Players from Pakistan are free to participate in four T20 leagues a year – News Block

The PCB has confirmed a massive change to its policy, allowing both international and domestic contract players to participate in a maximum of four T20 leagues a year, including the PSL.

The previous policy, which was introduced in 2018, restricted player participation in several leagues, but as ESPNcricinfo reported last month, the PCB decided to bring it up for review for the first time.

Players from Pakistan are already among the lowest paid professionals in world cricket and are barred from the IPL. The old policy had added to the uncertainty, as players were often awarded NOCs for an entire tournament, only to be kicked out halfway by the PCB to return home to join national camps or undergo fitness tests. That caused frustration and discontent among leading white-ball cricketers and encouraged them to revolt against PCB’s restrictive participation policy in foreign leagues.

“I think this is a flexible, balanced and comprehensive NOC policy that addresses many of the likely scenarios we will face,” Wasim Khan, chief executive of PCB, said on Friday. “We have given primacy and importance to the players’ workload, national and international commitments, but at the same time it was important that players have the opportunity to earn additional income and develop their skills around the world.”

The 19 Pakistani national players with core contracts will now go to Cricket’s International Operations department for their NOCs to move forward. They will also need the permission of the head coach or team management, who are well placed to assess a player’s workload and international commitments. “As per the policies of NOCs worldwide, the Executive Director of the Board will be the final approval authority in the final stage of the process,” the PCB policy reads.

Domestic players will have to go through an extra layer of red tape. They will need to contact their provincial associations for initial consent and approval and only then will Cricket’s Operations department take over their cases. Furthermore, PCB policy says that “domestic players, who do not appear in red-ball cricket but are regular white-ball cricketers, have been made required to commit to 50+ and 20+ domestic competitions to be eligible for NOCs.”

One of the main bone of contention between the players and the directive on the previous policy was that even retired players had to find an NOC to play in a foreign league. But now the board has decided that it will automatically issue NOCs to everyone who has been “retired for 24 months or more, unless there are compelling reasons which the PCB will provide in writing.”

“I am optimistic that, going forward, all relevant stakeholders will have clarity and a better understanding of the process,” Khan said of the change. “To ensure we maintain our relationships with cricket boards around the world, once awarded, NOCs will only be revoked if there are injury concerns or if there are national or international playing obligations that must be met.”

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