PCB won’t compensate Pakistan players for not playing UAE’s ILT20

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not compensate Pakistan players for missing the inaugural edition of the UAE International League (ILT20).

ILT20 had contacted several many star players, including skipper Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Rizwan. Few of them had even received an offer of PKR 120 million to 140 million.

However, justifying the busiest schedule, PCB is not allowing its cricketers to participate in this league yet. Two star players applied formally for NOC but PCB rejected, while others did not contact after viewing the rejection.

According to sources, players will get nothing over missing out on offers of crores as PCB is only obliged to pay compensation if the league is taking place during the off-season.

Last month, the PCB Board of Governors (BoG) meeting allocated a special fund under workload management for elite players to keep them fully fit and available for the country.

Under this, the intention to compensate up to 60% of the loss was expressed. However, sources say this does not apply to the ILT20 and other leagues because there will be a lot of cricket happening in Pakistan during those days.

If the board prevents a player from participating in the league during the off-season, the loss will only be compensated.

A top official, when contacted, said that players are now asked to seek permission first, even before naming a league in the draft.

If someone joins the draft by himself and then gets selected but does not get the NOC, it will bring our cricket into disrepute.

On the other hand, the sources further said that many players are unhappy due to the expected heavy financial loss, they want to meet PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and put their concerns before him.

 

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