Pakistan players might not be a part of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the inaugural edition of the South African Global T20 League as their schedules clash with Pakistan’s domestic T20 tournament.
A spokesperson for the Pakistan Cricket Board has indicated that the T20 tournament will take precedence over the foreign leagues. "I can say that the National T20 Cup will take precedence over other league," Amjad Hussain, director media and coordination, told ESPNcricinfo.
The domestic tournament, National T20 Cup, originally scheduled for two weeks from August 25 onward, is slated in November from 4 till 19. The BPL runs from November 2 to December 10 and the Global T20 League will be held from November 3 till December 16.
At least seven players were expected to take part in the Global T20, with Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Anwar Ali and Imad Wasim signed by various franchises.
While the player list for the BPL is not yet out, Junaid Khan and Shahid Afridi had confirmed that they would take part in Bangladesh's premier T20 competition.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board told the website that they are yet to receive any formal or informal communication from the Pakistan players. "We haven't heard about anything from the Pakistan players as yet, officially or unofficially," Ismail-Haider Mallick, secretary of the BCB governing council, said.
"But if it happens then it will be a big loss for the players as BPL is one of the most competitive leagues in the world. But we are not too worried about the situation as we have a lot of foreign players who can replace missing Pakistan players."