The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to grant No-Objection Certificates to the centrally contracted players subject to their participation in the domestic T20 tournament, which is to be held in Multan and Faisalabad from November 7 till 23, for the first ten days.
The cricket board had earlier decided to give the domestic tournament precedence over foreign T20 leagues. It revoked the NOCs of as many as 13 players – participating in the Caribbean Premier League and County cricket - in August and sent them notices to return to Pakistan for the domestic T20 tournament that was originally scheduled to run from the last week of August to the second week of September.
However, while confirming the World XI's tour of Pakistan later, PCB chairman Najam Sethi announced to postpone the tournament.
In a statement issued to the media regarding its decision to grant the NOCs, the PCB said: “We have decided that all the centrally contracted players, who are not facing any other restriction must also participate in PCB’s T20 tournament to strengthen our domestic cricket, as per international best practices.
“In order to facilitate our players and also keeping in view good relationship with Bangladesh and South Africa cricket boards, NOCs would be issued to all centrally contracted players to play BPL and Global T20 leagues, subject to the condition that they must play PCB’s T20 tournament from November 7 to 17, 2017.
“However, retired players like Shahid Afridi, Misbahul Haq, Younis Khan besides players like Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir, who are not centrally contracted, will be given NOCs from the start.”