LAHORE: Finally, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to issue NOCs to some of its players to participate in the T-10 League, a private event, to be held in the UAE during November-December this year.
“The PCB has decided to issue NOCs to some of its players for the T-10 league scheduled to take place in November-December 2018. The decision has been made after due diligence was carried out by the PCB in which the Board procured and processed detailed information from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Emirates Cricket Board,” a PCB press release stated on Wednesday.
“Furthermore, PCB’s own Anti-Corruption Unit has also carried out a thorough review. It has also been observed that the ICC has given approval for member boards to issue NOCs to their players to take part in the league if they wish so.”
“As a consequence of this review, the PCB has decided to allow its players to take part in the upcoming T-10 League in the UAE. Like the first edition, the PCB will send its own integrity officers to monitor the league. Pakistan players will now have to approach the PCB to seek NOCs. Each request for NOC will be assessed on a case-to-case basis,” the press release concluded.
It may be mentioned that despite having signed a deal with the organisers of the T-10 League last year, the PCB was not ready to allow its players to take part in the league this year, citing it wants to get clearance from the ICC about the status of this league.
Last year, the organisers paid the PCB $400,000 for allowing the players and according to that deal this year they have to pay the PCB $600,000.
A lobby active against the T-10 worked in the PCB to create hurdles so that Pakistan players are not allowed to appear in the said league. However, it seems the pressure of that lobby has now decreased as the PCB has allowed to continue to implement the said deal with the league.
In what will come as good news to all fans of the T10 Cricket League, the ICC has approved the second edition of the tournament. According to T10 League chairman Shaji Ul-Mulk, this approval from the ICC will only add more shine to the 10-day tournament. The main draft for T10 league 2018 took place on September 24.
The second edition of the T10 Cricket League will be held from November 23 to December 2 2018 and the eight teams have been divided into two groups of four apiece.
Pulished in Dawn, October 25th , 2018