Pakistan players allowed to play only two foreign leagues according to new PCB rules
Head coach Mickey Arthur has been asked to devise a fitness plan for each player.
Updated - May 4, 2018 8:46 am
In a recent development, the centrally contracted Pakistan players will only be allowed to participate in two foreign leagues other than the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in a year. The decision to come up with this regulation was taken earlier on Thursday during PCB’s meeting. It has been mandated in order to prevent the issue of fatigue affecting the players, reports the Daily Express. A lot of other changes were proposed in the meeting as well.
According to the report, all contracted players will only be issued No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) for participation in two leagues other than the PSL each year. The change was hinted upon by PCB Chairman Najam Sethi. Sethi had stated after Pakistan’s series against New Zealand that the board will ask head coach Mickey Arthur to devise a fitness plan for each player in order to ensure the players don’t look as tired and fatigued as they did in the tour Down Under.
The meeting was headed by Sethi and was attended by Director of Cricket Operations Haroon Rasheed, Director International Cricket Academy Mudassar Nazar, member governing board Mansoor Masood, and Quetta Gladiators team owner Nadeem Umar.
Pakistan optimistic of hosting a full series by 2020
PSL, the country’s premier cricket league has been clinical in reviving international cricket in the war-ravaged nation. Pakistan dealt a severe blow when teams denied travelling to the country, after a terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in 2009 grabbed the headlines.
However, a recent series against the current World Twenty20 champions, West Indies has once again ignited hopes of a revival. The PCB believes that the series was a gateway for more teams to visit and believes the country can host a full series by 2020
The PCB has made similar requests to Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, of late as well. In a bid to bring international cricket back to Pakistan, they’ve asked both the countries to play the upcoming T20 matches in Pakistan.
It remains to be seen if both CA and NZC approve the idea proposed by the PCB.