PCB grants players permission to play Big Bash
The PCB has granted Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal permission to play a few games at this season's Big Bash League (BBL), on the request of Cricket Australia. The trio will miss the last round of Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament and will return in time for the conditioning camp in Lahore ahead of the India tour. The PCB had earlier denied the players permission to play this BBL, to ensure their participation in the local tournament. Akmal is signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi is set to play for Sydney Thunder, having transferred from Melbourne Renegades. The BBL begins on December 7, and each of the three concerned franchises have one game scheduled between the 7th and 12th.