Three Pakistani cricketers disobey the PCB orders
ISLAMABAD - Three rookie Pakistani cricketers have walked out of their first-class teams insisting their interests to play in the T10 league in Abu Dhabi.
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy playing images. Photo: The Express Tribune Fast bowler Haris Rauf, batsmen Mirza Ehsan Baig and Sohail Akhtar have to ignore PCB’s order of not issuing NOC to cricketers to participate in the tournament and fly to the destination. The incident, however, ignited the ongoing dispute between players and the Pakistan Cricket Board.
A PCB source said, “These three players informed their teams in domestic first-class cricket after the national T20 championship that they couldn’t play any longer in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as they were going to play for their Pakistan Super League franchise, Lahore Qalanders.”
He also said the aforementioned cricketers are planning to fly to Abu Dhabi with an attempt to play for the Lahore Qalanders in the T10 league. “Basically all three told their coaches that they were not interested in red ball cricket and were white ball specialists and left their teams,” the source said.
“The T10 league is a event recognized by the ICC so players have to show NOCs of their home boards to play in the event,” he said.
In October this year, Pakistan Cricket Board officially cancelled to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to its players to take part in the T10 League which starts from November 15 onwards.
In an official statement, PCB said that the decision was taken to manage players’ workload, to continue work on their fitness ensuring participation of its players in its premier domestic competition the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
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