PCB chief Ehsan Mani to review participation of Pakistan players in overseas T20 leagues

Waseem Ahmed 11:17 23/09/2018
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PCB Chairman: Ehsan Mani.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has said that his board will review its stance on overseas T20 leagues while seeking the same assurances from the ICC.

Speaking at the heels of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meet at Dubai on Saturday, the newly-elected PCB chief touched upon the importance of managing the workload of players when sanctioning their participation in overseas leagues. He also took a swipe at the previous PCB management for overlooking this factor in the past.

“I didn’t understand the rationale on what basis we committed our players for the leagues,” Mani said.

“The main criteria, which I understand, was how much money PCB gets and how much players will get. But they (the previous PCB administration) did not look at the players’ workload. So I will examine all the leagues in which Pakistan players participate.

Mani wants the workload of Pakistan players to be taken into account.

Mani wants the workload of Pakistan players to be taken into account.

“We need to do the due diligence in whichever leagues we are participating whether they are credible or not.”

Under former PCB chief Najam Sethi’s tenure, the governing body had restricted the participation of Pakistan players in overseas leagues to manage their workloads. Players could effectively only play in one overseas league apart from their participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

On Saturday, Mani stated that he will also take a call on Pakistan players participating in the T10 League which was launched in the UAE last year. The PCB had then released many star players including the likes of Mohammad Amir to take part in the inaugural edition.

The new PCB chief said that he will be seeking assurances from the ICC before taking a call on the T10 League.

“I am holding back my position (on T10) until I get full satisfaction… so I have requested the ICC to look into it again. I need assurances from the ICC because they have sanctioned it,” Mani said.

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