Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to restrict the players up to 4 T20 leagues per year including Pakistan Super League. This decision averted the policy, issued back in 2018, which restricted the players from participating in several leagues per year.
The meeting was held among the high-profile PCB officials including Wasim Khan and the agenda was based around giving the players NOCs to participate in a maximum of 4 leagues per year. This decision was taken by taking into account the factors of fitness and financial constraints. PCB’s restrictions proved to be a financial blow for many cricketers who were not getting much cricket.
On contrary to that, the standards of fitness demanded by Mickey Arthur then and now Misbah-ul-Haq also forced to PCB to keep a check on the number of T20 leagues per year. The added workload became a concern for the head coach and the team selectors as the players could not give 100% to their national commitments.
The NOC for the centrally contracted players will be contingent on the number of factors including participation in the ODIs and T20Is. Moreover, fitness and national commitments will also be taken into notice. This move might help the players who are getting very limited cricket and also keeps a check and balance between national and international duties.