No Australian or South African cricketer will be participating in the PSL
Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa have both announced that they will not be issuing NOCs to any of their centrally contracted players for the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The announcement is a huge setback to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who are looking to attract as many international players as possible and have even gone as far as offering a $2 million (£1.25m) life insurance policy, along with 24-hour personal security for the duration of the tournament.
Geo News channel reported that Cricket Australia would not allow any of their players to participate in the tournament since they were still uncomfortable with the security situation in the war-torn country.
“Due to the ongoing security concerns in Pakistan, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association would not be supportive of any international or state contracted player participating in the Pakistan Super League,” a Cricket Australia spokesman told Geo News channel.
Australia have been the only team not to have toured Pakistan since 1998 due to security concerns.
Australia last toured Pakistan when Mark Taylor was captain and backed out from their full series in 2002, stating that they were still concerned with the security situation after the September 11 attacks.
Since 1998, Australia have told the PCB to play all their scheduled series at neutral locations.
Cricket website Pakpassion.com was the first to break the news of South Africa not sending their players to Pakistan after receiving a statement from Cricket South Africa, which stated that the board would not be issuing any NOCs.
The statement from Cricket South Africa also noted that they too were not convinced that Pakistan’s security situation was completely stable.
“The independent security reports will at this stage not allow CSA to provide a NOC for any player,” the statement said. “CSA’s current agreement with SACA, our cricketers association, is that we will not send players to the PSL based on the security reports.”
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) have also warned players to stay away from the PSL over the past number of weeks.
However, a PCB official revealed that the board had still not received any statements from international cricketing bodies, which clearly stated that they would not be allowing their players to take part in the PSL.
“We are making strong efforts to convince boards that it is safe to play in Pakistan,” the official said. “Haroon Lorgat is also working in this area. Hopefully we will see positive results soon. For the moment we can’t comment on this situation.”