The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T10 League franchise Qalandars, Sameen Rana, was extremely disappointed, after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against giving its players permission for participating in the tournament’s upcoming edition.
According to details, in a bid to manage workload and ensure participation of its players in the revamped Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament, the PCB had revoked conditional NOCs of its players to feature in the T10 tournament.
“I wish it had been clear before the draft whether the PCB would issue NOCs or not,” Rana told ESPNcricinfo. “This is a proper cricket organisation and it hasn’t suddenly dawned on them that the league clashes with the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. I think it’s disappointing for the Pakistan players, with them being prevented from playing in global events like the T10. They would have had a chance to learn from players around the world. The WICB, CA, and almost all other boards are supporting this league.”
The league is schedule to take place in UAE from November 15-24.
The Qalandars had drafted in the most number of Pakistan players, which included all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf, who are likely to miss out due to this latest development.
Although the franchise will retain the services of former cricketers Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir as they are retired players. The likes of Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf and Mirza Ahsan can also feature in the league as they were part of Qalandars’ Player Development Programme and, hence, don’t need an NOC from the PCB.
Other franchises participating in the league also have Pakistan players in their ranks, with seasoned fast-bowler Mohammad Amir representing Team Abu Dhabi, all-rounders Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir and Aamer Yamin along with pacer Mohammad Hasnain are with Delhi Bulls, Maratha Arabians have the services of pacer Mohammad Irfan, Deccan Gladiators had roped in all-rounder Anwar Ali while Northern Warriors were banking on the pace of Wahab Riaz.