PCB stops 6 players from Toronto Twenty20 participation

Several senior Pakistan cricketers, including skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and All-rounder Shahid Afridi, are not happy with the PCB as they haven’t got approval to play a T20 game in Toronto match on May 12. The cricketers are upset because they had sought approval from Intikhab, who’s PCB Director and had got verbal assurance.

“Now it has transpired that since none of the cricketers has requested for NOCs in writing from the PCB and neither have they filed details of the organisers and match the PCB says it can’t give approval,” the source added. Another source mentioned the cricketers were now accusing Intikhab for the mess up but a PCB official said the cricketers were themselves responsible for the situation.

“Even if Intikhab gave them approval vocally the PCB can’t act without having something in writing. None of the cricketers have bothered to seek approval or NOC in writing from the related authorities in the PCB so how do they hope to get approval,” the official said. He also mentioned that under existing rules no cricketer could confirm his appearance in a match or enter into an arrangement with any overseas club without first taking the PCB into confidence and receiving their NOC.

The organizers mention that tickets were sold-out because they announced that Misbah, Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam were the cricketers who would play in the match,” one source said.

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