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PCB may prevent players’ BPL T20 appearance

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PCB may prevent players’ BPL T20 appearance

Post  Admin on Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:01 am

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has kept all options open on giving Non-objection Certificate (NOC) to top players for the auction of Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 (BPL T20) and could prevent them from participating in the event in order to retain them for the local Pentangular Cup.

According to reports, January 14 has come up as the last date for players to get registered for the auction by submitting NOCs from their respective cricket boards. But players from Pakistan who want to be a part of the glittering event have yet to get the clearance. Those players who are not part of Pakistan Test squad are in great demand. Several other discarded players are also in line to earn handsome contracts.

It had been learnt by ‘The News’ that a meeting would take place among the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed and Director Domestic Cricket Zakir Khan to decide the issue of NOCs. But it has not taken place yet.

The issue is likely to get delayed till Monday or further as the top-brass of the board has gone to Hyderabad for Golden Jubilee celebrations of Niaz Stadium.

“There is time before January 14 and we will look at the matter,” Zakir Khan told ‘The News’ on Saturday from Hyderabad.

Earlier, PCB officials had said that they would have no problem in awarding NOCs to those players who are not part of England series. But now the scene has changed and the board could take a stand in order to keep selected players in the country so that they represent provincial teams in the Pentangular Cup, in which only top performers of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy are selected.

“We are considering options. There is a chance that we give NOCs and there is also a probability that we do not allow as Pentangular Cup looms,” Khan added.

The expected players to take part in the event have been left furious.

“This is not the right attitude by the PCB as those who have fallen out of favour from the national setup have a perfect chance to earn substantial amount which would help us to secure our future,” said a Test player on the condition of anonymity. “We would get Rs10,000 per match in the Pentangular Cup while there is a chance of earning millions in less than a month. After playing the whole season here players hardly get Rs200,000 while in other countries even the domestic players are paid handsomely.”

A category players will get at least $100,000 in BPL, B class $50,000 and C group $25,000.

There are six teams in the event and each can buy eight overseas players and one of those has to be from an associate nation. Five foreign players can be fielded in a match.

If the PCB decides to bar players from BPL, it will be the first time players will be forced to prefer domestic events over lucrative foreign leagues.

The players are contemplating going against the wishes of the PCB, but the problem is that there is no guarantee that those who enter the auction will get selected. A copy of the official BPL Auction Agreement has been received by ‘The News’ and its clause 1.3 says: “The Player acknowledges that BCB/BPL T20 governing council is not hereby giving any guarantee or other form of representation or warranty that the Player will be purchased in the Player Auction and is not obliged to pay to the Player any sums of any kind. For the avoidance of doubt if the player is not auctioned as a part of the player auction then this agreement shall automatically terminate prior to the player auction. The player further acknowledges that BCB shall be not under any obligation to put the players name for the auction.”

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