, as per international best practices,” the release stated.

“In order to facilitate our players and also keeping in view good relationship with Bangladesh and South Africa cricket boards, NOCs would be issued to all centrally contracted players to play BPL and Global T20 leagues, subject to the condition that they must play PCB’s T20 tournament from November 7 to 17, 2017,” the board added.

The National T20 Cup was rescheduled due to the recently held World XI tour to Pakistan. BPL and Global T20 League in South Africa have also been scheduled in the same period by the respective cricket boards/organisers.

A number of current Pakistan players have been contracted to play in the BPL and Global T20 League. However, retired players like Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan along with players like Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir, who are not centrally contracted, will be issued NOCs from the start, the PCB added.