The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) denied reports of not allowing players to go to Big Bash League (BBL), UAE International League T20 (ILT20), and other franchise cricket leagues around the world.
While responding to ESPNcricinfo’s report, PCB called it ‘baseless, factually inaccurate and speculative’.
The cricket website claimed that players, regardless of being centrally contracted or not, will not be issued No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for cash-rich leagues around the world. “There is a growing sense of frustration among the top players in Pakistan, who feel they are missing out on big monetary gains,” Cricinfo reported. However, the PCB took a stance, completely denying the report.
The PCB received the first list of players for the BBL Draft on 16 July. Following exchanges and discussions, the final PCB response went to the Player Agent on 26 July in which it was clarified that player NOCs will be discussed and issued in due course after considering a number of factors, including player workload and domestic/international commitments
The PCB received the second list of players on 2 August. This is presently being reviewed and a response will be provided in due course
In July, the PCB had received requests for two centrally contracted players for the ILT20. On 26 July, the PCB had informed the Player Agent that the NOC approval was subject to the two players’ workload and participation in the international series against New Zealand and the West Indies, which overlap with ILT20
In the backdrop of the above three points, the PCB is yet to consider the matter of issuing NOCs to the players. At present, it is reviewing requests for releasing player names for BBL and ILT20 Drafts. Issuing NOCs is the second phase of the process
Moreover, the board added “it allows its players to apply for three NOCs and that it has always been flexible in issuing additional NOCs as long as these did not coincide with its international series or domestic competitions”.
“The PCB is extremely disappointed that a credible, reputable and widely followed media outlet like ESPNCricinfo breached all professional and ethical norms and published the story using inappropriate adjectives, which has a potential to create a crack in the smooth, healthy and cordial relationship between the PCB and all its stakeholders,” PCB concluded.