Pakistan cricketers could be in for some interesting times ahead after it was announced that their cricket board might be looking to restrict the number of T20 leagues they can play every year.
According to a new policy that has been introduced by the PCB, cricketers in the country can sign up for only two cricket leagues a season. It’s unknown whether this is over and above the Pakistan Super League or if this would include the PSL as well but one way or the other this restriction will reduce the money-earning potential of Pakistani cricketers.
Already cricketers from Pakistan aren’t allowed to feature in the Indian Premier League – they played in the opening edition in 2008 after which they have never been picked – and this new ruling will mean they will need to pick and choose which competition becomes financially most lucrative for them.
Currently, other than missing out in the IPL, Pakistan has representations in all major T20 leagues in the world including the Bangladesh Premier League, South Africa’s T20 Challenge, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League and England’s T20 Blast. Some of them also played in the T10 League that was hosted late in 2017.
This decision comes from the fact the selectors and coaches have struggled with the fitness levels of the players with the rehabilitation period taken up by their presence in the leagues around the world.
In a statement, the Pakistan Cricket Board said:
“Centrally contracted players will be allowed to participate in two leagues only in a cricket season. The non-contracted players are bound to play at least three domestic first-class matches for them to be entitled to receive the NOC. While retired players do not need any NOC from PCB, however as per ICC’s rule they are bound to obtain an NOC from PCB for two years from the date of their retirement.”
What do you make of this ruling? Do you think it’s going to be fair on the Pakistan cricketers who are only looking to earn their livelihood?