The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to revoke the conditional No Objection Certificates (NOCs) of nationally contracted players in contention for a Test spot for the upcoming T10 League scheduled to take place next month.
This development is being closely monitored by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), which is currently discussing the possibility of allowing star Pakistan players to be available for the duration of the tournament.
The eight-franchise competition will run from November 15 to 24, with as many as 16 Pakistan cricketers sold in the draft last week.
The present ruling by the PCB concerns only those players who can make it into the Test unit, provided they are picked for their respective domestic sides in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy amidst the dates of the T10 League.
Consequently, the likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are exempted from this decision and would be plying their trade in Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in the exciting 10-overs format.
These cricketers have already obtained unconditional NOCs from the PCB permitting them to showcase their skills on the grand stage.
Amir was recruited by Team Abu Dhabi as fellow paceman Wahab Riaz joined defending champions Northern Warriors. Hafeez will be representing Qalandars while Malik is included in the Delhi Bulls squad, formerly known as Bengal Tigers.
Meanwhile, the explosive duo of Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir will also be in action for the fresh T10 League entrant – the Qalandars.
The step taken by the PCB to restrict the participation of some of its players in the league seems to be driven by the renewed focus on red-ball cricket given the inaugural World Test Championship is at stake.
“The decision has been made in the best interest of the players as well as to continue to enhance the credibility and reputation of the new domestic structure," the PCB stated in a media release.