The PCA are doing everything to ensure that no England players participate in the PSL
With the Pakistan Super League (PSL) supposedly set to become the latest domestic Twenty20 tournament full of money and entertainment, the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) have warned England players not to get involved at all.
According to the organisers, the tournament could be worth well in excess of $100 million, but the PCA have urged England players that they still have “grave concerns” about the security situation in Pakistan, especially after the Sri Lankan team was ambushed by militants in March 2009.
The PCA have already called on every county team in England and urged them not to issue No Objection Certificates, which would ban players from participating in the tournament.
“Our advice is that players should not take part in the PSL,” PCA chief executive, Angus Porter, told the Mail on Sunday. “I’m certain England will not issue No Objection Certificates to their centrally contracted players.”
Recently, the PCA also expressed their doubts over the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), but many England players have already been involved in the first two editions of the competition.
The worries over full payment have not deterred players like Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah and Phil Mustard from taking part.
However, the English counties seem less inclined to allow their players to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since it clashes with the domestic season schedule.
Nottinghamshire were one of the first counties to take action immediately, as they barred Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel from taking part in the star-studded tournament.