Pakistan cricketers threaten to terminate central contracts with PCB

Several Pakistani cricketers are contemplating terminating their central contracts with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to ongoing disputes over the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for their participation in overseas T20 leagues, according to recent reports.

The frustration stems from the PCB’s decision to deny NOCs to players intending to participate in certain overseas T20 leagues. This includes the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Mohammad Haris, who had arrived in Bangladesh to represent the Chattogram Challengers, was denied a NOC. Zaman Khan and Fakhar Zaman also faced similar denials.

“The problem intensified lately when the board denied NOCs to specific players wanting to join the Bangladesh Premier League. The players had already been involved in two leagues, apart from PSL,” a source told (PTI).

Issues also arose for Haris Rauf regarding his NOC for the Big Bash League (BBL) 2023-24 season. The PCB requested his participation in the domestic T20 competition first, and his absence from the Test squad for the Australian tour further complicated matters.

Additionally, the PCB is showing reluctance in approving NOCs for other ongoing T20 leagues, such as the SA20 and the ILT20.

Players argue that if there are no Pakistan assignments before the PSL, the PCB should not restrict them from participating in other leagues where they have lucrative contracts.

“The players believe that if there are no commitments to the Pakistan team before the PSL, there’s no reason for the board to prevent them from participating in other leagues where they have lucrative contracts,” the source added.

Zaka Ashraf introduced the current guidelines during his tenure as chairman, restricting players to a maximum of two overseas leagues besides the PSL.

The escalating tensions between players and the PCB may lead to a significant shake-up in the landscape of Pakistani cricket contracts.

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