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SBD Global/January 18, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Pakistan Cricket Board Won't Allow Players To Compete In Bangladesh Premier League
Published January 18, 2013
PLAYERS KEEP QUIET: The PTI also reported Pakistani players are "disappointed with PCB's decision." Some of these players "were understandably reluctant to speak on record, but those who had contracts to play in the league feel that the PCB should have at least allowed those players who have yet to play international cricket." One player said, "The PCB could have reached a solution by holding back the star players to register its protest with the BCB for not sending its team to Pakistan but allowed those players who are only playing domestic cricket to go and earn some good money in the league." He pointed out that Pakistan "was one of those Test playing nations where domestic players were paid very little." He said, "This was a good chance for around 25 to 30 players to go and earn some good money, but apparently the PCB felt otherwise (PTI, 1/17).
STANDING FIRM: In another piece the PTI reported PCB Chair Zaka Ashraf "is adamant that they took the right decision by not sending the national players for the Bangladesh Premier League after the BCB twice backed out of its commitment to tour Pakistan." Ashraf said that the forthcoming Pakistan Super League "will provide compensation to the players who were not given NOCs to go to Bangladesh." Ashraf said, "Bangladesh weren’t the last option as we have other alternatives to resume international cricket in Pakistan" (PTI, 1/17).