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Pakistan stars like left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir and all-rounder Shoaib Malik could stand to lose up to 10 million rupees after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revoked all of the players’ No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to feature in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi.
A PCB official said while retired players like Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir will be cleared to take part in the tournament, other players that have central or domestic contracts won’t be allowed to participate in the competition.
Other than Amir and Malik, a host of other Pakistan players, including Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz stand to lose out on hefty sums of money.
“NOCs of players who are centrally or domestically contracted have been revoked,” he was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
In a statement, the PCB said: “To manage the players’ workload, continued work on their fitness levels as well as to ensure primacy and participation of its players in its premier Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the PCB has revoked conditional NOCs of its players to feature in the T10 tournament.
“The fitness and medical assessment camp will be held at the National Cricket Academy from 13-25 November, while the seventh and 10th round matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will be played between 11 November and 5 December with the five-day final scheduled in Karachi from 9-13 December.
“The decision has been made in the best interest of the players as well as to continue to enhance the credibility and reputation of the new domestic structure, which has been widely covered and reported across all media outlets.”
A source close to the Pakistan players said they didn’t expect the PCB to make such a move so suddenly.
“The organisers are in a fix as they stand to lose a lot of money if the PCB doesn’t issue NOCs again,” the source said.
Another source claimed that last year, the organisers of the T10 League paid the PCB US$600,000 as a fee for letting its players participate in the tournament.
“This time, the fee asked was higher,” the source said.
The 2019 T20 League will be held from November 15 to 24.