Pakistan Cricket Board diktat: No more than 2 leagues for contracted players

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The latest Pakistan Cricket Board diktat has put a cap on contracted PCB cricketers to play a maximum of two professional leagues, including the Pakistan Super League. This order will severely hurt the interest of a number of players like Shoaib Malik, who keep themselves professionally occupied playing professional cricket leagues across the globe.

Malik is a case study himself.

Shoaib Malik – in the Pakistan Super League

Shoaib Malik – in the Caribbean Premier League

Shoaib Malik – in the Big Bash

Shoaib Malik – in the Bangladesh Premier League

Shoaib Malik – in UAE’S T10 league

Following the latest PCB order Shoaib will have to opt out of at least three of these five leagues. Each of the cricketers contracted with the PCB will be affected by the order.

The mushrooming T20 and now T10 leagues are resulting in super extra demand and workload for the players like Shoaib Malik. But now as per the Pakistan Cricket Board’s new diktat, Shoaib and his fellow contracted players have to restrict themselves to only two leagues per year and that includes their appearance in the Pakistan Super League as well.

The PCB is set to design its new central contracts keeping in mind next year’s World Cup and will lay emphasis on quality rather than quantity. And as per the sources, any player who is part of the central contract given by PCB will not able to play in more than two T20 leagues a season, reports PTI.

Reliable sources in the PCB told PTI that the board is planning to reduce the number of players in the new central contracts from 35 to 25 and will increase the player salaries. “The increase in the contractual salaries is being contemplated to keep the contracted players away from the mushrooming foreign T20 leagues so that their cricket careers are extended,” stated the source.

Last year 35 players have got central contracts in different categories. This year there have been discussions to reduce the number of contracts and raise the salaries and perks for the contracted players. Players, who don’t get central contracts, will be able to take part in foreign T20 leagues to increase their earnings but will have to seek NOCs from the same committee that includes head coach Micky Arthur, chief selector Inzamam Ul-Haq and two PCB officials.

The official said that the PCB was contemplating increasing monthly retainers and also fees for Test matches. He added that Arthur will join Inzamam and two PCB official Haroon Rasheed and Mudassar Nazar to shortlist the list the players for new contracts.

These people will also recommend to the board how many players should get contracts and how much raise should be given to them, the official said and added that the head coach wanted the PCB to give contracts to those players who would be in the soon to be finalised players pool for next year’s ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

The stress this year is on the preparations for the World Cup and players who are likely to serve Pakistan well in the mega event, he said. The new 12-month contracts would come into effect from July 1, immediately after the present contract term ends by the end of the month.