PCB re­calls 13 play­ers from CPL, English county cir­cuit

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

La­hore, Pak­istan - The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has abruptly re­voked No-Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cates given to 13 play­ers cur­rently in Eng­land and the West Indies and has asked them to re­turn home to ful­fill na­tional and do­mes­tic com­mit­ments.

The board had orig­i­nally given as many as ten play­ers, in­clud­ing seven cen­trally con­tracted crick­eters, per­mis­sion to play the en­tire Caribbean Premier League (CPL) - which be­gan on Au­gust 4 and runs until Septem­ber 9.

Three crick­eters with­out cen­tral con­tracts - Kam­ran Ak­mal, So­hail Tan­vir and Mo­ham­mad Sami - have also been asked to re­turn af­ter they were se­lected by Rawalpindi, Faisal­abad and La­hore Whites for the Na­tional T20 Cup .

The same no­tices went out to Mo­ham­mad Amir, who was to stay with Es­sex until Septem­ber, Sar­fraz Ahmed, who was to play five games for York­shire in the Natwest T20 Blast, and Fakhar Za­man, who was set to join Somerset until the end of the sea­son.

"The cen­trally con­tracted play­ers were given per­mis­sion to par­tic­i­pate in the CPL and English county sea­son sub­ject to re­call if the World XI se­ries took place in mid-Septem­ber," the PCB said in a state­ment.

"So they are be­ing re­called ow­ing to the changes in the sched­ule brought about due to the change in the orig­i­nal plan of the World XI's tour of Pak­istan."

The World XI's visit - sub­ject to se­cu­rity clear­ance - was orig­i­nally sched­uled for the last week of Septem­ber but it has been brought for­ward into a win­dow be­tween Septem­ber 10 and 16.

This change was made to en­sure the se­ries would not clash with a high pro­file by-elec­tion in La­hore on Septem­ber 17, com­ing in the wake of the Nawaz Sharif's dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the post of Prime Min­is­ter last month.

How­ever, the fi­nal call over the World XI matches is ex­pected to be taken by the govern­ment.

Pak­istan is also set to travel to the UAE from Septem­ber 21 for a full se­ries against Sri Lanka. Amid this tight sched­ule, the PCB an­nounced a Na­tional T20 Cham­pi­onship run­ning from Au­gust 25 to Septem­ber 10.

The re­turn­ing play­ers have been asked to re­port to the Na­tional Cricket Academy for fit­ness and med­i­cal tests un­der coach Micky Arthur's su­per­vi­sion on Au­gust 22. Pak­istan play­ers called back (from the CPL): Imad Wasim, Shoaib Ma­lik, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mo­ham­mad Hafeez, Wa­hab Riaz, Babar Azam, Mo­ham­mad Sami, So­hail Tan­vir, Kam­ran Ak­mal. From Eng­land: Sar­fraz Ahmed, Fakhar Za­man, Mo­ham­mad Amir.

The play­ers are be­ing re­called ow­ing to the changes in the sched­ule of World XI’s tour of Pak­istan

PCB state­ment

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