The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had made it mandatory for all centrally contracted players to participate in the National T20 league in order to be eligible for No Objection Certificates (NOC) to play in foreign T20 leagues.
The country’s domestic National T20 League has been scheduled to take place in Multan and Faisalabad from November 7 to 23 later this year.
In a press release issued on Saturday, the PCB has mandated centrally contracted players to make themselves available for the domestic competition from November 7 to 17 before taking part in overseas T20 leagues like the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Cricket South Africa’s inaugural Global T20 League.
PCB announces National T20 from 7th to 23rd Nov, NOC to players for T20GL and BPL to be issued after 17th Nov.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) September 30, 2017
“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.”
The BPL is set to take place from November 2 to December 10 while the Global T20 is scheduled to begin on November 3 until December 16.
As such, with several Pakistan players having signed up for the two leagues, their participation in the initial phases is now in doubt.
More than a dozen Pakistan players have penned deals with BPL while eight had confirmed their participation in the Global T20. One among them is Umar Akmal but his NOC has been revoked recently by the PCB as punishment for breaching his contract after his media outburst against coach Mickey Arthur.
Earlier in August, PCB chief Najam Sethi had revoked NOCs to 13 players plying their trade in the English County Championship and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in order to make themselves available for the National T20 League back home.
However, owing to the visit of the ICC World XI, the domestic competition had been postponed to November and players had been allowed to return to their respective teams after undergoing a fitness camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
Consistent Pakistan middle-order batsman Azhar Ali completed 5,000 runs in the longer format during the third day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The 32-year-old became the eighth Pakistan batsman to reach the milestone in his 61st Test, when he took a single to reach a personal score of 32.
Ali made his Test debut against Australia at Lord’s in Pakistan’s neutral venue series in England in 2010 and has since been a consistent performer with the bat.
He became the first century maker in a day-night Test during his epic triple hundred against the West Indies in Dubai last year.
He scored 1198 runs in 11 Tests in 2016, also including a fighting double hundred against Australia at Melbourne.
Younis Khan is the leading Test run-getter for Pakistan, with 10,099 runs in 118 Tests.
Here is the list of Pakistan batsmen who scored 5,000 or more runs in Test cricket (under Test and runs)
Younis Khan – 10,099
Javed Miandad – 8832
Inzamam-ul-Haq – 8829
Mohammad Yousuf – 7530
Salim Malik – 5768
Misbah-ul-Haq – 5222
Zaheer Abbas – 5062
Azhar Ali – 5,000
— ICC (@ICC) September 30, 2017
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday handed controversial batsman Umar Akmal a three-match ban along with a hefty fine for breach of his central contract.
According to a press release by the PCB, the 27-year-old was found to be guilty of violation of several clauses of his central contract after his outburst against national team coach Mickey Arthur last month.
A disciplinary committee had been initiated by the PCB following Akmal’s impromptu press-conference to the media where he had alleged Arthur to have discriminated against him from using the facilities at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore as well as using verbal abuse towards the batsman.
PCB inquiry committee has recommended 3-match ban & a fine on Umar Akmal after finding him guilty of breaching 3 clauses of code of conduct
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 27, 2017
The committee found Akmal in violation of clauses 2.2.5, 4.1 and 4.4 on several occasions according to the press release. The mentioned clauses bar any signatory to the central contract with the PCB to speak to the media, give an interview or issue a statement without prior permission of the board.
It also restricts the player from speaking out against the team management. Akmal is not currently a signatory to the PCB’s central contract but all signatories remain bound to it until a year after its expiry.
The right-handed batsman was imposed a fine of one million Pakistan rupees along with the match suspension.
The biggest blow to Akmal will be the decision of the PCB to not issue him any No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for plying his trade in the various T20 leagues around the world for a period of two months.
This means that the Pakistan batsmen will not be able to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League as well as the Global T20 league of South Africa.
PCB chief Najam Sethi claims to have imposed the sanctions on Akmal with a ‘heavy heart’ and hopes that they would serve as an example to the players to be mindful of their actions and consequences.
Akmal had been issued a show-cause notice by the PCB after his starkling allegations to which the batsman had responded by saying that his actions were impulsive and unintentional.